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We - the people on this site (and, we trust, you) - want to make the world a better place. The question is: how?  An important part of the answer is: with help from one another - we can't do this on our own.  We will need to learn how to cooperate, if we are to see this happen.

Right now, the challenges the world faces, but also the possibilities for real change, are greater than they have been in our lifetime.  So we want to do everything we can to understand the challenges and come up with the best possible responses, to enable us to work together and make the best changes happen.

What the human race does today, and in the next few years - how we live, the choices we make - will shape the world, and decide our future.

We need to understand the practical challenges we face.  But we also need to explore ideas and beliefs, hopes and fears, because these are the things which drive our choices and affect the way we live.  And we need to explore them with people who do not already agree with us, because we will need to cooperate with as many people as possible if we are going to beat these challenges.

We will not learn enough if we only talk to people who agree with us, and we will not be strong enough if we only cooperate with those we like.

So we want to attract a wide range of people with different ideas and opinions.  With a range of differing perspectives, we can test the evidence for our ideas and explore the alternatives, so that we have good reason to believe the actions we take are the best we are capable of.  And we always need to be open to the possibility of understanding more, and changing our strategy.

Alongside the challenges, we also want to share some good news about things which give us hope end encouragement: if we are to overcome these challenges, we will need joy and strength just as much as we need clear thinking and accurate information.

What Next?

Fee free to browse.  All the content on the site is available for anyone to read.  If you wish to contribute in some way, or simply support our vision of people cooperating despite disagreement, you are very welcome to join us, but please read the material in the Introduction first, to understand how we try to do things.

This site is currently under development - we are still copying content across from the original site.  But there is enough to give you an idea of what we are aiming to build.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

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Paul Hazelden published an article
Because freedom is not an absolute good, we cannot argue that something must (or must not) be allowed on the basis that this will increase freedom.  While freedom can be increased or decreased for specific people (prisoners can be set free, and free…
Apr 28
Mark Collins commented on Paul Hazelden's article The Desire for Freedom
"Freedom includes the freedom to change our mind. The commitments we make are rarely irreversible. How we manage the changing of minds and the impact on others also reveals our identities.I am reluctant to take this revelation too far though. For two…"
Apr 20
Paul Hazelden replied to Mark Collins's discussion Suggestions for future discussion
"From the March meeting...

• The war is presented by both sides in polarised terms – the Russians are bad, the Ukrainians are good. But the reality is far more complex – for example, there is a right wing fringe in Ukraine, an extreme right…"
Apr 17
Paul Hazelden replied to Mark Collins's discussion Suggestions for future discussion
"We have an offer from a lady called Veronica who is very happy to talk with us about posthumanism.

Two quick links to provide context and background: Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posthumanism) and Ethics Explainer…"
Apr 16
Paul Hazelden commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post Assisted Dying
"13 April: I have added a Postscript, which (hopefully) corrects a wrong impression in the main article, and spells out in more detail why I think the legal status quo should not change, but what should change instead."
Apr 13
Adrian Roberts commented on Paul Hazelden's blog post Assisted Dying
"Paul: Your thoughts on the subjects of Assisted Dying and Suicide are of interest to me personally and professionally. On a personal level I am thankful that so far it has only been a theoretical interest, but professionally I had considerable…"
Apr 10
Adrian Roberts commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"Paul: I think that what I mean is that if you reject the apparent certainties that are stated as such by the Calvinists, then what replaces them seems to be woolier. Perhaps people like me who have internalised a Greek way of thinking are too…"
Apr 10
Paul Hazelden posted a blog post
I was prompted to write this by a Church Times article about the private member's bill currently being considered in the UK, and after a number of conversations over the years.  Assisted dying, or assisted suicide, is one of the ancient moral…
Apr 7
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Apr 5
Paul Hazelden commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"Adrian: you will have to explain to me how you think I am trying to have it "both ways".  I don't believe in the version of God which you have rejected, but I don't accept your suggestion that, in rejecting the Calvinist understanding of 'Almighty',…"
Apr 4
Paul Hazelden commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"To be fair, I had not done any proper research on the Jewish interpretation of this story: I was simply relying on what Jewish friends have told me over the years, along with a bit of background reading.  And there is a longstanding recognition that…"
Apr 4
Mark Collins commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"I'm not sure I'd agree about your view of the Jewish interpretation of this…"
Mar 30
Paul Hazelden commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"One difficulty of talking about this subject is that it raises many distinct and difficult questions, all of them inter-related.  So I'm not going to attempt to respond to all of this right now.  But, as a start...
Is the story literal, allegorical,…"
Mar 29
Adrian Roberts commented on Mark Collins's blog post The story of Adam & Eve - Literal, Allegorical or just a fairy tale?
"Exactly. Well-meaing Christians accept that parts of the bible are difficult to accept, but then try to have it both ways. Relatively recently a Christian friend said to me that he doesn't believe in a literal Adam and Eve, so I said "you would have…"
Mar 28
Paul Hazelden published an article
I managed to annoy a number of people with my previous post about Ukraine, suggesting that we want peace in Ukraine, and any peace was likely to involve Ukraine giving up some territory - Putin is unlikely to be able to claim victory without that. …
Mar 28
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