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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 leader is Peter Jackson  pettrevjac@aol.com

Philosophy 2:


This group meets  every month in a member’s home in Falmouth.  Generally that’s the 3rd Tuesday at 10a.m.
Several regular members volunteer to circulate material on a chosen topic a few days before we meet, and to introduce it on the day. Here are just a few of the topics that have surfaced since the group started life in 2011:-altruism, why morals matter, can animals think?  free will, referendums, eugenics.
Nine is the average number of members, so the group is not quite full. Several members  usually go to  the nearby Gyllyngvase café for lunch after the discussion.
Please get in touch with me if you would like to try us out.
John Dearman  01326318630
johnbdearman@hotmail.com

 

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that we have discussed are: ‘What makes some people seem innately good and others innately bad?’, ‘Is our jury system outdated?’,  ‘Montaigne and his essay on education’ and ‘Is competitiveness innate in us and, if so, what consequences flow from that?’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


THEOLOGY GROUP

We don't seem to be running out of discussion topics just yet (theology, of course, is a vast subject!) - recent sessions have looked at questions of "identity" (ethnicity, race, nationality, gender, sex, sexuality etc) and asked whether the word "Christian" is a useful "identifier" today.  Along the way the nature of "truth" was considered too.

For the last few months we have experimented with a morning session, instead of an afternoon, and this has been quite successful, so, from September onwards we will be meeting from 10.00-12.00 (Victoria Inn, Threemilestone), which gives extra time for coffee and general chat before we get down to the topic of the day.  Dates for your diary:

Thursday September 6th
Friday September 21st
Thursday October 4th
Friday October 19th
Thursday November 1st
Friday November 16th
Thursday December 6th
Friday December 21st (Christmas lunch)

For our first session in September I'm thinking we'll borrow a question from another U3A discussion group, and consider whether "religion" is a "good thing" or a "bad thing"...

New members always welcome - get in touch, or just turn up at the Vic.

David Rhymer 
01872 277111  
d.w.rhymer@ex.ac.uk

 

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

Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator