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Subject Areas:

Humanism and the Enlightenment
Darwinism, Theories of Human Nature and the Mind
The Great Blank Slate Debate
Development, Sustainability and Environment
Planning and Architecture
Censorship and the Internet
Science and the Risk Society
Newcastle Science Festival 2004


Humanism and the Enlightenment

Sketch of Condorcet's Sketch for an Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind by Caspar Hewett

Henri de Saint-Simon: The Great Synthesist by Caspar Hewett

Auguste Comte – High Priest of Positivism by Caspar Hewett

Progress of the Human Mind: From Enlightenment to Postmodernism, summary of workshop by Caspar Hewett

The Three Cs and the Notion of Progress: Copernicus, Condorcet, Comte by Caspar Hewett

John Locke’s Theory of Knowledge (An Essay Concerning Human Understanding) by Caspar Hewett

Life of Voltaire by Caspar Hewett

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Darwinism, Theories of Human Nature and the Mind

Are we masters of our own destiny?: Review of panel debate held in August 2010 by Jeremy Taylor

A New Interpretation of Natural Beauty and Sexual Selection by Chenguang Lu

Darwinism without Darwinitis by Raymond Tallis
Text and slides from a talk given at the Agents of Change workshop held in Newcastle upon Tyne, October 2008 as part of The Great Debate 10th Anniversary.

Selfish genes, sex, and sanity by Christopher Badcock
Christopher Badcock outlines a new theory that resolves some long-standing contradictions in explaining mental illness.

Sex, Intention and Intelligence by Caspar Hewett

Breathing fire into the equations of time and mind by Hugh Deasy

Of Blank Slates and Zombies by Caspar Hewett

Having Your Cake Before It’s Made: philosophical reflections on Steven Pinker’s biological view Of human nature by David Large

Do we need a biological theory of human nature? by David Large

From the Great Humpty Dumpty Disaster to the Emperor’s New Meme by Hugh Deasy

The Great Debate: What does it mean to be human? proceeding of a discussion held at Newcastle Playhouse, May 2003 by Jon Bryan

Mentalism and Mechanism the twin modes of human cognition by Christopher Badcock PhD

Modern Theory and the Human Mind by Caspar Hewett

What Can Science Tell Us About Human Nature? by Kenan Malik

Sexual Selection: The Human Mind and the Peacock's Tale by Caspar Hewett

The Great Debate: Darwinism Today by Caspar Hewett

Minds, Genes and Consciousness by Caspar Hewett

Minds, Genes and Consciousness: What Decides? by David Large

Determinism and Free Will in Science and Philosophy by David Large

Philosophical Responses to Evolution by David Large

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The Great Blank Slate Debate

Reflections on the Blank Slate Caspar Hewett reports on a talk by John Dupre at the Café Scientifique and on Steven Pinker in conversation with Matt Ridley, International Centre for Life.

No One at Home - What's New? David Large reflects on the thoughts of Steven Pinker

Someone's at Home - This is Good Nikolas Lloyd replies to David Large

Of Course Someone’s At Home - Grandma, the Wolf and a Boojum by David Large: A reply to ‘Someone's at Home - This is Good’ by Nikolas Lloyd

Nature versus Nurture, or Science versus Art? by Nikolas Lloyd: A Reply to ‘Of Course Someone’s At Home - Grandma, the Wolf and a Boojum' by David Large

I Talk to the Genes (but they don’t listen to me) by David Large: Closing Remarks on 'Nature versus Nurture, or Science versus Art?' by Nikolas Lloyd

Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human Gill Norman reviews a lecture given by Matt Ridley as part of Newcastle Science Festival 2003

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Development, Sustainability and Environment

Motion, Midges and the Magician of the North Review by Danny Crossley of "Water and wind - Can renewables deliver?": debate held at Cragside, June 2013

Making the Case for Geo-engineering by Caspar J M Hewett, September 2012

The Great Infrastructure Debate (Video). Proceedings of an event held in April 2012 as part of the Sustained Engagement project. With ICE President, Richard Coackley; Edward Bentley, Northumbria University; Richard Dawson, Newcastle University; Stephanie Henderson, Environment Agency; Laura O'Toole, Jacobs; Tony Quinn, National Renewable Energy Centre

