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Rational: from Latin ratio "reckoning, calculation, reason" and rationalis "of or belonging to reason"

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Thank you for visiting our new web site. We are currently uploading essays, reflections and reviews, so please check back often. The latest essays uploaded are:

Hoffman's Conscious Realism: A Critical Review
Neuroscientist Donald Hoffman's Conscious Realism proposes all that exists are conscious agents. Do physical objects really disappear when no one perceives them?

Essay Review: Two Concepts of Rules by John Rawls
Leslie Allan walks through Rawls's seminal essay, highlighting his key defences of utilitarianism and reflecting on his legacy.

Why I Am a Humanist – Critical Thinkers Forum Public Lecture
Leslie Allan shares how his early experiences shape his humanist outlook and how the three core principles underlying humanism illuminate the good life.

Toward Democratic Eco-socialism as the Next World System
Hans A. Baer outlines the transitional steps required for shifting human societies or countries toward democratic eco-socialism.

Can We Be Free-Willing Robots? – Atheist Society Public Lecture
Leslie Allan addresses the Atheist Society on the question of whether advances in physics and neuroscience dispel the notion that human beings possess free will.

Can Morality Be Objective without God? – Discussing Religion Respectfully Address
In this philosophical address, Leslie Allan challenges attendees to consider how objective moral valuations reflect impartial judgment and not divine commands.

What's Wrong with Democracy?
The rise of Donald Trump and the outcome of the Brexit vote indicate that our democratic systems of government are under stress.

Descartes's Method of Doubt
Leslie Allan examines whether Descartes's program of skeptical enquiry was successful in laying a firm foundation for our manifold beliefs.

Henrietta Dugdale – Freethinker and Suffragist
The story of Henrietta Dugdale, a leading light of the women's liberation movement in pre-Federation Australia.

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