[sclug] Reading Skeptics group meeting & Cafe Scientifique

John Stumbles sclug at yaph.org.uk
Sun May 16 12:25:21 UTC 2010

Dear all

The next meeting of the Reading Skeptics' (and fellow-travellers')
group will be this Tuesday 18th May, 7:00pm-9:30pm at the Global Cafe
at RISC, 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS.

More information at http://reading-skeptics.org.uk/

The first two meetings saw a small (but select :-)) turnout. If you are
interested in having any sort of skeptics meeting in Reading and you can
make it this Tuesday please do come and be one of the pioneers! The idea
is for it to be a pleasant social evening for like-minded people and
possibly a planning meeting if people are interested in organising, say,
a speaker meeting as they do at other SitP groups.

Whether or not you can come to the meeting you can join the mailing list
for discussion and announcements. There's a link on the website to do
this or you can reply to this email and I'll add you to the list.

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You may also be interested in the Cafe Scientifique meeting the day
before that: Monday 17th May, 7:30pm at the D?j? vu Bar and Eatery, 61
St. Mary's Butts, Reading, RG1 2LG. (Entry free but I think you're
expected to buy a coffee or a drink.)

"Materials and information at the origin of life"

     * Professor Howard Colquhoun, University of Reading

The information needed for all living things to function is stored in
sequences of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), and is expressed through the
workings of a staggeringly complex set of molecular machinery. Even
today when our understanding of this machinery is really very
well-developed, it is fair to say that no-one has the faintest idea how
it actually originated. The transition from Chemistry to Biology, at the
molecular level, therefore represents a massive, not to say scandalous,
void in human understanding.

Professor Howard Colquhoun will discuss some of the most recent
experimental and theoretical research into the origins of Life on Earth,
especially ways in which the information needed to organise and process
the key materials of life could have emerged.


all the best

John Stumbles                                       http://yaph.org.uk

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