Ethical Record

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Three themes, challenging entrenched views, recur in my work. One is that Mark is the earliest of the canonical gospels and that, while the others have additional material, these are dependent on it. This thesis, substantiated on many grounds including changes that could only have happened in going from Mark…

In a judgment in the High Court on the 25th November, Justice Warby ruled that the Government had made an ‘error of law’ in leaving non-religious worldviews such as humanism out of the Religious Studies GCSE, amounting to ‘a breach of the duty to take care that information or knowledge…

What does positive psychology and mindfulness have to teach us about happiness and wellbeing? Is the way we approach happiness effective, or even rational? How in control of our own happiness are we? January 25th, ‘Blue Monday‘, is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. It’s a…

What’s so great about self-knowledge? What does it matter whether you know who you really are? Is self-knowledge the key to happiness or to being true to yourself? We live in a culture in which the importance of self-knowledge is taken for granted but rarely explained. In this intriguing this talk,…

I was raised in a liberal Muslim household, with a non-religious father and a semi-practising mother. Although we were taught the basics of Islam, such as how to pray, and kept a few fasts for the month of Ramadan, we never had any form of religious schooling, not even after-school…

SCRAPPING OVER EDUCATION Chris Bratcher Fifty years ago, Labour’s education minister, Anthony Crosland, issued a circular requesting Local Educational Authorities to convert their grammar and secondary modern schools into comprehensives. Grammar schools were of two types. There were more than 1,200 maintained grammar schools, mostly post-Victorian creations seeking to emulate…

Cuban officials argue that their political and economic system is extraordinarily democratic. Most Western media state just the opposite, claiming that Cuba suffers from an extreme lack of democracy. For many raised in the West, their type of democracy seems to be the only, the inevitable or the ideal form…

When a former colleague got hold of my most recent book – The Trojan Horse – A leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West, he said: “Oh, you really stick your neck out.” (Malmo : Arx Forlag, 2015) That was kind and wrong. Actually, his comment says very little about…

This talk is my own personal view and perspective as an independent. I organise Mensa at Trinity College Cambridge, the annual international conference. Some of the information I am presenting was obtained under Chatham House Rules, meaning I am able to report what has been said but am not able…

Anyone who has been a scientist for more than 20 years will realize that there has been a progressive decline in the honesty of communications between scientists, between scientists and their institutions and between scientists and their institutions and the outside world.’ These are the words of Bruce Charlton, Professor…

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