Understanding the other: the Coulsdon and Purley Debating Society

Posted on August 23rd, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Join a society that tries to connect people with opposing views through the medium of debate

Croydon is full of opposing ideas, and we often hear that we are more politically polarised than ever before. I’m not sure that that’s true – however, with 100+-channel TV, the internet, and social media, it is fair to say that we are more polarised in the views that we listen … Read More »

Croydon Debate Club’s first season

Posted on July 7th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon Debate Club was Robert Ward’s response to a perception that the quality of the national debate on the EU referendum was poor

Let’s not re-visit the arguments, but both sides were guilty. Wild exaggeration, presenting the predictions of economic models with dubious input assumptions as fact, pretending to know the future and more were commonplace. I think that most people were able to figure it out … Read More »

What a load of rubbish: debating Croydon’s fly-tipping troubles

Posted on December 7th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Robert Ward reports on the first meeting of the Croydon Debate Club

A debate about fly-tipping wouldn’t be a long one. Speakers to propose the motion ‘this house believes fly-tipping is of benefit to Croydon’ would be hard to find. So the modest-but-engaged audience gathered at Matthews Yard for the debut of the Croydon Debate Club had more of a discussion on what … Read More »

PUBLIC DEBATE: Which contributes more to society – art or technology? (Thursday 22nd January 7pm, Croydon College)

Posted on January 19th, by Jonny Rose in Croydon: Tech City, Tech City - News. 3 comments

#Croydon #TechCity leader Jonny Rose invites you to a lively (and free!) debate this week

Art and Technology or Art versus Technology?

Undoubtedly, art and technology stand as two of the most potent drivers of civilisation since the beginning of human history.

Yet, are they really as distinct as we seem to assume? And if they are, what is the distinction? Do we have a … Read More »

Leading ourselves up the garden path – confirmation bias and Croydon

Posted on January 13th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 2 comments

A recent controversy made Robert Ward look for answers. Finding none from either side, he was dismayed to see that everyone believed them anyway

A recent Twitter conversation with fellow Croydonian David White and an unknown person in Cumbria brought me up against my old enemy: confirmation bias. It may not sound like a formidable opponent, but a formidable opponent it is. It lies at … Read More »