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Anything for a laugh...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Sunday, 7th August 2011 @ 12:51pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 22 August, 8.00 pm
The Festival Garden Party Event

That's a Laugh!: What makes us laugh? What is the nature of comedy? Is being funny a serious business?


The address of the venue for this extra special meeting event will be notified only to those who have RSVP'd as attending. Please ensure you have replied!

Well, the Festivals are now officially under way in our fair city and, as usual, the tourists are flocking to buy waterproof clothing as they enjoy the Scottish summer weather. But then, they say the sun shines in a smile so lets look forward to our own grin inducing Garden Party.

Here's the reminder: 

The August meeting will be a special, Festival, event: suggested, and generously hosted, by Group member Andrew in his beautiful garden. (Address will be notified to those attending a week in advance.)

In keeping with the Festival theme, the topic is being set in advance:

That's a Laugh!: What makes us laugh? What is the nature of comedy? Is being funny a serious business? 

Members will be asked to bring along some snacks and drinks and, of course, a favourite joke that they can share with everyone. (That rules out some of the ones I know!) Who are your greatest comedians? Have you seen anything really funny at the Festival? What made it so good (or bad)?

They say that many comedians have a sad and anxious side to their personality. Is there a dark side to comedy? Are some things not funny?

If you fancy your chances at a bit of stand-up, we may even have an Irn Bru Award for the most entertaining member on the night (who needs Perrier!).

So brush up your tickling stick and dust off the golden oldies... I say, I say, I say.... my dog has no nose... so how does he smell................  
 

As usual, there is a topic booklet with some interesting insights into the psychology of comedy and comedians. It can be read or downloaded from the site Home page or directly from this link:


More Suggestions welcome!

There is no Poll this month but the Poll for September will appear after the August meeting with yet more Suggestions from you, the members. Keep your ideas coming in. You can add more suggestions for topics simply by clicking on the Suggestions link below.
 


Please remember to RSVP for this month's meeting so that you will be notified of the venue! 
 

The Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group October Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 24th October 2011 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

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

    • 11 people attended

Humour me...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 1st August 2011 @ 2:01pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 22 August, 8.00 pm
The Festival Garden Party Event

That's a Laugh!: What makes us laugh? What is the nature of comedy? Is being funny a serious business?


The address of the venue for this extra special meeting event will be notified only to those who have RSVP'd as attending. Please ensure you have replied!

I hope you all enjoyed last month's meeting on thinking and consciousness while Rui and I were recovering from the friends' wedding we attended. I like to think you had as good a time as we had.


The August meeting will be a special, Festival, event: suggested, and generously hosted, by Group member Andrew in his beautiful garden. (Address will be notified to those attending nearer the time.)

In keeping with the Festival theme, the topic is being set in advance:

That's a Laugh!: What makes us laugh? What is the nature of comedy? Is being funny a serious business? 

Members will be asked to bring along some snacks and drinks and, of course, a favourite joke that they can share with everyone. (That rules out some of the ones I know!) Who are your greatest comedians? Have you seen anything really funny at the Festival? What made it so good (or bad)?

They say that many comedians have a sad and anxious side to their personality. Is there a dark side to comedy? Are some things not funny?

If you fancy your chances at a bit of stand-up, we may even have an Irn Bru Award for the most entertaining member on the night (who needs Perrier!).

So brush up your tickling stick and dust off the golden oldies... I say, I say, I say.... my dog has no nose... so how does he smell................  
 

As usual, there is a topic booklet with some interesting insights into the psychology of comedy and comedians. It can be read or downloaded from the site Home page or directly from this link:


More Suggestions welcome!

There is no Poll this month but the Poll for September will appear after the August meeting with yet more Suggestions from you, the members. Keep your ideas coming in. You can add more suggestions for topics simply by clicking on the Suggestions link below.
 


Please remember to RSVP for this month's meeting so that you will be notified of the venue! 
 

Think first... (send after you've changed the title...)

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 22nd July 2011 @ 5:03pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 25 July, 8.00 pm

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

So you think?: What is consciousness? Good information processing? Self awareness? Could machines become conscious?

Time to get ready for the July meetup.

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.

There is a topic booklet that can be read or downloaded from the site Home page or directly from


This one is quite heavy reading, though very interesting. However you need not read anything. We all have opinions, so just bring these opinions with you on Monday.

Unfortunately neither Rui nor I are likely to be able to make it on Monday as we are off to a friend's wedding. Members can download the table notices and badge templates from http://www.edinburgh-philosophers.com/files/folder/2047 to display for those who might not recognise everyone. We will definitely be there for the August Garden Party though (do remember to RSVP for that one!).

