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Dec
24
Sat
Film Screening: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang @ Grassmarket Community Project
Dec 24 @ 2:00 pm
Film Screening: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang @ Grassmarket Community Project | Edinburgh | Scotland | United Kingdom

Our GRAND SEASON continues with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. While truanting from school, young siblings Jeremy and Jemima meet the beautiful Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), who falls for their widowed father, Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke), and his various oddball inventions, including the family’s noisy rebuilt car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. One day at the beach, Caractacus tells Truly and the children a fanciful fable about the villainous Baron Bomburst (Gert Frobe) and his evil designs on the Potts family car.

Jan
8
Sun
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Jan 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Designed for 11–15 year olds, you will explore the William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition in creative workshops using a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of our young people’s group, Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.

For the workshop on Sunday 11 December, Louise will lead a flipbook workshop enabling participants to explore the work of William Kentridge. Flipbooks are books made with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.
Feb
12
Sun
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Taster Workshops for 11–15 year olds @ The Fruitmarket Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom
Second Sundays of the month, 4–6pm. Free. 12 places.

Designed for 11–15 year olds, you will explore the William Kentridge and Vivienne Koorland exhibition in creative workshops using a variety of techniques including animation, drawing and film, led by members of our young people’s group, Fresh Fruit and artist Louise Fraser.

For the workshop on Sunday 11 December, Louise will lead a flipbook workshop enabling participants to explore the work of William Kentridge. Flipbooks are books made with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion. Each workshop is unique and includes an introduction to the exhibition.
Feb
23
Thu
Film Screening of ‘I Daniel Blake’ followed by speaker and discussion of benefits sanctions @ Cabaret Voltaire
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Film Screening of 'I Daniel Blake' followed by speaker and discussion of benefits sanctions @ Cabaret Voltaire

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and film starts at 7pm. After the film a discussion about the benefits reforms and issues associated with poverty will take place with Mike Cormack from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty

This is a free community screening of ‘I Daniel Blake’ in light of the benefits sanctions and the devastating effects that benefits sanctions are having on people. Come along and take part in the discussion and hear about the issues that have forced the Scottish Government to restructure their provision of benefits in the light of UK welfare reforms.

‘I Daniel Blake’ is the latest film made by Ken Loach and screen writer Paul Laverty.  The film has been critically acclaimed around the world receiving multiple awards and accolades such as winning the Palme d’Or – the highest prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival as well as the Prix du public – the prize awarded by the audience attending at the 2016 Locarno International Film Festival.

The film follows the story of an out of work carpenter, Daniel Blake as he tries to negotiate the heart condition which keeps him from working and the benefits system.  Whilst trying to communicate his doctors advice to the those who are administrating the benefits, he meets and befriends Katie and her two children, Dylan and Daisy who have been forced to relocate from their home London…

Come and take part in a nation wide series of screenings where the distribution company has made it available to communities pre-release to DVD so that important conversations can take place and so that people who have not seen the film, and who cannot afford to, may do.

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Mar
9
Thu
Paradoxes of the Popular: Despair and Democracy in Bangladesh @ 6th Floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Mar 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Paradoxes of the Popular: Despair and Democracy in Bangladesh @ 6th Floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building | Scotland | United Kingdom

This essay is located in the aftermath of protests against the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh in 2013. Armed with the seemingly unstoppable energy of youth, the Shahbag Movement inaugurated a new culture of protest that eschewed violence, an otherwise regular feature of political performances in South Asia. Although its affective landscape has been commonly understood in terms of nationalist passion, I focus instead on what I call political despair. One major source of this despair has been the opposition between the atheist-blogger on the one side and the Islamist/extremist on the other.

The apprehension around the possible effects of this cleavage rested on the body, the first provocation of which comes from the death of a blogger. The dead-body politics that followed assumed and occasioned the atheist/religious divide and made way for more violence, including the murders of a number of religious activists and secular bloggers in the months and years to come. The other area where the body was a privileged site of politics was the presumed corporeal nature of non-secular politics. The physicality and irrationality of so-called religious affect became a marker of distinction between the protesters and their ideological opponents.  The particularities of this context allows me to argue that a sense of despair is not an anomalous but a constitutive element of modern mass democracies.

This essay is located in the aftermath of protests against the War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh in 2013. Armed with the seemingly unstoppable energy of youth, the Shahbag Movement inaugurated a new culture of protest that eschewed violence, an otherwise regular feature of political performances in South Asia. Although its affective landscape has been commonly understood in terms of nationalist passion, I focus instead on what I call political despair. One major source of this despair has been the opposition between the atheist-blogger on the one side and the Islamist/extremist on the other.

