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What's On

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 2020Neil Bruce

Defusing an Explosive Issue: Engineering GM plants to remove explosives and other pollutants from the biosphere with Professor Neil Bruce, Department of Biology, University of York.

There is an increasing pressure to reclaim land for redevelopment and agricultural use that has been contaminated by persistent organic and elemental pollutants. Organic pollutants are mostly anthropogenic that have historically arisen from old traditional industrial processes but pollution still continues to arise from sources such as accidental spillages from chemical industries, agriculture and military activities. Numerous organic pollutants, a typical example being the explosive TNT, are highly recalcitrant to degradation, toxic and can persist in the environment for many years. Toxic inorganic pollutants occur as natural elements in the earth and activities such as mining promote their release into the environment. The lack of affordable and effective cleanup technologies that can be used over large areas of land requires the development of novel low cost sustainable processes. Recent interest has focused on the use of plants, as they have a remarkable ability to extract compounds and metals from soil and water, while their penetrative root systems enable them to interrogate a diverse range of environments.

Plants are exposed on a daily basis to toxic compounds and their survival from exposure to these harmful substances depends on inducible detoxification systems. In this talk, I will give examples on how an understanding of the mechanisms of plant detoxification and the use of genetic engineering can lead to robust plant systems suitable for environmental cleanup. I will also discuss how we are developing these GM plants for remediation of explosives contaminated land on US military sites.

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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