It's a pity to miss this one as it looks likely to be pretty interesting - but have fun in our absence!

More Suggestions welcome!

There is no Poll for August as the Garden Party topic, in keeping with the Festival theme of Comedy, has already been set as:

That's a Laugh!: What makes us laugh? What is the nature of comedy? Is being funny a serious business?

The Poll for September will appear after the August meeting with yet more Suggestions from you, the members. 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. 
 

Spare a thought...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 19th July 2011 @ 8:07pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 25 July, 8.00 pm

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

 
We have a winning topic for the July meeting with a 67% popularity.
 
So you think?: What is consciousness? Good information processing? Self awareness? Could machines become conscious?  

We all think, or think we think... cogito ergo sum as Descartes said. But what is thinking? We take it so much for granted that we hardly give it a thought. We live in a day to day world of information, decisions and actions that we assume are integrated by some, more or less, rational consciousness that enables us to make sense (sometimes) of ourselves, our behaviour, our ideas and our beliefs. Indeed, we tend to assume that the level of consciousness that enables self awareness and the ability to integrate the complexities of hypothetical concepts with real life events is uniquely a human trait. Insight, creativity and spirituality.

But what is actually going on here? After all, we appear to be biological organism whose ability to think is dependent on the convoluted neurological structures of our brains. So is 'thinking' simply a by-product of complex biology? What are the essential characteristics that define the process? Is it simply good information processing, adequate memory and some heuristic cellular programming? At what point, if any, does our thinking become different from that of other animals?

And, of course, we now have the potential for AI or artificial intelligence. What is intelligence and can we genuinely expect to see it in machines? Could they become conscious and think for themselves? There is the Turing test, named after Alan Turing, who suggested that if you have a remote conversation with an unseen source and, after a reasonable period, you cannot reliably identify an artificial intelligence from a human one, then the AI is, to all intents and purpose, conscious. (Try the concept at http://www.turinghub.com/).

If machines did become conscious, what would they think? They might find us humans rather limited and fallible in our cognitive processes, a bit like when we try to teach chimps to talk. There are only so many things you can discuss with chimps. Maybe, like them, they would keep us as interesting curiosities, as pets: or maybe they wouldn't!

As usual, so much to discuss!


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

Choices, choices...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 16th July 2011 @ 2:25pm

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Hi All,

Monday 25 July - 8.00 pm

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

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre (to be confirmed)
 

Is having lots of choice always a good thing? Sometimes too many choices simply gets confusing. Maybe we should choose to have fewer choices - but then, that's another choice to exercise.

There is a point to this! With only 3 days until the Poll closes for the July meeting on Monday 25 July at 8.00 pm We have two topics with equal popularity contesting the lead:

My Brother's Keeper?: Is Society over-protective? Is risk aversion a risk in itself? Who is responsible?

and

So you think?: What is consciousness? Good information processing? Self awareness? Could machines become conscious?

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 17 July and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 18 July.

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:

 

T in the cafe...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 9th July 2011 @ 11:52am

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Hi All,

Monday 25 July - 8.00 pm

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

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
Please note that we may have to change our usual venue as the Spoon are not taking group bookings during the Festival season. Ideas for alternative venues for July are welcome!

 

Feeling envious of all those at T in the Park? The music, the mood and the mud?  Much better to spend your time thinking about tea in the cafe and the July meeting topic. Voting is well under way for the meeting on Monday 25 July at 8.00 pm.

The current leading topic, still by a very narrow margin, is:

My Brother's Keeper?: Is Society over-protective? Is risk aversion a risk in itself? Who is responsible?

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 17 July and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 18 July.

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 September Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 26th September 2011 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Spoon Cafe Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

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

    • 11 people attended

Independence! Or may the 4th be with you...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 1st July 2011 @ 2:56pm

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Hi All,

Monday 25 July - 8.00 pm

Please note that we may have to change our usual venue as the Spoon are not taking group bookings during the Festival season. Ideas for alternative venues for July are welcome!
 

The June meeting on Long Life and Immortality was just the kind of fascinating mental stimulation that promotes longer and healthier living. The discussion continued in the pub next door afterwards. Maybe the group will add years to your life or, at least, life to your years!

There is, of course, also the option of contributing to debates online too, using the website's Discussion Forum.

But it's now time to be thinking about the July meeting topic. Voting is already under way for the meeting on Monday 25 July at 8.00 pm.

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.

You can see the topics in the Polls

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 17 July and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 18 July.

