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Collective Consciousness – Thursday 22nd February 2018

This week we will be discussing the notion of ‘collective consciousness’...the idea that we have a set of shared beliefs and attitudes that unify us within particular social environments. And we’ll look to identify and understand what could be the underlying forces or mechanisms that shape those shared beliefs and attitudes, and perhaps even challenge

Which side of The Force are you on? – Thursday 15th February 2018

Dear Friends, If you haven't had the chance to see the latest in the Star Wars epics - The Latest Jedi...I mean, The Last Jedi - then don't worry...this isn't a spoiler!  Terms such as the force, the dark side, and the light side have become common utterances...and we all have some idea in our minds as to what they might

Looking for home – Thursday 1st January 2018

We've all heard the saying, 'home is where the heart is.' But what does that mean? First of all, I've never (and never wish to) seen my heart. And secondly, although I do like the little village in which I grew up, I'm fairly sure my heart is still ticking away where it should be, and

Danger, Danger…Blind Faither – Thursday 21st December 2017

This Thursday we are going to dig into quite a provocative question...are you a blind-faither? (Please note that the term 'faither' doesn't yet exist, but I'm putting it out there, assuming you get what I mean.) You see, no-one in their right mind wants to be caught acting on blind faith. It's probably on par with

Robots in disguise? – Thursday 14th December 2017

On Thursday we will play with a rather interesting question...are you a robot? You might think this a crazy and pointless pursuit, but here's the thing...I'm good pals with a neuroscientist at UCL, and I'll have you know that he firmly attests that the evidence is overwhelmingly in favour of the fact that he, and all of

What feeds compassion? – Thursday 7th December 2017

'Compassion'...what is it? Is it helping the old lady across the street? Does it necessarily involve doing something that you'd rather not, in order to help somebody else? What does it even mean to help someone? And how long can we help them for?  Yes, it's a tricky subject...so let's have a good old chat

Gita by Moonlight – Thursday 30th November 2017

On Thursday this week, we're aiming to transform our room in Student Central into a place of tranquillity and ancient knowledge, as we read passages together from the wisdom book called 'Bhagavad Gita.' Some scholars say that the Gita was spoken in Sanskrit a long, long time ago...in fact, Thursday marks the anniversary of over

Mysteries of the Self – 31st August 2017

Dear Friends, Can you, as a thinking and feeling person, be reduced to your body? Are you your brain? Where and who are you? Come and join us as we delve into these questions from a scientific perspective and conclude with an unexpected twist on the nature of reality.   Date: Thursday 31st August Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Inception: Parallels with Bhagavad Gita – 24th August 2017

Dear Friends,   How would you know if you were dreaming or awake? This Thursday we will be delving into the intriguing themes raised in the iconic film Inception and exploring some of the surprising parallels we find in Krishna's teachings in the Bhagavad Gita. This session promises to be a fascinating study of the nature of reality and our identity. Not

Bhagavad Gita Group Reading – 10th August 2017

Dear Friends,   With rainy and windy (typical London) weather causing us doubt whether we truly are in the middle of August, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to unwind in a group reading. This Thursday we will be reading from the Bhagavad Gita, an epic conversation that takes place between Arjuna, a student inquiring about his identity and the