On Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 10:23 AM sharp, Skeptics will take an “overdose” of homeopathic products in front of the building of the European Parliament; place de Luxembourg in 1050, Brussels. This is part of the worldwide “10:23” campaign to raise awareness about the fact that homeopathy simply does not work.
European scientists and skeptics protest in front of the European Parliament. They ask Members of the European Parliament to protect citizens of Europe and stop the encouragement of these useless products. According to various EU directives, homeopathic products can be sold as medication in the whole European Union without having to prove their efficacy - unlike procedures for real medication, which are only permitted (and correctly so) after passing severe scientific tests.
ECSO has extended support to science journalist Simon Singh, who is under legal attack in the UK for his critical article about chiropractic. ECSO is one of the over initial 100 signatories of a statement in support of Simon Singh. On the 19th of June 2009, the campaign to keep libel laws out of science had received more than 12,000 signatories. Support from the scientific community and from skeptics all over the world has been overwhelming.
14.30: Hypnosis – A Scientific Appraisal (Dr. Michael Heap, UK)
15.15: Is Alternative Medicine Really a Soft Medicine? (Prof. Willem Betz, Belgium)
16.15: Testing Paranormal Claims Scientifically: Two Examples (Nicolas Vivant, France)
17.15: ECSO Board Meeting
09.30: Crop circles and UFOs : Myths and ‘Scientific’ Legends (Francesco Grassi, Italy)
10.15: Darwin in the Classroom. How to Deal with Creationist Skeptics in Secondary Schools (Prof. Johan Braeckman, Belgium)
11.15: Skepticism in Hungary (Dr. Gabor Hrasko, Hungary)
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