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The Great Debate: Science and the Human Potential

Do humans have a special place in nature?
What do the notions of progress and humanism have to offer us?

Do humans really have a special place in nature?
What do the notions of progress and humanism have to offer us today?
This day school will examine the development of ideas about the human potential and the changing notion of progress from the Scientific Revolution through to the present. The scientific method and its influence on the Enlightenment will be discussed and the way that the notions of progress, equality and the centrality of humanity have changed over the centuries will be explored through a study of key thinkers such as Newton, Descartes, Condorcet, Darwin and Wittgenstein. Modern schools of thought such as Postmodernism and environmentalism and how they relate to humanist ideas will be discussed.


Dr Caspar Hewett | talks | www
Dr Jon Pugh | talks | www


Date and Time:

18 March 2006 at 9:30 am


Full Day



Bedson Teaching Centre
Queen Victoria Road
University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
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The Great Debate
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£8 (for lunch and refreshments throughout the day)

Available from:

Newcastle Science Festival
0191 243 8292

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it's so vital and answers many questions the mind has

Posted at 2:39 AM on 18 March, 2006 by

I really appreciate the approach of this lecture that enhances the valued and vital characterstics of reshaping globel society....we must keep it up.


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