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May 2015 meeting

At the May 2015 meeting we noted that the street campaign to remove the blasphemy prohibition from the Constitution was going well. There are now about 100 signatures on the petition to TDs for a referendum to remove it. There will be a table with the petition and leaflets about every second Saturday at the corner of Thomas Street and O’Connell Street in Limerick from about 11:00 until 13:00.

As we have not received a reply from the Minister for Education and Skills to our request on 24 04 2015 at her office for more information about the Deeds of Variation to leases of National Schools, we are to meet her again at her clinic soon.

The Mid-West Humanists decided to submit a plan to contribute to the commemorations in 2016 in Limerick of the 1916 Rising.

FORA.tv – Niall Ferguson

The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the WestHistorian Niall Ferguson examines the conflicts of the First World War to the Cold War and how they influenced the twentieth century. He argues that globalization, wealth, and technological breakthroughs led to much of the violence, genocide and fanaticism of the twentieth century.

The talk was hosted by the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. and includes a question and answer session.Niall Ferguson is the author of several books including Paper and Iron, The Cash Nexus, and The Pity of War. He currently is a history professor at Harvard University, Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, and a contributor to the Financial Times and the New York Times.

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The Inestimable Edward Current and Something More Serious

Fron Edward Current some humour

and from shanedk a little history lesson.

Today’s Meeting

I just got back a little while ago from our third monthly meeting. 

To say I was taken aback by the turn out would be an understatement, we filled the room and even had to go next door for more chairs. We had a great bunch of people turn up and I think we have the start of a really vibrant group. 

As a result of today you’ll start to see some changes around here in the next few days with at least three new authors on this blog.

In the meantime to whet your appetite and following on from Larry Maher’s talk on the history of doubt, I’ve posted Jonathan Miller’s Brief History of Disbelief  below. Enjoy!

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3