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Michael meacher-Destination of the Species on Scott Cluthe's Positively Incorrect! Radio

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Scott Cluthe interviews live from England, Michael Meacher. Michael Meacher was first elected to the British Parliament in 1970 after studying at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. Mr. Meacher was one of the longest serving ministers in Tony Blair's Labour government, from 1997 to 2003, and gained a reputation for being able to master a complex brief. He is author of Destination of the Species: The Riddle of Human Existence. There is really only one question for human beings that matters. What, if any, is the purpose of existence, and what are we here for? It is a question that has underlain religious conviction and philosophic inquiry throughout human history, and to which scientific rationalism in recent centuries has added some important insights. It highlights two contesting views of the nature of reality: is there a purpose behind the universe, or is it a mechanistic universe driven by blind natural forces? Or is there indeed some alternative third explanation? What is one to believe about the ultimates of human existence? What Michael Meacher seeks to do in this book is rather to assess the evidence without a predetermined worldview as a premise, and to decide objectively what the evidence points to. Michael Meacher was first elected to the British Parliament in 1970 after studying at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. He served as a junior minister under the Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan. Since then he has attacked the government on a number of issues, particularly on genetically modified food and the Iraq war. He stood for the leadership of the Labour party in 2007. A long term campaigner on the issue of climate change, he brings both passion and intelligence to the question of our destination as a species and the purpose of life.

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