Ethical Record Talks & Lectures

ER Jun 15 Debate. Evan Parker Proposing the case for re-introducing Capital Punishment How far will we, – or won’t we, go for the sake of a principle?  Debate held at the Ethical Society, 11 January 2015 [The case against CP’s re-introduction was made by Barbara Smoker and  printed in…

Given that most people who gamble lose most of the time, why on earth do they do it? Chris Bratcher, who has been a regular casino-goer and occasional punter elsewhere for many years, as well as a former Treasurer and Chairman of Conway Hall Ethical Society, examines the reasons for…

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Wed, 24th Dec, 2014

The media’s focus on nanotechnology suggests that grey goo may kill everyone at some stage in the future. The reality is very different. We all carry and use nanotechnology every day in our smart phones, for the internet, in computers and for entertainment. I will show how nanotechnology techniques have…

The concept of surplus labour – that is labour performed over and above that required to fulfil immediate consumption needs – will be used to explain: first, how economic development happens; second, why the current capitalist system, as a result of the appropriation of surplus labour, is both unethical and…

Author, doctor and extremely fast speaker, Ben Goldacre, spoke to a sold out audience in the Main Hall of Conway Hall for the third London Thinks event on 1 December 2014. The talk centered on Goldacre’s view that we need to be better at measuring risks and benefits when it…

Bertrand Russell was born in 1872 into the Liberal aristocracy; his grandfather had twice been prime minister, and it is said that his grandmother, who brought him up after his parents’ early death, wished to groom him to one day become her husband’s successor. Instead, Bertie, once at Cambridge, became seized by the…

On the declaration of war against Germany, four members of Asquith’s cabinet offered their resignations – John Burns, John Morley, John Simon and Lord Beaumont. They were joined by one junior Minister, Charles Trevelyan. These resignations demonstrate that the Liberal Government was far from united – and there is a case that in fact…

Global Crises Threaten Humanity The future of humanity is threatened by grave global problems. There is the problem of war, over one hundred million people having been killed in countless wars during the course of the twentieth century (which compares unfavourably with the twelve million or so killed in wars…

Deep space

I will talk about big basic science projects and the huge tax payers money required, and in particular what is involved in setting up and running a large expensive space program, where there is no very obvious return to the man-in-the-street. This is a very real and important question for…

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…

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