10th July 2014: A Different Kind Of Humanity by Ciaran Healy

human nature

Come along to The Counting House at 7pm to listen to Ciaran’s talk. Share a crust of bread, and hear the reflections he has to share…

Title of talk:

Strange Terrain
Part Two – A Different Kind Of Humanity

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • Brief – BRIEF – recap of lecture 1 in the series. Listen to the recap online before attending to
  • get the full effect.
  • The fundamental mechanism underlying all amplified conflict.
  • The sundering of cultural context through globalised communications.
  • The untenable human – how humanity as it has been is no longer stable, or sustainable.
  • Mysticism and the Eastern answer.
  • The limits of militant peace.
  • The painting and the palette – a metaphor for a new, high-impact humanity apart from divisive beliefs.
  • Flavour-based humanity.

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Seismic Philosophy by Ciaran Healy

For many centuries people assumed that the universe was a certain shape.  That reality was a certain shape.  That shape was this – that you have the Earth at the centre, a sphere.  Around the sphere are other spheres, made of crystal.  In those spheres sit embedded the stars, the planets, the moon, the sun.  Everything you see in the sky is embedded in a crystal sphere.

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Philosophy and Music by Dan Zambas

Ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato recognised the unity between music and philosophy.

The artistic expression of a piece of music could be described as philosophy using sound. Instrumental Classical music can be a very profound experience and the content of the music can be incredibly descriptive. Instruments playing characters, melodic themes reproduced in a variety of ways during the course of the piece, these are left to the audience’s imagination. This can provide the listener with a wide range of conclusions; from purely enjoying the music, to a deeper understanding of themselves. Read more…

Article on Common Sense by Richard Gunn

My article falls into three parts. In the first, I attempt to answer such questions as “What is Scottish commom sense philosophy?” and “What, in the history of philosophy, does the term ‘common sense’ mean?”. That’s to say, my first section comments on the concept of common sense; in addition, it comments on ‘common sense’ as a term in the history of ideas.

My second section offers some thoughts on common sense and education. In particular, it asks why the notions of common sense and “general” education appear to be linked. Read more…