December 1st, 2017
Seminars ‘A POST TRUTH WORLD – ARE WE LOSING OUR MINDS?’
In 2017, we were all presented by dramatic new political developments; the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump as the most powerful world leader and the effects of such events. In the light of what has been called the post-truth world, the sanity of many has begun to be questioned, ‘Are losing our minds?’!
This usefully gives us a chance to discuss, ‘what is truth?’ The question, flung back with incomprehension in the face of Jesus by Pontius Pilate, may not be surfacing again in the same context, yet it is a question we think worth posing. John Moffatt SJ may raise more questions than answers but we hope the discussion will give some tools for reflection to disperse the fog created by the world of alternative facts or what some would call downright lies!
Austin Ivereigh will present the communications issues in this age of fake news especially for the Church. In the presentation of Susan Greenfield, we will learn from an expert neuro-scientist how our brains function and how they are affected by the material we present them with. Do we even understand our own consciousness? Pat Riordan SJ will take a favourite phrase of Brexiteers, ‘take back control’ and analyse what the real meaning of autonomy means and does not mean, for example, in the context of the Irish border question and the UK leaving Europe.
We hope you will be able to enjoy all these talks and get much food for thought and action from them!
The following are dates, topics and speakers:
– TUESDAY 5th DECEMBER: ‘What is Truth?’, with John Moffatt SJ
– TUESDAY 9th JANUARY: ‘Building a culture of encounter in an age of fake news’, with Austen Ivereigh
– TUESDAY 6th FEBRUARY: ‘The 21st Century Mind: Blowing It, Expanding It, Losing It’, with Baroness Susan Greenfield
– THURSDAY 8th MARCH: ‘Taking back control: illusions of autonomy’, with Pat Riordan SJ
To book your place, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where? Hurtado Jesuit Centre
Time: Doors open at 19:00, talks 19:30-21:00
Suggested donation: £10