Archive for October, 2012

Skeptics in the Pub: Barry Kushner

When: Thursday, November 15th, 2012 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool

Why is it when our debt is lower than it has been in 200 of the last 250 years, our borowing is cheaper than during Thatcher, when unemployment and a decrease in taxation has caused the deficit, are we told that the cuts are necessary and the only option?

This talk challenges the misleading information about our economy in crisis that has become the single overwhelming narrative. Barry Kushner’s talk has done a tour of public meetings, Nerve magazine event, Adult Learners week, trade union conferences and seminars, Labour group meetings, and commended by the New Economics Foundation, senior politicians and trade unionists as a clear, simple explanation of our economy.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #083

Wrinkles, psychics and declassified documents.  Plus hula hoops, television, short intestines and the Halloween Challenge.  Proud to be preaching to the choir, it’s Skeptics with a K.

The evolution story from the Sun is available here.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #082

Musicals, cancer, Star Wars and Percy Shelley. Plus Magna Carta, doppelgängers, the Great Reform Act and Elizabeth I. Putting some maize into a rat, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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Skeptics in the Pub: Confessions of a Former Health Food Shop Worker

by Becs O’Neill

When: Thursday, October 18thth, 2012 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool

Three and a half years behind the counter in a health food shop can be a learning experience in more ways than one. From vitamins and minerals to the latest celebrity-endorsed wonder supplement, no main street or shopping centre is complete without a purveyor of alternative therapies. Likewise, there are very few people who don’t associate vitamin C or echinacea with the treatment of colds or flu. If these ideas are so pervasive, one question is why? What is it about the sellers of these therapies that make them seem so valid or trustworthy?

Well, take it from a former believer: the answer is definitely not black and white.

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