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Does life have intrinsic value?

Let's start the new year with one of the biggest questions of all: what is life for? Does it hold intrinsic value or not? Are humans more valuable than animals on this planet we call home? How do we measure and safeguard the quality of human and animal life? Where should we rank plant life in the hierarchy? Can we justify notions of higher or lower life forms, and if so what are they and why? Are there any higher values than those of life itself?

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  • John D.

    Great discussion on this very difficult topic. Forget to take photos of the CafePhilo teams! can someone remind me or take some pics please!

    January 16, 2014

  • Chris S.

    I enjoyed the format and subject and people present.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Lyn G.

    Great fun as ever. Attending Cafe Philo definitely adds intrinsic value to my life - oh no wait - I'm not sure I'm using the expression 'intrinsic value' correctly. Explain it to me again please?

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Brian V.

    Thank you for a good evening, not sure I had much to contribute though.
    We did get a little away from the topic and I was asked if I could link to a podcast:
    David Coleman at the University of Oxford discussing population aging.
    Briefly what he is explaining is that to maintain the current support ratio (of those working to those being supported) we would need to have an immigration level of 1 million per year until the middle of the century. Because the those moving in also age, immigration would then need to rise to 5 million to maintain the ratio with a result that the UK population would rise beyond 300 million by the end of the century. (sorry not so brief)


    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Alice

    Very interesting discussion - thanks for a great time.

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Adrian W.

    Good discussions, although interesting there was so much focus on what 'intrinsic' means. Towards the end, felt it was getting a shade close to being heated. Everyone must remember to allow everyone to have their say, especially the quieter ones!

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • kay H.

    Great evening and as usual some top quality debate. Some great new people too x

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Jaime G.

    Hi folks, it unfortunately looks like I now won't make it tonight. I'm still out of town and had been expecting to get back earlier. I was so looking forward to attending too. Hopefully I'll make the next meeting. Have a great evening!

    January 12, 2014

  • nick r.

    Hi Neil I can't make Sunday meeting I have to work sorry

    January 11, 2014

  • Peggy

    Hi Neil - sorry can't make it after all - I need to attend a work function - next time! take care.

    January 11, 2014

  • Sam C.

    I may be late as I finish work in Salisbury around 7:15ish unless I can find cover. Hopefully this won't matter?

    January 9, 2014

    • Neil G.

      Not at all Sam. Come along when you can!

      January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry away that week. Next time.

    December 21, 2013

  • John D.

    Wow, thats an easy one!

    December 15, 2013

  • Peggy

    Looking forward to meeting you all

    December 14, 2013

  • Sally K

    Sorry but this is a bit far for me, Bournemouth is about as far West as I can go.

    December 13, 2013

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