Ethical Record Issues

THE MEMORY WARS Mo Costandi Modern research has shown that memory is not only reproductive (directly evoking what happened in the past) but also constructive (embellishing what did happen, and creating what did not). The reconstructive tendency has impacted extensively on the conducting of criminal trials, where witnesses have, for…

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Thu, 9th Jan, 2014

‘INFIDEL FEMINISM’ IN VICTORIAN FREETHOUGHT Laura Schwartz Harriet Law was one of a small but very active group of women in the British secular movement in the c19. She was an author, lecturer and editor, plus member of the Free-Thought League, the National Secular Society and the first Socialist International….

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Sat, 28th Dec, 2013

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE OIL RUNS OUT? Chris Rhodes Although the world supply of crude oil will continue for many decades, we will not be able to go on extracting it at the same rate as before. This reduction will have far-reaching consequences on our whole way of life, since…

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Thu, 28th Nov, 2013

WHEN IS CERTAINTY JUSTIFIABLE? Richard Baron A very concise and compact survey of views on (un)certainty expressed by Quine, Popper and Wittgenstein. Quine and Popper hold the extreme position that there is no proposition which we could never come to deny, even if we cannot currently deny it. But Wittgenstein’s…

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Mon, 28th Oct, 2013

THE 2013 JAMES HEMMING ESSAY PRIZE Daisy Jones Following Bertrand Russell, the author avers that knowledgeableness, courage and kindliness are vital for improving the world. To be operative, these qualities do not require a religious context i.e. religious faith, including belief in a divine plan, and moral doctrinairism. The exercise…

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Sat, 28th Sep, 2013

ARE WOMEN HUMAN ENOUGH FOR HUMAN RIGHTS? Naomi McAuliffe Many people still see women’s rights as less important than human rights in general, which focus on civil and political considerations. But women’s rights, which are economic, social and cultural, and which should include the right to abortion, are of equal…

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Wed, 28th Aug, 2013

WHEN RELIGIONS FALL APART – THE FRAGMENTATION OF A SECT David V Barrett Focussing on the history of the American Christian sect called the Worldwide Church of God, this talk examines the behaviour patterns of religious groups after the group’s founder has died. It is argued that such examination should be…

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Sun, 28th Jul, 2013

THE MYTH OF SECULARITY: NONRELIGIOUS CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY BRITAIN Lois Lee Recent research has shown that many people in Britain are atheists but identify themselves not as this but as nonreligious. Further, their self-declared nonreligious status is psychologically important to them, and not a matter of indifference. Abstract by Tom Rubens.  NEW…

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Thu, 27th Jun, 2013

COLLAPSING PYRAMIDS : MONEY, AUSTERITY AND THE FINANCIAL CRISIS Ken MacIntyre The financial crisis is due to the uncontrolled creation of credit and money by private banks. Today, 97% of money is credit created electronically by banks. Absence of control over banks has produced extreme economic instability over the last 40…

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Mon, 27th May, 2013

INTERCULTURALISM Ted Cantle The traditional multiculturalist outlook, with its commitment to identity politics, is no longer adequate to the changing social reality, one in which individuals and groups are relating to each other in new ways. Hence it needs to be replaced by an interculturalist outlook, which is much more…

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Sat, 27th Apr, 2013
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