The apprehension around the possible effects of this cleavage rested on the body, the first provocation of which comes from the death of a blogger. The dead-body politics that followed assumed and occasioned the atheist/religious divide and made way for more violence, including the murders of a number of religious activists and secular bloggers in the months and years to come. The other area where the body was a privileged site of politics was the presumed corporeal nature of non-secular politics. The physicality and irrationality of so-called religious affect became a marker of distinction between the protesters and their ideological opponents.  The particularities of this context allows me to argue that a sense of despair is not an anomalous but a constitutive element of modern mass democracies.

Jun
22
Thu
Ragged University: ‘The Importance of Being Smelly’ plus ‘Improvised Fiction Meets Research’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'The Importance of Being Smelly' plus 'Improvised Fiction Meets Research' @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along and put your feet up at Ragged University, a free education project where everyone is welcome and we socialise around learning… It is informal and there is a bite to eat, you are also welcome to bring some food to share if you want.

 

The Importance of Being Smelly by Mairi MacLeod

You might not think your sense of smell is particularly essential, but research is showing that we give and receive all sorts of important signals through the olfactory channel and scientists have dubbed humans “the scented ape”. We glean information on each others’ age, gender, emotions and even personality through our noses, but perhaps the most important function of our sense of smell is that of mate choice.In this talk, I’ll explain why liking your partner’s natural smell is vital for relationship satisfaction, sexual attraction and fidelity, fertility and our children’s health. I’ll also reveal the rather surprising effects of perfume and of “the pill” on the biological signals we give out and receive via smelliness.

 

 

There will be some food provided, and everyone is invited to put some food on the table to share if they like – there is no obligation.  During the break there is a chance to eat, have a drink and socialise

 

Improvised Fiction meets research: Creative and pioneering ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch’s lasting legacy by John Morrison

The genesis of the Ethnofiction genre can be attributed to the creative praxis (theory in action) of pioneering French anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, they can be identified by today’s definitions as hybrids of ethnographic documentary and fictional film genres.

During the 1950s, while working as an ethnologist for the French state in West Africa, Rouch asked the participants of his studies to respond to a subject inspired by aspects of their real-life experiences and act them out in front of the camera as fictional improvisations. This participatory and playful approach to visual ethnography was later dubbed by critics ‘Ethnofiction’.

 

 

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Jun
26
Mon
Ragged University: ‘Historical Manchester Sounds’ plus ‘Psychology of Dehumanization’ @ The Castle Hotel (
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Historical Manchester Sounds' plus 'Psychology of Dehumanization' @ The Castle Hotel ( | England | United Kingdom

Come along to The Castle Hotel for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and a couple of talks as well as a chance to socialise…

Manchester Sound(s); Silent Notes From the Past by Dominique Tessier

Following on from my Ragged talk on Manchester History where I explored the Mancunian branches of ex-Prime Minister David Cameron’s family tree, I’m turning my local history attentions to a musical history of Manchester, reflecting on the roots and compositions of Manchester Sound(s) and the silent notes of the past..

 

In the break there is some food provided and everyone is welcome to bring along an item of food to put on the table to share, and also take away what they will eat at the end. 

The Psychology of Dehumanization by Alex Dunedin

How much we relate to others as human defines how we interact with the social world and what opportunities are conferred on us.  How human we appear in the eyes of others dictates how we will be treated.  When people are stripped of being perceived as human hurt and harm is visited upon them.  At the extreme end of dehumanization behaviours we find the unspeakable atrocities of genocide where groups of people have been devalued.

Prejudices take root in apathies, and it seems that simple apathy can be enough to manifest behaviours which dementalize and depersonalize individuals.  The psychology of dehumanization is related to how we encounter the world through our experience and our senses.  Sometimes it takes as little as a question to cause someone to completely re-adjust their perception of a group of people.  This is very positive when we think of the worrying things which can come about if such ignorance is left unchecked.

 

 

 

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All are welcome and it is free

Mar
14
Wed
Ragged University: Mood hacker – Feelings, emotions and moods (what are they, how do they work, and how you can manage them better) @ Cabaret Voltaire
Mar 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: Mood hacker - Feelings, emotions and moods (what are they, how do they work, and how you can manage them better) @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and learn how to be a mood hacker…

 

The first event of the Ragged University year starts with some food and a chance to catch up. Where we have the beginning of a series of events by Leon Paterson:

 

Mood hacker – Feelings, emotions and moods (what are they, how do they work, and how you can manage them better)

The pace of change in a rapidly developing world is happening so quickly. Keeping up to date and managing the feelings needed to be able to adapt and develop can be very challenging. Pleasure, joy, happiness are some of the wide range of feelings which enrich our lives. These positive feelings are what people naturally move towards, not knowing that sometimes so called ‘bad feelings’ are necessary and also enrich our lives. If you break your toe the feelings of pain alert you to seek medical help.

