Events

This page contains a complete archive of our previous events.

Previous Events

  1. Drawing the Line - Cartoon Conflicts
    Drawing the Line - Cartoon Conflicts

    An illustrated exploration of controversial cartoons, and their link to human rights, free speech and censorship, by long time Manchester pen scratcher ‘Polyp’. [More].
  2. Ask for Evidence
    Ask for Evidence

    Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens.

    The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn's disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account.

    This is geeks, working with the public, to park their tanks on the lawn of those who seek to influence us. And it's starting to work. Come and hear what the campaign is going to do next and how you can get involved.

    Jessica Taylor is a PhD student researching personalised medicine strategies for cancer at the University of Manchester. She has a passion for making science more accessible and wants to encourage everyone to ask questions, especially when it concerns their health.

  3. Lifting The Lid: Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience
    Lifting The Lid: Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience

    It’s easy to think of pseudoscience existing in a glass case at a museum – something to be examined and critiqued from a safe distance, but not something to touch and to play with. Using examples taken from his own personal experiences in skepticism, Michael Marshall will show what happens when you begin to crack the surface of the pseudosciences that surround us – revealing the surprising, sometimes-shocking and often-comic adventures that lie beneath. [More].
  4. Sex, Love & Marketing : How To Market Yourself On Online Dating Sites
    Sex, Love & Marketing : How To Market Yourself On Online Dating Sites

    Marketer & former radio show host David Frank will be talking about all things online dating, sex & porn. We could all use some tips on how to market ourselves, whether looking for love online, or trying to make the best impression in any situation. There's a marketer’s insight into why there are only two porn sites for women, we'll lampoon the formulas romance novels use for their plots & covers, & we'll look at the statistics behind the UK's porn viewing. This talk will prove you're attractive to a great many people, and we'll use science to prove it! There’ll be singing, an acted romance scene, & a very interesting Q&A afterwards.
  5. What Would Hitler Do? Godwin's Law, Holocaust Denial & Historical Evidence
    What Would Hitler Do? Godwin's Law, Holocaust Denial & Historical Evidence

    The Third Reich was a large, complex, modern state with a thriving mass media, diverse population, and fruitful trade and cultural links with the rest of the world. The ideology behind National Socialism drew upon well-established strands of nationalist and racialist thinking as well as centuries-old anti-Semitism, and the Nazi Party and its government used cutting-edge technology and techniques to give these ideas the broadest possible audience and appeal. [More].
  6. How to Talk to the Dead
    How to Talk to the Dead

    Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born. This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication. Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe. Ouija Boards Spirit Slates Spirit Communication Stopped Pulses Spewing ectoplasm And more... "Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored" "Very entertaining" - edfringereview [More].
  7. AIDS Denialism... yep, that’s a thing
    AIDS Denialism... yep, that’s a thing

    Talk by Myles Power. [More].
  8. Graphic Journalism: Art, Cartooning, and Science
    Graphic Journalism: Art, Cartooning, and Science

    Darryl Cunningham explains how he’s used cartooning to help bust the stigma surrounding mental illness, take on chiropractors, homeopaths, and climate change deniers, and describe how the 2008 financial crisis came about. [More].
  9. The Problem with Methane
    The Problem with Methane

    John Cossham's talk will focus on methane from permafrost and sub-sea clathrates, particularly a number of positive feedback loops which are implicated in non-linear climate change, and the possibility of 'Near Term Human Extinction'.
  10. What next for our nuclear waste?
    What next for our nuclear waste?

    Bruce Yardley, Professor of Metamorphic Geochemistry at the University of Leeds. [More].
  11. Christmas Quiz
    Christmas Quiz

    Join us for our December event, which this year will be a bit different! We're holding a Christmas science and religion-themed quiz together with the Leeds Atheist and Humanist Society. There will be festive fun and prizes to be won!
  12. History and ethics of scientific warfare in our time
    History and ethics of scientific warfare in our time

    Professor Andrew Nelson from the University of Leeds will give us a fascinating insight into the history and morality of scientific warfare, focusing on chemical warfare in WWI. [More].
  13. Agents of Reason
    Agents of Reason

