"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so." Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), outspoken British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, and social critic certainly avoided this mistake. His ideas made a great impact in a number of academic fields. He was also a prominent anti-war activist; being imprisoned for his pacifism during World War I. In 1950 Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought."
Please note that the room does have limited capacity, and that people will hear about this event via the Bishopsgate Institute, as well as via Meetup and via the Philosophy for All website and programme. This means that replying "yes" here does not guarantee you a place. We will always try to fit everyone in, but very occasionally, an event is so popular that we have to turn some people away. If lots of people (say, more than 40) have replied "yes" here, it would be a good idea to turn up reasonably early. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.