A Dispirited Account of Being Happy without Religion OR Spirituality.

David Webster

When?
Sunday, October 14 2012 at 7:00PM

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Dartington Hall
Totnes
Devon TQ9 6EL

Who?
David Webster

What's the talk about?

 

Dr David Webster 
BA (Hons), MLitt, PhD.

Dave is Subject Group Leader for Religion & Ethics, and teaches on the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics course.

Dr Webster has worked for various Universities, and has studied Philosophy, Hinduism and Buddhist thought at Sunderland Polytechnic (and later when it was a University) and at Newcastle University. In addition to scholarly works on Buddhism and desire, the nature of belief, and other topics in Buddhist studies and the Philosophy of Religion, David has also written about the blues, and death in religions.

He has recently published Dispirited with Zero Books (2012), and mantains the RPE blog and the Facebook group (which is open to all).

Dave is also involved in the TAROSA (teachings across religions of south asia) project, and has a strong interest in e-learning. Dr Webster uses podcasts, e-resources of various types, and arranges guest speakers (most recently an expert was 'skyped' in from Australia to discuss 'new religions').

 

Professor David Colquhoun

When?
Wednesday, September 12 2012 at 7:00PM

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Dartington Hall
Totnes
Devon TQ9 6EL

Who?
Professor David Colquhoun

What's the talk about?

Professor David Colquhoun, PhD, FRS, is a noted British pharmacologist. He held the A.J. Clark Chair of Pharmacology at the University College of London (UCL) from 1985 to 2004, Honorary Director of the Wellcome Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology, and is now is an Honorary Fellow (2004) and research assistant at UCL.

Since 2001, Dr Colquhoun has run DC’s Improbable Science, a wildly popular blog and website (with 2,209,000 hits) and Twitter account (with over 2600 followers). These sites are dedicated to critical assessment of various sorts of pseudoscience, such as “Alternative Medicine” and much managerialism and science fraud. Lately he has taken an interest in more general problems of inference in clinical trials, science policy, and science communication. He has been particularly critical of a number of United Kingdom universities that offer science degrees incorporating pseudoscientific courses such as homeopathy and acupuncture.

In December 2009, Dr Colquhoun won a freedom-of-information judgment, requiring the University of Central Lancashire to release details of their undergraduate course in homeopathy.

Dr Colquhoun is well known as author of Lectures in Biostatistics (Clarendon Press 1970; Oxford University Press, 1996). With statistician Alan G. Hawkes, he developed the stochastic theory needed for the interpretation of single-ion channel experiements, and the methods of maximum likelihood inference of mechanisms from experimental records with exact allowance for missed events. This has resulted in a series of experimental and theoretical papers about single-ion channel mechanisms. Besides UCL, Dr Colquhoun has worked at Yale University in America and at the University of Southampton.

Earning his PhD in 1964 at the University of Edinburgh, where he studied the binding of immunoglobins to lung tissue, Dr Colquhoun became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1985.

When?
Monday, August 27 2012 at 7:00PM

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Dartington Hall
Totnes
Devon TQ9 6EL

Who?
Andy Lewis

What's the talk about?

 

The past few years have seen a constant stream of criticism against various forms of alternative medicine, most particularly, homeopathy. Why should this be happening now? Is Big Pharma frightened for its profits as the homeopaths state? If critique's believe homeopathic products are just sugar pills, why should they claim they are dangerous? Most importantly, can there be any common ground between practitioners and the sceptics and how could that be achieved?

Homeopaths are currently facing advertising restrictions from the Advertising Standards Authority, legal problems with medicines regulations and continuing reductions in the level of support from public health sources. This talk will argue that much of this conflict could have been avoided if certain issues had been addressed.

Andy Lewis, as a critic of the practices of homeopathy, will bring his own perspective to the issue and look at the history of unorthodox medical beliefs, how they have been challenged, and what this may mean for the future of alternative medicine in the UK.

 

Alan Jones

When?
Monday, July 2 2012 at 7:00PM

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Dartington Hall
Totnes
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Who?
Alan Jones

What's the talk about?

Alan Jones will be coming to explain his approach to Rational Mysticism, explaining what it is and how he implements it in everyday life.

Below are some quotes from his website www.alanjonesmagic.com/ more information can be found about Alan and his work here, he is also on Twitter @rationalmystic and you can follow the Rational Mystic blog.

"As a magician and psychologist I am interested in the nature of human experience...

As someone with a real interest in the, shall we say, occult and paranormal, I am fascinated by those human experiences we consider to be mystical.

As a Rational Mystic I enjoy taking a sceptical (or skeptical for my American friends) look at claims of the paranormal whilst seeking to understand the relevance and meaning of the mystical experience."

Alan also has a regular podcast and radio show for Penwith and Inception Radio where he examines extraordinary claims and looks to find the truth in myth legend and conspiracy. Tune in every Tuesday from 8pm or you can listen online to past episodes at therealtwilightzone.com/.