Something similar happens in feelings where emotions of fear or anxiety alert us to a potential threat. If a student has an exam in a few days and hasn’t done any revision. The feelings of discomfort alert her to the threat of failing her exam. They are useful and can get us activated, but can be uncomfortable. They are labelled ‘bad feelings’ and much of the personal psychology self help books go to great lengths to avoid them.

Everyday there seems to be a new self help book espousing the latest elixir of eternal happiness. Most of these are written by journalists or psychologists who have not fully tested out the limitations of their self help model. They are one trick ponies who claim to have the answer to all of your problems in a few hundred pages or less.

Of all these books there is very little of any significance on how emotions, feelings and moods actually work. Luckily here in Scotland the leading research in behavioural science has produced models which can help us fully understand and manage our feelings and emotions. They are made accessible and attainable to all, not by going out to scam people, but aiming to educate and facilitate personal development.

The latest in behavioural modelling science leads the way in accurately understanding how feelings/emotions/moods work. We now understand the important role feelings have in keeping us safe and getting us activated. We now know that emotions aren’t something that switches on or off, that we can vary, alter and decrease/increase them when managed well. But don’t take my word for it. Come along to this interactive event and take an opportunity to try out for yourself the latest scientific technology in moods, feeling and emotions.

 

 

Come along, bring a friend, put your feet up.  Bring an item of food to put on the table to share, and help take away the food which you like at the end.  All Ragged University events are free and open to everyone…

 

Mar
29
Thu
Ragged University: Psychology and Behaviour Modelling Meetup @ Cabaret Voltaire
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ragged University: Psychology and Behaviour Modelling Meetup @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and get involved in a discussion on psychology and behaviour modelling…

Come along to this highly interactive psychology meetup event.

No previous knowledge necessary just a sense of curiosity and openness to engage with others.

Each meetup we will explore a specific topic of human behaviour that has been widely researched and experimented upon.

There will be a formal introduction of the subject as well as opportunity for you to share your ideas and knowledge of this topic area.

Then through a number of explorative tasks and mini experiments we will have a chance to test out the subject matter for ourselves.

This process can involve working with others in small groups, or sharing in a guided group exploration.

The first week’s topic -“We only see what we want to see” – Reality is a construct of our experience.

There are a number of different psychology experiments in which people fail to notice apparently obvious alterations to a scene. People switch places, pictures are manipulated, all without the unwitting subject’s knowledge. In these experiments it is claimed a large part of what we notice is not the raw sensory information in front of us. But a construct based on our model of the world (of what we expect to see there).

So does this sort of response only happen in psychology experiments?

Another way to explore this subject matter is to consider how we make sense of our everyday experience. A common phrase “glass half empty, glass half full” is often used to describe the different ways people measure the world.  The person (subject A) who notices the glass half empty is measuring what’s not there. The person (subject B) who notices it half full is measuring what is there. So although the amount of liquid inside the glass is the same, subject A and subject B are measuring it differently. There are lots of ways we can potentially investigate our everyday measuring of the world, some of which we will test.

People’s sense of reality can also be affected by their beliefs about what kind of world we live in. Someone who believes in conspiracy theories may notice and interpret the world as a dark and fearful place. They can become suspicious of mainstream news and dismissive of hard factual evidence. For example there has recently been a resurgence in people who believe the earth is flat. This may seem ludicrous given the scientific evidence. But serves to demonstrate how people can interpret the world as they see and believe it to be.

If you’re a flat earther, or just curious or want to get involved in this new, intriguing, interactive meetup. We look forward to sharing ideas and more with you.

 

Apr
10
Tue
Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup: Psychological Phenomena; The Experiential Dimensions of Mind, Body and Spirit by Leon Paterson @ Lighthouse Bookshop
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup: Psychological Phenomena; The Experiential Dimensions of Mind, Body and Spirit by Leon Paterson @ Lighthouse Bookshop

Come along to the Lighthouse Bookshop and take part in the Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup by Leon Paterson. It is a friendly and informal gathering to discuss topics with nibbles in good company. It is entirely free and open to everyone

Come and join us for a fun, explorative journey into the behavioural science and psychology of mind, body and spirit. Where we will be both observing and trying on through our subjective experience – the phenomenon of mind, body and spirit.

