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And now for something completely different...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 26th March 2016 @ 12:51pm

Hi All,

Weekend 28 & 29 May

Barefoot Sanctuary

45 Melbourne Place, EH39 4JS North Berwick

What is Consciousness?
https://www.facebook.com/events/1586591258330012/

Still no news on a venue for our normal group meetings but member James Gamgee has come up with an intriguing idea for a weekend of stimulating speculation and discussion. Based in the Barefoot Sanctuary in North Berwick, just a short drive, train or bus journey from Edinburgh, he is hosting a two day meeting to discuss one of the fundamental topics of both Philosophy and Psychology. Do check the Facebook page for details, reproduced below, and the opportunity to register.

"A weekend of investigation and discussion with James Gamgee and Professor Ray Miller, taking a tour through what philosophy and psychology have to say about the question of what is consciousness.

Areas of inquiry will include Neurology, Secular Mindfulness, together with a Brief History of Consciousness and observations from philosophers J Krishnamurthi 
http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/ and Allan Watts http://alanwatts.com/

There will be a presentation of the topics from the hosts, followed by a few practical exercises and lots of time for discussion.

Each day starts at 10:00 and ends at 16:00. Participants provide their own lunch and refreshments or these are readily available at the nearby shops.

The event is free but you can make an optional, anonymous donation to contribute to the cost of the event on the day or via the paypal donate link on this page. The amount you donate is up to you.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LRRWXFRU93644

Any donations above our costs will go the the local hospital (The Edrington Hospital).

It is important that we know how many to allow for, so please do let us know you are coming through the buttons on this event page."



NOTICES!

Ragged University:

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

The season starts again on 6 April with 
a talk on Home Wine Making by Andrea Fuhrmann followed by a recital on a Grand Piano by Sam Makin. There will be wine for tasting, hot drinks, some freshly made hot onion soup served from the adjacent kitchen. It is relaxed, informal, and an opportunity to put your feet up whilst meeting new people.

Check on 

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

 
www.junginscotland.org
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Unpredictability: Venue issues again

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Thursday, 7th January 2016 @ 1:11pm

Hi All,

Monday 25 January - Cancelled


After mentioning in my last email that predictions tend to be unpredictable and resolutions irresolute, I'm afraid we have encountered an example.


Southside Social, our venue for January, have just let me know they are having a Burn's Supper that evening and are not able to accommodate us in the function room nor supply our usual snacks. Accordingly I have had to cancel the January meeting.

It looks as though there may be other, ongoing venue issues and, in any case, we would not be able to meet there in July or August due to the Festival. 
Our search last year for alternative venues proved time consuming and difficult and currently I am not able to research options again. Additionally the pressure of other commitments means that I will not be available on the usual meeting dates in February and April.

I have therefore, reluctantly, taken the decision that I am not going to be able to continue to run the group until late in 2016 at best. 

The website will remain available with all the archive material as well as the updates and notifications and, if anyone else is able to assume the mantle of facilitator/organizer, I would be happy to continue to provide technical support.

It has been a fun 9 years and January would have been the 9th anniversary of the very first meeting in the Filmhouse. I have really enjoyed all the input and support from you as members and hope that Rui and I will still bump into you in other contexts. However, at least for the time being, I am not arranging any further meeting dates.


NOTICES!

Ragged University:

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

I called in there for some excellent beetroot soup and a smoked salmon bagel and had a chance to chat to Elaine who is planning some interesting evenings developing now from February, as January seemed a bit hectic, on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details which she promised real soon.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

A very Happy and Thoughtful 2016

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 4th January 2016 @ 6:43pm

Hi All,

Monday 25 January - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


A new year and who knows what adventures it may hold. Predictions are unpredictable and resolutions often less than resolute. Talking of which, apologies for the lack of food at the last meeting, which was due to an unexpected kitchen problem at the venue. However, I resolutely predict it will be fixed for next time and a Happy New Year to you all. 

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 25 January at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The current leading topic for January is:

Half full or half empty?: What is the role of optimism or pessimism in our experience of life? Can our attitudes change our experiences?

Of course, that could all change as your votes come in over the next weeks. There are 12 topics vying for your attention, so the choice is up to you. As usual the topics are chosen from your suggestions.


The Poll for January is open, so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Tuesday 18 January.


NOTICES!