Nuclear power is the answer to the world's energy problems (Video) Video of the final of Newcastle University Year of Sustainability School debate event held in November 2011

Economic Growth: Bane or Boon? (Video). Head to head debate between Daniel Ben-Ami and Jonathon Porritt, October 2010

What is Sustainable Culture? by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate between Jonathan Dawson, Alex Hochuli and Clive Lord, August 2010

Limits to Growth in the 21st Century (Video). Debate between Daniel Ben-Ami, Richard Dyer and Phil O'Keefe, August 2010

Living in a Changing World (Video), March 2010

Food & Water Security (Video). Debate between Tony Allan, Jennie Barron, Julia Brown and Ben Campbell, March 2010

Don't Shout at the Telly North East (Video), March 2009

The Great Sustainable Energy Debate 2008, by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate held in October 2008

Keeping Africa Small debate (Video), March 2008

I'm a Subsistence Farmer ... Get Me Out Of Here! debate (Video), March 2008

Water Resources and the Future by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate held as part of Development, Sustainability and Environment 3, March 2007

Energy Generation in the New Millennium by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate held as part of Development, Sustainability and Environment 3, March 2007

Thinking Big by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate held as part of Development, Sustainability and Environment 3, March 2007

What Future for Environmentalism by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate held as part of Development, Sustainability and Environment II, October 2005

Tilting at Windmills by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of the Energy Futures debate held as part of The Great Debate: Development, Sustainability and Environment II, October 2005

Our legacy of nuclear waste. Aidan Burton reviews Too hot to handle? The what, when, where and how of nuclear waste policy, Andrew Blowers OBE, Part of the Sustainable Cities Seminar series, 12 April 2005

Participation and Representation. David Large reviews Sustainability Here and Now, part of Development, Sustainability and Environment held in September 2003

Environmental Ideas in the 21st Century. Proceedings of a debate held as part of The Great Debate: Development, Sustainability and Environment in September 2003. Based on the notes of John Theaker, edited by Caspar Hewett

Sustainability Here and Now. Proceedings of a debate held as part of The Great Debate: Development, Sustainability and Environment in September 2003. Based on the notes of John Theaker, edited by Caspar Hewett

What Future for the Developing World?. Proceedings of a debate held as part of The Great Debate: Development, Sustainability and Environment in September 2003. Based on the notes of John Theaker, edited by Caspar Hewett

The New Moral Code - Environmentalism in the 21st Century by David O'Toole, August 2003

Reflections on Policy in Republic of South Africa Outline of talk given by Caspar Hewett at the WORLDwrite event Raising Horizons to Raise Water on Saturday 7th June 2003

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Planning and Architecture

Bigging it up: The Great Megastructures Debate Mo Lovatt and Caspar Hewett report on the proceedings of a discussion held on 15th March 2007 at Discovery Museum, as part of Newcastle Science Festival 2007

To Build or not To Build? The Great Housing Debate Caspar Hewett and Mo Lovatt report on the proceedings of a discussion held on 30th November 2006 at Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Censorship and the Internet

The Great Debate: Should we censor the Internet? Caspar Hewett reports on the proceedings of a discussion held on 26 November 2002 at Gateshead Civic Centre

The Internet: Brave New World? A review of the Hodder and Stoughton book of the same name.

Sex on the Net: The dilemma of policing cyberspace. David O'Toole reviews the book of the same name by Yaman Akdeniz

So you think you have free speech? by David O'Toole

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Science and the Risk Society

An Interview with Roy Boyne by Jon Bryan

Playing it Safe Jon Bryan reports on the proceedings of a discussion on Science and the Risk Society held as part of Newcastle Science Festival 2004

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Newcastle Science Festival 2004

Engaging in Great Debates by Caspar Hewett, 8th March 2004

Genetics and the Human Person Geoff Ridley reviews John Polkinghorne speaking at the Life Science Centre, 15th March 2004 on the stem cell debate.

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