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Julian has spent several days visiting and staying at monastries researching a forthcoming article for the Financial Times magazine. He and his partner were asking the question. does monastic life contain any lessons from the secular world? In this talk, he discusses his conclusions.
In this talk, Pavan reviews the position as to secularism and religion in Britain today, and then discusses some current campaigns the British Humanist Association are working on.
Should we be working together, as humanists, for a better world? Richard addresses the potential problems and poses some questions.
Dr Stuart McAnulla (University of Leeds, POLIS) delivers a talk about the political aspects of the 'New Atheist' movement.
Alex Gabriel, former chair of Oxford Atheist Society, recently attended Soul Survivor - the largest evangelical Christian festival for young people in the UK. In this talk, he discusses his experiences at the event.
Every day we all make perceptions of people and the world around us. But perception is a two-way process and most people don't stop to think about the biases inherent in their own perception. What are these cognitive biases and how much can they affect our judgement?In this talk Paul Hopwood is going to look at some of these biases and provide examples from his studies in Cognitive Psychology to (hopefully!) show just how much they are capable of distorting our view of reality; as well as providing a few suggestions as to how we can limit their effects.
Chris Worfolk presents a short summary of how mental health is an area that touches all our lives, and why we need to premote a more open dialogue in society about it.
Simon Duncan presents and introduction to social networking and how it applies to non-profit organisations.
Dr Neil Cooper from the University of Bradford discusses arms regulation.
Why should nothing matter? If anything matters, why should nothing matter? And yet it does, for there isn't anything, it seems, that nothing does not touch, or anything that does not touch nothing. History, philosophy, religion, science, art, literature, music - all look towards nothing at some point, stimulating questions that would otherwise not be asked.Who, for example, could have believed that nothing held back progress for 600 years in the Middle Ages, all because of mistaken translation, or that nothing is a way to tackle (and answer) the perennial question "what is art?"? Ronald Green uses nothing in a genuine attempt to look at the world in a different way, to give new angles to old problems and so to stimulate new thoughts.What is this nothing, that we can't actually see, touch or feel? Is it absolute? Is it relative to everything else? If we are able to think about it, write and read about it, is it something, and if so wouldn't it then not be nothing?This is precisely the mystery of nothing - that the more we think about it, the more there is to it.Disarmingly invisible, the point of nothing - to paraphrase Bertrand Russell on philosophy - is to start with something so simple as to seem not worth examining, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Martin Robbins, of the Guardian's Lay Science blog, reports on dangerous pseudo-medical practices outside the Western world, from homeopaths in East Africa to flat earthers and anti-vaccine campaigns in Nigeria.As part of this talk, Martin will be showing video clips of his recent visits to homeopathic projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, shot for a film he is making with Michael Story, with support from the Wellcome Trust.
Two years ago the description of the Universe was changed from billions of stars in each of billions of galaxies to billions of planets in each of billions of galaxies. The probability of finding intelligent life out there looks like a certainty and however improbable life is, it looks as if we will find it sooner rather than later. How will it change our world?
Imagine a world in which we could make fuels or pharmaceuticals in the same way we ferment malt to make beer. A world in which materials as strong as steel are made without industrial waste, or artificial viruses can be used to administer anti-cancer drugs without the usual side-effects of chemotherapy. Synthetic biology promises new technologies that could change our lives through the design and construction of new biological parts and devices, and the redesign of existing, natural biological organisms for new purposes.So, how can we redesign living organisms to perform useful functions? Can we create artificial life in a laboratory? Dr Bruce Turnbull, a synthetic chemical biologist from the University of Leeds will provide an overview of synthetic biology - the possibilities, practicalities, perils and potential profits.
In memory of Gerry Hannant, who sadly passed away in 2010, we present the only known recording of one of his lectures, recorded in 2007 at Leeds Atheist Society.In this talk, Gerry discusses whether religion measures up to modern scientific standards for knowledge.Unfortunately, the very beginning of the talk is lost. The recording was also made in standard definition.
Mark sits on the committee for the British Centre for Science Education - a religiously and politically neutral organisation which campaigns against Creationism on the United Kingdom.
Dr. Craig Aaen Stockdale (Optometry, Bradford) will give an introduction to the field of neurotheology, which attempts to relate religious behaviour and experience to the workings of the brain. He will review the current literature and give his own thoughts on what, if anything, this tells us.
In 2001 President Bill Clinton stood on the front lawn of the White House flanked by Francis Collins and Craig Venter. That day he announced the completion of the draft human genome, the first ever map of human genetic variation. At the time grandiose pronouncements were made about the coming genomic revolution concerning new cures for diseases and the eradication of cancer. Ten years on many have failed to be impressed by the impact of this scientific milestone, including equal sensationalising from the British media on this decade anniversary.So what has been the impact of sequencing the human genome, and why haven’t we cured any diseases as a result of this genetic knowledge?
Dan Bye talks about faith schools and why we should be concerned about their current growth.
Dr. Craig Aaen-Stockdale (Optometry, Bradford) will give an introduction to the field of neurotheology, which attempts to relate religious behaviour and experience to the workings of the brain. He will review the current literature and give his own thoughts on what, if anything, this tells us.
This year we celebrate the centenary of Rutherford's "discovery" of the tiny atomic nucleus at the centre of the atom. Why are scientists are still studying this topic a hundred years on? Professor David Jenkins from the University of York will explore the properties of the atomic nucleus and explain the origin of the chemical elements which make up our physical world.
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