This is an introduction to morality where God is not at its centre. Using the 4 S’s of science, skepticism, sarcasm and satire, whilst employing neuropsychological research and a humanistic world view, we’ll look at what the alternatives are to a pious moral code, and why people and groups might make the decisions they do. We will seek to highlight that the debate about morality should not be conducted in a vacuum, but should take place in the real world and focus on understanding how our actions affect our fellow creatures, rather than desperately trying to cling to ancient ‘axiomatic’ standards and justify them with archaic scriptural tenets.
Glen is a Senior Research Assistant in Clinical Practice at The University of Central Lancashire, currently researching Stroke, Health Inequalities, and providing training opportunities in research for clinicians. He is also a Neuropsychology Postgraduate Researcher where he specialises in moral psychology, public engagement, and has taught on a variety of courses including the Msc in Emotions, Credibility and Deception. Coming from a military background, Glen’s interest in psychology and morality was piqued when living and working in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and many other nations after experiencing a myriad of world views, different group behaviours, and the strife that often results when they clash – especially where religion is concerned. It is therefore his passionate aim to usher in a more enlightened form of thinking, where equality as a species, compassion and critical thinking, help to uplift us in place of tribalism, and the wanton disregard for the scientific facts that humans have so far revealed in this beautiful and rich universe.
Glen was recently nominated for the John Maddox prize in Science Engagement, and has aided in the development of a new Brain Imaging Lab (Electroencephalogram) at UCLan. He has also contributed to Humanist Life, and is a current Journalist at Atheist Republic.com, as well as hosting his own blog. His other activities include: creating, hosting, and presenting over 30 unique academic, comedy, and public engagement events, documentaries and talks. He also founded two skeptical groups in the North West (Project Science and Reason, and UCLan Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society), and one cultural exchange group (UCLan Japanese Society).
In addition, Glen has taken part in political and social activism, and charity work with the BHA, AHS and other groups on campaigns such as: Sense about Science, UK Law Society and Sharia guidance, Ugandan Humanist Trust, Reform Section 5, equal marriage, no to gender segregation, and saying farewell to Sir Terry Pratchett by honouring his patronage to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
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|23 Feb 2016||6:00pm - 7:30pm|
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