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PHILOSOPHY:

 

Philosophy 1:

Philosophy 1 will be meeting on the second and fourth Wednesday each month from 10.30am in their new location at The Victoria Inn, Threemilestone. The group will now be under the leadership of PETER MARRON

   

Philosophy 2:

Philosophy 2 ,which has a waiting list, has continued through the summer. From September onwards, its start time will also change to 10:30a.m.

Several members of the groupcusually go to  the Gylly café for lunch after the discussion.

We meet in Falmouth on the third Tuesday . Please contact John Dearman before your first attendance (01326) 318630, if you have not been before and would like to try us out.

 

Pub Philosophy Group:

This group was set up because there was a waiting list for membership of Philosophy 1.

Our inaugural meeting took place in February 2013 in a private room at a Feock pub. Hence our name.

We agreed with Bertrand Russell that philosophy should be studied not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions but rather for the sake of the questions themselves. Our aim would be to avoid over-intellectual theorizing. We would try to keep our feet on the ground, or at least under the pub table, and always bear in mind that however grand our theoretical ideals, if we do not practise what we preach, then it is all just humbug. If studying philosophy helps us to recognize our prejudices, then perhaps we can be more open-minded and less fixed in our opinions.

Topics that we have discussed are: ‘What makes some people seem innately good and others innately bad?’, ‘Is our jury system outdated?’,  ‘Montaigne and his essay on education’ and ‘Is competitiveness innate in us and, if so, what consequences flow from that?’

Philosophical questions that we have touched on include free will, the nature of perception, morality (are there any absolute values?), can we be truly objective or is our thinking inevitably conditioned and prejudiced? and the link between society’s moral values and the law.

As befits a pub venue, our meetings have been very lively with a high level of participation. There were ten of us at the start and our membership has been growing.

After four months we have seventeen members with four requests to join. As we cannot physically accommodate any more, we feel that we have no alternative to introducing a waiting list. Vacancies  will inevitably occur however and if you are interested in being added to our waiting list, please do not hesitate to let me know.  

No meeting on Christmas Eve.

Geoff Burgess (01872) 862712

 

 

Philosophy and Poker:

What’s the connection between these two U3A activities?

Well, after the Christmas Philosophy 2 meeting, the ten members stayed for lunch and six of them stopped on for the afternoon poker. Three of them had never played before… but all wanted to play again!     Moral - try out this game; it may be a surprise!

The Philosophy session was light-hearted (so not much change there then). Topics were all seasonal. We decided it’s all right for unbelievers to sing carols, that New Year Resolutions did have a logical point, that it’s fine to let young children believe in Santa, but that Santa’s attitude to Rudolph (before the fog) was questionable. Advice about how to accept unwanted presents gracefully, if not gratefully, was offered.

Modesty forbids that I should say who won the Christmas Poker tournament that afternoon. But I admit to having more than my fair share of luck. Dave Crawford won the January one. Unusually, 5 players put all their remaining chips into the pot shortly after the tea-break. Dave scooped up the lot. Faced with a choice of prizes, he favoured mints over the book “How to Win At Poker”. Reasonably enough.

John Dearman  (01326) 318630

THEOLOGY GROUP

 

I was asked at a recent "new members" coffee morning if atheists were welcome to come to the "Theology" discussion group.  The answer, of course, was "Yes!".  Theology is a subject that fascinates people of every variety of faith, and of no faith at all.  It embraces religion, philosophy, ethics, culture, history, language... In fact, in the early days of Oxford and Cambridge universities it was called "the Queen of Sciences".  So, if "big ideas" interest you, do please come along to the Victoria Inn, Threemilestone, 1st Thursday and 3rd Friday, 2.30-4.00 (tea/coffee etc from the bar).  This month (September) we meet on Thursday 7 and Friday 22, and will be starting off with "Is there a God - and how on earth would we know?", followed by "Science and Religion". 

For more information, contact David Rhymer (d.w.rhymer@ex.ac.uk or 01872 277111).

 

 

For all activities, please check our Google Calendar to confirm dates, times and locations

Richard Allen Groups coordinator