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Science Speakeasy: rational suicide in an ageing society

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 Set aside: 3 hours
 Who is it perfect for:  Adults (18+ only)
Please note: this event was originally advertised to be held on Thursday 12 March 2020. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, this event has been postponed until Thursday 11 June 2020.

Rational Suicide in an ageing society: stagger to the grave or call it quits early?


Life expectancy has increased dramatically in the last century, but we’ve fared worse in conquering ageing – we are living longer and dying slower, with many spending years or even decades in serious ill-health. Is it time that society embraced rational suicide for the elderly as a viable endgame plan?

This event is part of the Science Speakeasy programme – a series in which important and often controversial topics are debated in a relaxed cabaret-style setting, all while sipping cocktails mixed by The Alchemist.* No question or statement is taboo, so these events are not suitable for anyone who is easily offended!


Meet the panellists

  • Dr Julian Baggini - Academic Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and author of numerous books, most recently How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy.
  • Professor Anne Karpf - Professor of Life Writing and Culture at London Metropolitan University and author of How to Age, which explores our tendency to undervalue the older generation.
  • Dr Naomi Richards - A social anthropologist based at the University of Glasgow whose research focuses on the ways people anticipate dying and what it’s like to die in an age of austerity.
  • Dr Simon Woods - Executive Director of PEALS. His early career in palliative care inspired an interest in the ethical issues that surround end-of-life decisions.

If you feel in any way affected by the content of this event please contact the Samaritans. They are available 24 hours a day and provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential.

Phone: 116 123

Please note, as this event has limited capacity pre-booking is highly advised to avoid disappointment. Seating is unallocated. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Latecomers may not be permitted entry.

*Drinks sold separately. Food will not be served at Science Speakeasy.

Science Speakeasy is a partnership between Life and the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre at Newcastle University. PEALS is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019; it was founded in 1999 at Life, housed in one of the first buildings constructed on the science village, and later relocated to Newcastle University’s main campus. Life was completed in 2000 and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020.


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