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Two days left to vote this year!

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 16th November 2013 @ 4:33pm

Hi All,

Monday 25 November - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


November will be the only remaining opportunity to set a topic for discussion in 2013. The December meeting will be mainly a social event and a chance to chat to other members in an informal way. Just two days left to vote! T
ime to be thinking about the November meeting on Monday 25 November at 8.00 pm.


After running most of the week with three topics tied in the Poll, that has now come down to two:

Human Nature: Are Humans naturally Angels or Devils or somewhere in between? What drives our thoughts and actions?

and

The Meaning of Meaning: What gives meaning and purpose to Life? Is it all pointless in the end or has it a real value?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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


Advance Notices!

As the December meeting would fall on 23 December, we will be moving it a week ahead to 16 December to avoid the Christmas week. It will mainly be a social meeting with informal chat and discussion. So keep alert for further details.


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

This month we have a notice about a Philosophy Think Tank on   

Thursday, 28 November 2013, 5.30pm

Hugh Robson Lecture Theatre, George Square, The University of Edinburgh

Philosophy Think Tank brings outstanding junior philosophers from around the world to Edinburgh to present their innovative research. Join us and find out about the future of philosophy!

Free, but ticketed. Please book your tickets at https://edinburgh-university-220.eventbrite.co.uk/
 

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:

Hey! A seventh birthday...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 9th November 2013 @ 9:10pm

Hi All,

Monday 25 November - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


This month marks another milestone in the history of the Group. It was founded on 22 November 2006 - so we are nearly 7. Give us a group until the age of 7 and we will give you...? T
ime to be thinking about the November meeting on Monday 25 November at 8.00 pm.


The current leading topic in the Poll is still:

History is Bunk: Was Henry Ford right or are those who do not understand history doomed to repeat it as Santayana suggested?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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


Advance Notices!

As the December meeting would fall on 23 December, we will be moving it a week ahead to 16 December to avoid the Christmas week. Once again it will probably be a social meeting rather than a discussion. So keep alert for further details.

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

This month we have a notice about a Philosophy Think Tank on   

Thursday, 28 November 2013, 5.30pm

Hugh Robson Lecture Theatre, George Square, The University of Edinburgh

Philosophy Think Tank brings outstanding junior philosophers from around the world to Edinburgh to present their innovative research. Join us and find out about the future of philosophy!

Free, but ticketed. Please book your tickets at https://edinburgh-university-220.eventbrite.co.uk/
 

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:

Bonfire of the inanities...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 2nd November 2013 @ 9:05pm

Hi All,

Monday 25 November - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


So Guy Fawkes comes round again with resounding explosions already shattering the night air. While building the bonfires, it is appropriate to consider the proposition in the leading topic so far this month. T
ime to be thinking about the November meeting on Monday 25 November at 8.00 pm.


The current leading topic in the Poll is:

History is Bunk: Was Henry Ford right or are those who do not understand history doomed to repeat it as Santayana suggested?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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


Advance Notice!

As the December meeting would fall on 23 December, we will be moving it a week ahead to 16 December to avoid the Christmas week. Once again it will probably be a social meeting rather than a discussion. So keep alert for further details.

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

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

The Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group January Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 27th January 2014 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: The Links Hotel and Bar, 4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU

    FREE event (with free sandwiches)

    Discussions are…

    • 17 people attended

The Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group December Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 16th December 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: The Links Hotel and Bar, 4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU

    Now reached target number (20 including Meetup members) but let me know if you would still like…

    • 15 people attended

Your life in your hands?

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 25th October 2013 @ 6:23pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 October - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


So, how healthy are you and how seriously do you take looking after your health? T
ime to be thinking about the October meeting on Monday 28 October at 8.00 pm.


The leading topic in the Poll with 63% popularity was:

Healthy Responsibility: Should treatment be freely available where poor health behaviours have been a major part of illness?

As usual, there is a file available, Healthy Responsibility, that you can download for some interesting information. Of course, you don't have to read anything, just bring your views and opinions.

I shall be there early from 7.30 pm. Look for the Group signs in the window of the Coffee Lounge, between the Bar entrance (on the left) and the Hotel entrance (on the right). We will be in the middle and accessible from either entrance. Enjoy the sandwiches. The bar also does a great range of food and snacks.

