Welcome to Lewes Skeptics in the Pub

What is Skeptics in the Pub?

Skeptics in the Pub (SitP) is a monthly event where people can meet and discuss science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking. At each event a speaker is invited to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. There are now about 50 towns and cities throughout the UK & Ireland hosting Skeptics in the Pub events.

For more information about the idea behind Skeptics in the Pub please look at this BBC Report and this Wikipedia entry.

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Entry to the talks will cost £3 payable on the door (if unsold seats available) or by advance ticket. Tickets for each event will become available soon after the preceding event and can be purchased from behind the bar at the Elephant & Castle, Lewes. Tickets can also be obtained online at http://lewesskeptics.eventbrite.com but with an additional admin fee of 73p per ticket. 

Please note: Events at the Elephant & Castle take place in an upstairs room and unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.

Science and Islam

Priya Shetty

Wednesday, December 3 2014 at 8:00PM

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White Hill
East Sussex

Priya Shetty

What's the talk about?

Most Islamic countries languish at the bottom of global science rankings; their scientific output falls behind even the poorest African countries and the number of researchers per capita remains significantly lower than the USA or Europe. Yet science wasn’t always so neglected. In the Golden Age of Arabic science, between the 8th and 15th centuries, the work of Muslim scientists in mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, medicine paved the way for the European renaissance. So what explains the modern-day dearth of knowledge and expertise in Islamic countries?

Contrary to popular assumption that science and rational thinking is hampered by the theological strictures of Islam, in this talk, Priya Shetty argues that religion has very little to do with the poor scientific performance of Islamic countries. She explores political, socioeconomic, and cultural factors, to show how science and Islam co-exist quite easily, and describes the scientific renaissance that many Islamic countries are currently pursuing. A science journalist for 15 years, Priya Shetty has researched science and technology capacity in Indonesia, as part of the Royal Society’s project to map science capacity in Islamic countries, and will present some of her findings from Indonesia in this talk.

A Brighton-based science journalist who has worked at New Scientist and The Lancet, and writes for the BBC, The Guardian, and Nature, Priya focuses on the intersection of science and society, and has written about sexism in science, abortion rights, and access to medicines.

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