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Thinking on Sunday was launched as a new series of events with different themes to the Sunday Lectures. These interesting and stimulating sessions have a talk or presentation followed by Q&A, debate and discussion. The speakers are experts in their field, and/or have a passion for subject. Especially popular with our ethical society members, Thinking on Sunday is open to the public and promises to motivate and nourish the mind!

February 2018

Free Will and Moral Responsibility

The talk from Robert Lockie will address some classic issues in the determinism/free-will/moral responsibility debates. It concerns the relationship between free will, determinism-indeterminism and moral responsibility. We will ask whether moral responsibility is compatible with any position on determinism/indeterminism – whether moral responsibility is even possible.

March 2018

Plasma Ball - electromagnetism

Dr Peter Ford MBE asks: Is there any other form of intelligent life out there?


Democracy, like all powerful terms, is a slippery word to get a grip on. What is the essence of democracy? What are the ideals? Brett Hennig will take us on a voyage back in time through democracy’s intriguing and complicated history to explore these questions and discover how we got to where we are.

Fake Information

Thomas Jefferson once observed that “information is the currency of democracy.” If this is right, what happens when that currency is corrupted by bad information — alternative facts, fake news, conspiracy theories and pseudo-science? This is the question that Mike Flood will pose in this talk.

April 2018

In 2016 James Bloodworth began a journey around Britain exploring the world of low-paid work. He was shocked by what he found.

Bad Girls Cover

Join Caitlin Davies for an illustrated talk on the history of the suffragettes at Holloway Prison, a tale of both victimisation and bravery.

May 2018

Save Democracy - Abolish Voting

This talk by Paul Evans will attempt to offer a version of democracy that we would choose now if we were starting to create liberal democracy from scratch, knowing what we know about feed-back loops and the democratic flaws that have grown more pronounced as electoral government has evolved.

Florence Schechter

There is a penis museum in Iceland, but no vagina equivalent anywhere in the world. Comedian Florence Schechter discusses why she chose to set up the world’s first bricks and mortar vagina museum and the strange reactions she’s received along the way.

June 2018

Tim Marshall

Thousands of miles of fences and barriers have been erected since the turn of the century which have redefined our political landscape. Tim Marshall brings his trademark engaging and relatable style to examine the divisions caused by wealth, race, religion and politics.

Mike Wendling

This talk from Mike Wendling is a vital guide to understanding the Alt-Right – the white nationalist, misogynist, far-right movement that found a voice on 4chan then rose to prominence during Donald Trump’s successful election campaign in the United States.

July 2018

Why do people not vaccinate themselves or their children? Dr Andrea Kitta’s research draws on ethnography, media, Internet and narrative analyses to explore the vernacular explanations used in inoculation decision-making.

Almighty Dollar

Why would a nation build a bridge on the other side of the planet? Why is China the world’s biggest manufacturer – and the USA its biggest customer? Is free trade really a good thing?

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