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Discussion at The Park

at The Park Tavern, Park Lane, Macclesfield
http://www.park-tavern.co.uk

The Provisional Programme for January – April 2017

The sessions begin at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half, all in the upstairs cinema room. For more information, contact davidp.whalley@btinternet.com - phone 01625 611608. Or just turn up.

  
Wed    04 Jan           Utopias and Dystopias
Wed    18 Jan           Cheating: do we have a fair perspective?
Wed    01 Feb          Trump: after his Inauguration, what next?
Wed    15 Feb          Primates: Almost Human Rights?
Wed    01 March       Bob Dylan: his lyrics as poetry?
Wed    15 March       Education: what should we teach our children?
Wed    29 March       Class: what is it and is it still relevant?      
Wed    12 April         Charisma


14 – 17 April Easter weekend

Participants may choose to vary the programme as other ideas and suggestions come along.
Our current long-list of possible future topics is here.

Collaborative Consumption / The Sharing Economy;
Pacifism in the 21st Century;
Planet Teenager;
Convenience & Immediacy vs The Slow Movement;
Citizen 2.0 / ‘Clickocracy’ / New Forms of political Engagement


Discussion at The Park

at The Park Tavern, Park Lane, Macclesfield
http://www.park-tavern.co.uk

The Provisional Programme for September-November 2016

The sessions begin at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half, all in the upstairs cinema room. For more information, contact davidp.whalley@btinternet.com - phone  01625 611608.             Or just turn up.  
Wed    7 Sept          The Meaning of Life: in searching for this, where should we look?
Wed    21 Sept         Listening: rather than hearing?
Wed    5 Oct           English Identity: what does it mean?
Wed    19 Oct           The Success Imperative
Wed    2 Nov          Masculinity: what did Grayson Perry say about this?
Wed    16 Nov          Self Deception
Wed    30 Nov          Free Will, Predestination and a little Pascal?

Participants may choose to vary the programme as other ideas and suggestions come along. 

Our current long-list of possible future ideas is here.
Collaborative Consumption / The Sharing Economy; Pacifism in the 21st Century; Planet Teenager; Convenience & Immediacy vs The Slow Movement; Citizen 2.0 / ‘Clickocracy’ / New Forms of political Engagement

 


Discussion at The Park


at The Park Tavern, Park Lane, Macclesfield
http://www.park-tavern.co.uk


The Provisional Programme for May - September 2016

The sessions begin at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half, all in the upstairs cinema room. For more information, contact davidp.whalley@btinternet.com - phone 01625 611608. Or just turn up.

Wed 18 - May Romantic love

Wed 8 June summer social and plan for Barnaby

Wed 22 June BARNABY SPECIAL - Four simultaneous discussion circles to fill the
pub as part of Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival.

Wed 6 July - China: what do we know about it?

Wed 20 July - Listening: is it more than hearing?

AUGUST BREAK

Wed 7 Sept Masculinity: what did Grayson Perry say?

Wed 21 Sept The internet: how might it envigorate democracy?

• Any more suggestions?
• Any volunteers like to try writing some notes for other, topics?
• Any volunteers like to have a go at chairing sessions?

 


Discussion at The Park

at The Park Tavern, Park Lane, Macclesfield
http://www.park-tavern.co.uk

The Programme for April - July 2016 DRAFT

 

The sessions begin at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half, all in the upstairs cinema room. For more information, contact davidp.whalley@btinternet.com - phone  01625 611608.             Or just turn up.  

Wed   6  April Wisdom and Knowledge: we know more but are we wiser?

Wed  20  April Some modern sculptures: now do we react to them?

Wed   4  May

Wed  18  May

Wed   8  June

Wed  22  June BARNABY SPECIAL - Four simultaneous discussion circles to fill the
pub.  Details shortly.

Wed   6  July

Wed  20  July

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                                      AUGUST BREAK

These topics have been suggested over the months but have not yet been addressed.
The power of Lobbying (of parliament?)                   Funding of Political Parties (in the UK?)
Thought: what is it?       TTIP           Something on ‘social media’     Ignorance: is it bliss?
Money – Part 2           Time           Marxism: does it work?                      Addiction
The Corbyn Phenomenon                          Something on the changing nature of “Work”
The Dutch and the English: what happened in the 17th century?     The Brain & Consciousness

http://www.raymondwilliamsfoundation.org.uk/DC/DChome.html


Discussion at The Park

at The Park Tavern, Park Lane, Macclesfield
http://www.park-tavern.co.uk

Programme for Jan – March 2016

The sessions begin at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half, all in the upstairs cinema room. For more information, contact davidp.whalley@btinternet.com - phone  01625 611608.  Or just turn up.  

