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"Ask For Evidence" a talk by Max Goldman of Sense About Science

The CLHG are delighted that Max Goldman has offered to talk to us about his campaign "Ask For Evidence"

We hear daily claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, treat disease or improve agriculture. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not.
How can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them or buy their products, then we should Ask for Evidence.

Max joined Sense About Science in March 2013, working specifically for the Ask for Evidence campaign. Prior to working with Sense About Science, Max completed a Masters of Research degree at the London Consortium, a cross-disciplinary group of museums, galleries and academic institutions designed to bridge the gap between public and academic discussion. His dissertation explored the relationship between scientific progress and the public perception of science, and it is this that got him interested in the great work that Sense About Science does. Previously to that, Max worked in an advertising agency and he also has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford 

Sense About Science

A charitable trust that equips people to make sense of scientific and medical claims in public discussion.With a database of over 6,000 scientists, from Nobel prize winners to postdocs and PhD students, we work in partnership with scientific bodies, research publishers, policy makers, the public and the media, to change public discussions about science and evidence. Through award-winning public campaigns, we share the tools of scientific thinking and scrutiny. Our growing international Voice of Young Science network engages hundreds of early career researchers in public debates about research and evidence. Our activities and publications are used and shaped by community groups, civic bodies, patient organisations, information services, writers, publishers, educators, health services and many others

Doors at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 p.m.

Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our CLHG Charity Wine Bar find your seat and chat with other members.

Donations to the wine bar will go to Max's chosen charity.

All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we ask those who can to make a donation of what they can afford to cover the costs of room and equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Worthy cause that of Sense about Science as too often “we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought” (J.F Kennedy). It is everyone's responsibility to query and challenge. Good choice of talk.

    April 23, 2014

  • Peter E.

    Excellent talk - such a knowledgeable group. Impressive!

    April 20, 2014

  • Ian S.

    That was impressive - a really intelligent presentation. We really need organisations like that.

    April 17, 2014

  • Bigus D.

    A thoroughly enjoyable evening, with an informative talk, and insight into the workings of Sense About Science. The work they do will be invaluable to our society, and to others around the world (as it hopefully spreads). They deserve our support, both morally and verbally (and monetarily if they take donations).

    April 17, 2014

  • Mihai M.

    The lecture did not disappoint at all. We really need to help this organization out. They're there for people like us, so it's up to us to keep them going.

    April 16, 2014

  • stells d.

    Well informed, well presented. Inspiring talk. I feel sure Ask For Evidence is going to make a difference.

    April 16, 2014

  • Bigus D.

    I wish it was illegal for politicians and companies to knowingly lie or stretch the truth when making claims stated as fact.

    1 · March 26, 2014

    • Bigus D.

      In answer to your first question, I think it is our duty, as responsible citizens and rational members of society, to point out the errors and lies of anyone, whether they be friends, advertising agencies, politicians, or strangers, especially if those inaccuracies impact heavily upon the lives of others.

      People must be held to account, as if you advertise a product, or make a claim publicly, basing policy on it, if said claim is false, it leads to acceptance of falsity, and a lot more besides.

      In answer to your second question, I am not sure whether Dr Lewis feels guilt, whether he's bragging, if he just wants to spread knowledge, or a mix of the above. Knowledge shouldn't be kept from people for whatever reason, at least scientific discoveries, unless there is a valid, ethical reason for doing so.

      April 2, 2014

    • Iain M.

      Completely agree sir. I'm rather hoping he feels a little guilt and is try to make amends rather than promoting it. See what happens

      April 2, 2014

  • Iain M.

    I suppose I should clarify my humour just in case there are any professional psychologists looking in:
    I know it's not a "practice" - I'm just saying, that there are many things (ALL RELIGION covering the bulk of those things) that abuse the fact that 'pcg' exists. And boy does that make me angry. soap box :-)

    April 2, 2014

  • Iain M.

    That's excellent. Cheered me up tks. I once heard it said/was told by someone "into" it that it was all about water having memory. hahahahaha.
    But, I almost believed it grrrrr. Had to look it up - research for evidence - as any sane person might - wouldn't they??!!!
    Predictable cognitive bias - a recently proved thing but historically, an abused practice for eons and it's globally rife grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    April 2, 2014

  • Steve C.

    Look what Sense About Science have helped promote. Now we need to encourage more people to ask for the evidence.

    See you all on 16th.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • terence f.

    Sadly supporting the local community library as tech suppport

    February 11, 2014

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