SkeptiCamp Winnipeg: Do Human Rights Exist?

Embedded below is Brendan Curran-Johnson’s talk from SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2013. Brendan Curran-Johnson spent his youth finding loopholes in his parents’ rules. The resulting skills (a love of logic, semantics, and learning) led him to programming, and to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Manitoba.

SkeptiCamp Winnipeg is a conference for the sharing of ideas. It is free and open to the public: anyone can attend and participate! Presentations and discussions focus on science and free inquiry, and the audience is encouraged to challenge presenters to defend their ideas. You can visit our SkeptiCamp page for information about upcoming events and links to past SkeptiCamp talks.


4 thoughts on “SkeptiCamp Winnipeg: Do Human Rights Exist?

  1. I thought this was an enjoyable and well done talk with some really good attention paid to historical and present day context. If I had any criticisms, one might be its fast pace, though I understand the breadth of the topic and the short amount of time you had to work with.

    Other than that I found that it wandered into some awkward semantics about whether or not human rights exist. I suppose that in the context of a world with religions claiming to have access to universal moral truths, that it isn’t necessarily a given, but for the sake of your intended audience I don’t think it should have been very provocative to state that the discussion of human rights is clearly within the realm of philosophy and has no more or less claim to “truth” than anything else within that realm.

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