Ed the Head will be there too, waiting for you. Do try to be there in good time so we can get the seating sorted in case it is crowded.


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.

To make a Suggestion or Vote for November's topic, just click on the appropriate link below.

  

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


Advance Notice!

As the December meeting would fall on 23 December, we will be moving it a week ahead to 16 December to avoid the Christmas week. Once again it will probably be a social meeting rather than a discussion. So keep alert for further details.

 

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


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

Your good health!...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 @ 8:57pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 October - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


Once again the Poll closed and you have selected a topic for discussion. T
ime to be thinking about the October meeting on Monday 28 October at 8.00 pm.


The leading topic in the Poll with 63% popularity was:

Healthy Responsibility: Should treatment be freely available where poor health behaviours have been a major part of illness?

We all want to live long and healthy lives and the establishment of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948 was a milestone in ensuring that quality healthcare was available to all, free at the point of access. It has been the envy of the world but, increasingly, has been under strain and struggling.

The reasons for that are broadly twofold. Firstly, in 1948, the main causes of ill health remained acute, infectious diseases and the belief was that, if these could be eliminated, the health of the population would improve and demands on health care would reduce.

Inevitably, that was not the case. Average life expectancy for men in 1948 was 66 and, for women, 71. Now the figures are closer to 78 for men and 82 for women, If we are not dying of the diseases that killed our ancestors in 1948, we are living longer to die of other causes. And we spend a greater proportion of our lives elderly, dependant and with chronic ill health. And life expectancy is still increasing.

In 1948 nearly 35 in every 1,000 children born died as infants. That's now reduced to around 5. The average child in 1948 would receive just two routine vaccinations: smallpox and diphtheria. Now that list had grown to seven: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, influenza, MMR and meningitis C.

Far from reducing, the demands on the NHS have increased exponentially and, with that, so has the cost.

Secondly, however, infectious diseases now account for only around 2% of all premature deaths. Much of the remainder (e.g. cancers, heart disease and stroke, respiratory disease) results not simply from infectious pathogens but from unhealthy behaviours and lifestyles.

In Scotland, the 2012 Health Survey revealed that 47% of men and 35% of women drank outwith the government’s guidelines on daily and weekly drinking. One in five adults showed signs of significant problem drinking. Although smoking is reducing, 25% of men and 24% of women still do so. In terms of diet, only 19% of men and 21% of women were eating the '5 a day' fruit and vegetables. Only 67% of adult men were reaching the recommended levels of exercise with the figure for adult women at 58%. Not surprisingly, 68% of men and 60% of women were found to be overweight or obese.

Perhaps the presence of a National Health Service has resulted in people seeing health care as a state rather than personal responsibility. It might be argued that people have adopted a 'live now and the NHS can pay later' approach. Why give up instant gratification if the risks can be reduced by a trip to A&E or medication?

One answer, often suggested, is that those who have largely contributed to their own ill health through 'irresponsible' behaviours should not expect the same level of care and treatment.

There is another side though. It remains the case that ill health and poor health behaviour are strongly linked to social deprivation. Poor living conditions, poor education, unemployment and low pay are all associated with higher levels of ill health. Arguably too, society actually endorses many of the unhealthy behaviours. Cheap alcohol, tolerance of excessive drinking, junk food and sitting in front of a TV or computer rather than outdoor exercise are all now seen as the normal lifestyle. Maybe we have a social as well as individual responsibility and neither a 'nanny state' nor a 'blame culture' for those who indulge in counterproductive health behaviours will solve the problem without social attitude change.

As usual, so much to discuss.

Advance Notice!

As the December meeting would fall on 23 December, we will be moving it a week ahead to 16 December to avoid the Christmas week. Once again it will probably be a social meeting rather than a discussion. So keep alert for further details.

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


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

Voting closes late Monday...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 19th October 2013 @ 10:28pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 October - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


So they tell us that we are going to have the worst winter in decades! Cold and miserable. Just as well we have some heated debates to keep us warm. T
ime to be thinking about the October meeting on Monday 28 October at 8.00 pm.


