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£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – The Science and Ethics of Doctor Who

Wednesday 29th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 28th May, 2015
The Science of Doctor Who

Every moment in time and space is burning, the result of a huge war between the Daleks and the Doctor’s own people, the Time Lords. The Doctor can end the conflict using a special super-weapon. All of space and time will be saved, but he’ll destroy every Dalek and Time Lord, including 2.47 billion Time Lord children. Does he have the right?

Free

Sunday Assembly presents:

Sunday Assembly

Sunday 2nd August @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon, 24th Nov, 2014
Sunday Assembly

Come along to sing songs, hear talks, share tea and cake and enjoy community with 400 others. It’s for everyone who wants to live better, help often and wonder more.

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£5 - £15

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – What has Scientology got to Hide?

Tuesday 4th August @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
L. Ron Hubbard

Tony Ortega, John Sweeney and Humfrey Hunter talk about Scientology’s crusade against free speech; The Church That Likes To Wear Dark Glasses.

£3 - £6

Woman Up! UK & Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Woman Up!

Saturday 29th August @ 10:00 am - Sunday 30th August @ 5:30 pm
Sun, 26th Jul, 2015
Woman Up! UK Events

Let’s talk about what it means to be a woman in the UK today.

In our media, women’s sport gets the same coverage as men’s darts. Out of 2,300 works of art in the National Gallery in 2010, only 10 were by women. And there are more men in the House of Commons today than the total number of women who have ever been elected into parliament…

£5 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Will We Crash Again? Why Capitalism Needs Debt Write-offs to Survive

Tuesday 1st September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, 24th Jul, 2015
Debunking Economics - Steve Keen

Mainstream economists failed to anticipated the great financial crash of 2007-8. In this talk, Professor Steve Keen, will share his view on the bigger picture – including recent financial developments around the world. He will review options for the future of economics, highlight the little-understood importance of debt, and argue that significant debt write-downs are needed […]

£5

Conway Hall Ethical Society and London Fortean Society presents:

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and ‘negrophile’

Tuesday 8th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thu, 18th Jun, 2015
Zombie

This talk will explore the life of William Seabrook (1884-1945), once a celebrated feature writer, journalist, travel writer and friend to many key artists of the New York and Paris Modernist era. Seabrook’s exotic travels led him to join the Bedouins, attempt to eat human flesh in West Africa, experiment with witchery with Aleister Crowley, pay Man Ray to photograph Lee Miller in bondage, and in his most lasting legacy travel to Haiti and publish Magic Island, the book he claimed introduced the zombie to American popular culture.

Free

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Political Skulduggery: What Kept Charles Bradlaugh MP From Taking his Seat in Parliament?

Tuesday 8th September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 23rd Jul, 2015
Charles Bradlaugh MP

Charles Bradlaugh, “Atheist, Republican and Malthusian”, was a maverick figure in late nineteenth-century radical politics. Bradlaugh needs to be remembered, not just for standing trial under the Obscene Publications Act in 1877 with Mrs Annie Besant for publishing a birth control pamphlet, but for the six-year battle he fought to take his seat as M.P. for Northampton. Extraordinarily Bradlaugh won his parliamentary seat in 1880 as a Liberal, yet it was Gladstone’s Liberal government which kept him out for the entire parliament. A bit of historical skulduggery with lessons for today.

£0 - £10

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

St Paul’s Quartet

Sunday 13th September @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tue, 7th Jul, 2015
St Paul's Quartet

Beatrix Lovejoy – violin
Catherine Morgan – violin
Felix Tanner – viola
Benjamin Chappell – cello
Benedict Rogerson – cello (guest artist)

Haydn: Quartet in D Op.20/4
Schubert: Quintet in C D956

Free

Piano Auctions Limited presents:

Piano Auctions

Thursday 17th September @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Mon, 22nd Jun, 2015
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As the world’s leading auctioneers of pianos and keyboard instruments and with over 35 years of experience, Piano Auctions Ltd’s specialist team is able to offer the best professional advice on selling or buying your instrument.

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£5 - £10

Centre for Inquiry UK presents:

God and the Bible

Saturday 19th September @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue, 30th Jun, 2015
Old Bible With Sword

Join Professors Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Keith Ward and atheist philosopher of religion Stephen Law in debate and discussion of God and the Bible. A day conference presented by The Centre for Inquiry UK, Conway Hall Ethical Society and the British Humanist Association.

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London Thinks

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – The Science and Ethics of Doctor Who

Wednesday 29th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 28th May, 2015
The Science of Doctor Who

Every moment in time and space is burning, the result of a huge war between the Daleks and the Doctor’s own people, the Time Lords. The Doctor can end the conflict using a special super-weapon. All of space and time will be saved, but he’ll destroy every Dalek and Time Lord, including 2.47 billion Time Lord children. Does he have the right?

