Every day we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some claims are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour, however many are not. If governments and companies want us to believe them, we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens. Speaker Dr Chris Peters co-ordinates the Ask for Evidence and Libel Reform campaigns.
Trade deals TTIP, CETA and TiSA are grave threats to the foundations of our democracy. But they have also created one of the most vibrant European people power movements seen in a generation - a movement that is winning in its battle to stop these toxic trade deals. Join us for a rally at the International Day of Action Against Toxic Trade Deals.
Freedom’s Debt: The Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade (1672 – 1752)
This talk will discuss the parts played by freedom and liberty in developing England's contribution to the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans. It argues that Britain's relationship with slavery has largely been viewed in terms of Britain's contribution to the abolition of the trade. It suggests that British identity, British ideas, British institutions did much to develop the trade in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It examines the political deliberations that surrounded the Royal African Company - a monopolistic trading corporation formed to develop England's slave trade that would become, by the middle of the eighteenth century, associated with some of the earliest embryonic arguments for the abolition of the slave trade. The lecture will examine the role that Britishness and freedom played in developing the largest forced-intercontinental migration in human history.
There is a strong conjecture that climate change and world population numbers are linked. Population growth is driven by poverty and personal incomes are linked to energy poverty. Abundant quantities of clean affordable energy accessible by all nations, particularly those still developing, would bring about a transformation in society at the global scale.
Could such an energy “utopia” ever be realised? Our speaker, Jasper Tomlinson thinks that this could be possible. Jasper initiated and participated in a recent Government–funded Molten Salt Reactor study, and the results clearly identified a way forward.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Artur Pizarro shot to international fame by winning the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1990. He performs internationally in recital, chamber music and with the world’s leading orchestras.
London is Changing: Regeneration, Gentrification and Redevelopment
Join us for the first of many Londonist.com special events at Conway Hall. This time Iain Sinclair, Anna Minton, Tom Bolton and Helen Parton take part in a discussion on London, how it is changing, how it affects us and what can be done about it.
Dimitar Burov - violin
Hristiana Geourguieva - violin
Joël Sultanian - viola
Zela Terry - cello
Haydn: Quartet in C Op.33.3 'The Bird'
Smetana: Quartet No.1 in E minor ‘From My Life'
Beethoven: Quartet in E minor Op.59/2
In this event Andrew Leigh will take a hard but informed look at the relationship between business and ethics. He will consider what ethics in business actually means, and ask the question what are the realistic prospects of changing the culture under which businesses operate?
Free Verse is an all-day bazaar market library meeting place performance venue information resource and more. Celebrating the vitality of contemporary poetry in the UK publishers both large and small both experimental and traditional display and sell their work direct to the public.
Charlotte Maclet - leader / director
Mozart: Divertimento in D K136
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K364 (arr. Eric Mouret)
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C minor Op.110a (arr. Rudolph Barhsai [approved by Shostakovich] - based on Quartet No.8)
In this event our thought-provoking speaker, Peter Logan, will contradict the common sense view that there are thousands of myths and that they change continually over time. He sets out to demonstrate that not only is there just one myth, but also that there has always been only one myth, and it has been incredibly influential in the development of our society.
Join Professors Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Keith Ward and atheist philosopher of religion Stephen Law in debate and discussion of God and the Bible. A day conference presented by The Centre for Inquiry UK, Conway Hall Ethical Society and the British Humanist Association.
A sequel to last year's extremely successful 'Trans*Figurations' event.
Presentations from two different approaches to the representation of trans identities.
From Goldsmith's University, Natacha Kennedy presents academic findings from her researches into trans issues.
Fresh from her Edinburgh show, AJ McKenna is a performance poet who will be exploring trans issues through artistic expression.
Inequality, oppression, corruption, war and the destruction of nature are products of the Political Economy shaped to benefit the Structural Elite, and rooted in the hierarchical structure of society.
In this presentation, Clive Menzies will present a penetrating analysis of this interpretation of the undoubted present woes in today's society and will argue from an apolitical standpoint that salvation lies in the dissolution of hierarchy. The challenge is how?
Alastair Creamer – Would You Take Your Own Career Advice?