    John Issitt is a writer and a part time lecturer at the University of York UK where he teaches philosophy of learning. He has taught for the Open University for 23 years and is a National Teaching Fellow. [More].
  14. Climate change denial
    Climate change denial

    Dr Chris Hassall, a lecturer at the University of Leeds, will talk about climate change denial, the reasoning behind it and what can be done to combat it. He will also touch upon other types of science denial, and explore the similarities and differences between them.
  15. Food poverty in the UK
    Food poverty in the UK

    Talk by Caleb Wooding. Food poverty is an evasive phrase we use when we really want to to talk about hunger, and not hunger as an immediate, just-awaiting-dinner sensation. Hunger as a pervasive and existential state which involves uncertainty as to where food is coming from, and even semi-voluntary fasting to meet other expenses. In my talk I'm going to discuss the shape of food poverty in the UK today, discuss my research into the subject so far, and share some ideas about how to define the food problem, and how to address it.
  16. A Look at James Joyce and Photography
    A Look at James Joyce and Photography

    Bloomsday is the annual celebration of Irish writer James Joyce. This year we will be holding an event to celebrate it. Georgina Binnie from the University of Leeds will be presenting a talk. [More].
  17. Life in extreme environments on earth, and the possibility of life on Mars
    Life in extreme environments on earth, and the possibility of life on Mars

    Talk by Professor Liane Benning.
  18. Casting Light on Evidence ... & Evidence on Light
    Casting Light on Evidence ... & Evidence on Light

    It is hard to argue against using 'scientific' evidence to decide policy; which health care interventions should be employed or which policy actions should be used in the social sphere. Randomised controlled trials give clear, accurate results - if everything works out perfectly. However everything does not always work out perfectly. There are big problems from studies even in the tightly regulated medical arena. (Recently, 3rd Jan 2014, the Public Accounts Committee published a damning report on the multi-million pound acquisition of the drug 'Tamiflu'). [More].
  19. Widening the View - Looking at the limits of Human Perception
    Widening the View - Looking at the limits of Human Perception

    After the success of his SiTP talk, the award-winning "You know less than you think", Paul Hopwood is back for the sequel! Based around his Cognitive Psychology studies, the first talk focussed on the different stages of information processing in the human brain. By looking at research into the brain�s ability to acquire, store, retrieve and use information; the talk highlighted that humans have a tendency to severely overestimate their ability to perform these tasks. [More].
  20. How Viruses Affect Evolution
    How Viruses Affect Evolution

    In honour of Darwin Day, we will be having a talk about viruses. How they evolved, why they make us sick, how pandemics rise and fall, and how, without viruses, we wouldn't be who we are. [More].
  21. Why Leeds should have a wide 20mph speed limit without humps
    Why Leeds should have a wide 20mph speed limit without humps

    Total 20mph limits are sweeping the nation with 12.3m people now living in places committed to 20mph for over 90% of roads. This includes York, Manchester, Lancashire and 25% of London Boroughs. Anna Semlyen, National Campaign Manager of 20's Plenty for Us (with 207 branches) will counter the common 20mph myths. [More].
  22. The News At Kate: My Professional Opinion
    The News At Kate: My Professional Opinion

    Kate Smurthwaite is a comedian and women's rights activist who has been on the circuit for nearly a decade, demonstrating that feminists not only have a sense of humour, but a smart, incisive and original one. She has toured nationally and internationally, made hundreds of TV and radio appearances including a programme for Radio Four about sexism in comedy and sexist humour, and even "gone viral" in a YouTube clip with over 2.5m hits. [More].
  23. A Skeptical Look at Statistics
    A Skeptical Look at Statistics

    John Fletcher presents a talk on how stats are used and abused.
  24. The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
    The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

    Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem and Big Bang, talks about his latest book, which explores mathematical themes hidden in The Simpsons. Everyone knows that The Simpsons is the most successful show in television history, but very few people realise that its team of mathematically gifted writers have used the show to explore everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity. Singh will also discuss how writers of Futurama have similarly made it their missions to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.
  25. Skeptics with an Eh: A view of the Canadian Skeptical movement
    Skeptics with an Eh: A view of the Canadian Skeptical movement

