Rebel Without a Pause – an evening with Barry Duke, live.
Monday, 10th May @ 7:30pm
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Barry has a lifetime of activism as a gay man and atheist to his credit.
Born in apartheid South Africa, he could not fathom why races were prevented by draconian laws from interacting. It was explained to him that racial separation was mandated by the Bible and that apartheid was necessary to maintain “racial purity”.
As he grew older he began actively opposing the racist policies of the apartheid regime and there was a very real danger that his activities as a journalist would lead to detention or imprisonment. He came to the UK as a political refugee in 1973.
He at once became involved in secular & gay rights organisations & was involved in opposing the private prosecution of Gay Times for blasphemy by Mrs Mary Whitehouse.
In 1998 he became the editor of The Freethinker – first published in 1881. Barry is still the editor 23 years later!
He was a founding member of Gay Humanists & set up The Pink Humanist magazine. In 2017, the National Secular Society gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award.
He’s going to talk to us about his personal journey as an active atheist, his role in fighting the blasphemy prosecution & the start of Gay Humanists….. & probably lots more!
Now living in Spain Barry will join us live from there. His talk will be followed by Q & A.
The event will take place online using zoom.
This event is FREE to all Bristol Humanists members. We ask everyone else to make a voluntary contribution of £3/£1 to help cover our costs. We will pay half of all proceeds to a selected charity.
A Journey to the Source of Consciousness – with Prof Mark Solms
Monday 7th June, 7:30pm
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In this live talk direct from South Africa, neuro-psychologist Mark Solms will take us on his journey to the source of consciousness. Extraordinarily a mystery that has puzzled thinkers and scientists for millenia may now be close to a solution. This promises to be a truly eye-opening session.
Mark Solms recently published ‘The Hidden Source – a journey to the source of consciousness’.
In a recent review it was said
“in a crowded field, consciousness has a strong claim to being the strangest thing in the universe. The feeling of being aware is the most fundamental and familiar aspect of anyone’s existence……entangled with the mystery of how consciousness happens is another: why is it there at all? It’s unclear why evolution bothered to make it feel like something to be you……The book’s most arresting claim is that the answer is to be found not in brain functions such as visual perception or hearing, the usual focus of inquiries into consciousness, but in feelings.”
“the gist is that feelings are a uniquely effective and efficient way for humans to monitor their countless changing biological needs, in extremely unpredictable environments, to set priorities for action and make the best choices so as to remain within various bounds – of hunger, cold and heat, physical danger, social isolation, etc – outside of which we can’t survive for long.”
Mark Solms has spent his life investigating how the brain registers & processes our environment & our experiences to produce consciousness. He has approached it through neuropsychology, marrying the knowledge gained from sophisticated neuro-imaging & advanced information theory with the approaches & insights of psychoanalysis.
Mark is a neuro-scientist, a psychoanalyst and researcher – he is uniquely placed to explain what consciousness is, and is not.
Mark Solms has worked in London and New York and is currently Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, and he will be joining us live from South Africa
The event will take place online using zoom. Click to attend to be given the Zoom link.
This event is FREE to all Bristol Humanists members. We ask everyone else to make a voluntary contribution of £3/£1 to help cover our costs. We will pay half of all proceeds to a selected charity. Contributions can be made here