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Next Ragged University Events:


The open call for speakers is now on inviting everyone to do a talk or an activity in which you share what you are passionate about. It can be anything, it just has to be something which you enjoy. Drop us an email if you would like to do a talk...


26th April Edinburgh: Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. The talk this evening is 'Carl Rosa; The Entrepreneur Who Made Opera Popular: or From ‘Juvenile Paganini’ to Operatic Entrepreneur' by Iain Fraser - plus - the Post Modern Doctorate and how we value knowledge outside of formal education, a discussion with Alex Dunedin… CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


30th April Edinburgh: Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) from 12 to 3pm for a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear the thoughts of James in relation to the art which he helps curate... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO


3rd May Edinburgh: Come along to the Boardroom of St John’s Church Conference Center (Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4BJ) at 7pm and take part in the first of a series of events: 'The Art of Argumentation; Philosophy, Reason and the Universe Series with Tina Rock'; Why do philosophy, if you can do science?... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO



People are welcome to guest blog - no commerical blogging though

Trade School: Offering Learning Through Barter by Colin Hynson

A few months ago a group of students gathered in the centre of London to take a short course on portrait photography. The students were taken through the workings of the camera, the use of settings, different kinds of lighting and tips and techniques for creating a portrait. The students did not have make a cash payment for the course but the teacher did not go away empty–handed either.

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Additives and the Diet

This is a brief introduction to understanding what additives are found in the modern industrialised diet and has been set out to demonstrate some of the effects that additives have on health and behaviour. Everything presented here is direct excerpt from a famous and respected book called E for Additives.  I have tried to include passages from the book which are most demonstrative of the importance of being aware of what we eat.

Knowing about this is particularly important in helping to understand factors that influence ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and allergic conditions such as asthma as well as aspects of chemical sensitivity. The foods and chemicals that we take into our body directly affects our well being.  The simplest demonstration of this is looking at what happens to us when we eat a lot of sugar, or caffeine.  Self Education is vital for those looking to gain an understanding. Read more