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Abstract painting – 'Anyone can do that'
Afghanistan - why are we in there?
Age of Absurdity - Arthur Schopenhauer
All Art constantly aspires to music – According to Walter Pater
Appreciation of two Salvador Dali Paintings - 'Persistence of Memory' and 'Galetea Of the Spheres'
Appreciating wine, poetry and art - a plain wo/man's guide to avoiding bunkum
Arab Revolt - Is changing the World.
Are We Too Close to the USA? - are our cultures really that similar?
Art and Impact – Examining the impact of three pieces of art
Art and Culture - What is it?
Artificial Intelligence – will it exceed human intelligence?
Badger Culling also Royalty - We tried two topics at this session.
Big Society - A new why to think of society?
Binge drinking – Britain leads Europe, why?
Black Holes and the Multiverse
BNP success in EU elections is a boost for British democracy – Will the electorate wake up?
Book to Film – Do they work well?
Buddhism - why has it captured the spirit of the age?
Can the Assassination of a Dictator be justified?
Chaos Theory and the Neutrino
Charity - more than just Love? Childrens Games and Parties
Chinese Capiltalist revolution - will they rule the world?
Christmas and Prospects for 2012
Cities and Ethnicities - Balti Britain and multiculturalism
Citizenship 2 – A second shot at this huge subject
Citizenship 3 – A third shot at this huge subject
Citizenship-5 - A fifth shot at this huge subject
City and the Country
Climate Change - an up-date on facts and arguments
Climate Change and the Supply of Power – How will we power the world
Coincidence - chance luck and fate.
Cooperation versus Competition - Can we work better together?
Confidence – A look at the importance of confidence in human relationships.
Confidence 2 - A second look at this subject.
Conflict resolution and the Middle East
Consciousness 1 – What is consciousness?
Consciousness 2 – More on this difficult subject
Consciousness 3 – The mind body problem
Convention on Modern Liberty – erosion of freedoms?
Conversation - Rules of engagement
Coping - with modern life
Cuba – a unique political system.
Culture is Ordinary – based on the essay by Raymond Williams
Daoism - Ancient Chinese Philosophy and Belief.
Demography and Death - our changing age-scape.
Do we get the Politicians we Deserve? – Do we expect too much of our politicians?
Do animals have ethics? - Are we the only creatures on the planet to behave ethically?
Dubai - Cities of the future?
Education - Three Big Issues
Englishness and the British State - which way English nationalism?
English Nationalism - Patriotism or yobbism?
English - the international language.
English 2
Euthanasia - Appreciation of Dylan Thomas's poem on death and Digitas
Evolution and the Human Brain - The most complex thing in our world?
Factory Farming and Cheap Food - sustainable?
Fairer Society - How can we have one?
Faith Schools - In an increasingly atheist society why have them?
Feminism Reviewed – Are we all feminists now?
Fibonacci Sequence and Symmetry - maths in nature.
Five Years at the Blue Mugge - a look at what has happened to our discussion circle
Football - is it more serious than life and death?
Forgiveness and Understanding - old fashioned values?
Freemasonary - is it just social climbing?
Freewill - Does it exist?
French revolution – did it go wrong?
Future of the British Pub - Last orders:  calling time on pubs
Future of Museums and Art galleries - How will they evolve?
Future of the NHS
Gender voting and the Rational voter
Global Economic crisis – comparisons with recessions of the past.
Good and Evil - is there such a thing?
Grandparents - more important than ever?
Greed - in the financial world based on this BBC broadcast
Greener way of life - An end to consumerism?
Guilt - what is it good for?
Heidegger – A look at the work of this influential Philosopher
Heroes – what are they?
History is Bunk – Do we use history well?
Hinduism - the oldest world religion
Hobbes - An influential British Philosopher
Honours Lists -Why?
How Do We Know We Are Happy?
How to Change the World - Can we all do it?
How Would we Change the Capitalist System - Occupy?
How to talk about things we know nothing about - Intrigued?