Ragged University:

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

I called in there for some excellent beetroot soup and a smoked salmon bagel and had a chance to chat to Elaine who is planning some interesting evenings developing now from February, as January seemed a bit hectic, on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details which she promised real soon.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Feeling like a robot after the festivities?...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 26th December 2015 @ 2:33pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 December - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Well, that's the big day over for another twelve months. Christmas comes but once a year and I hope you are having a peaceful Boxing Day recovering from lots of food and fun. But now you have to start getting your brain back in gear before New Year and the celebrations of Hogmanay. Sages know that nothing does the job better than a good discussion.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 28 December at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The topic for December is:

Robotic workforce: How likely is it that a robot will take your job in the future? Could they do everything? A threat or an opportunity?

As usual there is an information booklet you can download here Robot workers. Of course you don't have to read anything in advance, just bring your views and opinions with you on the night. 

I have asked that people attend from 7.30 pm so we can make a start at 8.00 pm. There will be some for some free snacks for those who come early and you can buy food and drinks from the bar. We will be in the upstairs area and I look forward to seeing you all, friends new and old.



The Poll for January is open, so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 18 January.


NOTICES!

Ragged University:

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here after January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Season's Greetings to all (including robots)...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 22nd December 2015 @ 10:54pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 December - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


The voters have spoken and we have a topic for our festive season get-together. In the meantime, Season's Greetings from Rui and I (and R2D2) and don't eat too many mince pies.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 28 December at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The topic for December is:

Robotic workforce: How likely is it that a robot will take your job in the future? Could they do everything? A threat or an opportunity?

OK, so how many of you have seen, or are intending to see, the new Start Wars film. Ever since episode IV hit the screens in 1977, audiences have fallen in love with C3PO and R2D2, our vision of the robots of the future with distinctive personalities and abilities.

But, on a more down to earth basis, we have also seen since then the increasing automation and robotisation of many jobs that would previously have been undertaken by humans. When I first visited the Ford production lines at Halewood in Liverpool in 1975, there were hundreds of workers, each doing their bit in the process. A similar facility now is almost entirely automated.

A similar story could be told in many areas over the last 40 years. Robots are cheaper, more reliable and easier to control than human workforces. The result has been thousands of jobs lost to robot workers.

OK, they are not exactly the vision we have of the Star Wars robots but, nonetheless, robots they are. And they are not just on production lines. At the simple end, think of automated telephone services that direct your calls, predictive text, the way in which Google or Cortana not only answer your questions but anticipate your needs and fill your calendar based on reading your email. Then there are the 'expert systems' that replace doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers and others with robots that assess information and prescribe solutions. The increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence means that we now rely as much, if not more, on robotic systems to help with our everyday lives as we do on human interaction. Online shopping versus store assistants, planes that fly with minimal interaction from pilots and, perhaps, cars that will drive you rather than you them.

The question must be whether there are any jobs that are not potentially open to some sort of robot replacement or automation that might replace a human worker. Is your job safe? As a psychologist, I used to think that the face to face, human interaction of client and therapist was essential to the process of therapy. However, recent experiments using robot therapists that are capable of reading emotional expression and body language as well as verbal content, and responding appropriately, show they may be more popular than a human therapist in some cases.

Not only can robots replace humans but some people in some circumstances will prefer the automated system. Why is that? Are there limits? Is any job safe? What is the future for human workers if the traditional concept of their jobs disappears?

As usual, so much to discuss.



The Poll for January is open, so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 18 January.


NOTICES!

Ragged University:

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here from January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

The Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group January Meeting (Cancelled)

  • Monday, 25th January 2016 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Southside Social Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch St., EH8 9LP
    • 3 people attended

24 hrs left to vote for December's topic

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Sunday, 20th December 2015 @ 12:10am

Hi All,

Monday 28 December - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


The voting thrill continues as the leading topic has changed yet again with just 24 hours to go until the Poll closes. Who needs Christmas to have thrills in December. And Voting online is a lot quieter than a trip to Princes Street right now!

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 28 December at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The current leading topic for December is:

Robotic workforce: How likely is it that a robot will take your job in the future? Could they do everything? A threat or an opportunity?

Of course, that could all change as your votes come in over the next 24 hours. There are 12 topics vying for your attention, so the choice is up to you. As usual the topics are chosen from your suggestions.


