Jan 25th, Toronto: Dr. David Colquhoun on Science, Alternative Medicine and Academic Freedom
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U of Toronto Secular Alliance and Centre for Inquiry-Ontario present Professor David Colquhoun, PhD, FRS
Friday, January 25th 2008 @ 7pm at McLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto

SCIENCE IN AN AGE OF ENDARKENMENT - SOME EXAMPLES FROM SCIENTIFIC FRAUD, QUACKERY, RELIGION AND UNIVERSITY POLITICS

Should complementary and alternative medicine be considered alongside evidence-based medicine? What role does it play in today’s society? Should unscientific medicine be taught in universities? David Colquhoun tackles these issues and more.

Eminent UK scientist and noted skeptic David Colquhoun, FRS is a professor of Pharmacology at University College London, fellow of the Royal Society, and blogger (Improbable Science). He was recently the centre of controversy surrounding his popular blog, dedicated to critiquing alternative medicine and pseudoscientific claims, after criticizing a herbal medicine practitioner about her questionable practices. This herbalist threatened legal action and Prof. Colquhoun was forced to remove his site from the UCL server. After much backlash from the scientific community, his website was revived. A leader in the skeptical community, Prof. Colquhoun has discussed CAM on BBC News, numerous radio programs and popular science and skepticism podcasts. He will be speaking on issues surrounding alternative medicine, academia, and the intersection between the two.

Dr. Colquhoun’s website: http://www.dcscience.net

Friday, January 25th 2008, 7pm-9pm
McLeod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto (1 King’s College Circle, Toronto)
$7, $4 for students

A reception with Prof. Colquhoun will take place immediately before the main event from 5pm-6:30pm at the Centre for Inquiry Ontario, exclusively for friends of the centre.

In partnership with Skeptics Canada

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