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19:00 Category: LSS/joint public event - Secular Hall[19:30] Greg Scorzo "Art of Thinking" discussion series (non-LSS)
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'The Art of Thinking' discussion series introduced by Greg Scorzo and supported by Leicester Secular Society A series of 6 stand alone informal sessions on contemporary cultural issues during the first quarter of 2020 – come to as many as you like. Charge is £3 per session Greg is a professional philosopher. He is editor, co-director, and head writer for 'Culture on the offensive', an online magazine. He introduces each session with a brief talk followed by discussion and debate by group members. MONDAY 13 January - The Art of Thinking about Morality MONDAY 20 January 7.30pm The Art of Thinking about Free Will One of the deep foundations of human experience seems to be that we have free choices. We punish those who make bad choices on the assumption that they could have chosen otherwise. We try to cultivate personal responsibility in people, where such responsibility is only possible on the proviso that people can make free choices. The problem, however, is we don’t have any straight forward evidence for the existence of free choices. If the universe is governed by deterministic laws, it appears our actions are such that we don’t choose them. If the universe is not determined by such laws, this doesn’t give us evidence of free choice either, as it makes our controlled actions look like random physical events. Even in the political realm, we often talk as though social conditions are more responsible for the behaviours of individuals than free choices. So do we have to hang up our hands and admit that free will doesn’t exist? Or is free will something quite distinct from the ability to make free choices? MONDAY 3 February - The Art of Thinking about Gender MONDAY 10 February - The Art of Thinking about Democracy THURSDAY 27 February - The Art of Thinking about Extremism THURSDAY 26 March - The Art of Thinking about Poverty

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