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Re: Sheffield Area Events

#1  Postby redwhine » Feb 28, 2010 9:05 am

Wednesday 3rd March 2010 - Is Clean Coal An Act Of Faith?

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Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

#2  Postby redwhine » Feb 28, 2010 9:10 am

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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#3  Postby redwhine » Mar 08, 2010 9:07 am

Further to the above meeting...

We had a very good meeting yesterday [Edit: The e-mail was dated 4th. March.] with a discussion well up the the standards we expect at humanist meetings. I hope that you found it interesting and useful if you came.

Jenny Patient, one of the speakers from the Sheffield Campaign Against Climate Change, mentioned a forthcoming meeting about nuclear power and I think it may be of interest to people on this news group. The details Jenny sent me are:

The date of the nuclear debate is now confirmed:- Wednesday 28th - 7 pm - 8.30 pm Contact: david@solar-active.com David Garlovsky
Venue:- Sheffield Hallam University - new building - Furnival-Room 9130.

Purpose:- A debate with both sides of the argument equally represented in order that a balanced view of both arguments can be made - to include facts, figures, and evidence presented for the audience to arrive at their own position on the topics of nuclear and renewables. A debate to assist one to make an informed decision about electricity and energy usage and resource. The facts on nuclear power opened up and the pros and cons debated. For example, will nuclear assist the UK to:a) meet its carbon reduction target more quickly? b) secure safe and affordable energy supplies? c) create more sustainable employment [renewables vs. nuclear]

The four main presenters have been confirmed: Sean Morris, Michael Bayley, John Grant and Dr Russell Hand. Back-up presenters have also been approached.

Each presenter will have 5 minutes to make their case. Questions from the audience with questions allowed to be received prior to the debate.

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PS The next humanist meeting is about the work of the Samaritans. I will send out the details soon.


I'm assuming that's the 28th. April. I've asked for confirmation.
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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#4  Postby redwhine » Mar 09, 2010 8:59 am

^That is April.^
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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#5  Postby redwhine » Apr 03, 2010 10:13 am

The world is full of helplines - who needs Samaritans as well?

The Samaritans offer support for anyone in emotional distress. Three Samaritans volunteers will tell us about the work the do and why it is so necessary.

The meeting is at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday 7th April at the University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield, S3 7HG.

Organised by the Sheffield Humanist Society. http://www.sheffieldhumanists.org.uk/
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The University Arms is close to the tram, get off at the Sheffield University stop, and several buses including the 51 & 52, stop almost next to the pub, and the 94 & 95 a short walk away. Parking is available in the streets behind the pub.You can see a map of the location with this link: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=univ...arms+sheffield

The following meeting in May will be about covert actions of the creationist movement in UK.
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Re: Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

#6  Postby redwhine » Apr 05, 2010 8:35 am

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Re: Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

#7  Postby james1v » Apr 05, 2010 8:59 am

:popcorn:
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Re: Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

#8  Postby alienpresence » Apr 05, 2010 9:06 am

Sheffield. Haven't been for a couple of years. The pub that's a different story. :lol:
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Re: Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

#9  Postby Paul1 » Apr 07, 2010 2:04 am

You expect human beings to walk up those bloody hills to Eccesall?!
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Re: Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

#10  Postby redwhine » Apr 07, 2010 7:19 am

Paul1 wrote:You expect human beings to walk up those bloody hills to Eccesall?!

Nah. Well not all of them (...the people; not the hills...). The posh/rich ones can walk down the hills from Ecclesall. :naughty2:

It's on the flat bit, anyhow; before you get to Hunter's Bar.

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Re: Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

#11  Postby redwhine » Apr 13, 2010 9:41 am

Apologies to anybody who turned up last night expecting a meeting (me included :waah: ).

The Lescar had doubled booked the room. (Tim originally booked the room for the 5th. April, but corrected the error way back in December. Terry (landlady) said whoever Tim spoke to must not have passed on the message. :shifty: ) So they went ahead with a free showing of a film about Cuba. It was disappointing for Mike 'cos he'd done a lot of preparation, but it will be rescheduled for another night (but I'm not sure when; we've got confirmed speakers until October).

