The Rise of Veg*nism – Thursday 12th April 2018

As you all know, 'veg-nism' is all the rave nowadays, and at our next session we want to examine some of the key arguments fuelling the heated debate on this topic. For instance, we’ll scrutinise some of the leading views on the moral status of animals, and discuss some of the prominent socio-economic, environmental and

What is charity? – Thursday 15th March 2018

It is said that charity begins at home. But where does it go after that? Does it necessarily involve monetary exchange, and how can I possibly choose from amongst all the different parties who are rattling their tins on the high street every Saturday afternoon? It's overwhelming, is it not? And with all the incredible

Reflecting on Compassion – Thursday 8th March 2018

Compassion...It was rubbish collection day, and so I saw the typical scenes - some had neatly arranged and separated their black bags and clear recycling bags, others were heaped in a pile that could perhaps be seen as some kind of modern art...and as for the worst know these people, and you may well

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 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 fact, Thursday marks the anniversary of over