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The Buds of May plus two other events...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 4th May 2012 @ 2:42pm

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Hi All,

Monday 28 May - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


The Votes may just be being counted in the Council elections but the Poll for the May meeting is open and the leading topic at this point is: 

Cradle to Grave: Can the welfare state provide total care for everyone? What are the priorities? What gets left out?

Of course there is still plenty of time for that choice to be overturned. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from but more could still be added if you have a great idea you are burning to see discussed.

So, time to be thinking about the 
May meeting on Monday 28 May at 8.00 pm.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.


New suggestions welcome!.

Especially welcome are ideas from the newer members who have joined over the last few months. It's one way to make sure the group stays relevant and interesting for you.

Further Suggestions can be included until Sunday 20 May and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 May.

To make a Suggestion or Vote  just click on the appropriate link below.
 

     


Two other upcoming events of interest:
 

   

Thursday 24 May 7.00pm

The Counting House
, upstairs from the Peartree on West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DD

Prof Ray Miller talks about 'Happiness in Practice: a practical guide to improving personal well-being'

and

Oliver Escobar talks about 'Stealing politics from politicians: Reinventing democracy through direct citizen participation'

Further details from the Facebook Page.

In collaboration with Scotland's Colleges Festival there will be two Philosophy Group events on the topic of 'Is Education Dangerous?'

Edinburgh: Monday 11 June, 7.00pm

The Captain's Bar, 4 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

and

Glasgow: Thursday 14 June, 7.00pm 

The Mews Coffee Shop, 1 Newton Place, Mews on Elderslie Street, Glasgow G3 7RB

Further details and Booking from the Festival Website.



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.


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:

 

Freedom comes and goes...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 27th April 2012 @ 3:34pm

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Hi All,

Monday 28 May - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


The meeting on Freedom passed without too many people taking liberties and we all managed to end up reasonably safe and secure. So here we are, well on the way to the May meeting, and the Polling station is open. 

As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from but more could still be added if you have a great idea you are burning to see discussed.

So, time to be thinking about the 
May meeting on Monday 28 May at 8.00 pm.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.


New suggestions welcome!.

Especially welcome are ideas from the newer members who have joined over the last few months. It's one way to make sure the group stays relevant and interesting for you.

Further Suggestions can be included until Sunday 20 May and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 May.

To make a Suggestion or Vote  just click on the appropriate link below.
 

     



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.


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:

 

Protect your Freedom...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 20th April 2012 @ 11:18pm

Hi All,

Monday 23 April - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


It's that time again and, if you are free, get ready to come along to this month's meeting. Very topical with the House of Lords discussion on the Protection of Freedoms Bill this spring.

The Price Of Freedom: How much freedom are we prepared to sacrifice to live in a safe and secure society?

As usual there is a topic booklet to help stimulate your thoughts, if they need stimulating. It can be read or downloaded from the site Home page or directly from:



Do try to get there in good time please, as it will help sort out the seating and make sure everyone is able to take part fully.

Unusually, Rui and I will not be there for a bite to eat before the Meeting starts as we are attending a wedding. But feel free go early yourself as the tables are reserved from 7.30 pm. Rui and I should be there in time for the start at 8.00 pm. The Meeting notice will be on display on the tables as soon as we get there.

Newcomers who don't immediately recognise me from my handsome photo can look out for Ed, the phrenology head, sitting on the table. He enjoys these nights out and is immediately recognisable as no-one else has writing all over their skull (usually!).  



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.


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:

 

Braveheart or Cowardly Lion...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 17th April 2012 @ 1:09am

Hi All,

Monday 23 April - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Once again you, the members, have Voted and we have a topic for our April meeting on Monday 23 April at 8.00 pm.

The Price Of Freedom: How much freedom are we prepared to sacrifice to live in a safe and secure society?

"It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself." Declaration of Arbroath, 1320

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Although usually attributed to Thomas Jefferson, there is no evidence for this in his writings and it is more likely a corruption of a remark by the lesser known John Philpot Curran (1790). It just goes to prove that quoting also requires vigilance.

On the other hand, we can be pretty certain that Benjamin Franklin said,

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

So, where does that leave us?