8 of us who didn't want to see the film held an impromptu meeting of the SYSS (...South Yorkshire Skeptical Society - the website and forum are now up and running. I'll post details later for anybody who's interested... ). There were some talented people amongst us. Things are looking good.

So it wasn't a complete fiasco as some good came out of it, and at least Mike is local; Arianne Sherrine and Simon Singh both travelled up from London to give their talks!

But we won't be double confirming future meetings with the pub - we'll be triple checking them!!!
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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#12  Postby redwhine » May 02, 2010 9:56 am

The Creationist Conspiracy. Religious attacks on teaching science

In his book "The Single Helix" Steve Jones says "Creationists have an argument not with science but with argument. .. There is no room for discussion, because the answer is written in a big book."

Bringing up children so that they don't learn to observe, question, discuss and make deductions based on evidence constricts their development and understanding of the world. Life is far too interesting and exciting to be forced into pre-determined dogmas learned by rote.

Mark Edon from the British Centre for Science Education (http://www.bcseweb.org.uk/) will be giving a presentation on the creationist movement in the UK. He will focus on the activities of certain well organised groups and their agendas for education, both open and covert. This issue is a key concern to the Humanist and Secular movements: should children's education be based on truth and evidence, or on distortion of facts for religious ends?

The meeting is at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday 5th May at the University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield, S3 7HG

The University Arms is close to the tram, get off at the Sheffield University stop, and several buses including the 51 & 52, stop almost next to the pub, and the 94 & 95 a short walk away. Parking is available in the streets behind the pub.You can see a map of the location with this link.

Organised by the Sheffield Humanist Society.
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Re: Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

#13  Postby redwhine » May 05, 2010 10:50 am

Skeptical Activism & The Quacklash - Monday, May 10 at 7:30PM

Please note; this will be at The University Arms

Simon is a very entertaining speaker. Not one to be missed.
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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#14  Postby redwhine » May 29, 2010 7:41 am

Should we worry about Faith Schools? Prof. John Coldron, Sheffield Hallam University

Faith schools are a big concern for Humanists. Many restrict pupils' development by putting belief before observation and exploration. We know how much damage sectarian schools do in Northern Ireland and we have great concerns about creating more schools that can provide more social division. Faith schools are also used for back door segregation so that pushy parents can create and gain access to selective schools.

Are these concerns justified or do faith schools offer a high quality education with good social and moral integration as they claim? John Coldron, Director of the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research with particular research experience in the field of parents and schools, will let us know if we should worry about faith schools.

The meeting is at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday 2nd June at the University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield, S3 7HG

The University Arms is close to the tram, get off at the Sheffield University stop, and several buses pass nearby including 51 & 52, stopping almost next to the pub, with 94 & 95 a short walk away. Parking is available in the streets behind the pub.

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Re: Sheffield Skeptics In The Pub

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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#16  Postby redwhine » Jul 03, 2010 8:44 am

Questions of Ethics. Hilary Cave, Sheffield Humanist Society

As secular humanists we accept no instructions that claim to come from
gods and religions. This means that we must accept responsibility for
working out how to live our own lives.

On what principles should we base our ethical decisions?

During this session, which will take the form of a guided discussion, we
will explore various principles which might form the basis of secular
ethical codes.

The meeting is at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday 7th July at the University
Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield, S3 7HG

The University Arms is close to the tram, get off at the Sheffield
University stop, and several buses pass nearby including 51 & 52,
stopping almost next to the pub, with 94 & 95 a short walk away. Parking
is available in the streets behind the pub.

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#17  Postby redwhine » Jul 08, 2010 10:41 am

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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#18  Postby redwhine » Aug 01, 2010 11:09 am

A.G.M. 4th August. Usual time/place.

Everybody welcome but only members can vote or stand for election.

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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#19  Postby james1v » Aug 01, 2010 12:14 pm

Bugger, i am working in london next week. :doh:
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Re: Sheffield Humanists

#20  Postby redwhine » Aug 02, 2010 8:29 am

james1v wrote:Bugger, i am working in london next week. :doh:

Then go to the Showroom on the 9th. instead. ;)
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