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SEPT. 18th ARE HUMANS DRIVERLESS CARS?
FREE WILL REVISITED. John Little.
How do you think of your future?
As inevitable?….already laid down though unknown to you….nothing you do can change it? No more alterable than your past.
As inevitable?…. though partly the result of your choices and decisions (but these after all are the products of a physical system – the brain – which is determined by prior events over which you had no control)?
As open? Your choices and decisions can alter it. These involve an element of free will….not determined by physical causes.
If the latter, haven’t you fallen into magical thinking….that somehow human beings have the ability to transcend the causal structure of the world….to tear a rip in the space-time continuum?
Given the results of modern neuroscience can the feeling that we could have acted otherwise than we did be more than an illusion?
Do we have to give up notions like moral responsibility as a consequence?
Or are we missing something?
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And for our first event of the Autumn term we have our Chair – Paul Archer
“THE JOY OF TAX”
Here’s Pauls intro,
“Around the world, it is taxation that pays for pensions, healthcare, education and other hallmarks of a modern state and yet fundamental discussion about taxation policy is relatively unusual and poorly informed.
I want to discuss the universal issues surrounding taxation policy in the context of the mechanics of the United Kingdom system of taxation and think about why taxation policy is so difficult.
We will look at the principle of progressivity, the academic debate about top marginal rates and the best taxation policy for economic growth as well as addressing the great challenge to taxation policy described by behavioural economists as ‘loss aversion’.”
expect close argument, backed up with good solid data, followed by a very lively discussion.
To get us all in the mood – here’s George Harrisons opinion – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtksJEj2Keg
see you all at the usual place – Friends Meeting House – Eastcott Hill – Swindon SN1 3JF 7:40 – 9:40pm
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The annual Philosophy Party was held at our chair’s – Paul Archer
Great food, great drinks, great books!
Thanks to Paul from everyone
Autumn 2015 Schedule
11 Sept The Joy of Tax Paul Archer
18 Sept Are Humans Driverless Cars? Freewill Revisited John Little
25 Sept (see this space)
2 Oct Our Moral Duties to Refugees and Asylum Seekers Prof. Chris Bertram
9 Oct The Circle of Stupid: Ethics Beyond Belief Dr David Webster
16 Oct Mill on the Subjugation of Women Dr Andrew Pyle
23 Oct Wherefore Art Thou, Festival of Literature? Matt Holland
30 Oct Science without a Generalised Theory of Evolution Rahman Khatibi
6 Nov Rudyard Kipling & the Emotional Power of Buddhist Art Susie Paskins
13 Nov From Brain Structure to Behaviour Dr Alex DeSouza
20 Nov The Charity Business David Hillyard
27 Nov The Paris Climate Change Conference Gerry Hannon
4 Dec Sustainable Development: an Insufficient Survival Goal Dr Mark Everard
11 Dec The Politically Incorrect Science of Human Nature Steve Miller
18 Dec Desert Island Books Gary Loyden
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