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Skeptics Underground

Our Sunday event relaunches as a discussion group and social on the 2nd Sunday of every month. The first meeting is Under The Stairs, 3a Merchant St. (just off Candlemaker Row, on the left as you walk up the hill).

The group will discuss issues raised in a blog post or news item and discussions will be open-end to create a space where people feel comfortable exploring difficult topics or strongly-held beliefs.

Our very first meeting will kick off with a discussion on the pros and cons of vegetarianism: http://vegetarian.procon.org/#pro_con

Members are encouraged to contribute additional ideas and articles for discussion at subsequent meetings. 

As always at Ed Skeptics we Respect People and Challenge Ideas.

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  • John R.

    Very interesting question.
    Logic?:

    Some sex workers are trafficked. So purchase of sex should be illegal.

    Traffic congestion is a problem. So parking of cars should be restricted.

    Some animals are badly treated. So you should not eat meat.

    Dirty oil is a problem. So you should not invest in RBS.

    Jews were exterminated in concentration camps. So you should not, as Eichmann and many Jewish community leaders did, comply with legally enforceable orders

    Those controlling drones kill thousands of people at a distance. So they are guilty of murder … and you should not pay taxes.

    So: Pace Arendt: Failure to think is a crime against humanity … Where is the line? Failure to consider consequences of action, especially complying with the law or following an order, and act ethically is itself a serious crime against humanity.

    We all commit 100 unethical acts every day. We cannot do/not do all of these things. How to decide which to do/avoid doing?

    November 11, 2013

  • Ben M.

    Thanks all for coming - I don't think anyone got converted to or from vegetarianism, but it was good to see old friends and new faces.

    November 10, 2013

  • Ray

    Fun chat for a Sunday afternoon with an interesting group of people.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • JackPow

    May I bring a pal (eager carnivore)?

    November 4, 2013

    • Ben M.

      Yes of course - it's one of those topics that there's no consensus on.

      November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a Skeptic ya ken.

    2 · October 26, 2013

  • spottedsparrow

    Hi all - just changed the topic for the first discussion to something a bit more neutral, just to kick things off gently. Ben or Jo, could you please update the Facebook page with the article link?

    1 · October 24, 2013

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