Deliberation, Democracy and Experts 

Dr Connelly

Date:       Monday 16th January 2017, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our speaker for the January meeting was Professor James Connelly from the School of Law and Politics at the University of Hull. This talk considered the issue, in a representative democracy, of the relationship between deliberation, experts and expertise. Professor Connelly discussed the role of experts and the nature of political judgement and inquired into claims to expertise in a world where information is easy to obtain, and the appearance of knowledge is easy to maintain, but where it is increasingly difficult to persuade the public that experts and politicians might have knowledge and judgement that they do not possess. This was related to the nature of political responsibility and its requirement for accurate and coherent knowledge as opposed to the relative freedom of citizens without official responsibility who do not need to cultivate such knowledge

HERHG Christmas Meal 

The HERHG Christmas Meal took place on Monday 19th December 2016 at the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

santa

Critical Rationalism: The Humanism of Karl Popper

KarlPopper

Date:       Monday 21st November 2016, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Sir Karl Popper (1902-1994) was arguably the greatest British Humanist of the twentieth century whose influential books include “The Open Society and Its Enemies” and “The Logic of Scientific Discovery”. He was a member of the British Humanist Association and received the Humanist Laureate Award from the International Academy of Humanism. Group secretary Tim Stephenson talked about Popper’s “Critical Rationalism” for our November 2016 meeting.

“Unitarianism – What’s that?”

ralphcatts

Date:       Monday 17th October 2016, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

The guest speaker for our October meeting was Dr Ralph Catts, the pastor at the Hull Unitarian Church, who talked about Unitarianism and its similarities and differences to Humanism.

“Humanism and Feminism”

maryw

Date:       Monday 19th September 2016, 7.30pm
Venue:    the back room of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8JG

Our September meeting was a discussion of Humanism and Feminism. This is the same title as the 2015 Bentham Lecture by Professor Rae Langton.
Speakers were Michael J Fox (not that one) and  HERHG committee member Becky Lavelle.