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Date: 2016-04-05 09:56:18
Mon 11, Ian Bryce - Estimating Sentience

Philo Agora 2016

7 for 7:30 at 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008. (0457 749 310) Twice a month!

Philo Agora meets at Humanist House, 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008. We will meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month.

The second Monday will be our normal presentation from a guest speaker whilst the fourth Monday will be a less structured open forum for those just looking to just hang out. Don't let the Humanist word worry you, we are still ratbag philosphers. However, Because of Public Holidays in both March and April,we will only be meeting on the second Monday of the month.

Ian Bryce, Monday 11th April, Estimating Sentience in Humans and Animals

Sentience - the capacity for pleasure and pain - is central to any theory of ethics. It has varied throughout  evolution, usually increasing due to survival value, and surging in Homo Sapiens. It varies through the life cycle from fetus to dementia, and is affected by injury, illness, and substances. To make sensible decisions for animal welfare, we need to compare it among all animals. This talk will scope a coherent scientific definition.

Ian is a retired rocket scientist, and has now turned his attention to social sciences.

Philo Agora's format is a talk for 20 minutes starting at 7:15 for 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 now $5 for the talk. There are tea and coffee facilities available inhouse. There is plenty of street parking in Shepherd Street and surrounds.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.


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