    The USA often attracts far more attention than its neighbour to the north but what is the state of religion, pseudoscience, and skepticism in Canada? In this talk, Canadian Ian Bushfield will discuss the history of the skeptical and humanist movements in Canada based on his involvement and research. Finally, he will touch on some current issues in Canada before opening the evening to discussion. [More].
  26. The Modern Face of Physiognomy
    The Modern Face of Physiognomy

    The notion that one can judge a person's character on the basis of their facial appearance is an idea that dates back to the ancient Greeks and for a short period, the practice of physiognomy was considered scientific. Despite the fact that this ancient practice has long been discredited, the idea that one can "read" a person's character simply by looking at their face still persists within folk psychology. In fact, this belief and our natural tendency to judge people on the basis of facial appearance has a surprisingly pervasive effect on all of our lives. [More].
  27. Oi! Scientology!
    Oi! Scientology!

    John Sweeney is 'psychotic, a bigot and a liar', and also the reporter who made the BBC Panorama programmes about the Church of Scientology. He'll be presenting a talk on his book "Church of Fear". [More].
  28. Brunch
    Brunch

    Join us for a skeptic/atheist/humanist/free thought brunch at The Cuthbert Brodick. A social without an agenda, just bring yourself and some good conversation. Everyone welcome.
  29. When Magic and Science Collide
    When Magic and Science Collide

    Magic boffin Oliver Meech meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. Brain-boggling tricks inspired by mind-blowing science. It's the Natural Selection!
  30. Confessions of a Tarot Reader
    Confessions of a Tarot Reader

    Dr Joely Black brings us a fascinating history of the game of tarot, how it spread through Europe from the east and how it was transformed into an oracle. She'll also discuss the art behind the tarot, how the narrative of the Trumps evolved, and the fake history developed in the 19th century to make the tarot sexier and less mundane. As well as this, she'll cover how ordering of the cards have changed over time, how many popular franchises have used the tarot in marketing, and the reasons for the differences between tarot in Latin and Anglophone countries. [More].
  31. The Sex Myth
    The Sex Myth

    Is there any truth to the epidemic of sex addiction? Are our children really getting sexualised younger? Are men the only ones who like porn? Brooke Magnanti looks at all these questions and more - and proves that perhaps we've all been taking the answers for granted. [More].
  32. Alan Turing: The Building of a Brain
    Alan Turing: The Building of a Brain

    Talk by Professor Barry Cooper. 2012 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing - mathematician, Bletchley Park decoding genius, father of computer science, and seminal figure in artificial intelligence and developmental biology. Every stored-program computer today is an embodiment of his 1936 Universal Turing Machine. [More].


  33. Talk by Brian Quinn. Where does superstition come from? Who are the most superstitious people in the world? Can scientists be superstitious? What about atheists? Whats God got to do with it? Does it matter? Just some of the questions well explore, touch wood.
  34. Stereotype Threat
    Stereotype Threat

    Stereotype threat is the finding that being in a situation where individuals are reminded of a negative stereotype surrounding their group membership (e.g., women taking a maths test; White athletes taking part in a sporting event), can result in underperformance. Harriet Rosenthal (Durham University) explores the evidence for stereotype threat across a range of different stereotypes, and also examines possible explanations for the effect.
  35. Do we get the legal system we deserve?
    Do we get the legal system we deserve?

    Law is made by lawyers in the image of lawyers and in the interests of lawyers. Does this deliver the legal system we deserve? John Wilson is a solicitor and founder Wilsons Solicitors.
  36. The Geek Manifesto
    The Geek Manifesto

    There are 650 MPs in the House of Commons. 158 have a background in business, 90 have been political advisers or organisers, and 86 are lawyers. Only one of them is a scientist. Is it any wonder that politics so often lets science down, and fails to exploit its skeptical methods to design policies that are fit for purpose? [More].
  37. The New Visibility of Atheism in Europe
    The New Visibility of Atheism in Europe

    Dr Stuart McAnulla (University of Leeds, POLIS) delivers a talk about the political aspects of the 'New Atheist' movement.
  38. Going Soul-o: Lessons from an Atheist's time at Christian Camp
    Going Soul-o: Lessons from an Atheist's time at Christian Camp

    Alex Gabriel, former chair of Oxford Atheist Society, recently attended Soul Survivor - the largest evangelical Christian festival for young people in the UK. In this talk, he'll discuss his experiences at the event.
  39. You know less than you think
    You know less than you think

    Every day we all make perceptions of people and the world around us. But perception is a two-way process and most people don't stop to think about the biases inherent in their own perception. What are these cognitive biases and how much can they affect our judgement? [More].
  40. How should Skeptics deal with controversy?
    How should Skeptics deal with controversy?

