1917 - 2008
British science fiction writer and inventor, and futurist. He is famous for his short stories and novels, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World.
As well as being Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, Andrew is President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). His writing on humanist and secularist issues has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and New Statesman as well as in various journals. He has represented the BHA and Humanism extensively on television news on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky.
Andrew Copson - Blasphemy by the Back Door
Just because blasphemy laws have been abolished doesn’t mean there are not strong regulatory and legal threats to free speech and free expression in the UK. Andrew will look at how overly stringent laws against offence have introduced blasphemy by the back door.
Plymouth Humanists Event on June 28th at 19:30 -
1894 - 1986
British author, a feminist and socialist campaigner, and the second wife of the eminent philosopher Bertrand Russell. In her view, only parents should be bound by a social contract, and only insofar as their cooperation was required for raising their children. Implicit was her conviction that both men and women were polygamous by nature and should therefore be free, whether married or not, to engage in sexual relationships that were based on mutual love. After World War II, Lady Russell became an advocate of the peace movement and was one of the founder members of the CND.