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Seconds out, Round 2...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 18th November 2011 @ 5:14pm

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Hi All,

Monday 28 November - 7.30 pm
PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Just three days to go to help decide the topic for November. Voting is already well under way for the meeting on Monday 28 November at 7.30 pm.

There is a real battle going on here with supporters weighing in over the last week for their favourite subject. However, despite some dramatic turns in the voting, we still have the same two topics tied for the lead in the Poll:

Eye of the Beholder?: What makes something (or someone) beautiful? Is there any objective standard?
and
Sane in Insane places?: Is mental illness over-diagnosed? Is psychological distress normal behaviour in abnormal circumstances?

Please note the earlier starting time for the November meeting. This will also be the last meeting this year as our December date falls on Boxing Day and is thus not really viable.

So get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

New suggestions welcome!.

It's good to see a number of suggestions coming in (thanks to those of you who have sent them!). At the moment these are being held over for the next meeting in January as there are already a fair number in the current Poll. New Year will be a chance to weed out the list and put in some of the great, new ideas.

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.

Make sure you Vote!

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

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

     

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:

 

Beauty and Madness...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 12th November 2011 @ 1:08pm

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Hi All,

Monday 28 November - 7.30 pm
PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Just a week to go to help decide the topic for November. Voting is already well under way for the meeting on Monday 28 November at 7.30 pm.

There are currently two topics tied for the lead in the Poll:

Eye of the Beholder?: What makes something (or someone) beautiful? Is there any objective standard?
and
Sane in Insane places?: Is mental illness over-diagnosed? Is psychological distress normal behaviour in abnormal circumstances?

Please note the earlier starting time for the November meeting. This will also be the last meeting this year as our December date falls on Boxing Day and is thus not really viable.

So get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

New suggestions welcome!.

It's good to see a number of suggestions coming in (thanks to those of you who have sent them!). At the moment these are being held over for the next meeting in January as there are already a fair number in the current Poll. New Year will be a chance to weed out the list and put in some of the great, new ideas.

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.

Make sure you Vote!

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

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

     

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:

 

Gunpowder, treason and plot...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 5th November 2011 @ 11:15am

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Hi All,

Monday 28 November - 7.30 pm
PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Start the weekend with a bang! In this case that will, of course, be the prevalence of the Guy Fawkes celebrations. Great fun, but I always have some sympathy for the animals, wild and domesticated, who find it all a bit terrifying.

Time to be thinking about the November meeting topic. Voting is already under way for the meeting on Monday 28 November at 7.30 pm.

The current leading topic in the Poll is:

Sane in Insane places?: Is mental illness over-diagnosed? Is psychological distress normal behaviour in abnormal circumstances?

Please note the earlier starting time for the November meeting. This will also be the last meeting this year as our December date falls on Boxing Day and is thus not really viable.

So get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

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 November and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 November.

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

     

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:

 

Why young people riot

Posted by Ray Miller, Friday, 4th November 2011 @ 2:16pm

  • As a follow up to our September discussion, it is fascinating to read the report of this study, commissioned by the Cabinet Office, that looks at young people's own accounts of the reasons for rioting, or not.

    Read the report here.

I ain't afraid of no ghosts...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 29th October 2011 @ 10:03pm

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Hi All,

Monday 28 November - 7.30 pm
NOTE EARLIER START TIME
Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Halloween is almost upon us as the clocks go back and we descend into winter. Still, the last meeting was scary enough to keep the ghosts at bay and heated enough to warm the weather. In fact it was so much fun that there was a request to start half an hour earlier and run the discussions for two, rather than one and a half, hours.

I am happy to oblige so please note the earlier starting time for the November meeting. This will also be the last meeting this year as our December date falls on Boxing Day and is thus not really viable.

Time to be thinking about the November meeting topic. Voting is already under way for the meeting on Monday 28 November at 7.30 pm.

So get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

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 November and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 21 November.

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

     

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 (RSVP)

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

    All In The Mind: How much of our experience of life is down to what we believe, how we think…

    • 19 people attended

Season of the Witch...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 22nd October 2011 @ 2:07pm

Hi All,

Monday 24 October - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  

Halloween: Just a children's festival? Then why does belief in Witchcraft, Astrology, Mysticism and Magic persist?

Time to get ready for the October meeting.
There is a topic booklet that 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!).
 

New suggestions welcome!.

The Poll for November is up and open for your Suggestions and Votes. 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.

Suggestions for future meetings can be contributed at any time and are included as soon as possible with up to a dozen or more choices being posted to the Poll each month.

To make a Suggestion just click on the 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:

 

Are ye haudin Halloween?...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 18th October 2011 @ 1:39pm

Hi All,

Monday 24 October - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


And we have a seasonal winner with a 76% popularity.

