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Date: 2011-02-21 05:15:27
1 March, Tim Dean, Evolution & Moral Ecology

Sydney’s Philosophy in the Café - Philo Agora

The first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm, at the Lastdrop Café at 538 Marrickville Road, Dulwich Hill.

Tuesday, 1st March, Tim Dean discusses Evolution and Moral Ecology.

Why is it people of different moral persuasions - such as liberals and conservatives - just can't seem to see eye to eye on many issues? The latest research in evolutionary biology, moral and political psychology and game theory suggests a startling revelation: we have an evolved moral faculty, but that this faculty operates in different ways in different people - and it does so for very good evolutionary reasons. The end result is a 'moral ecology', with a vast plurality of moral approaches that enables us to respond to a wide range of environmental situations.

Tim Dean is a PhD candidate in philosophy researching evolution and moral diversity. He's also an award winning science journalist and editor of Australian Life Scientist magazine.

Philo Agora's format is a talk for 20 minutes starting at 7:30. The presenter then answers any questions of clarification from the floor. We then take a break of 10 minutes for more coffee and to mull over the talk and discuss it within small groups. The microphone is then passed around the audience for comment, opinion, and often counter argument to a maximum of 3 minutes. The presenter is then given a 5 minute right of reply. We usually finish up at 9pm. The cover charge is $6 for the talk and your first cup of coffee or tea.

Come early from 6:30pm and join the regulars in a bite to eat before the presentation. Details on how to get to the café are on the website  http://www.lastdropcafe.com.au/

We look forward to your attendance and participation.

Hazel, Peter and Sam.


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