Tag Archives: Conway Hall

Episode 213 – 15th November 2013

This week we look at Tesco’s new advertising plans… whilst they look at us. We also talk about a controversial Islamic speaker on tour in the UK, the success of Sunday Assembly and find out if it’s possible to explain a PhD to lay people. We also speak to both developmental psychologist Ute Frith, and the new chair of Conway Hall… who may already be familiar to some listeners!



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Attention Pollution (1:40) by Sean Ellis
Leeds Sunday Assembly (8:08) by Ian Bushfield
Mufti Menk (12:38) by Chris Malburn
PubHD (22:58) by Liz Lutgendorff (ft Kash Farooq)
New Conway Hall Chair (29:42) by James O’Malley (ft Liz Lutgendorff)
Uta Frith Interview (33:29) by Dawn Firth-Godbehere
An Englishman Abroad (45:01) by Andy Waterfield
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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LGBT Society Statement
The LGBT+ committee has contacted the appropriate Guild authorities with our concerns about this event given that, in our view, it breaks the Guild’s safe space policy. Should the guild not cancel the event we are prepared to organise a protest event, but we are awaiting the Guild’s response before taking further action. We have every confidence, however, that the correct decision will be made.
The committee would like to take this opportunity to state that we are committed to the freedom of every individual to practise whatever faith they wish, provided the practising of this faith does not impinge on the freedoms and happiness of others. And we would like to reaffirm that should any further action be taken it will be against the event and is not a protest against either ISOC or Islam as a faith.

Episode 209 – 18th October 2013

This week we have an exclusive clip of the fourth man on the moon (!!!), along with some more back to earth chat. We talk Golden Dawn and the rise of the Far Right in Europe with Yiannis Baboulias, missing Doctor Who episodes with Mike Hall, as well as take a critical look at a High Court decision on MMR and some claims being made by an advisor to Michael Gove. Plus we go to a Wikipedia Editathon.



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Golden Dawn (1:51) by James O’Malley (ft Yiannis Baboulias)
Astronaut Al Bean (18:20) by Carl Hutchinson (FT FOURTH MAN ON THE MOON, AL BEAN!)
Missing Doctor Who (20:08) by Mike Hall
Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon (31:45) by James O’Malley (ft Jonathan Cardy)
MMR Opportunities (43:40) by Peter English
Nature vs Nurture (51:11) by Mike Ward
The sketch at the end is by David Lovesy & Brian Two

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Conway Memorial Lecture 2010 – Prof Jonathan Glover

Recorded on the 28th October 2010, Professor Jonathan Glover gives the annual Conway Memorial Lecture, at Conway Hall in London. The lecture was titled ‘Ethics and the Dark Side of Science’ and you can hear it in full on this page. Just press play on the player below to begin!

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In this year’s Conway Memorial address, Professor Jonathan Glover will explore the ethics of scientific research and aim to understand if it is necessary to decide what the responsibilities of individual scientists are, or ought to be with regard to the moral consequences of their work. Given that we live in a world in which nation states and other groups develop weapons with appalling possibilities, should scientists never take part, or can the defensive development of such weapons sometimes be the lesser evil? The uses of science for dark purposes: for torture, and for atrocities, either in war or as acts of terrorism can be seen in many cases throughout history, notably with regard to atomic and biological weapons. After medicine and medical research was used in atrocities by the Nazis, the medical world drew up codes of ethics governing research, and developed a whole culture of ethical discussion and debate. Should something similar be developed for the community of research scientists and technologists? If so what should it be like?

Jonathan Glover is the Director of the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics at King’s College London and Distinguished Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford. He has written several books, including Humanity: A Moral History of the Twentieth Century and Causing Death and Saving Lives. He chaired a European Commission Working Party on Assisted Reproduction and gave the inaugural Uehiro Lecture series in 2004, published as Choosing Children: Genes, Disability, and Design. For more information on Professor Glover and his research interests please visit personal website.