Halloween: Just a children's festival? Then why does belief in Witchcraft, Astrology, Mysticism and Magic persist?

Halloween can be a great fun night for children. As a youngster I used to love dressing up and joining others touring the neighbourhood 'Guising' as they say in Scotland or 'Trick and Treating' as they call it elsewhere. Tales of witches, ghosts and things that go bump in the night were scared away by the light from a lantern carved from a turnip (pumpkin these days) with its flickering candles.

The tradition of Halloween, or All Hallows Eve, is not as old as many people think, dating back only some 450 years. It used to incorporate the bonfire celebration that has become Guy Fawkes night (where IS he when you need him!). The underlying traditions, however, have their roots in pagan festivals celebrating the end of summer and a time when the world was more vulnerable to evil spirits and the ghosts of the departed. A fundamental belief in primitive myth and magic - now just for kids.... or is it?

Hands up all those who regularly read their horoscope. Ever consulted a fortune teller? Do you believe in lucky charms, fear Friday 13th, avoid a black cat crossing your path? OK, these may seem relatively harmless examples of the persistence of superstitious belief but there are worse cases.

Many people still believe in witchcraft and the occult. Edinburgh has its active covens and there are several shops selling magical paraphenalia that do a roaring trade. Sometimes opposed, like a similar shop in Plymouth recently, by evangelical Christians who believe that "Any witchcraft shop is working for Satan not for God." Proponents would say that much witchcraft is simply maligned pagan cults of nature worship but the 1980s and 90s saw widespread accusations of occult practices involving child abuse. True? Or just the product of primitive fears of the unknown that still manifest themselves in our attitudes?

For some, witchcraft is even more serious. In African culture many children are accused of witchcraft every year, some are tortured and even sacrificed to exorcise evil spirits. And if Africa seems too far away, there is recent evidence that up to 100 African children a year are illegally traffiked into the UK for use in blood rituals by shamans and witch doctors. The cult of Voodoo also remains very powerful for some groups.

As a psychologist, I came across a number of people from a variety of cultures who firmly believed that they had been possessed by spirits or cursed by witchcraft, often with the support of their relatives and friends who subscribed wholeheartedly to notions of magic and exorcism. Some had been subjected to bizarre rituals that were seen as acceptable by their peers.

So is the belief in witchcraft, magic and mysticism portrayed in the Halloween festivities just a game for children? Or does it thinly disguise a continuing stream of superstitious belief that remains rife and sometimes has a darker side that is no game at all?

In an age of supposed rationality, science and hard headed pragmatism, how do such beliefs survive? What is their role?

Lots of material for a great discussion, touch wood...


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.

Suggestions for future meetings can be contributed at any time and are included as soon as possible with up to a dozen or more choices being posted to the Poll each month.

To make a Suggestion just click on the 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:

 

A Magical Mystery Tour?...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 15th October 2011 @ 4:12pm

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Hi All,

Monday 24 October - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


Currently we have one topic with a commanding lead (but that could still all change!):

Halloween: Just a children's festival? Then why does belief in Witchcraft, Astrology, Mysticism and Magic persist?

Just three days left to get in your Vote for the October meeting on Monday 24 October at 8.00 pm.

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.

Suggestions for future meetings can be contributed at any time and are included as soon as possible with up to a dozen or more choices being posted to the Poll each month.

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:

 

Of Brownyis and of Bogolis full is this book

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 7th October 2011 @ 9:41pm

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Hi All,

Monday 24 October - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


' Tis the season of Halloween and so it is maybe not too surprising that the current leading topic is:

Halloween: Just a children's festival? Then why does belief in Witchcraft, Astrology, Mysticism and Magic persist?

Time to be thinking about the October meeting. Voting is already well under way for the meeting on Monday 24 October at 8.00 pm.

So get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

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 16 October and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 17 October.

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:

 

After the riot...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 1st October 2011 @ 10:24am

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Hi All,

Monday 24 October - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

Attending?
  


The discussion about Riots in September almost became a bit of a riot in itself. Some strong and passionate views were expressed and lots of interesting questions raised. Great stuff!!

Time to be thinking about the October meeting topic. Voting is already under way for the meeting on Monday 24 October at 8.00 pm.

So get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

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 16 October and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 17 October.

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

     

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:

 

Happiness In Practice - short course from HappinessUK.com

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 26th September 2011 @ 5:25pm

The course below may be of interest to members. It will run on 5 consecutive Wednesdays from 19 October. Places will be limited so get in early if you'd like to attend. Facilitated by Paul Newton.

  Happiness In Practice

A sense of Happiness is central to our physical, mental and spiritual Well-Being. Yet Happiness is not something you can buy at the supermarket. Nor is it a gift that someone else can bestow upon you.

