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no preamble, I’m afraid, but don’t let that make you miss this Friday’s talk by Dr Larry Chase.

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following the success of the 3rd Thomas Hobbes festival, Malmesbury may aim to become Britain’s “philosophy town”…. see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/18/malmesbury-philosophy-town

Our treasurer visited the festival and hopes to be able to lure a couple of the speakers to Swindon in 2011…….

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This Friday’s talk is titled “what is NLP and who is using it to manipulate me?”

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) claims to deliver rapid, life-changing ‘cures’ for long standing problems. There’s limited evidence for its effectiveness, and even its proponents say that none of the underpinning assumptions are actually true:  but the NLP ‘toolbox’ of strategies is, nevertheless, widely used in a many walks of life such as coaching, counselling, and the whole persuasion “profession” of sales & marketing. What is it?  Does it “work”, and if so, how? Can it change lives? And can salesmen really use it to make anyone buy anything? Come along on the 15th and find out.

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Sorry…..

apologies for the unexpected absence of our planned speaker for last Friday. Hopefully we can reschedule Dr Andy Walsh for next term.

And thanks to Chris Eddy for stepping in with no notice and delivering the talk he had planned for January.

 

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Debates about the philosophy of mind have tended to focus on specific types of sensation, e.g. could a pain really be a brain event? Could the experience of humour be an example of a more formidable challenge to both sides in this debate? Come along on Friday to find out.
Can a good joke really be explained in terms of a set of neural firings?”

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Another claim to fame for Wiltshire is that Thomas Hobbes was born in Malmesbury. His 1651 book ‘Leviathan’ established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory (thanks Wikipedia). On 16th – 17th October, he has his own “Festival of Ideas and Books” See the website at http://www.philosophytown.co.uk for details and to book tickets.

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