Ethical Record

Conway’s Journey Round the World, 1883–84: Part 1

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In 1882 Robert J. Jeffray and Henry Gyles Turner invited Moncure Conway to lecture in Australia. I know only that Jeffray had been a gold miner, but Turner (1831–1920) was…

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The Penultimate Curiosity: Science, Religion and the Big Questions?

Lecture date: Sun, 2nd Oct, 2016
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The Ardèche Gorge, in the South of France, is home to some of the most remarkable paintings in the world. They would be worthy of inclusion in any national gallery….

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Is it Time to Rethink the “University”?

Lecture date: Sun, 4th Dec, 2016
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Jeremiads abound on the ‘end’ or the ‘death’ of modern universities. There are claims that they are been severely compromised by ‘neoliberalism’ and social changes and left behind by technological…

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The Case for Abandoning CO2 Emission Reduction Targets

Lecture date: Sun, 10th Jul, 2016
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Global anthropogenic CO2 emissions continue their inexorable rise. The science shows that there is the increasing likelihood that the world is heading towards an environmental and humanitarian catastrophe. Yet despite…

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52. And it Got to Come Out

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“Let that boy boogie-woogie because it’s in him and it got to come out.” John Lee Hooker This will be the last post in this series… About thirty years ago, I…

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51. Becoming

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“Becoming who you are is not something one is ever finished doing.” Nietzsche It is not with sadness that we should begin this penultimate post, but with unbridled joy because,…

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50. O’Keeffe the Artist

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“I had been taught to work like others and after careful thinking I decided that I wasn’t going to spend my life doing what had already been done.” Georgia O’Keeffe…

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49. Project ‘I’

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“We make ourselves and define our way of life by projecting ourselves toward the future, and by constantly going beyond the given situation in which we find ourselves.” David A….

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Obituary: Dr Peter Draper 1933–2016

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Dr Peter Draper died peacefully at home in the way he had planned. He was a founder member and early chair of the British Humanist Association – referred to on…

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Unveiling of Conway’s Bust

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Transcript of the speech given by Dr Jim Walsh, CEO, on 28 October 2016 at the unveiling ceremony of the 3D printed ‘bronze’ bust of Dr Moncure Conway: Colleagues, Trustees,…

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48. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

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“Taking responsibility to heart and then acting on it is, more often than not, the hardest choice to make. Just as being authentic sometimes means having to redouble one’s efforts…

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Poetic Naturalism – a New Understanding of Life and the Universe

Lecture date: Sun, 18th Dec, 2016
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“Naturalism” is the idea that there is only one world, the natural world, which follows the laws of nature and which can be investigated by scientific methods. The term “Poetic…

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