Happiness is something that we can make (or destroy) for ourselves. That is not to deny that Unhappiness sometimes happens for reasons outside our control. However increasing our own chances of experiencing Happiness is something we can achieve through positive action.

Many people have found simple techniques and attitudes that have improved the Happiness in their lives. These are often little changes that can make a difference if they are practised regularly.

Happiness In Practice will be an evening meeting over 5 consecutive Wednesdays that will help you find and use these methods.

The aim is not just to talk about Happiness but to put it into practice through shared learning and support in a small group.

The first meeting will be
Wednesday 19 October 2011, 7.30 pm
(then 26 Oct, 2, 9 and 16 November)
at a venue in central Edinburgh.

Spaces limited to 10.  
To book, register at the website
http://www.HappinessUK.com/
and RSVP Attending 

or email organizer@happinessuk.com
  
 
Facilitated by Paul Newton and Ray Miller

Happiness In Practice: a 5 week group meeting on Wednesdays

Posted by Ray Miller, Monday, 26th September 2011 @ 5:09pm

  • Now fully subscribed for this occasion. Hopefully there will be a repeat in the near future!
    Happiness In Practice

    A sense of Happiness is central to our physical, mental and spiritual Well-Being. Yet Happiness is not something you can buy at the supermarket. Nor is it a gift that someone else can bestow upon you.

    Happiness is something that we can make (or destroy) for ourselves. That is not to deny that Unhappiness sometimes happens for reasons outside our control. However increasing our own chances of experiencing Happiness is something we can achieve through positive action.

    Many people have found simple techniques and attitudes that have improved the Happiness in their lives. These are often little changes that can make a difference if they are practised regularly.

    Happiness In Practice will be an evening meeting over 5 consecutive Wednesdays that will help you find and use these methods.

    The aim is not just to talk about Happiness but to put it into practice through shared learning and support in a small group.

    The first meeting will be
    Wednesday 19 October 2011, 7.30 pm
    (then 26 Oct, 2, 9 and 16 November)
    at a venue in central Edinburgh.

    Spaces limited to 10.  
    To book, register at the website
    http://www.HappinessUK.com/
    and RSVP Attending 

    or email organizer@happinessuk.com
      
     
    Facilitated by Paul Newton and Ray Miller

Send in the horses...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 23rd September 2011 @ 7:22pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 September, 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567
Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre

I Predict A Riot!: What leads to riots? Poor parenting, social exclusion, moral decline, political policy?

Time to get ready for the September meeting.

There is a topic booklet that 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!).
 

More Suggestions welcome!

The Poll for October is up and open for your Suggestions and Votes.  Keep your ideas coming in. You can add more suggestions for topics simply by clicking on the Suggestions link below.
 

     


Please also remember to RSVP. It always helps to know who to expect. 

 


 


It has been pointed out that the Discussion Forum on the website is rarely used. A missed opportunity? One member thinks so and has recently used it to make some helpful suggestions that have led to a cosmetic overhaul of the website home page. Why not add some views or comments of your own at the Forum. There is also a lot of useful information on the site, ranging from past topic booklets and uploads to some of the latest interesting updates from the world of Psychology.

Law and disorder...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 19th September 2011 @ 10:18pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 September - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

I Predict A Riot!: What leads to riots? Poor parenting, social exclusion, moral decline, political policy?

Given the news coverage of recent events and the range of comment in the media, it isn't too surprising to see this topic achieve a 75% popularity.

In fact there have been a range of riotous events in recent times; students against tuition fee increases, protests over public sector cuts and, of course, the English riots that devastated areas of London, Birmingham and Manchester. I remember being in Liverpool at the time of the Toxteth riots in 1981, they took place less than half a mile from where I was living, and there were several similar outbreaks in other cities like Birmingham, Leeds and Brixton at the time. Some of those were characterized as 'race riots' but my memories of Liverpool's experience has strong similarities to the criminal looting and violence that we saw just a few weeks ago.

Then there were the Poll Tax riots in 1990 and we should not forget the sectarian riots in Northern Ireland over many years (and still occurring). Come to that, we might even look at the sectarian football violence that is currently concerning the Scottish Government with its links to increased levels of gender based and domestic violence.

Some rioting is on a smaller scale and gets classed as 'gang violence' or 'anti social behaviour' but the consequences can be just as serious for those affected.

And then there are the political riots that have characterized the Arab Spring or the introduction of swingeing austerity measures in Greece or increases in the pension age in France. We all probably remember the protester confronting the tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989 (I certainly thought of it as I stood there outside the Forbidden City just 20 years later).

