Reason Week 2014

Ask an Atheist

On the Monday, we’re offering an informal, relaxed setting where you can chat with the society about our own beliefs. We particularly encourage members of faith groups to attend, as well as atheists/agnostics with no contact with the society. We hope to offer an education into our worldview, and celebrate the diversity of views within the atheist community, as well as busting myths! The evening will start with a small presentation by Sam Whitehall (University of Southampton Atheist Society President) and then we will split into smaller groups. There will also be cake

Monday 17th March – 7pm
Nuffield Theatre, Lecture Room A

Andy Lewis on Pseudoscience in Schools

Renowned blogger, Andy Lewis, talks about quackery being taught in state-funded Waldorf-Steiner free schools. The schools’ ethos is based on obscure occult ideology, and includes numerous strange teachings: from delaying teaching reading until age 11/12, to promotion of alternative medicines, such as homeopathy. Andy Lewis blogs on the Quackometer blog, and tweets as @lecardnoir. In 2011, Andy was harassed with a libel suit for raising concerns about an expensive, and medically dubious cancer treatment facility in Texas.
Tuesday 18th March – 7pm
Building 46 (Physics), Lecture Theatre C

For The Bible Tells Me So – Film Showing

Director Daniel G. Karslake goes examine the ways in which conservative Christian groups in the USA have used scripture to deny LGBT rights. It includes lengthy interview segments with several sets of religious parents (including former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt and his wife, Jane, and the parents of Bishop V. Gene Robinson) regarding their personal experiences raising homosexual children, and also interviews with those (adult) children. The film received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received 98% positive reviews, based on 43 reviews.
Thursday 20th March – 7pm
Building 35, Room 1001

Jonathan Pearce – The Case Against God

Blogger and philosopher, Jonathan Pearce, outlines the most powerful philosophical arguments against the existence of a God. Jonathan is an engaging speaker, who has talked for the society before. He maintains a blog called A Tippling Philosopher.
Friday 9th March – 7pm
Building 35, Room 1001

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