My QED Highlights

Over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of March a few of us from Dublin Skeptics in the Pub headed over to QEDCon in Manchester for a weekend of sceptical talks and debate. The talks were highly enjoyable and informative and will soon hopefully be available online. Although there were many things that I enjoyed I have managed to compile a list of my favourite five things from the conference which should hopefully match some of yours. If not, feel free to add them to the comments below so we can have a post QED nostalgia trip!

Cromwell at Drogheda: Two Sceptical Threads

Cromwell as viewed by Ireland

Oliver Cromwell, like so many figures in Irish history, is very difficult to get an objective opinion on. The man is seen as a devil in human form by many even now, centuries after the events attributed to him took place. It is fair to say that no other English individual has become the poster-boy for Anglo-Irish division and hatred as much as the 17th century Parliamentarian leader.

Doctor Doesnothing

Last November I became for the first time, without parental supervision, a pet caretaker.

The Ling Herself

My partner and I took in Ling a six year old cat who was no longer able to be cared for where she was living. The first month was a whirl of vet’s appointments for checkups, vaccinations, worming, flea tablets, nutritional advice and catnip. Since then things have calmed down and she has integrated into family life. This has given me the time to think about her long term care and this is when I came across homeopathy for pets.

Want to Start a Party?

Yesterday I read the news that Sean Sherlock had sign into law the “not” Sopa Ireland law. Despite 80,000 people saying please don’t. Despite businesses in the tech industry saying it was a bad idea. At the same time he announced a public consultation on copyright law in Ireland… Why he had to bring in the law before the consultation is beyond me, but that’s politics in Ireland..