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The Edge of Reason

WORDS BY THE WATER – KESWICK, 10 MARCH. Talking about The Edge of Reason at this lovely Cumbrian festival.

Dorset Humanists

SCIENCE WITHOUT PEDESTALS – BOURNEMOUTH, 11 FEBRUARY. A Darwin Day talk, with optional lunch, challenging the pretensions of those who elevate science too high so we can better appreciate it for what it really is and more fully understand what it means to value reason and rationality.

Berwins Salon North

THE TAO OF JAZZ – HARROGATE, 26 JANUARY. Ignore the official blurb, this is about jazz, philosophy and life.

The Wonders and Challenges of Human Space Flight

THE WONDERS AND CHALLENGES OF HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT – 18 JANUARY, LONDON. Taking part in the day-long event at the Science Museum debating the ethics of space travel.

Philosophy in the Bookshop

PHILOSOPHY IN THE BOOKSHOP – OXFORD, 7 JANUARY. Nigel Warburton will be talking to me about The Edge of Reason at Blackwells at 11:00. Full details here.

Reason, Populism and Democracy.

REASON, POPULISM AND THE THREAT TO DEMOCRACY – 7 DECEMBER. For the record, I gave this talk for the Saclay Forum for Philosophy in Paris, a collaboration between the HEC Languages and Culture Department, and the École Centrale Paris. Comments are open below for those who came.

Brain in a Vat and Other Stories

A PODCAST OF “BRAIN IN A VAT AND OTHER STORIES” IS NOW AVAILABLE. I took part in this Forum for European Philosophy Celebration of Hilary Putnam at the LSE on 8 December with Jesper Kallestrup, Chris Norris, Sarah Sawyer and Peter Dennis (Chair). The podcast is here or on iTunes.

An Evening with Julian Baggini

THE EGO TRICK – SOUTH LONDON, 22 NOVEMBER. An evening with Julian Baggini hosted by South East London Humanist Group (SELHuG) and South West London Humanists. Details and booking here.

Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide

BRISTOL FESTIVAL OF IDEAS – 15 NOVEMBER. Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide with John Cottingham, Lois Lee, Raymond Tallis and me as a participating chair. Listen again here.

An Age of Unreason?

BRISTOL FESTIVAL OF IDEAS – 7 NOVEMBER. Discussing whether we live in an age of unreason with James Garvey, author of The Persuaders and my successor as editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine. 19:00 at Waterstones. Listen again here.


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