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Mar
22

Cafe Start Time: Poll Results

Voting to decide the new start time for the Cafe finished last night at midnight. We had a total of 38 responses, which broke down as follows. A clear, almost two-thirds majority chose an 8pm start. From next month (April), Philosophy Cafe will run from 8.00 till 10.00. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Nov
05

Ethics and Disgust

November’s Cafe will invite the audience to consider what repulses us, and how our negative emotions connect to how we make judgements about right and wrong. Does disgust have a role in shaping morality? Image via Wikipedia In evolutionary terms, it may have evolved as a means of helping us avoid sources of infection and [...]

Aug
27

What makes us care about the future?

The climate scientist James Hansen, writing in todays’ Guardian, suggests that one of his major motivations for speaking out more and more about the need to mitigate human-caused climate change is his grandchildren. Fourteen months later I gave another public talk – connecting the dots from global warming to policy implications to criticisms of the [...]

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