The Poll for December is still open, so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 December.


NOTICES!

Ragged University:

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here from January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

One week left to vote for December's topic

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 14th December 2015 @ 3:30pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 December - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Looks like people have been reading A Christmas Carol as the votes have come in for the December topic. I always rather liked the Muppet film version with Michael Caine as Scrooge.

Anyway, no Scrooges for this Group and there is still time to vote in between getting your Christmas shopping done.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 28 December at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The current leading topic for December is:

Ghosts and Spirits: Is there evidence for life after death? What evidence is there for Spiritualism, Hauntings, Reincarnation and similar phenomena?

Of course, that could all change as your votes come in over the next week. There are 12 topics vying for your attention, so the choice is up to you. As usual the topics are chosen from your suggest


The Poll for December is still open, so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 December.


NOTICES!

Ragged University:

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here from January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

The north wind doth blow...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 8th December 2015 @ 10:46pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 December - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


December is off to a good start with some pretty wild weather but I trust you are all surviving and remembering the sage advice from Billy Connolly. He said there is no such thing as bad weather in Scotland, just the wrong clothes!

Anyway, if the weather is cold and wet, then a good night of conversation in the pub is an excellent antidote.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 28 December at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The current leading topic for December is:

Robotic workforce: How likely is it that a robot will take your job in the future? Could they do everything? A threat or an opportunity?

Of course, that could all change as your votes come in over the next few weeks. There are 12 topics vying for your attention, so the choice is up to you. As usual the topics are chosen from your suggest


The Poll for December is still open, so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 December.


NOTICES!

Ragged University:

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here from January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Winter Festivals are upon us...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 1st December 2015 @ 1:14pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 December - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Into the final month of 2015 and it seems hardly a moment since it was January. It's been an eventful year for the Group with a major move of venue, but the last two months have been successful at Southside Social and we are looking forward to continuing there in 2016.

We don't always have a December meeting as the date sometimes falls too close to the big celebration. This year, however, you should have had a chance to finish all the turkey, be sick of mince pies for another year and already thinking to whom you can give the knitted jersey from auntie that is three sizes bigger than you.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 28 December at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The current leading topic for December is:

Little Green Men?: Is there extraterrestial life? Is it intelligent? Have we been visited by Aliens? What are UFOs? Is there life on Mars?

Of course, that could all change as your votes come in over the next few weeks. There are 12 topics vying for your attention, so the choice is up to you. As usual the topics are chosen from your suggest


The Poll for December is now open so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 December.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

7th December; Come along to the Blind Poet pub for an evening of music: ‘Introduction to Jazz 'plus' Live music from Sukh'

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at 
www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here from January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Chance for a healthy debate...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Sunday, 22nd November 2015 @ 12:50am

Hi All,

Monday 23 November - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


November seems to have come round really fast and the cold of winter is starting to bite. But the discussion at the group, while never too heated, nonetheless tends to be warming and invigorating. Maybe it's all the hot air or maybe the excellent hospitality at our new venue. Either way, a delight to look forward to on Monday evening.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 23 November at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The topic for November is:

Health of the Nation: Is the NHS sustainable in the 21st Century? Is it affordable given lifestyles, more treatment possibilities and longevity?

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 26 October at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start

As usual there is an information booklet you can download here Health of the Nation. Of course you don't have to read anything in advance, just bring your views and opinions with you on the night. 

I have asked that people attend from 7.30 pm so we can make a start at 8.00 pm. There will be some for some free snacks for those who come early and you can buy food and drinks from the bar. We will be in the upstairs area and I look forward to seeing you all, friends new and old.


The Poll for December is now open so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 December.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

26th November; Come along to the Blind Poet; ‘I'm Not A Designer. Am I ?’ plus ‘Multiple Sclerosis; Scotland's Disease’

28th November; Come along to Central Library;
IT and Biscuits

29th November; Come along to Serenity Café for a vegetarian curry and to watch James Nachtway's 'Warphotographer': Film and Curry Night

7th December; Come along to the Blind Poet pub for an evening of music: ‘Introduction to Jazz 'plus' Live music from Sukh'

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at 
www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here from January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Here's to your Health!

