Insight Lecture 9th Oct 2017

Jon Riding.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This evening I am going to give you a glimpse of a new world. It is a world in which there is scope for much relief of human suffering and where more of humanity might see hopes and dreams fulfilled. But it is equally a world which might easily become a dystopian nightmare. It is a world in which humankind are no longer the only intelligent beings and the good news is that it isn’t real, at least not yet. But the possibility that it might come to be is stronger than many of us might imagine. Indeed, some would say it is already creeping up on us unawares.

Human beings are, so far as we are able to reliably assess, unique. We are by no means unique in our vitality; we are part of a world full of countless living species…

 

The full text of Jon Riding’s lecture will be available in 2018 in our publication:
Being Human.

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