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Next Ragged University Events:

14th Nov Manchester: Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for some food, some socialising and a two talks in an informal setting… The two talks are 'What is Feminism ?' by Brigitte Lechner - plus - 'Teachers in Bangladesh; Ways of Seeing and Expressing Reality' by Taslima Ivy.... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

27th Nov Edinburgh: Come along to St John’s Church Community Hall (Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for two talks, a chance to socialise and a bite to eat. The two talks are ‘The Art of Not-Knowing’ by James Clegg – plus – ‘Medical Imaging Physics; Seeing Beyond the Skin’ by Tommy McMullan. All are welcome…. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

29th Nov Edinburgh: Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk start from 7pm. Come along for 'Mind Management Workshop; Learn and Explore the Realistic Benefits of Mindfulness, Meditation and Self Hypnosis for Managing Your Mind' by Leon Paterson. All are welcome…. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

6th December Edinburgh: Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) at 11.30 am – 1.30pm for a talk by James on the Tremble Tremble and At the Gates exhibition and a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all.... CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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

Philosophy Is Like Sand, It Gets Everywhere by Will Bentinck

What do we think about philosophy? Plato. Aristotle. Other men with beards. All waffling on about the fundamental nature of things; tangling themselves up in logical arguments and asking questions that have no answers. Do we consider it solely as an academic discipline? Or is philosophy more like the science of thinking? We’ll look at zombies, porn, democracy, God and more…

Well, there is more to philosophy than the academic side. I’m tempted to say something sweeping like ‘we all do philosophy all the time’, but the truth is that we don’t. But we should. I get asked a lot what philosophy actually is. The dictionary says philosophers study the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence, which is technically true, I suppose. Read more

Helping With Mum: Barriers to Accessing Higher Education

I would like to send a message to staff, teachers and tutors – all young adult carers need help. Some staff need to respect the fact that when we leave college or school at the end of the day, we don’t go home and go out with friends, we go home and take care of someone until they are in bed. It’s a hard job but it’s the best job ever.” Leanne: Voices of young adult carers.

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, England and Wales starts its 2013 report ‘Access and Inclusion: Young Adult Carers and Education and Training‘ with the above quote. I thought I would share this presentation: Read more