Wed    6  January              Bunkum: a plain wo/man’s guide to avoiding it?             

Wed    20  January              Volunteering: is it always the right thing to do?

Wed    3  February            The World’s Human Population: optimism or pessimism?

Wed    17  February            Nothing

Wed    2  March                Artificial Intelligence: are robots coming for your job?

Wed    16  March                Cakes
OR
Money: Part 2

EASTER BREAK

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On Wed 22 June Discussion at The Park will host a BARNABY Festival SPECIAL of four simultaneous discussion circles.  Each will tackle a different topic related to the Barnaby theme of “space”.  The four topics will be:
(a)      representing “outer space”            Aliens: should we tell them we’re here?    
(b)      representing “public space”            Good Architecture: does it raise your spirits?
(c)      representing “private space” Privacy: how much do we get?
(d)      representing “inner space”             My Mind: how do I know I am not dreaming?

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This remaining long list of topics has been suggested over the months:
The power of Lobbying (of parliament?).  Funding of Political Parties (in the UK?).  TTIP.  Thought: what is it?  Something on ‘social media’.  Ignorance: is it bliss?  Addiction.  The Brain & Consciousness.  Time.  Marxism: does it work?  Something on the changing nature of “work”.  The Corbyn Phenomenon.  The Brain & Consciousness.  The Dutch and the English: what happened in the 17th century? 

 


Discussion at The Park

at The Park Tavern, Park Lane, Macclesfield
http://www.park-tavern.co.uk

The Programme for Sept - Nov  2015

 

The sessions begin at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half. For more information, contact davidp.whalley@btinternet.com - phone  01625 611608.  Or just turn up.  

          Wed    9  September          Railways: what is their future?

Wed    23  September         Love: what is it?             (upstairs room)

Wed    7  October              Money: fact or fiction?     (upstairs room)

Wed    21  October             Bad News: is it bad for us?

Wed    4  November   Compassion: what would Aristotle say?         

Wed    18  November  Dylan Thomas’ short story: A Child’s Christmas

 
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The power of Lobbying (of parliament?); Funding of Political Parties (in the UK?); Thought: what is it?; TTIP; Volunteering and Volunteers; Something on ‘social media’; Something on ‘World population and development - optimistic or pessimistic?’; Ignorance: is it bliss?

 


Discussion in Pubs (DiPs)

at The Park Tavern, Park Lane, Macclesfield
http://www.park-tavern.co.uk
Spring/Summer Programme

April-July  2015

Come and join us at The Park Tavern: Macclesfield's version of The Philosopher's Arms.  (BBC Radio 4…)
"A place where moral dilemmas, philosophical ideas and the real world meet for a chat and a drink."                                                                                   
Our discussions are good humoured and inclusive. Everybody welcome - just turn up at any of the sessions.    Free of charge – now that's a novelty!

The sessions begin at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half.                                              For more information, contact davidp.whalley@btinternet.com - phone  01625 611608.             Or just turn up.  

Wed    8  April           Inequality

Wed     22  April        Multiculturalism

Wed     6  May             Advertising

Wed     20  May         Do Shut up, Dear!

Wed     3  June          Democracy: what's wrong with it?

Wed     17  June         vacant*

Wed     1  July             Language & Communication

Wed     15  July         Music

Wed     29  July          vacant*

                                 
 

 


Discussion in Pubs (DiPs)

at The Park Tavern, Park Lane, Macclesfield
http://www.park-tavern.co.uk

January-March  2015

Come and join us at The Park Tavern: Macclesfield's version of The Philosopher's Arms.  (BBC Radio 4…)
"A place where moral dilemmas, philosophical ideas and the real world meet for a chat and a drink."                                                                                   
Our discussions are good humoured and inclusive. Everybody welcome - just turn up at any of the sessions.    Free of charge – now that's a novelty!

The sessions begin at 7.30pm and run for about an hour and a half.                                              For more information, contact davidp.whalley@btinternet.com - phone  01625 611608.             Or just turn up.  

 Wed 28 January           Walking                                 

Wed 11 February         Society: Can it Change?

Wed 25 February         The Philosophy of Spinoza

Wed 11 March              The Sea: Our relationship with it

Wed 25 March              Science: Is it Reverting to a Belief System?

Continues on Wed 8 April (tbc)