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Past EventsSunday, March 5

Taking (Up) the Tablets: Simon Baron-Cohen, Michael Bywater, Giles Coren, Anne Karpf and Piers Paul Read

Simon Baron-Cohen
Michael Bywater
Giles Coren
Anne Karpf
Piers Paul Read
Chair: Helena Kennedy

They are shared by all the religions of the Book but how resonant are the Ten Commandments in our lives today? Even such apparently obvious ones like thou shalt not kill are being questioned by the supporters of euthanasia.

Our glittering panel of writers discussed the relevance of the Ten Commandments today, proposed their own commandments and questioned the need for a common ethical backbone for the 21st century.

Helena Kennedy is one of Britain's leading lawyers and a member of the House of LordsShe has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She is the author of Just Law, The Changing Face of Justice and Why it Matters.

Piers Paul Read is a novelist – The JunkersA Married ManA Patriot in Berlin- and playwright. His non-fiction includes Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors and more recently a biography of Alec Guinness.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen is Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge. He has won many awards for his research on autism. He is the author of The Essential Difference: Men, Women and the Extreme Male Brain.

Michael Bywater is a writer and broadcaster, and writes the Lost Worldcolumn for the Independent on Sunday, published as Lost Worlds“…a glossary of the missing, a cabinet of absent curiosities.” He has written two books, The Chronicles of Bargepole, and Godzone: Over the Outback and Into the Drink. He currently teaches at Cambridge.

Anne Karpf is a writer, journalist and sociologist. She is the author of The War After: Living With the Holocaust and Doctoring the Media: Reporting of Health and Medicine. Her new book The Human Voice will be published in May.

Giles Coren writes opinion columns and restaurant reviews for The Timesand was named Food and Drink Writer of the Year at the 2005 British Press Awards. Under the pseudonym of Professor Gideon Garter, he writes The Intellectual’s Guide to Fashion in The Sunday Times. He has also written forThe Independent on Sunday, Tatler, GQ and The Mail on SundayWinkleris his first novel.

 

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