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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 Sept – Nov 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    06 Sept         Pacifism: is it relevant for the 21st century?
Wed    20 Sept         AI: a response to the House of Lords public consultation?
Wed    04 Oct           Kassia St Clair’s The Secret Lives of Colour
Wed    18 Oct           Campaign for a Neutral Gender
Wed    01 Nov          Bolshevik Revolution at 100: any lasting significance?
Wed    15 Nov          Man Into Machine
Wed    29 Nov          Bernard de Mandeville’s The Fable of the Bees

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

Our current long-list of possible future topics is here.
a) Other suggestions from our participants

b) Topics recently tackled by other pub discussion groups include

Any more suggestions?
Any volunteers like to try writing some notes for these or 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 Provisional Programme for April – July 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 26 April Biography: public fascination with the private lives of individuals


Wed 10 May Choice: too much of a good thing
Wed 24 May Convenience & Immediacy vs The Slow Movement
Wed 07 June Populists and Populism: what are they?
Wed 21 June Are Mind Altering drugs Good?
Wed 05 July Turkey: what do we know about this important country?
Wed 19 July Hilary Mantel: are historical novels misleading?

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

Our current long-list of possible future topics is here.
a) Recent suggestions
• The campaign for a neutral gender
• The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair

b) Earlier suggestions not yet tackled
• Collaborative Consumption / The Sharing Economy;
• Pacifism in the 21st Century;
• Planet Teenager;
• Citizen 2.0 / ‘Clickocracy’ / New Forms of political Engagement
• Charisma

Any more suggestions?
Any volunteers like to try writing some notes for these or 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 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)