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Mon 30 SeptemberRichard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins - An Argument for Atheism. 7.30pm, at York Theatre Royal.

North Yorkshire Humanists will be running a stall at York Theatre Royal on 30 September where Richard Dawkins is presenting "An Argument for Atheism".

"Should we believe in God? Do we need God in order to explain the existence of the universe?

Do we need God in order to be good?

Join Richard Dawkins as he helps us rethink the Big Questions, and challenges us all, young and old, to understand how our world came into being.

Each ticket purchase includes a discounted copy of Richard’s new book".

Tues 1 October 2019Marc Taylor

What's the point of Clinical Trials? with Marc Taylor.

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

After detailing what a clinical trial is, Marc will describe how these studies contribute to the evidence base for health and health care, with examples of the different types of clinical trial and how they are regulated. He will then move on to discuss how the results of trials are used, and the importance of public reporting using international systems.

Marc Taylor is Chair of the ISRCTN registry of health research and Vice-Chair of the UK Research Integrity Office. He is a member of the Confidentiality Advisory Group at the Health Research Authority. He is also a Trustee of MySight York.

Until 2011, he was the Department of Health's lead official for research systems and governance, including national policy on the NHS Research Ethics Committee system and the UK Ethics Committee Authority; and the lead official for policy on information systems to support the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Mon 14 October

Philosophy Group - To develop a tolerant society we must be intolerant of intolerance. 7.30pm, in the Chapter Room of the Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF.

Wed 16 October

Book Group - Voodoo Histories: How Conspiracy Theory Has Shaped Modern History, by David Aaronovitch. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 5 November 2019

Please note that we are not having our usual ‘1st Tuesday’ talk, because of our Annual Event on 6 November.

Wed 6 November 2019Marlon Solomon

7th Annual Event: Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard's Tale with Marlon Solomon.

Why do 60% of Britons believe at least one conspiracy theory about how the country is run?

Why do 4% of Americans believe that the shape-shifting reptilian people control our world?

Why do millions of people believe the Holocaust was a hoax?

Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him much until he discovered that some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld.

Marlon Solomon explores why conspiracy theories are more popular than ever.

He examines how fake news gives fresh currency to ancient slander and how this all relates to current issues in the Labour Party.

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale is a one-man multi-media piece of storytelling.

It’s a comic tale which is no laughing matter.

Marlon Solomon is an actor/musician from Manchester.

He has delivered Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale at the Edinburgh Fringe and as the first one-person show to be performed in the Houses of Parliament.

Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 7.15pm (doors open 7.05pm)

York St John University, De Grey Lecture Theatre, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX.

Tickets £7 online from Eventbrite or £6 at any of our regular events

Mon 11 November

Philosophy Group - What happened before time began?. 7.30pm, in the Chapter Room of the Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF.

Tues 3 December 2019John Adams

Mormonism - the invention of a religion with John Adams.

John Adams will give a talk on the extraordinary story of the creation of the Mormon religion which, within a couple of generations, spread from a small town in New York State to become a world religion. He will use the story to reflect on the spread of all religions, past and present.

John is a retired academic and past Chair of North Yorkshire Humanists. He is currently Treasurer of Humanists UK.

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

Tues 7 January 2020Claire Ainsley

The New Working Class: How to win hearts, minds and votes with Claire Ainsley.

Claire Ainsley is Executive Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, leading JRF’s strategy to inspire action and change to solve UK poverty.

She is author of The New Working Class: how to win hearts, mind and votes, and a trustee of Involve, the public participation charity.

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

Tues 4 February 2020

TBA

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

Tues 3 March 2020

Leaving Faith – the experience of a Jehovah’s Witness with Sarah Bryan.

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

Tues 7 April 2020

Six faces of Language - What makes language language? with Deak Kirkham

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

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