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:

 

Who wants to live forever...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 25th June 2011 @ 4:51pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 27 June, 8.00 pm

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

Live Long and Prosper: How long would you like to live? Are you taking action to live longer? What will it be like?
(Is Death a curable disease?)


Time to get ready for the June meetup.

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.

There is a topic booklet that can be read or downloaded from the site Home page or directly from


However you need not read anything. We all have opinions, so just bring these opinions with you on Monday.

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 Meetup starts. So feel free to join me early for some food. The Meetup 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 new Poll for July is already up, with several new Suggestions from you, the members. Keep your ideas coming in. You can add more suggestions for topics simply by clicking on the Suggestions link below.


The Poll will remain open for Suggestions until Sunday 17 July and you can Vote, or change your Vote, at any time until late on Monday 18 July. Just click on the Voting link below.


 


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

Achieve Immortality - or die in the attempt...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Thursday, 23rd June 2011 @ 1:28pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 27 June, 8.00 pm

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

Live Long and Prosper: How long would you like to live? Are you taking action to live longer? What will it be like?
(Is Death a curable disease?)


As usual, I have put up some reading material in the Files area to stimulate the discussion covering some of the latest advances in biology and technology as well as some tips on living longer and some reasons why living too long might have drawbacks. I hope it gets you thinking!

You can read the material by checking the Files area or clicking on the Files: Next Meeting box on the Home page. Alternatively, click on the link below:
 

 

I look forward to hearing your views!


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

Is Death a curable illness?...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 20th June 2011 @ 11:13pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 27 June, 8.00 pm

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

 
We have a winning topic for the June meeting with a 66% popularity.
 
Live Long and Prosper: How long would you like to live? Are you taking action to live longer? What will it be like?  

Live Long and Prosper! The Vulcan greeting from the annals of Star Trek. But how long? And what prosperity?

The search for the Fountain of Youth and Immortality are the stuff of legend - but suppose it was real? It has been suggested that Death is merely the result of the accumulation of errors in our cellular reproduction. Errors that might be corrected! Perhaps Death is simply another potentially curable disease and the possibility of virtual immortality might be just around the corner with the cure for cancer.

What would be the consequences? Would the ‘cure’ be available to all or only the rich? What would the impact be on our social structures? What about children and population control? Careers and ‘dead men’s shoes’? Megalomaniac tyrants? Would we become pathologically risk averse when an accident might rob you, not of 20, 30, 70 years of life, but of Eternity? If Death was no longer the inevitable end to living?

What about technology? What if living longer meant dispensing with our biological bodies altogether and merging our personalities into a series of replaceable machines or androids? Would that be immortality worth having?

All that may seem too much like science fiction. Yet it is clear that, in the developed world at least, we are living longer. The current furore over increases in the pension age is only one example of the impact that longer life expectancy is having on us already. Living longer has costs – who will pay?

Living longer isn’t always living healthier either. We may have more years but also more years of illness, disability and dependency. Are we really taking this seriously as a society? Are we prepared for longer lives and will the consequences be prosperity and happiness or deprivation and misery?

And on a personal level? More and more we are dying of ‘lifestyle’ diseases. Leaving aside the science fiction, we can significantly increase our own longevity through attention to diet, exercise and reduced consumption of toxins such as drugs and alcohol. But do we actually invest in our future well-being or are we too concerned with the pleasures of living only in the moment? The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. What choices are you making? Does that all seem too far in the future to even think about?

And talking of investment and those pesky pensions, will we actually be able to afford our longer lives? Prosperity or poverty? Are we simply assuming that the next generation of tax payers will be happy to pay for our extra years despite taking few steps to prepare financially ourselves? And what happens if they simply see the ageing population as an unwelcome and expensive burden?

There is a general assumption that living longer is a desirable goal, but is that always the case? If we attain it, what will that longer life be like? Are we really ready for it?

As usual, so much to discuss!


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

Nearly midsummer???

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 17th June 2011 @ 3:12pm

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Hi All,

Monday 27 June - 8.00 pm

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

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

Hard to believe that we are just 4 days away from midsummer and the longest day.  Hard to believe it is summer at all, come to that!

What's more it is only 3 days until the Poll closes for the June meeting on Monday 27 June at 8.00 pm.

The current leading topic, still by a very narrow margin, is:

Live Long and Prosper: How long would you like to live? Are you taking action to live longer? What will it be like?

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 19 June and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 20 June.

