Reason Week 2012

Chris French on Weird Science: An Introduction to Anomalistic Psychology

Ever since records began, in every known society, a substantial proportion of the population has reported unusual experiences many of which we would today label as “paranormal”. This presentation will provide an introduction to the sub-discipline of anomalistic psychology, which may be defined as the study of extraordinary phenomena of behaviour and experience, in an attempt to provide non-paranormal explanations in terms of known psychological and physical factors. This approach will be illustrated with examples relating to a range of ostensibly paranormal phenomena.

Chris French is a Professor of Psychology and head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. 
Monday 5th March – 7pm
Building 6 – The Nuffield Theatre, Room 1077 (LT-A)

Michael Paynter on Blasphemy and Free Speech

Recently, atheist societies at UCL, QMUL and LSE have come under fire from Islamic groups, and their own student unions after supporting the publishing of comics depicting the prophet Mohammed. What does this mean for free speech? Mike will be talking to us about blasphemy and free speech while drawing on his own experience in the AHS in dealing with both sides of the debate in relation to Islam and the Pro-Life campaigns.
Tuesday 6th March – 7pm
Building 6 – The Nuffield Theatre, Room 1077 (LT-A)

David Colquhoun – The Corruption of Science

David is going to be talking to us about the corruption of science, particular in relation to his field of expertise: healthcare and medicine. What is happening in the fight against homeopathy and other quackery? You can find out more about David’s work at his website:
Wednesday 7th March – 7pm
Building 6 – The Nuffield Theatre, Room 1077 (LT-A)

Eric Kaufmann – Shall the religious inherit the Earth?

Based on his book by the same title, Eric is going to be talking to us about the factors in society that may contribute to the religious having more children, and them being more likely to stay religious throughout their lives. 
Friday 9th March – 7pm
Building 6 – The Nuffield Theatre, Room 1077 (LT-A)

Pub Social

To round off the week we are going to head off to The Hobbit for drinks on Saturday evening. They don’t have a band scheduled at the moment so entry should be free, but we are going to aim to get there early enough that it shouldn’t matter. Any suggestions for other pubs are welcome and we may end up moving around. 
Saturday 10th March – 8pm
The Hobbit

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