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January 2018

The Right Treatment: Alt-Med, Anti-Science & Conservatism

January 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street
Glasgow, G2 7DA United Kingdom
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“Alternatives” to the medical mainstream, including traditional Chinese medicine, faith-healing, and anti-vaccination beliefs, provide a window into debates over health, well-being, and personal choice in the marketplace. During the 1970s, California was a hotbed of health activism and medical entrepreneurship, a climate where contested medicines met various economic and political ideologies. Single-issue health movements underlined the importance of medical freedoms and consumer autonomy, and this talk will examine two examples: Laetrile, a controversial cancer treatment, and MDMA (ecstasy). We will…

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Climate change & extreme weather: Behind the headlines

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street
Glasgow, G2 7DA United Kingdom
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“2017 was second hottest year on record, after sizzling 2016” “Deadly storm Eleanor batters Europe” “Winter storm threatens US East Coast, bringing colder temperatures than Mars”. Hardly a day goes by without climate change and extreme weather in the headlines, but sometimes it’s hard to decipher reality from hyperbole. Scientists are becoming more confident that climate change is affecting the frequency of extreme weather events, but it is still difficult to link the severity of any single event to climate…

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February 2018

Glasgow Skeptics Visit Cafe Scientifique: Plasticising the Planet

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, 163-157 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3EW United Kingdom
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So we don't have an official Glasgow Skeptics event on this date ... but our friends over in Cafe Scientifique have got something to tickle your fancy instead. This month's topic: Plasticising the Planet Plastics are an inextricable part of everyday life, however, there is growing concern of their impacts to the environment. It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastics enter our oceans annually. How does this plastic get into the ocean? Where does it go? What are…

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Maggots, Murder & Museums

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waterstones Sauchiehall Street, 163-157 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3EW United Kingdom
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Ashleigh Whiffin, Assistant Curator of Entomology at National Museums Scotland (NMS) Presents “Maggots, Murder & Museums" She’ll be sharing her passion for insects, explaining what happens behind the scenes at the museum and why the insect collection is so important, as well as delving deeper into the delights of carrion insects and forensic entomology.   About the Speaker: Ashleigh caught the Entomology buzz when studying for a BSc in Forensic Science, becoming fascinated by carrion insects; the insects attracted to…

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