Daily Archives: June 17, 2013

16. Rape — whose fault? (proposed — Beth)

Last year a UK offi­cial made the com­ment that some­times when a rape takes place the female vic­tim must accept the real­i­ty that her actions may have trig­gered the attack, at least in part. Is this a fair state­ment? What impli­ca­tions does it have for both vic­tims and per­pe­tra­tors? What impli­ca­tions does it have for the way such cas­es are worked through the jus­tice sys­tem?

15. Abortion (proposed — Beth)

In the recent pres­i­den­tial debates in the USA the Repub­li­can par­ty expressed their wish to make abor­tion ille­gal once more, with an excep­tion for cas­es where preg­nan­cy was the result of rape or abuse. Do you think this line of rea­son­ing makes sense? Is it enforce­able? Is this even an issue that war­rants the government’s involve­ment?

6. What is the purpose of dreaming? (proposed — Bill) discussed 29 June 2013

What is the pur­pose of dream­ing? (i.e. what evo­lu­tion­ary advan­tage would a dream­ing crea­ture have over one that does not dream?) There are many exist­ing the­o­ries, such as emo­tion­al reboot, build­ing neu­ral net­works for visu­al pro­cess­ing, etc., but there is no gen­uine con­sen­sus on the issue.

5. Intelligent life elsewhere in the universe — already discussed

Debate top­ic: Is there intel­li­gent life else­where in the uni­verse? Or was the devel­op­ment of life on earth a com­plete fluke, a once only event, which hap­pened again­st all odds, and is nev­er like­ly to occur again any­where in the uni­verse? Is the search for life else­where in the uni­verse a waste of time, mon­ey and resources? Or is it an impor­tant endeav­our?