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 17th November 2015 @ 8:49pm

Hi All,

Monday 23 November - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Members have spoken and the voting for the November topic closed with a clear winner that has headed the Poll throughout. And very topical it is too, both politically and personally.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 23 November at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

The clear leading topic in the Poll was:

Health of the Nation: Is the NHS sustainable in the 21st Century? Is it affordable given lifestyles, more treatment possibilities and longevity?


NHS in Crisis! Our NHS is Dying! Save our NHS! The headlines every week, and sometimes every day, are crying out that something is seriously wrong with the National Health Service. Is it just a question of investing more money to deal with increasing demand or is there something more fundamental happening? Something that raises both Philosophical and Psychological questions about the very nature of the NHS and its place in our modern society. Questions whose answers may determine the sustainability of the NHS in its present form and which may also highlight issues of both political and personal responsibility.

When the NHS was founded in 1948, as part of the Welfare State, it was hailed as a jewel in the crown of post war social advancement. In 1948 many people were dying prematurely of infectious diseases such as Diphtheria, Pneumonia and Tuberculosis. Antibiotics were just beginning to appear in common use and could be used to manage other infections that had often made even minor injuries and operations life threatening. Medical care could be expensive and many people suffered unnecessarily because they could not afford to seek it. Areas within public health needed attention; vaccination against common problems such as polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Men were dying, on average, at the age of 66 and women at 71. There was a view expressed at the time that, by making health care free at the point of access, many of these problems could be overcome and, after some initial increase in people requiring access, the health of the nation would improve and demand would become more predictable and limited.

It hasn't quite worked out like that! Why?

Partly the NHS is a victim of its own success. The range of successful treatments and interventions grows daily. Many procedures and therapies carried out now were unthinkable in 1948. Life expectancy has increased massively with men now living to an average of 79 and women 83. This will continue to rise. That means we have many more elderly people in the population, often with longer term health issues and dependency needs.

Partly we have come to take the NHS for granted. There is an implicit assumption that it will always be there and always available when we need it. People have, perhaps, become less concerned about their own health behaviours as the responsibility has been shifted to politicians and the welfare system to ensure that every need is met. Yet only some 2% of people are now dying prematurely of the communicable, infectious diseases that were rife in 1948. Most people now are dying of the consequences of their own health behaviours and lifestyle choices. Heart disease, strokes and cancers are now the major killers.

Partly too, there has been a tendency to 'medicalise' many problems. In the mental health field, that has included increasing diagnoses of depression, ADHD, internet addiction and other life issues such as bereavement. In the physical health field, it may include cosmetic surgery, gastric bands and even IVF.

So, is it just about more money or do we need to rethink out whole approach to health and health care? Is there a need to limit our expectations of the NHS and, at the same time, recognise the greater importance of our individual responsibility for our health? What will the NHS look like after another 50 years with its 60th anniversary coming in 2018?

As usual, so many issues to discuss.



The Poll for December is now open so now is a chance for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 December.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

26th November; Come along to the Blind Poet; ‘I'm Not A Designer. Am I ?’ plus ‘Multiple Sclerosis; Scotland's Disease’

28th November; Come along to Central Library;
IT and Biscuits

29th November; Come along to Serenity Café for a vegetarian curry and to watch James Nachtway's 'Warphotographer': Film and Curry Night

7th December; Come along to the Blind Poet pub for an evening of music: ‘Introduction to Jazz 'plus' Live music from Sukh'

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at 
www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

Finding an Anchor in Wild Times:  Can a Jungian Lens on Ecological Crisis Help our World?
Seminar with Mary-Jayne Rust – chaired by Laura Martin
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Lindisfarne Room, St. Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2ED
(West End of Princes Street)

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here from January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

24 hours left to vote for November

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Sunday, 15th November 2015 @ 12:52pm

Hi All,

Monday 23 November - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Once again we are at that crucial point where the topic for November will be decided in the next day. This is often the point at which there is a sudden flurry of voting and even a topic that has been leading over several weeks can suddenly be toppled. It is up to you, the members, and is part of the contribution you make to successful and enthralling Group meetings.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 23 November at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

Currently the leading topic in the Poll is still:

Health of the Nation: Is the NHS sustainable in the 21st Century? Is it affordable given lifestyles, more treatment possibilities and longevity?


