Paul Sturges on radio: Blasphemy and freedom of expression

Paul Sturges, who is speaking to us about blasphemy and freedom of expression, was interviewed on radio on Sunday morning on BBC Radio Shropshire.

To hear it, go to “listen again” at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p054czb5 and listen from 38.30 to 43.30 on the time line.

 

Simon Nightingale on BBC Radio 3, 2 April: listen

Simon Nightingale did a short talk on distributive justice, referring to John Rawls, in Shropshire Radio’s Sunday morning “Faith and Ethics” program.

To hear it go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04wtj7c#play and listen on the time line from 1.18.15 to 1.23.50.

He then talked about the recent problems of the neurology service at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital until 1.27.00

Dr Simon Nightingale on BBC Radio Shropshire – Humanist views on forgiveness

Simon_NightingaleDr Simon Nightingale was on BBC Radio Shropshire on Sunday morning (20th November) delivering a ‘Pause for Thought’ on humanist views on forgiveness.

You can listen by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04dqz9k  and scrolling on the timeline between 1.19.30 and 1.26.30. The recording will be available for 1 month.

As Simon mentioned on the show, he will be giving a public talk on Humanism at the Engaging Issues Forum in Church Stretton on 29th November. For more information, please visit our blog post on the talk.

Simon Nightingale on radio: identity, labelling, prejudice and discrimination – and humanism

Simon_NightingaleSimon Nightingale was on BBC Radio Shropshire on Sunday morning talking about identity, labelling, prejudice and discrimination – and humanism.

If you would like to hear it (available for 7 days) go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03yf1r5#play and listen on the time line from 1:16:50 to 1:22:00.

 

Simon Nightingale on radio talking about faith schools and fair admissions

Simon Nightingale of Shropshire Humanist Group spoke on Jim Hawkins’ radio show on 16 June on BBC Radio Shropshire.

Listen on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03wtk8f beginning around 8 minutes on the timeline.

This talk preceded the visit of Jay Harman of BHA to talk to us about the problems caused by faith schools.

17 March meeting: An Introduction to Humanism by Simon Nightingale

BHA logoThursday 17th March at 7.30 pm at University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ.

Humanists believe one can lead a good life and be a good person without religion.  The British Humanist Association with the “happy humanist” logo is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.

Dr Nightingale, a retired consultant neurologist from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, has been working for humanism for some years, conducting humanist funerals and weddings. He is the humanist representative on the Shrewsbury SACRE – the Local Authority committee that oversees Religious Education and Collective Worship in our Shropshire state schools and is the humanist representative on the Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals Chaplaincy Committee and a member of Shrewsbury Interfaith Forum. Currently he is chair of the Shropshire Humanist Group.

Dr Nightingale says: “I am grateful for the opportunity to explain the basis of humanism and, in particular, to address some of the myths, for example that humanists are anti-religious; not at all, we are non-religious which is very different and indeed we support the rights of those with faith to live as they wish and we collaborate with other religions and interfaith groups, such as The Jubilee Debt Campaign to promote values we share with most moderate religions. Or that living without religion leaves a moral vacuum, or that we are moral relativists and believe that “anything goes”; on the contrary we have strong moral beliefs based on normative ethics and our innate moral instincts. Or that humanists are devoid of any spiritual sense and that their lives are without meaning – I will also show that is far from true”.

The talk is for anyone interested in humanism, whether or not they call themselves a humanist.  For example, those who believe that it is possible to lead a good life and be a good person without religion may find areas of common interest. Those with religious faith who are interested in learning more about a rapidly growing, influential non-religious world view are most welcome.  Teachers involved with Religious Education may find the talk helpful and informative.

In our Aprl meeting on Thursday 21 April we shall follow this up with a discussion.

Online now: Simon Nightingale on moral decisions and trolleyology

exphilSimon Nightingale, our chairman, spoke on BBC Radio Shropshire’s “Pause for Thought” today.

Simon’s talk discusses how our instinctive moral decisions are often very good, but sometimes can lead us astray. He illustrates this with examples of thought experiments known as trolleyology. If you would like to read more about how intuition can lead us astray – try Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. For an entertaining account of trolley-ology and a simple review of normative ethics, try Would you Kill the Fat Man by David Edmonds.

Listen between 1:19:15 and 1:25:30 on the time-line. It is available to listen to for the next 29 days.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cgmnp#play

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