    Recent events, both in our group and in the wider Skeptics community, such as the recent fall out over TAM (The Amazing Meeting), have provided a banquet of food for thought. In this open debate, we'll be discussing them. Everyone will be welcome to stand up and add their opinion on any of the issues raised recently. [More].
  41. Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder
    Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder

    Rob Lyons, author of Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder discusses the unjustified anxiety present in society around the topic of food.
  42. Origins of Language and the Present Imperfect of Science
    Origins of Language and the Present Imperfect of Science

    Dr Dimitar Kazakov, Senior Lecturer in the AI Group at the University of York, discusses some of the recent work in Computer Science and Psychology on the origins and nature of human language. [More].
  43. Synthetic Biology - A Brave New World?
    Synthetic Biology - A Brave New World?

    Imagine a world in which we could make fuels or pharmaceuticals in the same way we ferment malt to make beer. A world in which materials as strong as steel are made without industrial waste, or artificial viruses can be used to administer anti-cancer drugs without the usual side-effects of chemotherapy. Synthetic biology promises new technologies that could change our lives through the design and construction of new biological parts and devices, and the redesign of existing, natural biological organisms for new purposes. [More].
  44. Bad Science in the Developing World
    Bad Science in the Developing World

    Martin Robbins, of the Guardian's Lay Science blog, reports on dangerous pseudo-medical practices outside the Western world, from homeopaths in East Africa to flat earthers and anti-vaccine campaigns in Nigeria. [More].
  45. The Natural History of the European Werewolf
    The Natural History of the European Werewolf

    The first event of the Festival of Reason is a talk by Skeptic magazine editor Deborah Hyde on the "The Natural History of the European Werewolf". [More].
  46. Arms regulation
    Arms regulation

    Talk by Dr Neil Cooper from the University of Bradford.
  47. Why Nothing Matters
    Why Nothing Matters

    Why should nothing matter? If anything matters, why should nothing matter? And yet it does, for there isn't anything, it seems, that nothing does not touch, or anything that does not touch nothing. History, philosophy, religion, science, art, literature, music - all look towards nothing at some point, stimulating questions that would otherwise not be asked. [More].
  48. Is there life out there?
    Is there life out there?

    Two years ago the description of the Universe was changed from billions of stars in each of billions of galaxies to billions of planets in each of billions of galaxies. The probability of finding intelligent life out there looks like a certainty and however improbable life is, it looks as if we will find it sooner rather than later. How will it change our world? [More].
  49. Personalised medicine
    Personalised medicine

    In 2001 President Bill Clinton stood on the front lawn of the White House flanked by Francis Collins and Craig Venter. That day he announced the completion of the draft human genome, the first ever map of human genetic variation. At the time grandiose pronouncements were made about the coming genomic revolution concerning new cures for diseases and the eradication of cancer. Ten years on many have failed to be impressed by the impact of this scientific milestone, including equal sensationalising from the British media on this decade anniversary. [More].
  50. Neuroscience for the Soul
    Neuroscience for the Soul

    Dr. Craig Aaen-Stockdale (Optometry, Bradford) will give an introduction to the field of neurotheology, which attempts to relate religious behaviour and experience to the workings of the brain. He will review the current literature and give his own thoughts on what, if anything, this tells us.
  51. Dealing Reasonably with Irrational Fear
    Dealing Reasonably with Irrational Fear

    Danger - risk of harm to ourselves or our loved ones - is a compelling element in storytelling. Conspiracy theories, alternative medicine and urban legends all thrive on hints of secret danger. [More].
  52. Brainwashed! A Cult Survivor's Tale
    Brainwashed! A Cult Survivor's Tale

