Topic information booklets can be downloaded for most past topics by selecting the Files menu option above and searching under the Previous topic list which is ordered by year and month (e.g. 2015/03). Hovering over a date shows the topic title.
Defining Madness: Are we at risk of defining many everyday experiences as mental illness? What is normality?
Self-esteem: What helps us feel good about ourselves? Can we build a positive, yet realistic, self image? Does it matter?
Perchance to Dream: What are dreams? Are they meaningful? Can you interpret them? Why do we sleep anyway?
The Self Illusion: Modern science tells us there is no 'you' inside your head - so where are free will, choice and morality?
The Counselling Illusion?: Can talking therapies really change the way you are or behave. Is our personality set at birth?
Good and Evil: Do they really exist or are they just variable labels we can apply to behaviours that change with the times?
In Whom We Trust: Is Trust essential in society? Who do we trust - or not? How do we decide? What if trust is broken?
Three table groups each drew a separate topic from suggestions in a hat. These were Love, the Regulation of Social Networking and Extra Sensory Perception.
That's my business!: Should we be entitled to privacy? What should be private and what open to scrutiny? National security?
Healthy Responsibility: Should treatment be freely available where poor health behaviours have been a major part of illness?
The Meaning of Meaning: What gives meaning and purpose to Life? Is it all pointless in the end or has it a real value?
There is no December regular meeting this year as it would fall on 23 December.
Instead we have a Yule Buffet Social Evening the week before (16 December). Season's Greetingsto all and hope to see you in the New Year.
All In The Mind: How much of our experience of life is down to what we believe, how we think and our language?
Is It True Love?: Romantic fantasy? Lust? Hormonal aberration? What is Love? How do we know if it's 'the real thing'?
Does Truth Matter?: Faced with irrational beliefs and rejection of scientific evidence, should we let facts spoil a good story?
The Price Of Freedom: How much freedom are we prepared to sacrifice to live in a safe and secure society?
Learning the Lessons: Is education getting poorer? What should we be teaching and how? Basic 3 Rs?
Darwin's Dead?: Are humans still evolving? Is natural selection still operating? Where is it taking us?
Values: Where do your values come from? Inherited from family, from education, religion, social norms?
Think on your feet (sitting down): No preparation, but lets draw a topic out the hat from suggestions on the night! (Topic drawn was "Who is me?")
Human Rights?: Are there really Universal Rights or just guidelines for good moral behaviour, responsibilities and privileges?
The Bare Facts: What is it about nudity or partial nudity that makes it so titillating yet potentially so offensive?
Choice or Conditioning: Does advertising sell us what we want or make us want what it sells? How does it work?
There is no December regular meeting this year as it would fall on Christmas Eve.
Instead we have a Yule Buffet Social Evening the week before (17 December). Season's Greetingsto all and hope to see you in the New Year.