November 22, 2017
Religion: Just an excuse?
Gert Jan Geling
Niko Schonebaum (moderator)
The Dutch law is based upon the christian values. There are many churches, and we even have a christian king. Many politicians and political parties are christian or sympathic with christianity as well. With this basis, the Netherlands have become one of the most prosperous countries in the world.
However, christianity has also had a negative impact on history. Crusades, inquisition, slavery and surpression of the poor are just some examples of the events that have been justified through religion.
In the 21st century are many terrorist assaults, like Paris, Manchester, 9/11, Madrid and London that have been executed based on religious grounds. Shouldn't we doubt the role of religion in our society? Doesn't religion mainly lead to violence? Should religion thus be under strict supervision?
During the forum, we will discuss similar questions and their consequences from the point of view of philosophy, science and society.
May 3, 2017
Be Happy: Exploring our desire for happiness
Hans van Dijk (moderator)
In today’s society there is a strong focus on ‘being happy’. We as individuals strive for a happy life and also society expects us to be happy: enjoy all the things you do, think positive and be successful. But, what do ‘happiness’, ‘being happy’ and ‘living a happy life’ actually mean to us? What is the influence of our Western culture on how we perceive happiness and how is it different from the happiness of people living in other countries and cultures?
This Veritas Forum explores our desire for happiness. With experts
and you, the audience, we discuss insights from science, philosophy
and religion as well as personal views and experiences.
March 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Playing God: Can we decide about life and death?
Hans van Dijk (moderator)
Grandmas who become pregnant via in vitro fertilisation; doctors who operate embryos and fetuses with physical abnormalities that are not viable; people who take their own life humanely, e.g. using medicines or the Helium Method, because they do not want to live anymore although they do not suffer from any physical illness.
These are a few examples that show how we influence and control our health and wellbeing by using technology. However, it also raises questions about the ethical limits of technological progress. To what extent could and should we decide about the life and death of ourselves and others? Are we playing God?
April 22, 2015
24/7: Eat, sleep, stress, repeat!
We always have to perform, we always have to be available and we always have to work on our career development. So often we ‘forget’ to take a break, and overtime at work is seen as normal nowadays. And besides working and studying, don’t forget to work on your social skills. Because besides friends and family, your network too has become incredibly important. We live in a society where being busy has become the norm. Why are we so busy all the time? Where does this pressure to perform come from?
Willem van Rhenen, a medical expert holding the Chair of Engagement & Productivity at Nyenrode Business Universiteit, will give an introduction to the topic. The two other presenters will talk out of their experience. The multi-talented entrepreneur Jacqueline Zuidweg is business woman of 2012 and the mergers & acquisitions lawyer Jan Louis Burggraaf has earned the nickname ‘100 billion man’ for top deals in the national and international business world. They will also talk about their deepest convictions in life. How do those convictions influence the way they deal with the pressure to perform? Who are they without a job? The Forum is moderated by the BNN television presenter Filemon Wesselink. Interaction with the public will be an important part of the evening.
March 14, 2014
Mens 2.0, laat jij aan je sleutelen?
Iedereen wil graag langer leven, en zou wel intelligenter en gelukkiger willen zijn. Het lijkt mogelijk dit in de toekomst te realiseren door aan onszelf te gaan sleutelen. Veel wordt verwacht van convergerende technologieën: nanotechnologie, robotica, neurowetenschappen, genetica en biotechnologie. Dat lijkt fantastisch nieuws. Maar het roept grote vragen op. Wat maakt ons tot betere, meer menselijke mensen? Is ons basisprobleem van lichamelijke of van geestelijke aard? Dreigt er misschien een ‘Brave New World’? Welke toekomst staat ons voor ogen?