    Arthur Chappell, now aged 49, describes how he was seduced into an Eastern meditation cult in the early 1980's, despite being an ex-Catholic atheist. The talk takes you step by step through the process of conversion, so that you can see step by step how the cult world wraps itself around you, cutting off exits, making rational thinking and doubt difficult and later near impossible. [More].
  53. All you wanted to know about the credit crunch but were too afraid to ask
    All you wanted to know about the credit crunch but were too afraid to ask

    Simon Wellings presents a talk on the problems with money and how we might reform it.
  54. Dr Jim Wild - Weathering solar storms
    Dr Jim Wild - Weathering solar storms

    Space isn't quite as cold and empty as you might first think. The Earth is embedded within the outer atmosphere of the Sun and is constantly buffeted by the solar wind and bathed in the remnants of the Sun's massive magnetic field. While generally imperceptible to humans here on Earth, changes in the space environment, so-called "space weather", can have an impact upon man-made technologies under, on and above the surface of the Earth. [More].
  55. An Introduction To Psychological Operations and False Flag Attacks
    An Introduction To Psychological Operations and False Flag Attacks

    This talk will provide an introduction to the generally ignored programs of psychological operations and social conditioning used by governments, militaries and intelligences groups in conjunction with the media and the education systems on populations at large. [More].
  56. Secular Ball
    Secular Ball

    Join us for the fourth annual Secular Ball (formally the End of Year Ball) for a night of dinner, dancing and entertainment. Your ticket includes: [More].
  57. The Zeitgeist Movement
    The Zeitgeist Movement

    Dan Dewsnap presents a talk on The Zeitgeist Movement.
  58. April event
    April event

    Join us at Mr Foleys for the monthly Skeptics in the Pub meeting. No topic this month - just a social. But the usual news round-up will be included.
  59. Climate change
    Climate change

    Pauline Neale has been campaigning for Oxfam since 2007 as well as supporting a number of other environmental organisations. In this talk she will dispel some of the myths surrounding climate change. [More].
  60. Creationism
    Creationism

    According to Creationism, the Earth was created 6,000 years ago. However, science seems to suggest the world is a little older. The talk will be presented by Mark Edon who sits on the British Centre for Science Education committee.
  61. Designed for the dump?
    Designed for the dump?

    Annie Leonard and her band of environmentalists at The Story of Stuff Project have provided some widely commented on films evoking both positive and negative reactions. [More].
  62. Why do people do weird things?
    Why do people do weird things?

    Human behaviour often appears to be maladaptive, pointless, ineffective for its expressed purpose, and even completely absurd. In this talk Michael Heap will examine, with the aid of demonstrations and videos, some examples of odd behaviour that is based on unusual and paranormal ideas and beliefs. These will include healing practices, dowsing, hypnosis, and communication with "the spirit world." [More].
  63. Not a Chimp
    Not a Chimp

    Jeremy Taylor presents a talk based round his book "Not A Chimp: The Hunt For The Genes That Make Us Human."
  64. Beating the Bookies - Can you make money from gambling?
    Beating the Bookies - Can you make money from gambling?

    The saying goes "the house always wins", but is that always true? This talk looks at the various ways people have tried over the years.
  65. How to be a Psychic Con-Man
    How to be a Psychic Con-Man

    Ash Pryce, founder and President of the Edinburgh Skeptics Society, presents a fully interactive demonstration of various tricks that psychics have used over the years. [More].
  66. The Scientific Method: Uses and Abuses
    The Scientific Method: Uses and Abuses

    Dr. Tom Williamson presents an introduction to the scientific method itself, how science gets done (research, peer review process, etc), and the various scientific frauds and how the scientific method was used to uncover them. [More].
  67. The Mind, Illusion and the Need for Science
    The Mind, Illusion and the Need for Science

    Jonathan Lomax presents a talk on why people believe strange things and how often the what seems a logical belief can actually be anything but.
  68. Magnetic Bracelets for Arthritis: Separating Fact from Fiction?
    Magnetic Bracelets for Arthritis: Separating Fact from Fiction?

