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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

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February 2020

Beverley Book Club: “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman

February 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Tiger Inn, Lairgate
Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 8JG United Kingdom
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Why is there more chance we'll believe something if it's in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for…

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Arthur Schopenhauer: Pathfinder for the Future Existentialists

February 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main Street, Willerby
Hull, East Yorkshire HU10 6BZ United Kingdom
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In February our chair John Pittock will be giving a second talk on the nineteenth century atheist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, this time relating his influence on the later existentialists. All Welcome.

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March 2020

When is a Joke Not a Joke?

March 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main Street, Willerby
Hull, East Yorkshire HU10 6BZ United Kingdom
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Kevin Precious is a comedian, promotor and member of the executive committee of Hull and East Riding Humanist Group. He says of his talk: "When is a joke not a joke? When it's offensive, apparently... whether it's a by-product of the social media age, or just plain old puritanism dressed up in a new guise, there is currently a great amount of debate with regards to what constitutes offence in comedy/satire. Witness, the recent prosecution of Count Dankula and his…

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April 2020

Consciousness and Decision Making

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Willerby and Kirkella Parish Institute, 58 Main Street, Willerby
Hull, East Yorkshire HU10 6BZ United Kingdom
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In April our vice-chair Brian Fendley will be giving a talk on “Consciousness and Decision Making”. The talk will be an exploration of the challenging question of consciousness, a subject which has vexed philosophers throughout the centuries. What is it? Where does it reside? What are its essential attributes? Where does it come from? What use is it? Is it essential to our decision making abilities? Is it present only in human beings? What is the 'hard' problem of consciousness?…

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