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:

 

Moon, spoon and June...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 10th June 2011 @ 3:24pm

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Hi All,

Monday 27 June - 8.00 pm

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

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

Midsummer madness and rock festivals in the air. Loud music and cheesy lyrics. Much better to spend your time thinking about the June meeting topic. Voting is well under way for the meeting on Monday 27 June at 8.00 pm.

The current leading topic, still by a very narrow margin, is:

Live Long and Prosper: How long would you like to live? Are you taking action to live longer? What will it be like?

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 19 June and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 20 June.

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:

 

Bustin' out all over...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 3rd June 2011 @ 11:44am

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Hi All,

Monday 27 June - 8.00 pm

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

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

Time to be thinking about the June meeting topic. Voting is already under way for the meeting on Monday 27 June at 8.00 pm.

The current leading topic, by a very narrow margin, is:
 

Live Long and Prosper: How long would you like to live? Are you taking action to live longer? What will it be like?

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 19 June and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 20 June.

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 August Festival Garden Party (RSVP)

  • Monday, 22nd August 2011 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: Andrew's garden (or indoors if it rains)

    The August meeting will be a special, Festival, event: suggested, and generously hosted, by…

    • 30 people attended

Hopefully, June will be flaming...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 27th May 2011 @ 3:04pm

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Hi All,

Monday 27 June - 8.00 pm

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

Upstairs cafe opposite the Festival Theatre
 

The May meeting on Vengeance proved extremely stimulating with a wide range of hotly contested views. It is always great to see, and participate in, such an informative debate. There is, of course, the option of contributing to debates online too, using the website's Discussion Forum. Recent topics flagged up in the Group News included the formation of the national Action for Happiness initiative - Happiness being one of the topics the Group has already visited twice in its history. What's your view on it? I have already had my view quoted in the June edition of The Psychologist.

But it's now time to be thinking about the June meeting topic. Voting is already under way for the meeting on Monday 27 June at 8.00 pm.

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.

You can see the topics in the Polls

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 19 June and you can Vote or change your Vote right up to late on Monday 20 June.

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:

 

Today's noose headlines...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Monday, 23rd May 2011 @ 12:51am


 

Hi All,

Monday 23 May, 8.00 pm

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

Vengeance is Mine!: Is revenge ever an acceptable motivation?
Should it be an alternative to due legal process?


Time to get ready for the May meetup today.

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.

There is a topic booklet that can be read or downloaded from the site Home page or directly from here.

However you need not read anything. We all have opinions, so just bring these opinions with you on Monday.

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 Meetup starts. So feel free to join me early for some food. The Meetup 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 new Poll for June is already up, with several new Suggestions from you, the members. Keep your ideas coming in. You can add more suggestions for topics simply by clicking on the Suggestions link below.


The Poll will remain open for Suggestions until Sunday 19 June and you can Vote, or change your Vote, at any time until late on Monday 20 June. Just click on the Voting link below.


 

Don't forget to add your Photo to your profile if you haven't already. You can do it here.


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

All the noose that's fit to print...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 20th May 2011 @ 5:35pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 23 May, 8.00 pm

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

Vengeance is Mine!: Is revenge ever an acceptable motivation?
Should it be an alternative to due legal process?


Time to get ready for the May meetup on Monday.

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.

There is a topic booklet that can be read or downloaded from the site Home page or directly from here.

However you need not read anything. We all have opinions, so just bring these opinions with you on Monday.

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 Meetup starts. So feel free to join me early for some food. The Meetup 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 new Poll for June is already up, with several new Suggestions from you, the members. Keep your ideas coming in. You can add more suggestions for topics simply by clicking on the Suggestions link below.


The Poll will remain open for Suggestions until Sunday 19 June and you can Vote, or change your Vote, at any time until late on Monday 20 June. Just click on the Voting link below.


 

Don't forget to add your Photo to your profile if you haven't already. You can do it here.


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

All the noose that's fit to print...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Wednesday, 18th May 2011 @ 12:45pm


 

Hi All,

Monday 23 May, 8.00 pm

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

Vengeance is Mine!: Is revenge ever an acceptable motivation?
Should it be an alternative to due legal process?


As usual, I have put up some reading material in the Files area to stimulate the discussion covering everything from the cases of John Demjanjuk, John Venables, the residents of Urumqi, Guantanamo, a Brisbane private school and, of course, Osama Bin Laden. All various slants on the topics of Vengeance and Revenge. I hope it gets you thinking!

You can read the material by checking the Files area or clicking on the Files: Next Meeting box on the Home page. Alternatively, click on the link below:
 

 

I look forward to hearing your views!


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