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Next Edinburgh event on the 25th of May at Cabaret Voltaire from 6.30pm... Details to follow shortly.....


Edinburgh events are the last Thursday of each month at Cabaret Voltaire, doors open at 6.30pm, talk starts at 7pm... Details to follow


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Common Sense: A Theory of Inherent Knowledge

‘What can I come to know ?’. As a starting point I have chosen ‘to look to the teacher of the thinker you admire’ as a place to evolve new perspectives and utilise convenient frameworks to create scaffoldings in my attempt to formulate this thesis of common sense. Admiring the stories written about Socrates, I thought it would be interesting to take the peers and teachers of Socrates as pivot points to generate thinking.

This is an exploration of common sense so my starting point is knowledge. I contend that we can come to know things; that we regularly use common instruments – tools available to us all – to access knowledge, and that gaining knowledge is a communitive process. Implicit in this is a sense of community, other, communication, also of language. Through observation and communication, it is possible to arrive at common sense of things. Read more

Coordinator: Alex Dunedin

Alex Dunedin has no formal education and has been a coordinator of Ragged University from the beginning in 2010.  He is the primary ‘janitor’ of the project spending much of his time finding others who want to get involved in creating public events.  All his years he has learned from friends, community and people who are passionate about their subject and who took the time to share their interest; these are the sources of inspiration that set him on his journey to explore and develop open forms of community learning/education.  Read more

Great Educator: Grant Wood; Revolt Against the City 1891 to 1942

Grant DeVolson Wood was an American painter, art theorist and teacher who lived February 13, 1891 February 12, 1942.  One year after joining the faculty at the University of Iowa, Grant Wood wrote a statement outlining his basic principles of art.

The title of the essay, ‘Revolt Against the City,’ underlines its rhetorical promotion of regionalism, a movement to which artists all over the United State must, according to Wood, dedicate themselves in order to avoid a ‘colonial’ dependency on European tradition.

He felt that the rural Midwest farmer’s life, dress, and setting, would provide the richest kind of material for a truly indigenous regionalist style. ‘Revolt Against the City’ appeared as the first of four pamphlets edited and independently published in Iowa City in 1935 by Frank Luther Mott, a renowned journalism professor and historian of the press. These are excerpts from it: Read more