On this meetup you will learn

  • A scientific way of understanding any experience
  • The scientific methodology of verify, falsify and beyond
  • How to develop and measure meditation and deep trance practices
  • The distinctions between subjective, objective and contextual experience
  • How to extend feelings beyond the body into what’s often referred to as a spiritual experience

Apr
19
Thu
Activate the potential within (FREE transformational workshop) @ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Learn the mind management skills of business leaders and enlightened masters that allow them to achieve extraordinary results.

 

At this free workshop that shows you how to activate your mind’s full potential. You will learn the peak performance secrets of athletes and other high achievers. Many people’s natural approach to get what they want from life lacks the essential knowledge to be effective. Instead come and transform your limitations into a powerful mindset for success.

 

During this event you will

Create a peak performance mindset for success
Remove fears and limitations into creating strategies for energised action.
Increase your personal power to be most effective in any situation
Turn challenges and difficulties into opportunities for growth and development
Raise confidence and boost self esteem through a strong vision of what you want most of in your life

 

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We share the effective tools and strategies that have already helped ordinary people transform their lives. The best part is no previous experience is necessary to be successful, you can start now. Important: a limited amount of free tickets available. Please click REGISTER button to secure your free seat today!

Who can attend this workshop?

Anyone interested in learning more about personal power and enhanced mind management
Business owners who want to discover the latest techniques in personal effectiveness
Professionals bored with the 9-5 job who want to take their financial future into your own hands
Anyone with lots of ideas and ambition but can’t seem to motivate themselves into action
Stay at Home Moms, Retirees and anyone who’s limiting beliefs are preventing them from starting a new career or business
Start ups or entrepreneurs who want to develop a powerful mindset for success

May
8
Tue
Ragged University: Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup; Perception for Self Effectiveness by Leon Paterson @ Lighthouse Bookshop
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ragged University: Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup; Perception for Self Effectiveness by Leon Paterson @ Lighthouse Bookshop

Come along to the Lighthouse Bookshop (43-45 West Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB) at 7.30pm and take part in the Psychology and Behavioural Modelling Meetup by Leon Paterson. It is a friendly and informal gathering to discuss topics with nibbles in good company. It is entirely free and open to everyone. Come and join us for a fun, explorative journey into the behavioural science and psychology of Perception for Self Effectiveness

People spend more time learning how to work their mobile phones than how to work their minds. We obsess about how we appear to others. But how much time do you spend investing in how you think, how you understand yourself and develop your emotions. There has never been a time in history where your ability to learn quickly and adapt to fit a changing environment has been so necessary.

So before you decide if this event’s for you. Ask yourself honestly – could I do with an update so I’m the most effective version of myself?

On this meetup you will learn

  • How to apply a sequence of change to any situation
  • A model of analysis for improved understanding of self and others
  • A range of thinking tools for managing challenges and difficulties
  • The building blocks of experience – how we create our reality
  • Enhanced perception skills – 6 different ways of creating memories and imagination
  • Connect with a sense of whole self that transcends any single moment

 

 

Nov
29
Thu
29th Nov 2018: Mind Management Workshop; Learn and Explore the Realistic Benefits of Mindfulness, Meditation and Self Hypnosis for Managing Your Mind by Leon Paterson @ Cabaret Voltaire
Nov 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
29th Nov 2018: Mind Management Workshop; Learn and Explore the Realistic Benefits of Mindfulness, Meditation and Self Hypnosis for Managing Your Mind by Leon Paterson @ Cabaret Voltaire

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and get involved in a discussion on psychology and behaviour modelling…

Mind management workshop – Learn and explore the realistic benefits of mindfulness, meditation and self hypnosis for managing your mind.by Leon Paterson

According to research we are exposed to over 5000 adverts a day – social media, billboards, 24 hour news all compete for our attention. Many people’s thoughts are passively following where their attention leads. This is because they have learned to respond almost automatically to the world.

Yet most people are able to concentrate their attention effortlessly in situations that demand it. What enables this to be achieved is party down to the context. A working environment for example will activate you into becoming focused on what’s important… your work! What is more challenging is managing your attention independently.

We have incredible purposeful minds that alert us to things that seem important. They just might not be important at that particular moment. Going over and over an argument you had, or repeatedly replaying something you regret doing. Are examples of unwanted thoughts that can seem automatic.

Research demonstrates people who are better able to manage their thoughts and attention have a better quality of life, are more in control of their emotions, and have a range of ways to view the same situation. The good news is these are skills that everybody can learn and develop. And in this highly practical introduction you will learn how to apply mind management skills for your own personal development.