|Thu Jul 10 @ 2:00PM - 04:00PM|
A discussion on some ethical dilemmas
|Thu Jul 17 @ 7:00PM - 09:30PM|
Nicholas Bamber, our Web Administrator gave an engrossing talk on 'The Shape of Creationist Lies'. Most of the audience never realised how many different types of creationist lies there were, including the fact that creationists say that "zoologists are still searching for the crocduck".(pictured right). The talk was very well researched and Nicholas finished by summing up the various forms of creationist lies.
As one of our quarterly outings to different places, the Star & Garter pub in Greenwich was chosen as the venue. On the first Wednesday of each month, the Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub hold their meetings and this month the meeting was titled "Interview with a Vampire Expert". Deborah Hyde gave an excellent presentation (including handing out free vampire teeth sweets to successful answers to her occassional Vampire quiz questions). We learnt that there were two main types of Vampire: Literary and Folkloric. There were comparisons to warding off Vampires by burning someones heart and eating the ashes, to religious holy communion with the wafer. And Deborah's tip of the day to ward off Vampires, is to create a 'Witch Bottle' containing hairclippings, fingernails and other personal bits, and then put the witch bottle outside your front door. Not sure what the neighbours would think. Deborah Hyde is shown in the picture on the right with Chris French, the chair of the Greenwich branch of Skeptics in the Pub. For more information visit http://greenwich.skepticsinthepub.org. One of our members who also came along, Moya, said it was an excellent evening and she would go again.
Ben Jarman, former School Teacher, (pictured with Sam Becker - Treasurer, who invited Ben to speak to us) spoke about his work with "Fine Cell" as Volunteer and Programmes Manager. He is involved in helping long term prisoners learn needlework skills and was able to show us some samples of their work. Some prisoners become so talented that they receive commissions for their work. He mentioned that some Prisons were sceptical about providing needles and scissors to prisoners who might self-harm but said that strangely enough, this provided an outlet for prisoners to channel their energies and reflect more positively on their lives, and reduced the level of self-harming. However, if tools go missing from a workshop, this can involve an 8 to 10 day shut down in order for all the prison cells to be searched. We were grateful that there were organisations like Fine Cell who help long term, often vulnerable prisons, find a new direction in their lives, as part of a rehabilitative process.