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In 2014, Thinking on Sunday was launched as a new series of events. 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!

September 2017
£3 - £2
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Thinking on Sunday: What role for Capitalism in the digital age?

Sunday 17th September @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
What role for Capitalism in the digital age

Harry Shutt argues that Capitalism is now becoming as outmoded as feudalism had by around 1800, particularly in face of the accelerating technological change of the digital age. Just as the industrial revolution led to the emergence of Capitalism in the 19th century, so its dominance is now threatened by a new technological transformation and the sprouting of new forms economic and social organisation.

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£2 • £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Ernestine Rose and T.H. Huxley on Atheism

Sunday 24th September @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Bill Cooke recounts that Ernestine Rose gave an address on atheism in 1861 and that it should ​be remembered as a major milestone in the development of the movement.

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October 2017
£2 • £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Experiencing the Exclusive Brethren

Sunday 1st October @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

In this talk, Rebecca Stott will tell of her family’s experiences within the Exclusive Brethren sect in the 1960s, and the decades-long aftermath of their breaking away. She will use her family story to consider the psychology of cults and totalitarian systems and the effects on second and even third generation survivors.

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Fundamentalism: a Psychoanalytic Perspective

Sunday 8th October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Much has been written about the, cultural, political and sociological aspects of fundamentalism. But why are some people attracted to fundamentalist beliefs? What kind of inner worlds do fundamentalists have? Why might they become violent? Richard Burgess presents a psychoanalytic viewpoint with its focus on the deeper causes of human behaviour.

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£2 • £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Why It’s Time for Doughnut Economics

Sunday 15th October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Doughnut Economics

Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Can it be fixed? Only if it is transformed, argues Kate Raworth, with seven essential shifts in economic thought in order to make it fit for the 21st century challenges ahead.

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Free
Conway Hall & Bloomsbury Festival presents:

Thinking on Sunday: Gandhi and Non-violence – Dr Shahrar Ali

Sunday 22nd October @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Using Gandhi’s teachings as inspiration, what is the meaning of nonviolence as a form of political action and how does it work? Dr Shahrar Ali characterises and assesses what is as much of a legitimate question of our times as it was in his day. He will also explore the question of whether violence can coexist with nonviolence as part of an all-embracing account of political action.

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£2 • £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Why We Tell Stories – and How We Live Them Out

Sunday 29th October @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Beowulf

​Why do we tell stories? And why, most particularly do we tell the same ones over and over again in different forms (Jaws, for instance, is essentially a rewriting of…

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November 2017
Free - £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Karl Popper, Science and Enlightenment: An Idea to Help Save the World

Sunday 5th November @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
Karl Popper, Science and Enlightenment: An Idea to Help Save the World

Taking inspiration from Karl Popper and Guy Fawkes, Dr Nicholas Maxwell will provide some fireworks in the field of scientific and philosophical thinking. He will argue that a new and unique approach to the application of science can help us solve our looming global problems and disasters.

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Free - £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The Inglorious Dead of WWII

Sunday 12th November @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Indiscriminate bombing of civilian populations in WWII, in order to damage morale, was pursued despite evidence that it had no such effect. Chris Bratcher asks: Does the motive justify the end, irrespective of its effects? And if it had shortened that war by collateral military damage, would that be good reason to justify it?

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Free - £3
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Wonders of Veganism: become a humanist vegan

Sunday 19th November @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

In this talk, Olivia Mather will discuss environmental damage, land use, public health, macroeconomic factors and illuminate how our treatment of animals reflects our relationship as humankind and with the biosphere we all share.

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Free - £3
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Psychoanalysis and the Russian Revolution: Freud and his followers in Russia Pre- and Post-1917

Sunday 26th November @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

This talk from David Morgan will explore Sigmund Freud’s numerous connections with Russia; focusing on his influence among Russian analysts and their interactions with the international psychoanalytical movement, as well as assessing the Russian contribution to the development of psychoanalytical theories.

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Free
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Annie Besant’s Passion for Malthusianism

Sunday 26th November @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

An important figure in Freethought, Annie Besant stood  trial with Charles Bradlaugh in 1877 for publishing a birth control pamphlet The Fruits of Philosophy. Like Bradlaugh, Annie Besant argued the case for birth control on Malthusian economic as well as proto feminist reasons. Deborah Lavin goes back to basics, taking a new look at Annie Besant, the Hicklin Test for Obscenity and birth control as a secularist issue.

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December 2017
£2 • £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Revolution, Counter-revolution and Confusion: The legacy of the Russian Revolution

Sunday 3rd December @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

The Russian Revolution inspired millions and many joined organisations seeking to spread the ‘proletarian revolution’ to the four corners of the earth. Mike Howgate looks at its legacy and asks, 100 years on, what place is there for the proletariat in the modern struggle?

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Free - £3
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

Is the NHS worth defending?

Sunday 10th December @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

Dr Henry Marsh, renowned for his outstanding contributions as a leading neurosurgeon and also for his bold and highly regarded commentaries and writings on the NHS will address this critical question head-on, providing insights into the future for our health service.

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£3 • £2 • Free
Conway Hall Ethical Society presents:

The values of Positivism

Sunday 17th December @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom

In the nineteenth century positivism was founded by August Comte (1798-1857) as a challenge to what he saw as obscurantist ways of thinking. IT saw that the natural sciences could…

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