Wednesday, 28 October 2009

New issue, events and all that..

Dear reader, our blog has moved to a new address.

Do come on over (and change your bookmarks accordingly): rationalist.org.uk

The new issue of New Humanist was finally put to bed last night – watch out for it next week, with great content including Raymond Tallis on the rise of neuro-nonsense, Seth Kalichman on how to spot an AIDS denialist (one for the editors of the Spectator, perhaps?), Jewel of Medina author Sherry Jones on the dangers of self-censorship, Barry Cryer sharing gags with Laurie Taylor, Sally Feldman on the fossil-finding pioneer Mary Anning, and much, much more.

Meanwhile, to set the blogging waggon going again, here are a few notices I've been meaning to blog while we were deep in production. The Centre for Inquiry London are hosting some more of their excellent scpetical events at Conway Hall, Holborn this autumn. First up (tomorrow night, actually), is CFI provost and philosopher Stephen Law in debate with author of The Dawkins Delusion (I believe RD calls his type "fleas") Alister McGrath, on the subject "Does The Natural World Point To God?". That's tomorrow night, Thursday 29 October, at Conway Hall, 7-9pm.

Then next, on Saturday 7 November, 11am-3pm at Conway Hall, there's Monsters from the Deep:
"Dr Charles Paxton, a scientist from the University of St Andrews, is one of the country’s most qualified cryptozoologists, and he will be running both a lecture and workshop on monsters from the deep – mythical and real. Dr Darren Naish is a researcher at The University of Portsmouth, who will talk about the ‘prehistoric survivor paradigm’ and what it means (or doesn’t mean) for ’sea monster’ sightings. An interactive sceptical odyssey"
Tomorrow's debate is £5 on the door, and Monsters from the Deep is £10, or £5 for students (booking details on the CFI site), but if you're a New Humanist subscriber or a member of any of the other humanist organisations, you can get in for free.

In further event news, as part of their One Law For All campaign against Sharia law, the Council of Ex-Muslims are holding a rally in Central London on Saturday 21 November, to mark Universal Children’s Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women:
Confirmed speakers: Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Mina Ahadi, ‘AK47,’ Fari B, Roy Brown, AC Grayling, Rahila Gupta, Johann Hari, Marieme Helie-Lucas, ‘Lilith,’ Houzan Mahmoud, Cris Mccurley, Maryam Namazie, Taslima Nasrin, David Pollock, Fariborz Pooya, Terry Sanderson, Muriel Seltman, Issam Shukri, Selina aka ‘Jus1Jam,’ Sohaila Sharifi, Bahram Soroush, Peter Tatchell and more…
Full details are on their website. And in the run-up to that rally, leading Council for Ex-Muslims campaigner Maryam Namazie will be answering online questions every day about Sharia law.

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