The current leading topical topic in the Poll is still:

Healthy Responsibility: Should treatment be freely available where poor health behaviours have been a major part of illness?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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


Advance Notice!

As the December meeting would fall on 23 December, we will be moving it a week ahead to 16 December to avoid the Christmas week. Once again it will probably be a social meeting rather than a discussion. So keep alert for further details.

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


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

Nights are fair drawin' in...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 12th October 2013 @ 9:13pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 October - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


Interesting to see Princes Street today crowded with people already doing Christmas shopping. Personally, I've been shopping for next August, but that's another story. T
ime to be thinking about the October meeting on Monday 28 October at 8.00 pm.


The current leading topical topic in the Poll is still:

Healthy Responsibility: Should treatment be freely available where poor health behaviours have been a major part of illness?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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


Advance Notice!

As the December meeting would fall on 23 December, we will be moving it a week ahead to 16 December to avoid the Christmas week. Once again it will probably be a social meeting rather than a discussion. So keep alert for further details.

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


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

Mists and mellow fruitfulness...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 5th October 2013 @ 3:55pm

Hi All,

Monday 28 October - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


Amazing! Still getting some good weather days in October. Mind you, we are fast approaching the winter season from the end of the month with the clocks going back. T
ime to be thinking about the October meeting on Monday 28 October at 8.00 pm.


The current leading topical topic in the Poll is still:

Healthy Responsibility: Should treatment be freely available where poor health behaviours have been a major part of illness?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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


Advance Notice!

As the December meeting would fall on 23 December, we will be moving it a week ahead to 16 December to avoid the Christmas week. Once again it will probably be a social meeting rather than a discussion. So keep alert for further details.
 

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


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

Autumn Falls...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 28th September 2013 @ 12:28am

Hi All,

Monday 28 October - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  


A return to our usual format in the September meeting to discuss Privacy coincided with a move within the hotel to a less private room. Interesting. But that didn't stop us having a great discussion. T
ime to be thinking about the October meeting on Monday 28 October at 8.00 pm.


The current leading topical topic in the Poll is:

Healthy Responsibility: Should treatment be freely available where poor health behaviours have been a major part of illness?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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

 

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


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

The Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group November Meeting (RSVP)

  • Monday, 25th November 2013 at 8pm - 9:30pm
    Location: The Links Hotel and Bar, 4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU

    FREE event (with free sandwiches)

    Discussions are…

    • 8 people attended

Is nothing private...?

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 21st September 2013 @ 10:27am

Hi All,

Monday 23 September - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  

Time to be thinking about the September meeting on Monday 23 September at 8.00 pm.

Remember we meet on the 4th Monday as usual and not the last Monday in September.

The topic is:

That's my business!: Should we be entitled to privacy? What should be private and what open to scrutiny? National security?


As usual, there is a file available, Privacy, that you can download for some interesting information. Of course, you don't have to read anything, just bring your views and opinions.

I shall be there early from 7.30 pm. Look for the Group signs in the window of the Coffee Lounge, between the Bar entrance (on the left) and the Hotel entrance (on the right). We will be in the middle and accessible from either entrance. Enjoy the sandwiches. The bar also does a great range of food and snacks.

Ed the Head will be there too, waiting for you. Do try to be there in good time so we can get the seating sorted in case it is crowded.

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.

To make a Suggestion or Vote for October's topic, just click on the appropriate link below.

  

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

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

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

Listen, do you want to know a secret...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Tuesday, 17th September 2013 @ 4:59pm

Hi All,

Monday 23 September - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  

Once again you, the members, have voted and we have a topic selected by a substantial margin. Time to be thinking about the September meeting on Monday 23 September at 8.00 pm.

Remember we meet on the 4th Monday as usual and not the last Monday in September.

The leading topical topic in the Poll with 78% popularity is:

That's my business!: Should we be entitled to privacy? What should be private and what open to scrutiny? National security?


It is either interesting or alarming, depending on your point of view, to realise how much information about you and your activities is available to other people.

