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Ethical Record Articles

The journal began in 1895 and is produced on an monthly basis. Primarily it has provided abstracts and edited essays of the Society’s Sunday Lectures. It has developed into a showcase journal of the Society’s activities and events at Conway Hall.

New Economics as if People Mattered

We need to shift from three to One Planet Living across the UK, in a way that is inclusive and creates sustainable prosperity for all. But what will this look like and how can we achieve it? Must we divest just from fossil fuel reserves that we can’t afford to burn or from the much […]

Gospel Truth? – Uncovering a Lost Jewish Narrative

Three themes, challenging entrenched views, recur in my work. One is that Mark is the earliest of the canonical gospels and that, while the others have additional material, these are dependent on it. This thesis, substantiated on many grounds including changes that could only have happened in going from Mark to the other gospels instead […]

Humanism gets a Boost in the High Court

In a judgment in the High Court on the 25th November, Justice Warby ruled that the Government had made an ‘error of law’ in leaving non-religious worldviews such as humanism out of the Religious Studies GCSE, amounting to ‘a breach of the duty to take care that information or knowledge included in the curriculum is […]

Beat the ‘Blue Monday Blues’: Lessons from Mindfulness and Positive Psychology

What does positive psychology and mindfulness have to teach us about happiness and wellbeing? Is the way we approach happiness effective, or even rational? How in control of our own happiness are we? January 25th, ‘Blue Monday‘, is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. It’s a concept based on terrible research. […]

Challenging Self-Knowledge

What’s so great about self-knowledge? What does it matter whether you know who you really are? Is self-knowledge the key to happiness or to being true to yourself? We live in a culture in which the importance of self-knowledge is taken for granted but rarely explained. In this intriguing this talk, Quassim Cassam will explore the […]

An Atheist and a Muslim in Conversation: Overcoming Differences, Challenging Fundamentalism and Promoting Secular Values

I was raised in a liberal Muslim household, with a non-religious father and a semi-practising mother. Although we were taught the basics of Islam, such as how to pray, and kept a few fasts for the month of Ramadan, we never had any form of religious schooling, not even after-school classes at the mosque. It […]

The Fight for – or over – Education

SCRAPPING OVER EDUCATION Chris Bratcher Fifty years ago, Labour’s education minister, Anthony Crosland, issued a circular requesting Local Educational Authorities to convert their grammar and secondary modern schools into comprehensives. Grammar schools were of two types. There were more than 1,200 maintained grammar schools, mostly post-Victorian creations seeking to emulate the 179 older and highly academic […]

Democracy? What Britain might learn from Cuba

Cuban officials argue that their political and economic system is extraordinarily democratic. Most Western media state just the opposite, claiming that Cuba suffers from an extreme lack of democracy. For many raised in the West, their type of democracy seems to be the only, the inevitable or the ideal form of democracy, one that should […]

A Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism

When a former colleague got hold of my most recent book – The Trojan Horse – A leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West, he said: “Oh, you really stick your neck out.” (Malmo : Arx Forlag, 2015) That was kind and wrong. Actually, his comment says very little about me but more about the […]

Slavery Now and in the Future.

This talk is my own personal view and perspective as an independent. I organise Mensa at Trinity College Cambridge, the annual international conference. Some of the information I am presenting was obtained under Chatham House Rules, meaning I am able to report what has been said but am not able to attribute it. The Modern […]

How medical research died.

Anyone who has been a scientist for more than 20 years will realize that there has been a progressive decline in the honesty of communications between scientists, between scientists and their institutions and between scientists and their institutions and the outside world.’ These are the words of Bruce Charlton, Professor of Theoretical medicine. This sad […]

Breadline Britain – the return of mass poverty

Stewart Lansley’s book Breadline Britain presents a concise and powerful analysis of the huge increase in economic inequality in Britain since the late 1970s. Today, the top 1% of the population possess a full 14% of national income. This is partly the result of the long-term decline in the share of economic output which goes […]

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