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – What has Scientology got to Hide?

Tuesday 4th August @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
L. Ron Hubbard

Tony Ortega, John Sweeney and Humfrey Hunter talk about Scientology’s crusade against free speech; The Church That Likes To Wear Dark Glasses.

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Will We Crash Again? Why Capitalism Needs Debt Write-offs to Survive

Tuesday 1st September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, 24th Jul, 2015
Debunking Economics - Steve Keen

Mainstream economists failed to anticipated the great financial crash of 2007-8. In this talk, Professor Steve Keen, will share his view on the bigger picture – including recent financial developments around the world. He will review options for the future of economics, highlight the little-understood importance of debt, and argue that significant debt write-downs are needed […]

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Ethical Record

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9. Conversation

Posted on: Tue, 21st Jul, 2015
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
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8. The Schopenhauer Cure

Posted on: Sun, 28th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
Child-poverty

Divided Britain – The Impact of Rising Inequality

Posted on: Thu, 18th Jun, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 28th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute
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Lecture

Open Borders: Unconditional Hospitality

Posted on: Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 26th Jul, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Unconditional hospitality is a central idea in contemporary ethical philosophy and it has important implications for psychology. Its political equivalent is the notion of open borders as a utopian critique of nationality and national identity. We can become good hosts by temporarily interrupting the self and our habitual concerns about ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and also by reframing our notion of identity, including national identity. Why ‘unconditional’ hospitality? Because conditional hospitality (the only hospitality we know) has not really worked. Born in the Greek polis and the oman forum, developed further via the Judaeo-Christian tradition and Kantian/Hegelian philosophy, this type of hospitality is juridical: it is handled by codes, norms and regulations, and it is inscribed within the metaphysics of violence. We need an unconditional hospitality because ethics without hospitality is no ethics at all. ...Read More »

Speaker: Manu Bazzano
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Lecture

Bankers are a Force for Good – Debate

Posted on: Thu, 11th Jun, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 19th Jul, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

DEBATE Jonathan Parker v Paul Carroll Banks and bankers play an essential part in society by protecting, investing and lending money. They play direct and diverse roles at government, company and the individual level. They make absolutely critical decisions in investing in the future success of the UK, including pension, infrastructure and mortgage provision. It is no exaggeration to say that without banks, society as we know it would break down and collapse within 24 hours. This is a very hot topic and Jonathan Parker will argue that today's large banks are a force for good, without them our quality of life would be dramatically diminished. Excessive bonuses are a bone of public contention but these are not a fault of the individual banker but of the embedded culture inherent to the capitalist system, to which mankind owes a huge debt. The motion will be opposed by Paul Carroll. ...Read More »

Speaker: Jonathan Parker
Speaker: Paul Carroll
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Lecture

Migrants or People?

Posted on: Wed, 10th Jun, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 12th Jul, 2015
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes

Disturbed by the dehumanization of those fleeing for their lives as a daily media and political event, Jim Walsh will advocate a new understanding of personal ethics that aims to bring migrants in from the cold of being abstract entities and give them warmth such as every human deserves. By focusing upon some of the ideas contained with Hans-Georg Gadamer’s magnum opus, Truth and Method, Jim will illustrate, with reference to A Scandal in Bohemia and the works of Rene Magritte, how we can start to re-evaluate ourselves when we regard other people. ...Read More »

Speaker: Dr Jim Walsh
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7. Horizons

Posted on: Sat, 6th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
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6. A Scandal in Bohemia

Posted on: Sun, 24th May, 2015
Estimated reading time: 11 minutes
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The Robots are Coming

Posted on: Tue, 19th May, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 21st Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 1 minute

Recent advances in automation are stripping out all manner of jobs: not just those of clerks, typists and warehousemen. Almost any job involving a programmable process is vulnerable. Chris Bratcher asks should we rejoice, and anticipate their emancipation from labour; or should we be very afraid for the basis of our society? Chris Bratcher thinks the latter. He believes the fall-out from the Industrial Revolution will seem trivial by comparison, and that the imbalance of power between capital (which reaps the benefits of automation) and labour is leading to permanent, but insupportable, levels of unemployment. ...Read More »

Speaker: Chris Bratcher
Cult
Lecture

Cults and Brainwashing: The hidden – and not so hidden – epidemic

Posted on: Mon, 11th May, 2015
Lecture date: Sun, 7th Jun, 2015
Estimated reading time: 14 minutes

Alexandra Stein will discuss cults and brainwashing, focusing on the leadership, structure, ideologies and processes involved. These attributes are common to a variety of dangerous relationships, from one-on-one cults to extremist political groups. There is an urgent need to teach young people about these phenomena at all levels of education. This talk will include suggestions about creating a culture of awareness in order to prevent recruitment to these systems and to increase accountability of the abuses that occur within them. ...Read More »

Speaker: Alexandra Stein

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