In this powerful, interactive session, leading creative thinker, coach and Eyes Wide Opened co-founder, Alastair Creamer will help you become the best role model you can be to those at a career crossroads – be it your best friend, partner, sibling, your teenager, or yourself. Learn how to be both pragmatic and inspirational. The acid test is, would you take your own career advice?
The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and ‘negrophile’
This talk will explore the life of William Seabrook (1884-1945), once a celebrated feature writer, journalist, travel writer and friend to many key artists of the New York and Paris Modernist era. Seabrook's exotic travels led him to join the Bedouins, attempt to eat human flesh in West Africa, experiment with witchery with Aleister Crowley, pay Man Ray to photograph Lee Miller in bondage, and in his most lasting legacy travel to Haiti and publish Magic Island, the book he claimed introduced the zombie to American popular culture.
London Thinks – Will We Crash Again? Why Capitalism Needs Debt Write-offs to Survive
Mainstream economists failed to anticipate the great financial crash of 2007-8. In this talk, Professor Steve Keen will share his view on the bigger picture - including recent financial developments around the world. He will review options for the future of economics, highlight the little-understood importance of debt, and argue that significant debt write-downs are needed in order to limit future financial crashes.
Let's talk about what it means to be a woman in the UK today.
In our media, women's sport gets the same coverage as men's darts. Out of 2,300 works of art in the National Gallery in 2010, only 10 were by women. And there are more men in the House of Commons today than the total number of women who have ever been elected into parliament...
London Thinks – The Science and Ethics of Doctor Who
Every moment in time and space is burning, the result of a huge war between the Daleks and the Doctor’s own people, the Time Lords. The Doctor can end the conflict using a special super-weapon. All of space and time will be saved, but he'll destroy every Dalek and Time Lord, including 2.47 billion Time Lord children. Does he have the right?
Unconditional hospitality is a central idea in contemporary ethical philosophy and it has important implications for psychology. Its political equivalent is the notion of open borders as a utopian critique of nationality and national identity. We can become good hosts by temporarily interrupting the self and our habitual concerns about ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and also by reframing our notion of identity, including national identity.
In May 2007 Sabeen Mahmud founded The Second Floor (now known as T2F), a coffee house and “community space for open dialogue” in Karachi, Pakistan. In April 2015, Mahmud was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. Travelling home after hosting a panel discussion on the missing people of Balochistan, a poor but resource rich province of Pakistan, armed motorcyclists surrounded her car and opened fire.
Three months after this brutal act of censorship, some of Britain’s Pakistani community are working together with Index on Censorship to commemorate and celebrate an extraordinary woman.
After telling us a little about Sense about Science, speaker Prateek Buch will focus on how asking for evidence can increase public pressure on politicians to use evidence effectively and transparently. This is particularly apt now that the general election is over. Prateek will draw on topical examples, celebrating where it's done well (MPs changing their minds, policy trials in areas like education); exposing where evidence is abused (drugs policy, welfare and crime); and sharing insights into the complexity and uncertainty at the heart of how evidence should inform policymaking in the public interest. He will also explore how the public asking for evidence fits with other evidence-related initiatives from Sense About Science's partner organisations at election time and otherwise - fact checking, improving the supply of evidence and so on.
DEBATE: Jonathan Parker v Paul Carroll.
This is a hot topic and Jonathan Parker will argue that today's large banks are a force for good, without them our quality of life would be dramatically diminished. Excessive bonuses are a bone of public contention but these are not a fault of the individual banker but of the embedded culture inherent to the capitalist system, to which mankind owes a huge debt. The motion will be opposed by Paul Carroll.
London Thinks – Waiting for GLaDOS: What Could Sentient Machines Mean for Humanity?
For decades, we've imagine the rise of computer-based life forms, super-intelligences whose intellects could far surpass our own and trigger a new phase in non-human evolution.
Could these visions become real, and why do they have such a grip on our imaginations? How has culture informed AI research? Should we be more worried about sentient machines, or the dumb algorithms and data integration being worked on today? Do we still have privacy under the dead, uncaring gaze of a machine intelligence? What does humanism mean to an artificial intelligence anyway?
Science writer, broadcaster and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford chairs a panel of human intelligences, including leading roboticist Prof Alan Winfield and Dr Kathleen Richardson.
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