Fri 31 Jan "Conscience Vs Ideology" Juliet Platt"

Juliet writes , “In the turbulence of public life over the past 3 years, what are we observing about the power and impact of ideological thinking? And how do we harness our conscience to navigate our every day lives in its wake?”

Juliet has given many great talks to us (see links below) – expect a great night


Previous Swindon Philosophical Society talks include:

Fri 24 Jan 'A Brief History of Infinity' Brian Clegg

Where did the idea of infinity come from? Who were the people who defined and refined this paradoxical quantity? Why is infinity, a concept we can never experience or truly grasp, at the heart of science? How can some infinities be bigger than others? An exploration of the most mind-boggling feature of maths and physics, this talk examines amazing paradoxes and the people who devised and refined the concept.

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Brian Clegg read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and gained an MA in Operational Research at Lancaster University. From Lancaster he joined British Airways, originally working in OR and later forming a new department tasked with developing hi-tech solutions for the airline. Brian now concentrates on writing popular science books, with titles including

A Brief History of Infinity, Inflight Science and The Quantum Age. He also writes for a range of magazines and newspapers, gives regular talks and has contributed to radio and TV programmes and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Books by Brian Clegg include:

Friday 17th Jan – Artificial Intelligence – Bazil Soloman

I will explore together with audience participation the Year 2020 contemporary uses of AI from chatbots, political campaigning, online support groups, driverless cars, to unmanned war drones. We will focus on AI linguistics and pattern recognition. I will try to explain the algorithms that use brilliant mathematical techniques and the powerful hardware which is involved in these machines. We will look at some of the challenging ethical questions generated and how a few talented programmers are changing the world to meet the needs of the many in the year 2020.

Fri 10th Jan – Geopolitics, Defence, and the Role of the UK – Dr Bence Nemeth


Dr Bence Nemeth

Research Interests 

• Multinational defence co-operation

• Central and Eastern European security and defence

• Transatlantic security

• Strategic management in defence institutions

MA Special Subject

UK Defence Reviews since 1945


Dr Bence Nemeth joined the Defence Studies Department as a teaching fellow in August 2017. Previously he had been working in various defence policy and defence planning related positions at the Hungarian Ministry of Defence for almost eight years, and also taught at the Advanced College for Security Policy of the National University of Public Service, Budapest, Hungary.

Dr Nemeth completed his PhD in Defence Studies at King’s College London in 2017. He holds an MBA in Defence Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA), and also has master’s degrees in security and defence studies (National Defence University, Budapest, Hungary), international relations and European studies (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary) and political science (Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary).

The presentation highlights how countries organise their defence and how they prepare for military conflicts in general and what the dynamics are in the UK in this regard in particular. It also introduces certain geopolitical concepts and current international processes to describe the global environment where the UK has to find its role in the coming decade.