Humanities - can they promote a better life?
Humour – and Stand-up Comedians - just a laugh?
Hunting - Right or Wrong?
Hysteria – also the stress of modern life
Internet - social, political and economic impact.
Ideology and Belief - Can we get by without them?
Individual Freedom in the UK – Are our freedoms being eroded?
Inequality in Society – Can we ever be equal?
Is Public Art worth it? – It is expensive but is it uplifting?
Is the USA a spent Force? – Is the dominant power of the 20th century on its way out?
Islam – consideration of some concepts of this huge religion.
The Jaguar  - appreciation of the poem by Ted Hughes
Jean Paul Sartre - a modern philosopher
Jeremy Clakson and Good Taste in Humour
Journalism and Power - the power of the media
John Milton – Poet or Politician?
John Ruskin - a look at this Victorian man.
JP Satre and Free Will
Karl Marx – Suddenly he is back in favour
Karl Marx - an Update
Leek History, Culture and Heritage
Left versus Right – an analysis of quotations by some famous names
Local Government – Why was Democracy for Stoke needed?
Localism - A shift of power from central government?
Long life and its efffects - Can the world afford our living longer?
Lowry Paintings and Duchamp Sculpture - two very different artists
Luck and Superstition - Black cats and White rabbits
Moral Philosophy - Who needs it?
Munch and the Scream
Multiculturalism - has it failed?
Nothing and Nothingness
Old Age - What have we to look forward to?
Paine and poverty – looking at what Thomas Paine had to say about poverty.
Persistent Change – Life's so complicated!
Pets as Kin – Do we attach too much importance to pets?
Philosophy Today - AC Grayling
Poems from Paintings
Popper and Science – the theory of falsification. Popper's social and political ideas.
Rape – Only 6% of reported rapes end in conviction.
Ritual - some examples, national and local considered
Rural Women in Nepal - a fight towards modernity
Singing - why do we love so much?
Shops and shopping - what future?
Should we get out of the EU. - This question keeps coming up.
Smacking of Children - spare the rod spoil the child?
Space Spending - is it worth it?
Socrates - Perhaps the most influential philosopher
Staffordshire Hoard - were the Dark Ages not so dark?
Strictly Come Dancing - the future of Television.
Target Culture and Performance Management
Target Culture 2 - Another go ast this one
Teenage pregnancy – the Uk has one of the worst records in Europe
Television - has it been a malign inluence on society
Thatcherism - has it been good or bad for Britain?
The Body - Images and cultural constructs
The Brain - Is it what defines you?
The Defence of Infancy - When should children become criminally responsible?
The Future of Books and Libraries - do they have a future?
The Future of Museums and Art Galleries
The Future of the NHS
The History of History - what good is history?
The Law - should it be used to protect us from ourselves?
Theology and religion - St Thomas Aquinas
The State of India - is India in a state?
The Under Class – Class and the poor.
The Precautionary Principle – Will it kill science?
The Protester - No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire.....
The Spirit Level - Why Equality is better for everyone.
The Spirit Level 2 - a follow on
The Teenage Years - Would you go back?
Time and Ageing - Time waits for no man.
Torture - is it always wrong?
Transport - How should we get about?
Triviality – What is trivia?
USA. How's Obama doing? – Now he's in how's he doing?
USA, an update - Barack Obama:  hope, fear and advice…
Visions of the Future – some views of the theoretical physicist Michio Kaku
Voting Systems - proportional representation etc
What are the limits of parental control? - state intervention?
What are Universities for? - should they be reformed?
What is Biodiversity? - what does it mean for the human race?
What is Madness? - not an easy definition
What is poetry? – also an appreciation of Slyvia Plath's poem 'Mushrooms'
Why Marx was Right
Why Paint? - the relevance of art today.
Why religion persists... - also aggressive secularism.
Wind Turbines - the Marmite of energy production.
Women and Domesticity - what's changed?
Wooton Bassett - our relationship with the armed forces
World Food Emergency – How do we feed the world?

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