Ethical Record

End is Nigh

In recent years, more and more commentators have questioned what used to be a given: that modernization and industrialization would inevitably lead to the decline of religion. They point instead to a resurgence of religion and the emergence of so-called ‘post-secular societies’. At the same time, though, people are identifying…

Boys

“Man (Dis)connected: how technology has sabotaged what it means to be male” is the title of a book by the 82 year old emeritus prof of  psychology at Stanford University, Philip Zimbardo (famed for the Stanford prison experiment, where students put in the roles of prisoners and guards developed mutual…

Universal Basic Income

Interest in universal basic income, that is to say a payment to every individual regardless of work or means, has resurged in the last two to three years. It is an old idea, originally connected to the enclosures and the loss of common land people used for subsistence. It has…

View Are We Owed a Living?

Thu, 17th Mar, 2016

Tom Rubens, in favour of the Motion. Introductory comment “The Party of the 90%” This contribution delineates the outlook of a political party which does not yet exist, but which could come into being either as a completely new party or as one that is the radically reformed version of…

Cambridge University

In our society, we hold a common view about what Oxbridge is, but  are not so clear about what Oxbridge does. For example, how come that this Institution is also a multi £B industry? How significant are its links with the Church? Why should the alumni of this Institution be…

We currently understand very little about how the brain’s hundred thousand million neurons enable us to function, but as technology provides more neurological detail, the mechanisms behind all our various abilities will become intelligible. That’s why philosopher David Chalmers calls this the ‘easy’ problem – it’s potentially soluble. However, the…

Democracy

The Existing Political Regime Once every five years, our political system enforces an election which costs in excess of £120million. The Obama election in USA cost $7bn, enough to pay for 60,000 nurses. An election only allows us to put a cross on a piece of paper to select candidates…

Internet of Things

Entertainment, shopping, communication, information for the curious mind, government services, getting a better deal on your gas bill now all happens online. It’s faster and cheaper than phoning a helpline and you can see and talk to loved ones anywhere in the world at zero cost. Liz Lutgendorff will give…

Vaccines

In 2013, the world began to witness an unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa that is now smoldering. Ebola virus disease has a fatality rate of up to 90%, and there are no proven vaccines or targeted treatments for the disease to date. However, several interventions were in the earliest…

Sustainability

We need to shift from three to One Planet Living across the UK, in a way that is inclusive and creates sustainable prosperity for all. But what will this look like and how can we achieve it? Must we divest just from fossil fuel reserves that we can’t afford to…

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