THE FUTURE AND HOW TO WIN IT: EIGHT PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESSFUL OPTIMISTS Mark Stevenson
The eight principles are bound up with the radical project of making biology and matter programmable, in order to make future evolution self-directing. This project is not de-humanising; rather, it expresses what is essentially human in us–our capacity to evolve through culture and technology. Developing this capacity involves courage and the willingness to take risks. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
JUST AND UNJUST PEACE, Book review by Chris Purnell
MUSIC IN THE 1930s AT SOUTH PLACE ETHICAL SOCIETY Julia Cornaby Busch
An account of the musical activities of William Busch, the speaker’s father, who was pianist as SPES during this period. He played a wide range of classical pieces, including ones by Beethoven Schubert and Francke.
THE IMMORALITY OF BORDERS Phillip Cole
There is tension between, on the one hand, the framework of human rights and international law which seeks to protect the welfare of migrants, and, on the other, the sovereign power of nation-states. This tension can only be resolved by abolishing a nation-state’s power to decide which people can enter the country; and by placing migration issues under a multilateral, impartial system which would protect migrants from national policies of domination and exploitation. Abstract by Tom Rubens.
DOTH GREATER HONESTY PREVAILETH? Jennifer R. Jeynes
VIEWPOINTS: M. McCarthy, J. Tazewell, B. Smoker, D. Rooum, C. Rudd
REMEMBERING TERRY LIDDLE (1948 – 2012) D. Cobell, R. Morrell, C. Le Fur
Terry was a socialist and a secularist, and in both fields engaged in polemicism and publicity. He wrote hundreds of articles, and was a member of many organisations, including humanist groups and left-wing political parties. Further, though an anti-war campaigner, he was not a pacifist.
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