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Tues 5 February 2019Andy Parkin

Evolution – It's a Fact with Andy Parkin.

Andy's talk on Evolution by Natural Selection will provide definitions and explanations and a look at the current threat facing science, particularly from the religious. He will also discuss taxonomy, the latest discoveries concerning overlapping hominid populations, evidence supporting evolution and a look at the predictions the theory makes.

Andy Parkin is currently a teacher of English as a Second Language and has taught all over the world. He has previously worked in the software industry and has been a Management Consultant, Benefits Guru and Housing Director. He started life as a Science Teacher and throughout his life has maintained an enthusiasm in all matters scientific. He has a keen interest in astronomy and cosmology and has recently become an accredited school speaker for Humanists UK.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Mon 25 February

Philosophy Group Meeting - Democracy. 8.00pm, in the Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF.

Tues 5 March 2019Sally WatersJamie Gittins

Effective Altruism: Doing Good Better with Sally Waters and Jamie Gittins.

Effective altruism is about using reason and evidence to do the most good we can.

By finding the most effective ways to do good, each of us are in a position to have a huge positive impact on the world.

In this talk, we will explain the basic concepts behind the movement and show how these ideas can be applied to the way we live our lives.

Jamie Gittins is a Neuroscience student originally from Cumbria and currently studying at the University of York. He is the president of the Effective Altruism Society at the University and hopes to study a masters in Cognitive Neuroscience after he graduates.

Sally Waters is a software developer working at Sky in Leeds. She studied Music at Cambridge but was influenced by the Effective Altruism community to completely switch career. She donates 10% of her salary to the most effective charity she can find and has previously been involved with efforts to set up a local Effective Altruism Society in Leeds.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Wed 20 March

Book Group Meeting - The Myth Gap by Alex Evans. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Mon 25 March

Philosophy Group Meeting - Love. 8.00pm, in the Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF.

Tues 2 April 2019

Providing Emotional Support for People in Distress, from York Samaritans.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 7 May 2019Emily Brunsden

Fantastic planets, and how to find them with Dr Emily Brunsden, University of York.

Imagine living in a world with three Suns, red jungles or endless night. These ideas have moved from fiction to reality as we discover more and more fantastic planets in our galaxy. This talk explains how we find such amazing worlds, how we know what they might be like and what we are still searching for out there.

Dr Brunsden is a Lecturer in the Department of Physics specialising especially in Astrophysics. She is the Director of Astrocampus - a teaching and outreach observatory at the University of York. Her research interests include the spectroscopy of pulsating stars and higher education in physics and astrophysics.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 4 June 2019

Our (short) AGM, followed by a Soapbox Evening.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 2 July 2019

Universal Basic Income with Dr Louise Haagh, University of York.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

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