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Hull and East Riding Humanist Group

A social group for humanists, atheists, secularists, sceptics and agnostics

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

Politics and Humanism

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The  next meeting of the Hull and East Riding Humanist Group will be at 7.30pm on Monday 28th April in “the snug” room at the back of the Tiger Inn, Lairgate, Beverley.

In politics the terms Left and Right were coined during the French Revolution, referring to the seating arrangement in the Estates General. Those who sat on the left generally supported the radical changes of the revolution, including the creation of a republic and secularization. Those who sat on the right supported preserving the institutions of the monarchy, the aristocracy and the established church. Group secretary Tim Stephenson will be talking about how the emerging science of evolutionary psychology has much to say on the origins of the split between conservative, liberal and socialist mindsets and how these relate to religious belief and atheism. All welcome.