But that could all still change, so all the more reason for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 November.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

26th November; Come along to the Blind Poet; ‘I'm Not A Designer. Am I ?’ plus ‘Multiple Sclerosis; Scotland's Disease’

28th November; Come along to Central Library;
IT and Biscuits

29th November; Come along to Serenity Café for a vegetarian curry and to watch James Nachtway's 'Warphotographer': Film and Curry Night

7th December; Come along to the Blind Poet pub for an evening of music: ‘Introduction to Jazz 'plus' Live music from Sukh'

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at 
www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

Finding an Anchor in Wild Times:  Can a Jungian Lens on Ecological Crisis Help our World?
Seminar with Mary-Jayne Rust – chaired by Laura Martin
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Lindisfarne Room, St. Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2ED
(West End of Princes Street)

Cramond Falls Café

Looks like there could be some interesting evenings developing here from January on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30. The aim is to have short talks followed by discussions on Philosophy, Science and the Wisdom of the Ages with tea and cakes. Watch this space for more details.
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Rocket onwards...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 9th November 2015 @ 10:49pm

Hi All,

Monday 23 November - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


So we've had Halloween and Bonfire Night but we still have an exciting meeting to look forward to before St Andrew's Day at the end of the month. An action packed November, or even Movember for some!

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 23 November at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

Currently the leading topic in the Poll is:

Health of the Nation: Is the NHS sustainable in the 21st Century? Is it affordable given lifestyles, more treatment possibilities and longevity?


But that could all still change, so all the more reason for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 November.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

26th November; Come along to the Blind Poet; ‘I'm Not A Designer. Am I ?’ plus ‘Multiple Sclerosis; Scotland's Disease’

28th November; Come along to Central Library;
IT and Biscuits

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings
on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at 
www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

Finding an Anchor in Wild Times:  Can a Jungian Lens on Ecological Crisis Help our World?
Seminar with Mary-Jayne Rust – chaired by Laura Martin
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Lindisfarne Room, St. Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2ED
(West End of Princes Street)
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Remember, Remember... the 23 November

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 2nd November 2015 @ 1:06am

Hi All,

Monday 23 November - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


The meeting at the Southside Social was fun and the staff were welcoming and helpful. A little on the cramped side but we all managed to fit in with room for a few more. The notices about Zombies will hopefully have disappeared now that Halloween is over but no doubt the discussions will create some fireworks even though we will be past bonfire night.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 23 November at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start. 

Currently two topics are tied in the Poll

Health of the Nation: Is the NHS sustainable in the 21st Century? Is it affordable given lifestyles, more treatment possibilities and longevity?

or

Superstitious behaviour: Touch wood, horoscopes, black cats, tarot, lucky mascots - why are they so popular? Should we believe in them?

But that could all still change, so all the more reason for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 November.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

7th November; Come along to Central Library; 'Cattle Yarn and Horse Tale; History and Industry of Artificial Insemination' 

26th November; Come along to the Blind Poet;
‘I'm Not A Designer. Am I ?’ plus ‘Multiple Sclerosis; Scotland's Disease’

28th November; Come along to Central Library;
IT and Biscuits

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings
on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at 
www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

Finding an Anchor in Wild Times:  Can a Jungian Lens on Ecological Crisis Help our World?
Seminar with Mary-Jayne Rust – chaired by Laura Martin
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Lindisfarne Room, St. Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2ED
(West End of Princes Street)
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

We'll meet again... on Monday!

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 23rd October 2015 @ 4:58pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 October - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Just a quick reminder that we are back and meeting again after our summer break. The topic for October is:

The Meaning of Life: Does Life have a meaning at all or is existence a meaningless accident? Or do we give Life meaning and, if so, what?

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 26 October at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start

As usual there is an information booklet you can download here Meaning of Life 2015. Of course you don't have to read anything in advance, just bring your views and opinions with you on the night.

I have asked that people attend from 7.30 pm so we can make a start at 8.00 pm. I am finalising arrangements for some free snacks for those who come early and you can buy food and drinks from the bar. We will be in the upstairs area and I look forward to seeing you all, friends new and old.

