What is Humanism?
British Humanist Association website:
Humanists are atheists and agnostics who make sense of the world using reason,
experience and shared human values. We take responsibility for our actions and
base our ethics on the goals of human welfare, happiness and fulfilment.
We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose
for ourselves, individually and together.
Recent and Future Meetings
Unless otherwise stated, all meetings are held in the Denham Room of the Priory Street Centre, York, and start at 7.30pm.
|Mon 10 June|
True or False:
Personality type is a significant predictor of performance in certain jobs?
Getting the mix of personality types right is important for team performance?
Good teams perform better than the best performing individual member of the team?
"Team Building" exercises improve team performance?
Changing the culture of an organisation changes its performance?
All of these ideas are currently being applied in the management of many organisations. At least one of the ideas is backed by solid theory that has been repeatedly tested. At least one of the ideas is in total conflict with the body of evidence in its parent field of study. This Skeptics in the Pub talk is about Management Science. More specifically, how much of management is "science", how much consists of interesting but untested ideas, and how much is in ignorance or conflict with the evidence base?
Dr Andrew Rae is a researcher and lecturer in the field of system safety engineering. Decomposing the discipline: - safety is about preventing accidents - engineering is about applying scientific principles to solve real-world problems - systems engineering is about engineering the process and organisation of engineering itself Drew is an engineer by training and inclination, but his attempts to apply science to organisations have led him into the murky world of sociology, where rigorous research design competes with pseudoscientific fads.
Drew is a regular speaker on the Skeptics in the Pub circuit, and speaker convenor for York Skeptics.
|Mon 17 June|
Book Club Meeting -
|Sat 6 July|
Our annual BBQ.
|Mon 8 July|
|Sat 13 July|
Our tombola stall at the Rowntree Park Birthday Party, 2pm to 5pm.
|Mon 9 September|
Prof. A C Grayling -
Anthony Grayling has written and edited over thirty books on philosophy and other subjects; among his most recent are "The God Argument", "The Good Book", "Ideas That Matter", "Liberty in the Age of Terror" and "To Set Prometheus Free".