It can be argued that the very nature of Society is a contract involving the surrender of a degree of individual freedom in order to enhance and benefit from the ‘common good’. We take much of it completely for granted. We have to temper our freedom of action in order to comply with the law, with social imperatives and with moral strictures, to name but a few.

We tend to accept (in the UK) that we must drive on the left, pass a test before driving unsupervised and have a driving licence with information on us held by the DVLA. Little problem so far, although some people do not accept these restrictions and flout the Law.

We have come to accept that we must have passports to travel that incorporate biometric data and that we are subject to screening and search at airports (and some other locations). I even came to accept that I could no longer carry my favourite toothpaste with me or my invaluable pocket tool kit with scissors, screwdriver, nail file, etc.

On the other hand, we have been hearing just recently about the (ab)use of Health and Safety rules to restrict many activities that we once felt quite safe in undertaking without the benefit of regulation. Then there are things like the police checks that now seem essential for so many occupations and even engaging in activities like driving other people’s kids to school.

Or what about the demands of ‘political correctness’ that make us so cautious of words or actions that may, somehow, cause offence. Does 'Multiculturalism' mean we must surrender the freedom to pursue our own culture and heritage? Anders Behring Breivik apparently believes that his atrocity was ‘self defence’ on the grounds that such freedoms are continually eroded.

Then there is the Internet? Are we happy with the proposals to monitor all online communications so that unnamed officials can find out what we’ve been looking at and to whom we have been talking without even having to go through legal process and prove just cause? Should we be prevented, as some totalitarian regimes already attempt, from unfettered access to the global pool of information?

Not to mention that we are the most observed nation in the world due to an epidemic proliferation of CCTV. 

Of course, we are told, if you are innocent, you have nothing to fear. But how true is that given the proneness of poorly controlled bureaucratic procedures to catastrophic error? Do we want to take the risk?

This is all in aid of ‘Safety and Security’. We are increasingly a ‘risk averse’ society and seem to need the constant assurance that ‘someone’ is responsible for looking after us. Perhaps to the extent that we no longer accept the obligation to look after ourselves.

So, how much freedom are we willing to sacrifice in the process and is it, as Franklin suggest, largely illusory anyway.

I remember reading a science fiction story in which future intelligent robots were give the priority task of ensuring that humans were always safe and happy. They responded by sedating us and wrapping us in cotton wool cubicles where the brain’s pleasure centre was electronically stimulated to produce happy dreams.

Is that the logical outcome? I suspect it was not what the developers had in mind. But just how much could, should, we be prepared to sacrifice Freedom for promises of Safety and Security?

As usual, so much to discuss!



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.


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:

 

Vote - before the May elections...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Thursday, 12th April 2012 @ 4:56pm

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Hi All,

Monday 23 April - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Easter gone and still recovering from an excess of creme eggs but May Bank Holidays to look forward to soon (if they don't destroy the economy!) and local elections on 3 May. 


More importantly, just  4 days left to get your Votes in for the April meeting on Monday 23 April at 8.00 pm.

No change this week in the topic leading in the Poll:

The Price Of Freedom: How much freedom are we prepared to sacrifice to live in a safe and secure society?

Perhaps stimulated by the Government security bill that will allow them to track which web pages we all look at and to whom we send email. Fortunately, I don't think these pages will count as too subversive.

The same does not neccessarily apply to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas: our additional joint meeting on 11 June. See their website if you missed my earlier email. Or click HERE to see the email again.

Anyway, as you all know, the Poll can easily change as you make your preferences known. Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.


New suggestions welcome!.

Especially welcome are ideas from the newer members who have joined over the last few months. It's one way to make sure the group stays relevant and interesting for you.

Further Suggestions can be included until Sunday 15 April and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 April.

To make a Suggestion or Vote  just click on the appropriate link below.
 

     



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.


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 June Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 25th June 2012 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

    Darwin's Dead?: Are humans still evolving? Is natural selection still operating? Where is it…

    • 12 people attended

Eggxhilarating...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 6th April 2012 @ 11:17am

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Hi All,

Monday 23 April - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


A Happy Easter to you all! Just go easy on the chocolate creme eggs and watch out for rabid Easter Bunnies. 

