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'Science Delusion' author to give talk on need for sceptical spirit in inquiry

In his new book, The Science Delusion, Dr Rupert Sheldrake explains his beliefs that the sciences are being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. Should science be a belief-system, he asks, or a realm of enquiry?

In the sceptical spirit of scientific inquiry, Dr Sheldrake turns the 10 fundamental dogmas of science into questions, opening up startling new possibilities. Dr Sheldrake will be in Dublin this Thursday, January 26, to deliver his talk on The Science Delusion at 7.30pm in the Stillorgan Park Hotel, Co Dublin.

Fans of the early years of rock will love The Billy Fury Years, a new show featuring Michael King with his band at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 22.

Billy Fury had more hits than any other recording artist and he equalled The Beatles' 24 chart hits, with his songs racking up an incredible 332 weeks in the UK charts.

The mild winter might mean that snowmen are in short supply -- but never mind, for today is World Snow Day.

The temperature won't matter as there will be fun on the slopes at the Ski Club of Ireland in Kilternan, Co Dublin. All the family can experience the joy of snow with a day of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and freestyling. There will be free admission and parking on the day.

The Irish Winter Shore Angling Festival will take place on the east-facing beaches of Co Wexford over three days next weekend, from January 26 to 28.

The festival will see the county host the 'creme de la creme' of shore anglers. More details www.visitwexford.ie.

THE Irish Women Lawyers' Association (IWLA) will hold a talk 'The Equality Journey', by Dr Sylvia Meehan, first CEO and chair of the Employment Equality Agency. It will be held at 6.15pm on Wednesday, February 1, at the Distillery Building, 145/151 Church St, Dublin 7.

Admission is free for members (non-members €10) and membership applications will be accepted prior to, or at, the event. Details from 087 9480388.

THE controversial Louis Walsh Factor by Joe Jackson is out now on ebook, published by Pyramid of Light press. The book contains unpublished interviews with the X Factor judge and band manager, who has looked after a variety of pop acts from Boyzone to Jedward.

Jackson insists that Walsh, whom he lightheartedly describes as "having a master's degree in media manipulation", has told him that the book features "some of the best print interviews, ever".

It's available on Amazon and Joe Jackson's own website.

Sunday Independent