    Stewart Richmond, a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, will deliver a talk followed by Q&A on his research that has demonstrated that there are no medical benefits of either copper or magnetic bracelets in the treatment of arthritic conditions.
  69. Enquiry 2010 Conference
    Enquiry 2010 Conference

    This summer Birmingham, UK will play host to a national conference on atheism, reason and skepticism. Taking place Friday 4th to Sunday 6th the conference will feature a variety of speakers from the freethought movement as well as social and entertainment events running throughout the weekend. [More].
  70. End of Year Ball
    End of Year Ball

    Join us, and the rest of the free thinking societies of Leeds' annual End of Year Ball. This year it will be hosted at Browns. [More].
  71. UFOology
    UFOology

    Trevor Prinn presents a talk on the UFO movement.
  72. Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard
    Bare-Faced Messiah: The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard

    Scientology would have you believe that their founder, L. Ron Hubbard was an explorer, scientist, war hero and all round amazing guy. However what we actually know of his life doesn't quite live up to the picture that is painted.
  73. The Bermuda Triangle
    The Bermuda Triangle

    Wikipedia describes it as "a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean in which a number of aircraft and surface vessels are alleged to have mysteriously disappeared in a manner that cannot be explained by human error, piracy, equipment failure, or natural disasters. Popular culture has attributed these disappearances to the paranormal, a suspension of the laws of physics, or activity by extraterrestrial beings." [More].
  74. Low Culture and High Ideas
    Low Culture and High Ideas

    Comedian Robin Ince will be giving a talk to us on "Low Culture and High Ideas." Talking about topics such as "Why should comedians talk about science?", "Can comedy change anything?" and "What is bad taste?"
  75. Catholic Church - big church or big business?
    Catholic Church - big church or big business?

    A talk by Mike Granville on the finances of the Catholic Church.
  76. What's That Coming Over the Hill?
    What's That Coming Over the Hill?

    Steve Wade presents a talk on bigfoot.
  77. Ariane Sherine
    Ariane Sherine

    British comedy writer, journalist and the creator of the Atheist Bus Campaign Ariane Sherine will be speaking. [More].
  78. Comedy & Skepticism
    Comedy & Skepticism

    Daryl Marples presents a review of TAM London and discussion of the important role that comedians have in getting accross to the public the absurdity of many paranormal claims from homeopathy to religion.
  79. What the supermarkets aren't telling you
    What the supermarkets aren't telling you

    A look at the various terms touted by supermarkets and food producers such as "organic" and "free range."
  80. How to win the lottery
    How to win the lottery

    Last week Derren Brown correctly predicted the national lottery results. But of course - he didn't. This talk will use this as a starting point and go from there.
  81. Sexuality and religon
    Sexuality and religon

    Dr. Richard Parker discusses homosexuality and the devision between it and religion.
  82. Swine flu - will anyone survive?
    Swine flu - will anyone survive?

    With swine flu now officially a pandemic and indeed an epedemic in the London area with the UK now having the 3rd highest case rate in the world this topical talk will look at the threat of swine flu and how much danger there really is.
  83. How to annoy a skeptic
    How to annoy a skeptic

    Dan Bye from the National Secular Society will be presenting a talk "how to annoy a skeptic."
  84. End of Year Ball
    End of Year Ball

    The various freethought societies of Leeds will be uniting for a joint social at the start of June, taking the form of a meal in Leeds. [More].
  85. Can Dawkins and Darwin replace the Holy Bible?
    Can Dawkins and Darwin replace the Holy Bible?

    Dr Gijsbert Stoet presents a talk entitled "Can Dawkins and Darwin replace the Holy Bible? On the search for guidance and fulfillment in the life of non-believers." [More].
  86. Prescribing Religion: What's the harm?
    Prescribing Religion: What's the harm?

    Dr Antony Lempert of the Secular Medical Forum will be delivering us a talk entitled "Prescribing Religion: What's the harm?"
  87. The Singularity is Near
    The Singularity is Near

    Daryl Marples from the University of Huddersfield looks at Raymond Kurzweil's book "The Singularity is Near" which predicts we will reach the technology singularity by 2045.
  88. The Unwoven Rainbow
    The Unwoven Rainbow

    Dr. Richard Parker, city wide community diabetes manager in Leeds, tells his story of his journey to rational thinking.
  89. It's Only Water: An Introduction to Homeopathy
    It's Only Water: An Introduction to Homeopathy

    Chris Worfolk, founder of the Leeds Atheist Society and AHS and head of the It's Only Water campaign presents an introduction to what homeopathy is and why it can't possibly work.