Ethical Record

Has human prosperity peaked already? Will the future bring only greater poverty and more turmoil? Is it too late for us to take preventive action? Do we have any real leadership in the world, or are we merely drifting? These questions sound hyperbolic and we must hope they will prove…

The most vulnerable groups in society – children and older people, have ill-defined social status, independently of their legal rights. Dr Ginn will explore with those attending how social visibility, status and respect at the ‘bookends of life’ dramatically vary across cultures and in history; and how the tension between…

climate change

Scientists first warned of the possible effects of anthropogenic CO₂ emissions in the early 1970s. By the mid to late 1980’s, there was a consensus view that if emissions remain unabated a range of catastrophic impacts on humanity could ensue. In the intervening period this perspective has remained unchanged and…

soil

Earth is “the blue planet”, in consequence of its large water body, which weakly absorbs light at the red end of the optical spectrum, so highlighting wavelengths at the blue end of the range. Viewed against the blackness of outer space, a very narrow blue band can be seen to…

Points from our Scottish independence debate: What happened, and prospects Every age group from 16 – 54, apart (just) from 18 – 24 year olds, had a majority for independence: 59% of those between 25 – 34, for example. The YES vote was lost because only 27% of pensioners voted…

View Scotland – what next?

Mon, 13th Oct, 2014

How is sexism still a problem in the 21st century, and what can be done about it? That was the question challenging the packed Conway Hall at the inaugural London Thinks event on Thursday 8 October, chaired by Samira Ahmed. It featured two speakers who have both experienced such pervasive sexism but…

The Story of how the Dalai Lama conspired to sacrifice a child for his political ambitions and spiritual beliefs; of what happened as a culmination of nearly three years of campaigning by Humanists; and of how the story unfolded on TV as a soap opera that gripped the imagination of…

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Mon, 29th Sep, 2014

Coinciding with Black History Month in this talk Sean will discuss the current issues of racism and its deep roots in the enslavement of African peoples and British imperialism. He will review how the history of Black Britain and anti-racist solidarity can be a useful tool for today’s anti-racists in…

A young woman named Kisa Gotami gave birth to a stillborn child. Overcome by grief, she went from door to door in her neighbourhood, the dead child in her arms, asking everyone if they knew of a medicine that could bring her son back to life. Her child was dead,…

View On Living-and-Dying

Sat, 27th Sep, 2014
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