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1  Schome Park Programme / Ethics & Philosophy / Medical Ethics Discussion Sessions on: March 26, 2008, 10:12:01 PM

I've posted a new series of E&P discussion groups on the Wiki Events page. These are intended to cover various issues of Medical Ethics; there are currently 3 sessions posted, as follows:

Wednesday 2 April  7.30-8.30 pm: The ethics of medical research
Wednesday 9 April  7.30-8.30 pm: Euthanasia (assisted suicide)
Wednesday 16 April  7.30-8.30 pm: How should we allocate medical resources?

All will be held in the Japanese Garden.
For more info please follow the links above to the pages on the wiki. I'd be very grateful if you could add your name to these pages if you're interested in coming along.
If there is enough interest this series will be extended, with other topics to be suggested at the sessions above.
Hopefully see you there.

2  Schome Park Programme / Ethics & Philosophy / New Discussion Session Tuesday 12th Feb 8pm GMT on: February 07, 2008, 11:29:45 PM

I've posted a new Ethics & Philosophy discussion session on the Wiki events page, date and time as above.

The topic is 'Does science still need philosophy?' In this session I hope we can discuss the current relationship between philosophy and science, and how, as science increasingly answers questions that were traditionally pondered by philosophers, philosophy might still help us to frame and understand the discoveries of science.
If you're interested in coming along please follow the link below and add your name to the page on the wiki.
Hope to see you there,

3  Schome Park Programme / Ethics & Philosophy / New Ethics & Philosophy discussion session, Thurs 6th Dec 7-8pm GMT on: November 29, 2007, 11:14:01 AM

I've posted a new E&P session on the wiki for next Thursday (6th Dec).
The topic is 'Human Rights' - if you'd like to come along please follow the link below and put your name down on the wiki:


I hope that we can use this session to discuss the fundamental questions of what it means to have rights, what rights we really have, and where we get them from. There is huge scope then to talk about these issues in relation to human rights claims in specific political situations - I think this would probably throw up enough material to warrant a session in itself, so I may post a follow-up once we see how this one goes...
Hope to see some of you there,

4  Schome Park Programme / Ethics & Philosophy / Quotes... on: October 24, 2007, 10:15:12 AM
Got any good philosophical quotes? Here's one to get started:

"Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness." - Immanuel Kant

Any more?
5  Schome Park Programme / Ethics & Philosophy / New E&P discussion session, Wed 24th Oct 7-8pm on: October 15, 2007, 01:54:01 PM

I've posted a new session on the wiki, date and time as above. This issue is to discuss the morality of war - whether it can ever be morally justified, and the issues we need to weigh up when considering this.

If you would like to attend please follow the link and post your name on the wiki page for the session:

Hope to see you there,

6  Schome Park Programme / Ethics & Philosophy / New Ethics and Philosophy group discussion 27th September 7-8pm on: September 20, 2007, 08:57:26 PM
Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that I've posted a new Philosophy discussion session on the Wiki, for Thursday 27th September from 7-8pm.
The topic is "How should we make our ethical choices?". I hope that this will allow us to discuss what criteria we are really weighing up when we respond to ethical dilemmas, particularly life-or-death situations such as war, euthanasia and capital punishment. I know some of these areas have been touched upon previously, but the idea of this session is to consider the reasoning behind our general moral principles, and whether there are inconsistencies in the way we apply these principles to different issues.
For more info please have a look at the Schome Park events page on the Wiki, and hopefully see you there.
Hopefully my computer won't die half way through this one...

7  Schome Park Programme / Schome Park Events / New Ethics and Philosophy discussion session. on: August 15, 2007, 03:20:33 PM

Just to let you know I have posted a new Ethics and Philosophy discussion session on the Wiki, from 7-8pm on Wednesday 22nd August in the Japanese garden.
This session is to discuss whether we really have Free Will to make independent choices, and the many other questions that discussion of this issue naturally leads on to.
I have already posted this on the Ethics and Philosophy section on the forum but wasn't sure if I should also list it here?
Hope to see some of you there.

8  Schome Park Programme / Ethics & Philosophy / New Ethics and Philosophy discussion session 22nd August 7-8pm on: August 15, 2007, 03:13:04 PM

Just to let you know I have posted a new Philosophy discussion session on the Wiki Events page. This is for Wednesday 22nd August from 7-8pm in the Spii Japanese garden.
This session is to discuss the question of whether we really have free will to make independent choices. I hope this topic will give a good starting point to go off in whatever direction people prefer, I 've listed some questions you might like to think about on the event listing in the Wiki.
Hopefully see some of you there.

9  Schome Park Programme / Ethics & Philosophy / More topics?? on: June 25, 2007, 07:49:52 PM
Hi everyone,

Just thinking of possible topics for future E&P sessions in SPii, not sure if any of these are suitable but just a few questions that particularly interest me:

1: How significant is "intention" in our decisions on what is ethical behaviour? Is it better to allow more people to die (say as a result of an accident), rather than step in and intentionally cause the deaths of fewer people in order to save them? If so, why? There are loads of "thought-experiment" type scenarios that are good starting points for discussions of this kind.

2: What impact does the human awareness of self, and of our own mortality, have on our ethical behaviour? - Is it only this that allows us to make "ethical" decisions? Can animals without self-awareness or an understanding of death ever make ethical choices?
Also, are the complex moral systems that are unique to humans (as far as I'm aware - please correct me if I'm wrong!) unique because of the above, because of our superior intelligence, (and yes I did read the recent discussion re: dolphins!) or because of some "ethical" property unique to the human brain?

3: Is morality just selfishness? Some evolutionary biologists suggest this view on the basis that natural selection favours altruistic behaviour.

4: Are our personal moral systems constrained by our biology, or our history and culture? (or both). I know this is similar to a recent topic on the forum.

Not sure if any of the above are of interest, they all overlap anyway (as do pretty much all philosophical questions I think.) I'm aware that the SL sessions often use modern topical questions/scenarios to explore ethical/philosophical views (e.g. last Friday's one on Celebrity), so if anyone has suggestions for how any of the above could be implemented into an entertaining debate I'd be grateful to hear them.

10  Schome / Introductions / Hi everyone on: June 14, 2007, 01:40:18 PM
Just wanted to say hello to you all. All this is completely new to me, but I'm excited about contributing in whatever way I can.

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