Anyway, I'm sure you will all have recovered in time for the April meeting on Monday 23 April at 8.00 pm.

A change in the topic leading in the Poll:

The Price Of Freedom: How much freedom are we prepared to sacrifice to live in a safe and secure society?

Perhaps stimulated by the Government security bill that will allow them to track which web pages we all look at and to whom we send email. Fortunately, I don't think these pages will count as too subversive.

The same does not neccessarily apply to the Festival of Dangerous Ideas: our additional joint meeting on 11 June. See their website if you missed the email last week. Or click HERE to see the email again.

Anyway, as you all know, the Poll can easily change as you make your preferences known. Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.


New suggestions welcome!.

Especially welcome are ideas from the newer members who have joined over the last few months. It's one way to make sure the group stays relevant and interesting for you.

Further Suggestions can be included until Sunday 15 April and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 April.

To make a Suggestion or Vote  just click on the appropriate link below.
 

     



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.


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:

 

Festival of Dangerous Ideas - Is Education Dangerous? (Book at the Festival site)

  • Monday, 11th June 2012 at 7pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Captain's Bar, 4 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA
    The Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Philosophy Cafe - Is Education Dangerous?
    Monday 11 June…

Put on your Easter bonnet...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 30th March 2012 @ 7:24pm

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Hi All,

Monday 23 April - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Apparently our early glimpse of summer is about to pass and it will be time for the wooly jersey again soon. 

Never mind, the sun always shines on a good topic and you have several to choose from for the April meeting on Monday 23 April at 8.00 pm.

Currently leading in the Poll is:

Learning the Lessons: Is education getting poorer? What should we be teaching and how? Basic 3 Rs?

Sounds almost like something that might fit in with the Festival of Dangerous Ideas topic for our additional joint meeting on 11 June. See their website if you missed the email earlier this week. Or click HERE to see the email again.

Anyway, as you all know, the Poll can easily change as you make your preferences known. Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.


New suggestions welcome!.

Especially welcome are ideas from the newer members who have joined over the last few months. It's one way to make sure the group stays relevant and interesting for you.

Further Suggestions can be included until Sunday 15 April and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 April.

To make a Suggestion or Vote  just click on the appropriate link below.
 

     



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.


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:

 

Is Education Dangerous? A special meeting...

Posted by Ray Miller, Thursday, 29th March 2012 @ 5:12pm

  • The Festival of Dangerous Ideas 
    Philosophy Cafe - Is Education Dangerous?
    Monday 11 June 2012

    The Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group is pleased to be associated with Scotland's Colleges Dangerous Ideas Festival.

    We are collaborating in a joint event on Monday 11 June.

    Please Book early as places will be limited and open to the general public as well as Group members. Bookings must be through the event website (see below).
    http://events.scotlandscolleges.ac.uk/events/show/4302 

Dangerous Ideas Festival: Is Education Dangerous?

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Thursday, 29th March 2012 @ 4:59pm

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas: Philosophy Cafe - Is Education Dangerous?
Monday 11 June 2012

The Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group is pleased to be associated with Scotland's Colleges Dangerous Ideas Festival.

We are collaborating in a joint event on Monday 11 June: see details below including the option of downloading the advertising flyer for the meeting and booking.

Please Book early as places will be limited and open to the general public as well as Group members. Bookings must be through the event website (see details and booking link below).

Website: http://events.scotlandscolleges.ac.uk/events/show/4302

Event Venue

The Captain's Bar, 4 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

Venue file:           Download the The Captain's Bar details map file

Times

Registration:             18:30
Start time:                19:00
Finish time:              20:30
Duration:                  1h 30 min (Evening Event)

Event Details

Conference code:          C4302
Cost:                           This is a free event.