Do let us know what you'd like to discuss in future. Topics are already available in the Poll for November with a few changes, so all the more reason for you to get Voting and making Suggestions.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 November.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

25th October; Come along to Serenity Cafe at 6pm: Film (The New Economy: It’s Happening Now, Where We Live) and Curry Night

29th October; Come along to the Blind Poet; ‘Adam Smith and the Human Condition’ plus ‘Ghengis Khan and the Mongolian Empire’

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

Finding an Anchor in Wild Times:  Can a Jungian Lens on Ecological Crisis Help our World?
Seminar with Mary-Jayne Rust – chaired by Laura Martin
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Lindisfarne Room, St. Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2ED
(West End of Princes Street)
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

The Meaning of Discussions?

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 20th October 2015 @ 7:48pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 October - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


As is sometimes the case, two topics remained tied when the Poll closed on Monday night. The choice comes down to which got the greater number of '10' votes. On that basis, we have a winner. A good topic on which to get our refreshed minds working.

The Meaning of Life: Does Life have a meaning at all or is existence a meaningless accident? Or do we give Life meaning and, if so, what?

For our first meeting after the summer break, there is nothing like asking the big questions. Leaving aside the temptation to quote Monty Python… well OK, I will. Their Meaning of Life was "Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations".

But now for something completely different…

Views on what Life means, or whether it means anything at all, are many and varied. Religion, whichever branch you choose to follow, has always seen the meaning as being an opportunity to progress to some higher state through living according to a divine set of rules. The higher state, rules and the nature of divinity may change but in general the Meaning of Life is something overarching and beyond mere physical existence. Many religions are intrinsically peaceful and advocate living in harmony but this, all too often, is interpreted as peace being a consequence of wiping out all opposing beliefs. It is doubtful whether this is the Meaning of Life that was intended in the Big Picture of Creation – or is it?.

On the other hand, those of a more materialistic nature point out that Life is essentially and accident of physics and biochemistry. Given the very nature of the Laws of the Universe, Life is an inevitable consequence and must exist in many forms in many places. Not all Life will be ‘intelligent’ (in fact one view says that we are still seeking intelligent life on Earth!) but even consciousness, intelligence and the illusion of will are simply aspects of our biology. It is therefore meaningless to talk about Meaning. We may seek to understand more of the science and mechanics of Life but the search stops there. Science asks the question How? Rather than Why?

A third view is perhaps a more philosophical and psychological perspective. Our understanding of ourselves, our lives and the universe in which we live is something that we form on the basis of experience and cognition. Even the very notion of ‘Self’ is something that we come to develop and enhance as we mature. Is the Self we are today the Self we were yesterday? Similarly we develop a personal sense of Meaning about that Self, the world we live in and our interaction with others. That too may change over time. Our notion is not just the question of why we exist, but also what gives that existence a sense of purpose and value. For some that is a strong and driving force while others seem to drift without direction. I once met with a man who was leader of an Occult order that was often claimed to hold the Secret to Life. I asked him what it was and why a secret. His answer was that it was no secret at all. “You can tell anyone”, he replied, “but only a few will understand the answer”. And he told me, no it wasn’t 42, it was “Life is what you earnestly believe it to be”.

So what do you earnestly believe it to be? What gives value, purpose and Meaning to Life for you?

As usual, so much to discuss.


So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 26 October at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start


Other topics will remain in the Poll for November with a few changes, so all the more reason for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 November.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

25th October; Come along to Serenity Cafe at 6pm: Film (The New Economy: It’s Happening Now, Where We Live) and Curry Night

29th October; Come along to the Blind Poet; ‘Adam Smith and the Human Condition’ plus ‘Ghengis Khan and the Mongolian Empire’

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

Finding an Anchor in Wild Times:  Can a Jungian Lens on Ecological Crisis Help our World?
Seminar with Mary-Jayne Rust – chaired by Laura Martin
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Lindisfarne Room, St. Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2ED
(West End of Princes Street)
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Two days left to vote for October with a current tie for favourite

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 17th October 2015 @ 6:24pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 October - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Just two days left to Vote for the topic for our return in October. Currently we have two tied top contenders, so get your Vote in! I'm looking forward to getting back to our regular discussions with friends old and new. 

Our new venue, Southside Social, is fast developing as centre for a variety of community groups and entertainment. Well worth a look in. Try their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/southsidesocialpub 

It provides a training and workplace experience for young people in the hospitality industry while returning much of its profit to support other worthy social ventures. 