Are all these the same? Surely not. This riot business is rather more complex than the media sometimes portrays it. Finding explanations may be somewhat trickier than you first think.

The key characteristic seems to be that people acting together may exhibit a range of behaviours that they would be less likely to engage in individually. That may be excesses of violence and criminality or outstanding examples of bravery. What makes them do it? How do 'rioters' come together and what factors trigger and sustain their behaviour? Can riots be predicted and, if necessary, prevented or at least controlled? Is there blame to be apportioned and at whose door does it lie? Government? Parents? Schools? Society? Individuals? You and me?
 

"I shouted out, Who killed the Kennedys? When after all It was you and me"
(Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones)

As usual, so much to discuss! You can read some material "I Predict a Riot" in the Files area. But you don't have to read anything, just bring your opinions on the night.


Please remember to RSVP. It always helps to know who to expect.


 

It has been pointed out that the Discussion Forum on the website is rarely used. A missed opportunity? One member thinks so and has recently used it to make some helpful suggestions that have led to a cosmetic overhaul of the website home page. Why not add some views or comments of your own at the Forum. There is also a lot of useful information on the site, ranging from past topic booklets and uploads to some of the latest interesting updates from the world of Psychology.


 

Let democracy decide...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 16th September 2011 @ 11:10pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 September - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

Just three days left to get your vote in for the September meeting topic. Voting is already well under way for the meeting on Monday 26 September at 8.00 pm.

The current leading, and perhaps controversial, topic is still:

I Predict A Riot!: What leads to riots? Poor parenting, social exclusion, moral decline, political policy?

But that can change so get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

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 September and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 19 September.

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

     

Please remember to RSVP. It always helps to know who to expect.


 

It has been pointed out that the Discussion Forum on the website is rarely used. A missed opportunity? One member thinks so and has recently used it to make some helpful suggestions that have led to a cosmetic overhaul of the website home page. Why not add some views or comments of your own at the Forum. There is also a lot of useful information on the site, ranging from past topic booklets and uploads to some of the latest interesting updates from the world of Psychology.


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 and/or update your profile here:

 

A pick-me-up for the Fall...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Sunday, 11th September 2011 @ 2:51pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 September - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

Nights are fair drawing in, as Billy Connolly would say.  But there will be plenty to keep you occupied as we head into the longer evenings. The opportunity to exercise those little grey cells. Time to be getting in your Suggestions for the September meeting topic. Voting is well under way for the meeting on Monday 26 September at 8.00 pm.

The current leading, and perhaps controversial, topic is still:

I Predict A Riot!: What leads to riots? Poor parenting, social exclusion, moral decline, political policy?

But that can change so get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

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 September and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 19 September.

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

     

Please remember to RSVP. It always helps to know who to expect.


 

It has been pointed out that the Discussion Forum on the website is rarely used. A missed opportunity? One member thinks so and has recently used it to make some helpful suggestions that have led to a cosmetic overhaul of the website home page. Why not add some views or comments of your own at the Forum. There is also a lot of useful information on the site, ranging from past topic booklets and uploads to some of the latest interesting updates from the world of Psychology.


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 and/or update your profile here:

 

After the fireworks...(Correction)

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 5th September 2011 @ 4:30pm

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Hi All,

Monday 26 September - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

I hope you all enjoyed the Fireworks Concert at the weekend. Marking the end of the Festivals but just the beginning of the autumn season of Philosophy and Psychology! Time to be getting in your Suggestions for the September meeting topic. Voting is well under way for the meeting on Monday 26 September at 8.00 pm.

The current leading, and perhaps controversial, topic is:

I Predict A Riot!: What leads to riots? Poor parenting, social exclusion, moral decline, political policy?

But that can change so get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

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 September and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 19 September.

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

Suggest   Poll

Please remember to RSVP. It always helps to know who to expect.

RSVP
 

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 November Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 28th November 2011 at 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

    Please note the earlier start time!

    After something of a…

    • 15 people attended

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E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Sunday, 28th August 2011 @ 3:27pm

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Hi All,

Monday 26 September - 8.00 pm

Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 4567

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

The Garden Party was a great success with a number of members showing off their comic talents at the microphone. The Grand Prize for an outstanding comedy entertainment was finally awarded to Andrew Miller who carried off an ostentatious award certificate and a special bottle of Irn Bru. Thanks to all who participated and a special thanks to Andrew Smith for offering his garden and organizing the food for the evening.

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

So get your Votes in! Some new topics (suggested by you, the members) have been added to our discussion list along with some carried over. A few that have been hanging around for a long time have dropped out, but they can always come back if the interest is there.

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 September and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 19 September.

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

Suggest   Poll

Please remember to RSVP. It always helps to know who to expect.

RSVP
 

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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