CFI UK's primary aim is education, with the focus on the following three
(i) the application of science and/or reason to questions
regarding religion and the supernatural (e.g. questions about the
divine, parapsychological questions, etc.)
(ii) the application of science and/or reason to pressing
contemporary ethical dilemmas and social/political problems (e.g.
stem-cell research, global warming)
(iii) the question of what is, and is not, good science (e.g. is intelligent design, or cold fusion, or magnet therapy, good science?)
CFI UK is concerned to defend and promote academic freedom, particularly from unjust legal threats, and to promote science-based policy.
We put on regular talks and events focusing on all of the above - from, say, exposing medical quackery (Ben Goldacre and Simon Singh), to examining the relationship between science and religion (e.g. debates between Alister McGrath and Stephen Law, and Rev. John Polkinghorne and David Papineau), to examining the roots causes of the Holocaust and how best to prevent such moral catastrophes in future. Fascinating, informative and sometimes provocative talks from leading experts and commentators in their fields. Talks take place at Conway Hall, central London, and at The Oxford Literary Festival at Christ Church Oxford, where we contribute several events each year.
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• Prof. Richard Dawkins (Honorary Chair)
• Dr Susan Blackmore
• Prof. Colin Blakemore
• Prof Christopher C French
• Baroness Susan Greenfield
• Prof. Colin McGinn
• Mr Hazhir Teimourian
• Prof. George Wells
• Prof. Richard Wiseman
• Prof. Lewis Wolpert