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A public lecture with Clare Dallat @ The Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road
Jan 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A public lecture with Clare Dallat @ The Moray House School of Education, Holyrood Road | Scotland | United Kingdom

More than ‘People, Equipment and Environment’: The systems approach to risk management in the outdoors.

A public lecture with Clare Dallat

One Day Without Us: National day to recognise and celebrate the contributions migrants make to the UK @ The Mound
Feb 20 @ 5:30 pm
One Day Without Us: National day to recognise and celebrate the contributions migrants make to the UK @ The Mound | Scotland | United Kingdom

What is One Day Without Us?

It is a national day of action on 20th February 2017 to recognise and celebrate the contributions migrants make to the UK.

This day is for EU migrants, non-EU migrants, refugees, those of migrant heritage and their supporters.

We ask the British public to consider – what would one day in the UK look like without our migrant communities? And we call for a show of unity against racism, xenophobia and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Events are taking place all over the UK and we ask you to join in the celebrations in Edinburgh or create your own in your workplaces and communities!

We know that some migrant are planning to take the day off work. Others are celebrating at work with their migrant colleagues…let us know on social media! #1DayWithoutUs

From 1:30pm we will be at the Mound in Edinburgh city centre, where we will be sharing tea and cake and chatting to the public.
We offer migrants an opportunity to speak at an open mic session and migrant organisations the opportunity to promote the work they do within the Edinburgh community.

We will have art, poetry, and music. We hope you will pop down to visit or feel inspired to contribute!

It is clear that migrant voices are one of the most powerful tools in changing the debate about immigration. We invite the public to join in our ‘message to/from a migrant initiative. We will be tying these messages to the railings around the Mound on 20th Feb.

****From 5:30pm*** there will be the main candle lit gathering and speeches from: Stand Up to Racism, Imam Yahya Barry from Edinburgh central Mosque, Migrant Voice and the Edinburgh Welcoming organisation.

Please join us to celebrate Multicultural Edinburgh.

For more information email: [email protected]

Ragged University: ‘News Stories and Popular Fiction’ plus ‘From the Problems of Our Nature’ @ The Castle Hotel
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'News Stories and Popular Fiction' plus 'From the Problems of Our Nature' @ The Castle Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and a talk about how news stories reflect on popular fiction plus alternative views in mental health…


The first talk is:

News Stories and Popular Fiction by Julian Edge

I’ve always wondered if I could write fiction. I mean, inventing characters and having them populate a context in ways that other people will want to read about? Over the years, I once or twice thought of interesting set-ups for a novel, but never followed them through. I started to develop a story, a fiction, something that did not relate to any real people, no, but which did, yes, draw on the documented fact that such events as I was imagining, and my characters were experiencing, were, in principle, possible.

None of it is “true.” It’s all made up. But it’s made up against the backdrop of some basic events that occurred. Is that permissible? Where does that leave the possibly injured feelings of some of the real people about whom I am not writing, but whose actions created a news context that fed the creation of the story?…



During the break there is a chance to share food, conversation and a bite to eat.  Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, as well as take away what is left at the end.  The second talk follows the break:


From the Problems of Our Nature, to The Nature of our Problems by Rowland Urey

Having been involved greatly in championing a re-reading of the evidence bases for views and approaches, in particular for what gets treated as Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, I want to put forward that there is something fundamental missing from how we are understanding people caught up with these clinical terms and labels.

I argue that there as emerged in the last few years that there is absolutely no evidence base in Mental Health Universally for The Brain Disease, Medical Model which underpins psychiatric interventions and practice. And I will be presenting an Evidence Base Alternative based on Emotional and Social Trauma.


Come along and put your feet up, have a bite to eat and enjoy picking over the subject with Julian in good company.  As usual, everyone is welcomed to bring an item of food to put on the table to share, but there is no obligation to do so.  It is free and open to everyone, so you are welcome to bring your friends.  No need to book…

Ragged University: ‘Multilingualism As An Investment’ plus ‘The Philosophy of Daoism’ @ Cabaret Voltaire
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ragged University: 'Multilingualism As An Investment' plus 'The Philosophy of Daoism' @ Cabaret Voltaire | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to learn about the philosophy of Daoism


Multilingualism; An Investment For A Better Society by Prof Antonella Sorace

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Bilingualism/multilingualism is a research field focused on learning more than one language over the lifespan and its effects on brains and behavior. I am a professor of developmental linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. I’m the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which makes research results available to different sectors of society and has 17 branches all over Europe and the US.


Then there is a break when we get the chance to eat something, have a drink and a chat.  Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table, and help take away the food at the end so that nothing goes to waste.


Daoism; How The World Works And How To Live In It by Jan Conway

Daoism is one of the oldest philosophies there is. It was written down in only five thousand Chinese characters by a respected teacher called Laozi (604-531 BCE) before he travelled to the West. Because the language it is written in is so ancient, scholars have made many different translations. There are a few books in English but they are rather difficult.I have been teaching Chinese culture for fifty years and trying to practise Daoism all that time. As the years have gone by I find it easier and easier to understand, and in recent years new discoveries in geology and astronomy hae confirmed everything that Laozi taught.


Ragged University: Discussion @ Scotts Monument, East Princes Street Gardens
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ragged University: Discussion @ Scotts Monument, East Princes Street Gardens | Scotland | United Kingdom

The first venue where it was scheduled to take place was the Lighthouse Bookshop and they were approached and asked not to host the talk. The Mairi Oliver, one of the owners got in touch and said that they were not interested in hosting the discussion. As the coordinator, and having had a large number of conversations surrounding this it took a while investigating the subject matter, I sought another space to hold the event.

After booking St John’s church community hall, the person who objected to the event at the bookshop then contacted the church hall explaining their dislike for what was happening. The Associate Rector Stephen Holmes got in touch and declined the event from taking place on the grounds that he felt it might encourage people not to vaccinate.

All these things took place in the absence of any discussion, any prior communication and without any right to reply with either the speaker of the event (Mike McInnes) or the person who arranged the event (Alex Dunedin). This is unfortunate as it would have been much better to find out the objections and work through a co-enquiry about the issues (which will hopefully yet emerge).

At least two things are going on here. One which is of great interest medically and scientifically, and another which is of great interest sociologically, which warrant being examined here. Surrounding these we have larger issues of magnitude pertaining to what education and learning necessarily involve, as well as the issues of ethics which I believe should be both our means and ends…

Best wishes,

Alex Dunedin

Autism: The Plot Against Consciousness/Cognition/Language by Mike McInnes

For the first time in our evolutionary history children in colossal numbers are non-linguistic – around 35 million today and rising. Autism is a preventable condition caused by two principles – sugars in foetus and later, if that is not sufficient, by aluminium in vaccines

Autism exits only because the health establishment opted for the view (in 1973) that fats are toxic and sugars benign. The result was an explosion of diabetes/obesity/dementia – all of which are driven by the same mechanism – sugar suppression of glutamine synthetase – the enzyme that drives glucose into the brain – the hungry brain upgrades the appetite hormones and the cycle repeats…..endlessly……the more we eat the hungrier we become…

The role of the health establishment in this tragedy has been hidden for more than half a century. As diabetes/obesity/dementia exploded across the western world – a new condition appeared as if from nowhere – previously unknown in history – autism – it tracked these other conditions – but seemed initially not to be directly related.