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Chronicles the impact of a man, many years dead, even today on the Board Meetings of UCL.

Chronicles the impact of a man, many years dead, even today on the Board Meetings of UCL.

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    • The Strange World of JEREMY BENTHAM
    • Jeremy Bentham [1748-1832] Bentham studied Latin at 3 & graduated college at 15 . His contribution was utilitarianism [ philosophy that a moral act is one that produces the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people ] He was the spiritual leader of the U niversity C ollege L ondon [UCL] for Catholic and Jewish students He left his estate to UCL on the condition that his remains be present at all future board meetings . This auto-icon [wooden cabinet] has become famous. His body, using the South American headhunter techniques, was well preserved, except for his head. His head [with glass eyes he had carried for 10 yrs] became grossly disfigured and had to be replaced by a wax head. Bentham For many years the real head sat on a plate between his legs . This head was frequently stolen and subject to many student pranks . It was once used as a football by students in the quad. These events led to the head being removed from display into a vault where it is today.
    • Other rumors say the box containing his remains is wheeled into senior college meetings and that he is then listed in minutes as ‘present but not voting’ . He is said to also have a vote on the council, but only when the vote is split , and that he always votes in favor of the motion . Bentham – without his real head Bentham – with his head between his feet
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