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Listen tonight - Michael McIntyre on BBC Radio 5 Live debate show
Tonight on BBC Radio 5 Live's Stephen Nolan “Feisty topical phone-in debate” show, between 10.00pm and 1.00am UK time (9.00pm and 12.00am Harare/Pretoria time), one of the topics being argued about is the efficacy and benefit of herbal medicine. Historian Michael McIntyre, Chairperson of the EHTPA has agreed to take part in the debate with sceptical pharmacologist Professor David Colquhoun and listeners will be invited to call in with their own views. The herbal medicine debate will be on at about 11.00pm, so tune in at least a little before that.
If you miss the live event, there's still a chance to hear it
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Evidence or what?
At the heart of the debate is bound to be the question of "evidence". The real question, however, is "What is evidence?" For many establishment figures it can be an unquestioned point of view based on narrowly defined parameters, with all else being "lies". For others evidence is seen as much more complex and organic, bringing with it the trusted experience of "evidence by consensus".