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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!

June 2018

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?

Turning-the-Tide-on-Plastic

Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

September 2018

From a cyber-crime raid in suburbia to the engine rooms of Silicon Valley, and from the digital soldiers of Berkshire to the hackers of Las Vegas, pioneering technology researcher Carl Miller traces how power – the most important currency of all – is being transformed, fought over, won and lost.

There has been a long and vibrant relationship between LGBTQ people, homosexuality and consumer capitalism since the late nineteenth. Using sources ranging through early men’s magazines and erotic publications, government documents, business archives and oral histories, Justin Bengry asks who benefited from commercial interest in homosexuality?

Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas present an eye-opening study which offers a sobering overview of corrupted professional politics, while providing fertile intellectual ground for the development of new solutions for protecting democracy from authoritarian subversion.

October 2018

Rob Evans reveals the secret group of police spies and forty years of state espionage monitoring British protest groups. They used sex, intimate relationships and drugs to build their credibility. They betrayed friends, deceived lovers, even fathered children. And their operations continue to-day.

Forget everything you’ve heard about strippers: this talk is an antidote to stigma, shame and stereotyping. Stacey Clare has been part of the misunderstood and misrepresented world of UK strip clubs since the age of 22. She opens-up about her work and experiences with this candid and critical perspective of the industry.

November 2018

Karen Douglas will discuss why conspiracy theories are popular, who is more likely to believe them (and why), and what some of the potential consequences of conspiracy theories are for politics, health, and the environment.

December 2018

1n 1948, the HMS Windrush docked in Essex carrying hundreds of British citizens from the Caribbean. 70 years later, it emerged that our government had started denying healthcare and housing to some of the families. Russell Hargrave asks, what were the roots of the Windrush crisis, and how did the government get things so badly wrong?

Using the latest research into the media, decision science, heuristics, and emotional reasoning, Bobby Duffy examines why the populations of some countries seem better informed than others, and how we can address our ignorance of key public data and trends.

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