So the drinks you buy will do more than just wet your throats for the discussion, they will make a social contribution too. They also serve food and, as usual, I have been negotiating the provision of some snacks.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 26 October at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start

Good to see you have been Voting in the new Poll. Current leading topics are:

The Meaning of Life: Does Life have a meaning at all or is existence a meaningless accident. Or do we give Life meaning and, if so, what?

or

Health of the Nation: Is the NHS sustainable in the 21st Century? Is it affordable given lifestyles, more treatment possibilities and longevity?


Of course that could still change over the next two days so all the more reason for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 19 October.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

25th October; Come along to Serenity Cafe at 6pm: Film (The New Economy: It’s Happening Now, Where We Live) and Curry Night

29th October; Come along to the Blind Poet; ‘Adam Smith and the Human Condition’ plus ‘Ghengis Khan and the Mongolian Empire’

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

Finding an Anchor in Wild Times:  Can a Jungian Lens on Ecological Crisis Help our World?
Seminar with Mary-Jayne Rust – chaired by Laura Martin
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Lindisfarne Room, St. Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2ED
(West End of Princes Street)
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

One week left to vote for October

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 10th October 2015 @ 5:02pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 October - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Just over one week left to vote for the topic for our return in October. I'm looking forward to getting back to our regular discussions with friends old and new. 

Our new venue, Southside Social, is fast developing as centre for a variety of community groups and entertainment. Well worth a look in. Try their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/southsidesocialpub 

It provides a training and workplace experience for young people in the hospitality industry while returning much of its profit to support other worthy social ventures. 

So the drinks you buy will do more than just wet your throats for the discussion, they will make a social contribution too. They also serve food and, as usual, I have been negotiating the provision of some snacks.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 26 October at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start

Good to see you have been Voting in the new Poll. Current leading topic is still:

The Meaning of Life: Does Life have a meaning at all or is existence a meaningless accident. Or do we give Life meaning and, if so, what?

Of course that could still change over the next four weeks so all the more reason for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 19 October.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

25th October; Come along to Serenity Cafe at 6pm: Film (The New Economy: It’s Happening Now, Where We Live) and Curry Night

29th October; Come along to the Blind Poet; ‘Adam Smith and the Human Condition’ plus ‘Ghengis Khan and the Mongolian Empire’

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

C G Jung Seminars Scotland

Finding an Anchor in Wild Times:  Can a Jungian Lens on Ecological Crisis Help our World?
Seminar with Mary-Jayne Rust – chaired by Laura Martin
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

The Lindisfarne Room, St. Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road,
Edinburgh EH1 2ED
(West End of Princes Street)
 

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>

Back in the saddle...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 29th September 2015 @ 5:12pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 October - 7.30 for 8.00 pm
Southside Social Bar
(formerly Moo Bar; Meadow Bar)
42-44 Buccleuch St., Edinburgh, EH8 9LP
Tel: 0131 662 0974

Get map HERE

Attending?
  


Firmly back in the old routine now as, if we had had one, the September meeting would have been yesterday and we are now in the run up to our October meeting. 

Our new venue, Southside Social, is fast developing as centre for a variety of community groups and entertainment. Well worth a look in. Try their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/southsidesocialpub 

It provides a training and workplace experience for young people in the hospitality industry while returning much of its profit to support other worthy social ventures. 

So the drinks you buy will do more than just wet your throats for the discussion, they will make a social contribution too. They also serve food and, as usual, I have been negotiating the provision of some snacks.

So, time to be thinking ahead to our meeting on Monday 26 October at 7.30 for an 8.00 pm start

Good to see you have been Voting in the new Poll. Current leading topic is still:

The Meaning of Life: Does Life have a meaning at all or is existence a meaningless accident. Or do we give Life meaning and, if so, what?

Of course that could still change over the next four weeks so all the more reason for you to get Voting and making Suggestions for the future.

     

You can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 19 October.


NOTICES!

Upcoming Ragged meetings:

October 10, 2015 @ 2:00–4:30 pm: Daddy’s Daughters and Sons: Perspectives on Male Factor Infertility, Treatments and Trends by Ruby Raheem

George Washington Browne Conference Room (one floor down from front entrance of the Central Library, 7-9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG)

Do remember to follow what the Ragged University is up to. They have been hosting some excellent meetings on a whole range of topics. You can find out more at www.ragged-online.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/edinburghraggeduniversity/ . Lots of great audio and video recordings of some of the presentations.

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
 

It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:>


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