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May 06 2015

Homeopathy on the NHS, and what we can do about it

In my first year as Project Director of the Good Thinking Society I was able to visit almost 40 different skeptical groups around the country (and, indeed, around the world!) to talk about skeptical activism and the work we are doing at Good Thinking. While I’m still happy to give my ‘Lifting the Lid: Ongoing Adventures in the World of Pseudoscience‘ talk, I’m also keen to give a new talk on our campaign against homeopathy on the NHS and the investigation we’ve undertaken into the extent of funding homeopathy. I first gave the talk at QED in Manchester, where it was very well received.

If you’d like me to talk for your Skeptics in the Pub, university group, humanist group or other, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to come speak for you. You can find dates of my upcoming talks below, and to arrange a talk in your area simply email marsh@goodthinkingsociety.org.

Homeopathy on the NHS, and what we can do about it

by Michael MarshallMichael Marshall: Bad News: How PR Came to Rule Modern Journalism

Homeopathy is one of the most widely debunked form of alternative medicine – yet homeopathic remedies adorn the shelves of respected pharmacies and are funded by taxpayers on the NHS. How big of a problem is this? Using information and personal experiences gathered during his last 6 years of campaigning against homeopathy, Michael Marshall will highlight how much money is spent on homeopathic remedies, how this gives undeserved credibility to homeopathy, how such remedies can lead to genuine harm and what you can do to help.

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

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Requirements: projector, screen, audio playback (this talk involves some short video clips with sound).

Catch me at:

  1. Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub – 27th March 2017
  2. Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub – TBD

Past events:

  1. Bangor Science Cafe
  2. Sydney Skeptics in the Pub
  3. Australian Skeptics National Convention, Melbourne – 25th November 2016
  4. Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub – 2nd November 2016
  5. QED 2016 – Manchester – 14th-16th October 2016
  6. Brighton Skeptics in the Cafe – 27th September 2016
  7. Norwich Skeptics in the Pub – 13th September 2016
  8. Essex Skeptics in the Pub – 14th September 2016
  9. LIDo PhD Retreat – High Wycombe – 8th September 2016
  10. Edinburgh Festival – Skeptics on the Fringe – 10th August 2016
  11. Leicester Skeptics in the Pub – 19th July 2016
  12. Portsmouth Skeptics in the Pub – 14th July 2016
  13. Teesside Skeptics in the Pub – 7th July 2016
  14. Southport Philosophy in the Pub – 6th June 2016
  15. Bedford Skeptics in the Pub – 21st April 2016
  16. Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub – 29th February 2016
  17. Reading Skeptics in the Pub – 15th February 2016
  18. Brighton Humanists – 3rd February 2016
  19. Cork Skeptics in the Pub – 29th January 2016
  20. Dublin Skeptics in the Pub – 28th January 2016
  21. Eastbourne Skeptics in the Pub – 27th January 2016
  22. CFI UK: Science in the Media, Conway Hall, London – 12th December 2015
  23. Durham University Humanists – 25th November 2015
  24. Leeds Skeptics in the Pub – 24th November 2015
  25. High Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub – 18th November 2015
  26. Exeter Humanists – 14th November 2015
  27. Cardiff Skeptics in the Pub – 17th November 2015
  28. Bristol Skeptics in the Pub – 28th October 2015
  29. Liverpool Skeptics in the Pub – 15th October 2015
  30. Milton Keynes Skeptics in the Pub – 14th October 2015
  31. York Skeptics in the Pub – 24th August 2015
  32. Malmo Skeptics in the Pub, Sweden – 21st September 2015
  33. Cambridge Skeptics in the Pub – 28th July 2015
  34. Oxford Skeptics in the Pub – 22nd July 2015
  35. Gravesend Skeptics in the Pub – 15th July 2015
  36. Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub – 8th July 2015
  37. Nottingham Skeptics in the Pub – 7th July 2015
  38. QED, Manchester – 24th-26th April 2015 (new talk)
  39. Liverpool SciBar – 7th April 2015
  40. Cheltenham Skeptics in the Pub – 31th March 2015
  41. Northern Ireland Science Festival, Belfast – 24th February 2015
  42. Dublin Skeptics in the Pub – 6th February 2015
  43. Cork Skeptics in the Pub – 5th February 2015
  44. Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub – 4th February 2015
  45. Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub – 12th January 2015
  46. Brisbane, AUS – 1st December 2014
  47. Australian Skeptics National Convention, Sydney, AUS – 29th-30th November 2014
  48. Liverpool Skeptics in the Pub – 20th November 2014
  49. Horsham Skeptics in the Pub – 13th November 2014
  50. Milton Keynes Skeptics in the Pub – 11th November 2014
  51. Southport Philosophy in the Pub – 3rd November 2014
  52. Guildford Skeptics in the Pub – 24th September 2014
  53. Coventry Skeptics in the Pub – 17th September 2014
  54. Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub – 10th September 2014
  55. Barnsley Skeptics in the Pub – 4th September 2014
  56. Winchester Skeptics in the Pub – 28th August 2014
  57. Cambridge Skeptics in the Pub – 27th August 2014
  58. Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe – 15th August 2014
  59. Nine Worlds Geekfest, London – 10th August 2014
  60. Nottingham Skeptics in the Pub – 5th August 2014
  61. Lincoln Skeptics in the Pub – 4th August 2014
  62. Greater Manchester Skeptics in the Pub – 10th July 2014
  63. Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub – 9th July 2014
  64. Stoke Skeptics in the Pub – 2nd July 2014
  65. Bristol Skeptics in the Pub – 25th June 2014
  66. York Skeptics in the Pub – 23rd June 2014
  67. Leicester Skeptics in the Pub – 17th June 2014
  68. Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub – 11th June 2014
  69. Brighton Skeptics in the Pub – 10th June 2014
  70. Ealing Skeptics in the Pub – 12th May 2014
  71. Oxford Skeptics in the Pub – 8th May 2014
  72. University of Liverpool Humanists – 29th April 2014
  73. Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub – 28th April 2014
  74. Exeter Skeptics in the Pub – 23rd April 2014
  75. Plymouth Humanists – 22nd April 2014
  76. Teeside Skeptics in the Pub – 3rd April 2014