Event programme: 
   
Download Dangerous Ed Interviews Colin Bartie and Ray Miller

Lead:                          Aileen Duffy Phone: 01786892009
Event co-ordinator:       
Dawn Brooks  Phone: 01786892007

Book online
Closing date 8 June 2012

Target Audience

Dangerous-Ed-logo  2Anyone who is interested in dangerous ideas and the philosophy of education

Summary

Dangerous IdeasThe Festival of Dangerous Ideas aims to re-establish the importance of dangerous ideas as agents of change in education - to shift the axis of what is possible!  As Oscar Wilde once said: 'An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all'.  
 
'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it'. (Aristotle)
 
At this philosophy cafe we will be exploring the philosophy of education and whether or not education is dangerous.

Aim

To debate whether or not education is dangerous.
 

The Easter Parade...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 27th March 2012 @ 1:28pm

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Hi All,

Monday 23 April - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Here we are, well on the way to Easter and the April meeting, and the Polling station is open. 

After a very lively and controversial meeting on The Truth, it will be interesting to see which topic wins through in the Poll this month. Currently there are twelve topics to choose from but more could still be added if you have a great idea you are burning to see discussed.

So, time to be thinking about the 
April meeting on Monday 23 April at 8.00 pm.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.


New suggestions welcome!.

Especially welcome are ideas from the newer members who have joined over the last few months. It's one way to make sure the group stays relevant and interesting for you.

Further Suggestions can be included until Sunday 15 April and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 16 April.

To make a Suggestion or Vote  just click on the appropriate link below.
 

     



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.


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 May Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 28th May 2012 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

    Learning the Lessons: Is education getting poorer? What should we be teaching and how? Basic 3…

    • 8 people attended

The TRUTH will set you free: or get you jailed...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 23rd March 2012 @ 12:11pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 March - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Time to get ready for Monday's meeting. That's the TRUTH! 
 

Does Truth Matter?: Faced with irrational beliefs and rejection of scientific evidence, should we let facts spoil a good story?

As usual there is a topic booklet to help stimulate your thoughts, if they need stimulating. It can be read or downloaded from the site Home page or directly from:


 

Do try to get there in good time please, as it will help sort out the seating and make sure everyone is able to take part fully.

I shall be aiming to be at The Spoon Cafe Bistro around 7.00-7.30 pm to have a bite to eat before the Meeting starts. So feel free to join me early for some food. The Meeting notice will be on display on the tables.

Newcomers who don't immediately recognise me from my handsome photo can look out for Ed, the phrenology head, sitting on the table. He enjoys these nights out and is immediately recognisable as no-one else has writing all over their skull (usually!).  


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


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:

 

'Tell us The TRUTH!' ???...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 20th March 2012 @ 1:59pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 March - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Once again the members have cast their votes and we have a clear leader with a 76% popularity. 

Does Truth Matter?: Faced with irrational beliefs and rejection of scientific evidence, should we let facts spoil a good story?

Don't confuse me with facts! How often have we heard that said? People are very wedded to their views and opinions and are often reluctant to critically examine or challenge them.  In psychology we call that 'cognitive consistency' and 'cognitive dissonance'. We tend to seek out and accept information or input that seems to confirm our beliefs and choices and to avoid, discredit and reject those that threaten them. A Reassuring Lie is preferred to an Inconvenient Truth.

Perhaps one of the most obvious areas is religious belief where the centrality of 'Faith' is seen to override contrary evidence or lack of evidence. Intelligent Design, for example, is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance despite the robust evidence in support of Evolution over a prolonged period. 

Politics might be another area where dogma often seems to fly in the face of reality. When political parties spend so much time rubbishing each other, we might suspect it is because none actually has come up with an infallible system for managing the vagaries of Society and assuring contented, successful, productive lives for all. It is much easier to be in opposition, and criticise an opponent. than to be in power and have to supply evidence that your dogma works in practice.

And what about controversial issues in the news? Global warming? Immigration? Welfare scroungers? National identity? Scottish Independence? How many of these are driven by attitudes, opinions and even statistics that don't always stand up to any rigorous examination?

How many people base their view of Scotland on Braveheart, a romanticised national history and a false belief that kilts and tartans were always a part of our culture? How many people visit Rosslyn Chapel because they have seen The Da Vinci Code without taking the time to find out that its history has little to do with Templars or Freemasons. (You did know that, didn't you?)

