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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:

Open Borders: Unconditional Hospitality

Sunday 26th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Manu Bazzano

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.

GlobalNet21 & Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

War, Terror and Community – an Islamic Perspective

Friday 24th July @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 30th Jun, 2015
War, Terror and Community – An Islamic Perspective

How do we work with different religions to foster understanding between our communities and what common values can we identify that will create cohesion?

Index On Censorship & Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Unsilencing Pakistan — a Tribute to Sabeen Mahmud

Thursday 23rd July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 23rd Jun, 2015
Sabeen Mahmud

In May 2007 Sabeen Mahmud founded The Second Floor (now known as T2F), a coffee house and “community space for open dialogue” in Karachi, Pakistan. In April 2015, Mahmud was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. Travelling home after hosting a panel discussion on the missing people of Balochistan, a poor but resource rich province of Pakistan, armed motorcyclists surrounded her car and opened fire.

Three months after this brutal act of censorship, some of Britain’s Pakistani community are working together with Index on Censorship to commemorate and celebrate an extraordinary woman.

Central London Humanists presents:

Evidence Matters – Accountable Elections, Effective Politics

Wednesday 22nd July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 4th Jun, 2015
Prateek Buch

After telling us a little about Sense about Science, speaker Prateek Buch will focus on how asking for evidence can increase public pressure on politicians to use evidence effectively and transparently. This is particularly apt now that the general election is over. Prateek will draw on topical examples, celebrating where it’s done well (MPs changing their minds, policy trials in areas like education); exposing where evidence is abused (drugs policy, welfare and crime); and sharing insights into the complexity and uncertainty at the heart of how evidence should inform policymaking in the public interest. He will also explore how the public asking for evidence fits with other evidence-related initiatives from Sense About Science’s partner organisations at election time and otherwise – fact checking, improving the supply of evidence and so on.

Action for Happiness presents:

Living Danishly: Why are Danes so Happy and What can we Learn From Them?

Wednesday 22nd July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 11th Jun, 2015
Helen Russell

Join us for a unique and fascinating evening with Helen Russell as she explores why Danes are so happy and what we can learn from the country often ranked as the happiest in the world.

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Language courses in Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian-Portuguese and German

Monday 20th July @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Language classes at Conway Hall

10-week language courses, beginning on 20 July and running until 25 September. Times of classes: 12:00 – 13:00 / 18:00 – 19:30 / 19:35 – 21:05.

The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. They run lunchtime and evening courses from beginner to advanced level in Brazilian-Portuguese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Bankers are a Force for Good

Sunday 19th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu, 11th Jun, 2015
Bankers are a force for good

DEBATE: Jonathan Parker v Paul Carroll.

This is a 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.

Sunday Assembly presents:

Sunday Assembly

Sunday 19th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Every 2 weeks on Sunday until August 15, 2015
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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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Waiting for GLaDOS: What Could Sentient Machines Mean for Humanity?

Thursday 16th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, 22nd Jun, 2015
Sentient Machines

For decades, we’ve imagine the rise of computer-based life forms, super-intelligences whose intellects could far surpass our own and trigger a new phase in non-human evolution.

Could these visions become real, and why do they have such a grip on our imaginations? How has culture informed AI research? Should we be more worried about sentient machines, or the dumb algorithms and data integration being worked on today? Do we still have privacy under the dead, uncaring gaze of a machine intelligence? What does humanism mean to an artificial intelligence anyway?

Science writer, broadcaster and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford chairs a panel of human intelligences, including leading roboticist Prof Alan Winfield and Dr Kathleen Richardson.

NOW Live Events presents:

The Art of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Wednesday 15th July @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thu, 28th May, 2015
Dr Tamara Russell

SOLD OUT

A self-development workshop about mindfulness with Dr Tamara Russell – in partnership with Psychologies Magazine (www.psychologies.co.uk)

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Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Introduction to Spanish

Wednesday 15th July @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Spanish lesson

Spanish “taster” lesson for beginners.

The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Spanish language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Spanish with communicative and fun activities.

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Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Introduction to German

Wednesday 15th July @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Introduction to German

German “taster” lesson for beginners.

The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the German language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn German with communicative and fun activities.

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Campaign for a Greater London National Park City presents:

Let’s Make Greater London a National Park City!

Tuesday 14th July @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed, 24th Jun, 2015
London

For the curious, creative and critical, this event is for anyone interested in the future of London. Over the evening we will talk about health, education, childhood, landscape, biodiversity, air, resilience and much more.

Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Introduction to Italian

Tuesday 14th July @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Introduction to Italian

Italian “taster” lesson for beginners.

The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Italian language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Italian with communicative and fun activities.

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Lingua Diversa Group presents:

Introduction to Brazilian-Portuguese

Tuesday 14th July @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tue, 16th Jun, 2015
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese

Brazilian-Portuguese “taster” lesson for beginners.

The Lingua Diversa Group was founded by Esther and Lucio in 2002. In this introductory lesson they offer you the chance to have a first exposure to the Brazilian-Portuguese language and learn some basics. Come and see for yourself how enjoyable and interesting it is to learn Brazilian-Portuguese with communicative and fun activities.

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Conway Hall Ethical Society and London Fortean Society presents:

Science in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain

Monday 13th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 14th May, 2015
Science of Fairytales

Melanie Keene asks why the fairies and their tales were chosen as an appropriate new form for capturing and presenting scientific and technological knowledge to young audiences.

The Conway Collective presents:

Golem

Sunday 12th July @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tue, 17th Feb, 2015
Golem

Writer and performer Richard Waring teams up with director Luke Dixon in the creation of a new solo show. This play tells the story of horror, compassion and tragedy based on an old Jewish medieval folk tale. The Jews of Prague are threatened with a pogrom and the great rabbi of Prague is sent a message from god to create a Golem to save the Jews.

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Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Migrants or People?

Sunday 12th July @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue, 9th Jun, 2015
Migrants or People?

Disturbed by the dehumanisation 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.

Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

London Thinks – Facts and Fantasy About Your Diet and Health

Thursday 9th July @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu, 4th Jun, 2015
Facts and Fantasy About Your Diet and Health

Prof Tim Spector, Prof Barbara Prainsack and Sue Nelson explore how recent advances in the science of microbes change our understanding of health and disease, and give a revolutionary approach to losing weight and staying slim.