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Skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking is what we do. Events monthly.
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Don't forget that this Thursday's #skeptical #talk in #Norwich we have +Hayley Johnson and +Nancy Kane coming to talk about whether there's any harm in #homeopathy.

What are your thoughts on this? Feel free to comment below.
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Homeopathy is a 200 year-old system of alternative medicine, based on the premise that “like cures like” and that more diluted remedies are more potent. 

The skeptical community often requires that those who support homeopathy provide evidence of its effectiveness, and we know that this evidence is usually not forthcoming, or has serious methodological flaws which limit its usefulness. Despite this, many argue that homeopathy still has a place in modern medicine, since it offers a treatment option that is acceptable to many patients, and does no harm. 

But is there evidence for this claim for no harm in homeopathy? Does the burden of proof fall to us as skeptics to prove that it can cause real damage to people? We examine the evidence for and against homeopathy, which may be more harmful than you think.

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From humble beginnings in Thetford, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) became the foremost propagandist for radical politics in the late 18th century. To what extent was Paine a typical Enlightenment  thinker? How did his love of practical science influence his political and religious ideas? A philosopher, or just someone who couldn't resist speaking out against injustice?

Chad Goodwin, Chair of the Thomas Paine Society UK will tell us about this local historic and skeptical figure.

www.thomaspaineuk.com

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 The Alpha Course runs in 162 countries and has been attended, according to their website, by 20 Million people. Over 9 weeks, students are guided through Christian theology ostensibly to “Explore the meaning of Life.

Simon Clare, an unabashed atheist, signed up to his local course in Brighton, wondering if his faithlessness would be challenged. Spoiler: He wasn’t converted but he was surprised at how the course affected his attitude to faith - not to mention what goes on during the later stages of the course.

The new Archbishop Of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is an old friend of the Alpha Course’s organisers and his election suggests that Alpha has graduated from fringe group to a central part of Christianity’s struggle to survive.

As well as giving an overview of the course from biblical history to singing in tongues, Simon will discuss what atheists, humanists and skeptics might learn from it.

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Reminder: our next event is coming up on Thursday 6th, with +Adam Rutherford!

Also, the day after, we'll be welcoming the +Festival of the Spoken Nerd  back to Norwich with their 'Full Frontal Nerdity' tour at +Norwich Playhouse. 
Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science broadcaster and professional geek. Presenter of BBC4's documentaries The Gene Code and The Cell, Radio 4's Scientists Go To Hollywood and Science Betrayed. He also writes for The Guardian.

We're very excited that he will be coming to speak to us!

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Two weeks today!  (yep, Thursday) It's the Nature-editing, Guardian-writing, BBC-presenting Dr Adam Rutherford!

This should be a fantastic event, especially for biology fans.

Also our friends from The Book Hive will be providing us with some copies of Adam's new book "Creation: The Origin of Life / The Future of Life", which will be available for sale on the night.
Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science broadcaster and professional geek. Presenter of BBC4's documentaries The Gene Code and The Cell, Radio 4's Scientists Go To Hollywood and Science Betrayed. He also writes for The Guardian.

We're very excited that he will be coming to speak to us!

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Coming up tomorrow - Dr Mark Evans of the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form will be talking to us about evidence-based methods for teaching. Sure to be an interesting evening! Come join us!
Dr Evan's talk will explore the science of teaching, learning, and forgetting, and use the Sir Isaac Newton model to show how you can build a school from scratch using evidence-based methods and principles. Along the way he'll explore plenty of educational myths and legends that are treated as norms in the cognitive frame we have for schools, and urge a more critical design for education.

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Dr Evan's talk will explore the science of teaching, learning, and forgetting, and use the Sir Isaac Newton model to show how you can build a school from scratch using evidence-based methods and principles. Along the way he'll explore plenty of educational myths and legends that are treated as norms in the cognitive frame we have for schools, and urge a more critical design for education.
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