We are all suckers for a good story. Sometimes the reality seems dull and uninspiring by comparison. Do we really want to find out that most 'supernatural' phenomena have mundane explanations or that UFOs are weather balloons or secret spy planes? There's nothing beats a good conspiracy theory! Who killed JFK or Marilyn Munroe?

Often it seems that no one is actually interested in 'The Truth' if the tale is compelling enough. Anyway, we are told, does it really matter? So, some people like to believe without any evidence or rational analysis, so what?

Perhaps if we are simply discussing folklore and fairytales it may seem less essential, but is that the thin end of the wedge? If we decide Truth does not matter in some areas, are we opening the door to undermining its value everywhere?

As usual, so many issues to discuss!  
     


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.


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:

 

'Tell us a story!' said the March Hare.

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 16th March 2012 @ 9:59pm

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Hi All,

Monday 26 March - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Just over a week to go to the usual Mad Hatters Tea Party and almost decision time on what the story will be. 

Currently leading in the Poll is:

Does Truth Matter?: Faced with irrational beliefs and rejection of scientific evidence, should we let facts spoil a good story?

Just three days to go before the Poll closes, so there's still time for some of the other close contenders to win through for the 
March meeting on Monday 26 March at 8.00 pm.

Get your
Votes in! Plenty of topics to choose from and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 29 March.


     


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.


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:

 

Give Philosophers the Vote...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 9th March 2012 @ 4:25pm

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Hi All,

Monday 26 March - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Here we are, well on the way to the March meeting and the Polling station is open. 

Currently leading in the Poll is:

Does Truth Matter?: Faced with irrational beliefs and rejection of scientific evidence, should we let facts spoil a good story?

With just over a week to go before the Poll closes, there's still time for some of the other close contenders to win through. So, time to be thinking about the 
March meeting on Monday 26 March at 8.00 pm.

Get your
Votes in, you are all enfranchised! Plenty of topics to choose from.

New suggestions welcome!.

Especially welcome are ideas from the newer members who have joined over the last few months. It's one way to make sure the group stays relevant and interesting for you.

Further Suggestions can be included until Sunday 18 March and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 29 March.

To make a Suggestion or Vote  just click on the appropriate link below.

     


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.


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:

 

March in step...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 3rd March 2012 @ 12:53pm

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Hi All,

Monday 26 March - 8.00 pm
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


February's topic of Love turned out to be a hot discussion with a wide range of views - great stuff! It would be a pity if everyone marched to the same drum beat and I do enjoy a good debate. Talking of Marching...

Time to be thinking about the March meeting topic. Voting is already under way for the meeting on Monday 26 March at 8.00 pm.

So get your Votes in! Plenty of topics to choose from including some that almost made it in February as well as a couple of new additions.

New suggestions welcome!.

Especially welcome are ideas from the newer members who have joined over the last few months. It's one way to make sure the group stays relevant and interesting for you.

Further Suggestions can be included until Sunday 18 March and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 19 March.

To make a Suggestion or Vote  just click on the appropriate link below.

     


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.


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:

 

Your 15 minutes...?

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Wednesday, 29th February 2012 @ 1:07pm

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Hi All,

Here is a message from a member of the group that may be of interest to some of you, so I have agreed to forward it. Do contact Eric at the address he gives if you are intrigued.

"Hi my name is Eric and Im a new member of the group. I am a film maker and am currently working on a film on belief and the resulting costs. The film will include interviews with scientists, philosophers and others, possibly like yourself. I am looking for people who have given a great deal of thought into the construction of their own  personal belief system. To that end I am looking to interview a number of such people who would have something to say on the following:-


•what  is one element of your belief system that is important to you?

•what are your reasons for holding this belief?

•what do you actively disbelieve in? 

•what are your reasons for holding this position?

•what new knowledge would change your mind on your current belief position?



If you feel that you may have something you would wish to contribute to the film then please get in touch.


very best wishes



eric

Email Eric at:

There_will_be_no_miracles_here@gmx.com "

The Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group April Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 23rd April 2012 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

    The Price Of Freedom: How much freedom are we prepared to sacrifice to live in a safe and…

    • 9 people attended

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