Wednesday, November 8 2017 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Ian Glendinning

What's the talk about?

As rational people we value science for its reliance on repeatable evidence of objective facts and on logical relations between these. When "arguing" with those we consider misguided conspiracy theorists and superstitious or supernatural religionists, this becomes our mantra and we bring all our ammunition on cognitive biases and logical fallacies in support of our argument, not to mention rhetoric and mockery! But this simplistic "us and them" stance is political and polarising and is unrepresentative of the real subtleties of knowledge of the natural world. So much so that much popular philosophy and public science debate flip-flops between dogmatic certainty and outright denial of complex "mysteries" and this holds back progress in some important areas.

We will look at some the latest ideas on Free Will but will also notice that there are many others, some like free-will associated with the evolution of consciousness and intelligence, but others more fundamental to physical science itself.

Ian is an atheist, humanist, rationalist, skeptic ... engineer. He is also an amateur philosopher of epistemology researching "What, why and how do we know?" since before blogging was invented.