Vol. 116 No. 11

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SOUL DUST: THE MAGIC OF CONSCIOUSNESS Nicholas Humphrey
The word ‘soul’ remains an appropriate one to describe the sense of mystery which comes from contemplating our uniqueness as individuals, and the complexity of our inner mental experience. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

A CRITIQUE OF SOUL DUST Ian Buxton

VIEWPOINTS T. Rubens, J. Rayner, D. Rooum, R. Eastburn-Hewitt, A. Adler, B.Smoker

HRL ADDITIONS Cathy Broad

KIERKEGAARD ON COURAGE – BEFORE AND AFTER GOD Clare Carlisle
A many-sided account of Kierkegaard’s examination of the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac. The focus is on K’s view that the story is essentially one about Abraham’s moral courage in obeying God: but a courage which transcends Christian doctrine and applies to the human condition as a whole, and especially to modern, post-religious and secular outlooks. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

THE BLACKHAM ARCHIVE Anita Miller
Varied details about the archive, which began to take shape after Harold Blackham’s death in 2009. The material includes correspondence with a number of other leading members of the humanist movement, plus information about Blackham’s many social involvements as a humanist.

GLOBAL CAPITALISM—GOOD OR BAD? Tom Rubens
A brief report of the contents of a radio discussion programme in which the author took part. The participants in the discussion fell into two camps: those who advocated an increase in government regulation of big corporations and banks, and those who recommended ‘laissez faire’ deregulation on a level playing filed of competition. Against the latter view, the point was made that the very existence of huge corporations precludes a level playing field.

SOCIALISM AND SECULARISM: AN UNEASY COMRADESHIP Terry Liddle
Three different views can be taken of the relation between socialism and secularism: 1) they are antithetical 2) secularism is apolitical and therefore stands in no relation whatsoever to socialism 3) the two are complementary. Abstract by Tom Rubens. 

AGM MOTIONS AND THEIR RESULTS

ETHICAL SOCIETY EVENTS

 

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