The Internet and Social Networking, like Facebook, are often the focus of privacy concerns. The kind of information people reveal and the extent of it is amazing - and sometimes it comes back to bite you when you thought it was long forgotten. Spontaneous, off the cuff remarks on Twitter that could end your career. Not just what you might post yourself, but what friends and others might post about you including photos from that party you'd rather not remember. Employers regularly trawl for information about current and potential employees.

And have you tried a Google search on yourself? You might be surprised. I was. Some of your activity you may be happy to have available on the Web but, with a little effort, you can find out a mass of information about almost anyone. And, of course, there is always the issue of who knows what you look at on the Internet anyway. Google almost certainly have a massive database of your preferences and interests. Ever noticed the targeted advertising on so many of the sites you look at?

But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Use your credit, debit or loyalty card and your bank and retailers can build up a detailed profile of your spending habits. Sainsburys must know exactly what my culinary tastes are and, again, I get advertising and offers based on my past choices.

Then there is your mobile phone. You can be traced whenever it is switched on (parents sometimes use this to track their children) and if you use Apps then almost anything you store on your phone is potentially accessible.

Not to mention that we are the country with the widest CCTV coverage so that you are recorded many times a day. Or what the Government knows about you: tax, health, family. The list goes on.

Of course it is said that those with nothing to hide will not fear intrusion of privacy. OK, how many of the people advocating that want a camera in their bedroom or bathroom? And even if we trust those who have our information now, what about the future? Look at regimes like China or North Korea who are openly monitoring communications. Let alone the kinds of security scrutiny revealed by Edward Snowden. Data Protection Act? Don't make me laugh!

At a very personal level, we might want to ask whether we have the right to keep some things private even from those closest to us, our partners, children and colleagues. Should we be able to keep secrets?

Do we have to accept that there is a choice between privacy and convenience or even safety? Do issues like National Security override personal rights? What would be the effect of living in a society where there was absolutely no privacy - or are we almost there already?

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. You can also see notices for non group events. 

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

Two days left to vote for September

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Sunday, 15th September 2013 @ 2:11am

Hi All,

Monday 23 September - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  

Yes, it's decision time once again as the voting for the September topic closes late on Monday. Time to be thinking about the September meeting on Monday 23 September at 8.00 pm.

Remember we meet on the 4th Monday as usual and not the last Monday in September.

The current leading topical topic in the Poll is still:

That's my business!: Should we be entitled to privacy? What should be private and what open to scrutiny? National security?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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

Do also remember the Discussion Forum. This is your opportunity to continue the debates between meetings or to air the topics you'd like to discuss that never quite make it in the Poll. You can also see notices for non group events.
It's good to see that some of you have added Photos to your profiles but we'd all like to be able to recognise each other at meetings and it would be great to see a few more of you give us the benefit of your portrait. You can add it here:

The leaves of brown came tumbling down...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 7th September 2013 @ 11:23am

Hi All,

Monday 23 September - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  

As Billy Connolly said, "The nights are fair drawin' in" but that makes it a great time to get together for stimulating discussion to cast some light in the darkness. Time to be thinking about the September meeting on Monday 23 September at 8.00 pm.

Remember we meet on the 4th Monday as usual and not the last Monday in September.

The current leading topical topic in the Poll is still:

That's my business!: Should we be entitled to privacy? What should be private and what open to scrutiny? National security?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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

 

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


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

Gosh! September already and the fireworks concert...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 31st August 2013 @ 11:47pm

Hi All,

Monday 23 September - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  

The August variation on our usual format was a great success with three topics suggested on the night being discussed by separate tables before joining together in a social session where members swapped notes. The topics were Love, Extra Sensory Perception and the Regulation of Social Networking. All fascinating discussions but now it's back to our standard format. Time to be thinking about the September meeting on Monday 23 September at 8.00 pm.

Remember we meet on the 4th Monday as usual and not the last Monday in September.

The current leading topical topic in the Poll is:

That's my business!: Should we be entitled to privacy? What should be private and what open to scrutiny? National security?


Still time for that choice to change though. As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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

 

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


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

Three days to think of your topic!

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 24th August 2013 @ 1:49am

Hi All,

Monday 26 August - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  

I do enjoy the Tattoo and went to the opening night this year, but every year there is a problem. Come 10.30 at night and the final fireworks start up just across the Meadows from my flat in Marchmont. All the seagulls roosting on the rooftops rise in a startled flock and my car turns white as another layer is added. So it goes!

