Skeptics in the Pub: Simon Singh

Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial

by Simon Singh
Simon Singh
When: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: The Vines (aka The Big House), 81 Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JQ


Prince Charles is a staunch defender and millions of people swear by it; most UK doctors consider it to be little more than superstition and a waste of money. But how do you know which treatments really heal and which are potentially harmful? Simon Singh and his co-author Professor Edzard Ernst investigated the evidence for and against alternative therapies and published their conclusions in “Trick or Treatment?”, an honest, impartial and hard-hitting examination and judgement of more than 30 of the most popular treatments. Singh, who has also authored “Fermat’s Last Theorem” and “Big Bang”, will discuss how and why he got involved in writing about alternative medicine. In particular, he will discuss the origins, philosophy and testing of acupuncture and homeopathy, two of the most popular forms of alternative medicine. Singh, who is currently being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association, will also comment on his ongoing legal battle and the impact of libel laws on scientific journalism.


After completing a PhD in particle physics, Simon Singh MBE joined the BBC and worked as a director and producer on programmes such as Tomorrow’s World and Horizon. He has also presented programmes on Radio 4, BBC4 and Channel 4. He is best known as the author of Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, Big Bang and Trick or Treatment?.

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  1. #1 by Mike on November 13, 2009 - 19:28

    I’ve been to a talk by Singh before, a genuinely nice guy and a thoroughly interesting discussion. Definitely recommended.

  2. #2 by Michael on November 16, 2009 - 19:24

    Great! I loved Trick or Treatment. I would like to ask Simon a few questions regarding alternative medicine. It would be great to ask him ‘In the flesh’ if you know what I mean……………………………………………..?

  3. #3 by Marsh on November 17, 2009 - 12:01

    In case you were wondering, yes – you can only comment on this blog if you’re called Mike or Michael…

  4. #4 by AJ on November 19, 2009 - 00:48

    Or if you pretend your name is Mike



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