Meanwhile, t
ime to be thinking about the August meeting on Monday 26 August at 8.00 pm. Just three days away, so don't forget to RSVP.

Your chance to set the agenda and suggest what we should be talking about! Get ready to put an idea in the hat!

Last year we experimented with a 'Think on your feet sitting down' meeting where attendees popped their ideas for topics into a hat on the night and we drew one at random. It was good fun. This year we are going one further.

On the night you will again be invited to submit a topic but the group will meet as small tables of 6-8 people and each table will draw a topic from the hat. There will be an hour of discussion and then a social session where people can mingle and exchange comments on the topics they were discussing.

So, a little bit more intimate and informal where everyone should have a chance to contribute while retaining the benefits of the larger group.

In September we will revert to the normal format of choosing a topic in advance and the Poll is already open.

As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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

 

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


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

A week is not a long time in Fringe!

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Saturday, 17th August 2013 @ 11:31am

Hi All,

Monday 26 August - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  

Sounds like the Fringe has been doing really well this year! But here we are more than half way through the month already. Just a quick note about an event tomorrow (Sunday 18 August) that may interest some of you. Sarah Anderson sent us this message.

Dear Edinburgh Philosophy and Psychology Group,

I work at the University of Edinburgh and have organised a Fringe show for this Sunday which might be of interest to some of your group members.

Called 'Rethinking Rules', it's about how scientists need to get rid of rules and adopt principles from moral philosophy if they're really going to make sense of the big issues of our time - the financial crisis, climate change, pandemic disease.

It takes place Sunday 18th Aug, 2-3pm, Famous Spiegeltent, George Street (£5). Full info is at http://www.beltanenetwork.org/ai1ec_event/rethinking-rules/?instance_id=295

With best wishes,

Sarah



Meanwhile, t
ime to be thinking about the August meeting on Monday 26 August at 8.00 pm. Just over a week away so don't forget to RSVP.

Your chance to set the agenda and suggest what we should be talking about!

Last year we experimented with a 'Think on your feet sitting down' meeting where attendees popped their ideas for topics into a hat on the night and we drew one at random. It was good fun. This year we are going one further.

On the night you will again be invited to submit a topic but the group will meet as small tables of 6-8 people and each table will draw a topic from the hat. There will be an hour of discussion and then a social session where people can mingle and exchange comments on the topics they were discussing.

So, a little bit more intimate and informal where everyone should have a chance to contribute while retaining the benefits of the larger group.

In September we will revert to the normal format of choosing a topic in advance and the Poll is already open.

As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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

 

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


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

A Festival of Topics...

E-mail sent by Ray Miller, Friday, 9th August 2013 @ 11:56pm

Hi All,

Monday 26 August - 8.00 pm
The Links Hotel and Bar 
4 Alvanley Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1DU
(Bruntsfield Links, Whitehouse Loan)
http://www.links-hotel-edinburgh.co.uk/findus.html

Attending?
  

I hope you have been enjoying the Festival season. So much happening in Edinburgh and, for a change this year, it's not all comedy. In fact there are some quite thoughtful shows out there. Enough to make you think? Time to be thinking about the August meeting on Monday 26 August at 8.00 pm.

Your chance to set the agenda and suggest what we should be talking about!

Last year we experimented with a 'Think on your feet sitting down' meeting where attendees popped their ideas for topics into a hat on the night and we drew one at random. It was good fun. This year we are going one further.

On the night you will again be invited to submit a topic but the group will meet as small tables of 6-8 people and each table will draw a topic from the hat. There will be an hour of discussion and then a social session where people can mingle and exchange comments on the topics they were discussing.

So, a little bit more intimate and informal where everyone should have a chance to contribute while retaining the benefits of the larger group.

In September we will revert to the normal format of choosing a topic in advance and the Poll is already open.

As usual, there are twelve topics to choose from with some new entrants, but keep the ideas coming if you have a great topic you are burning to see discussed.

Get your
Votes in and make your voice heard.

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

     


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.

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

 

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


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


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