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Friday, February 28, 2014

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: Language and Mind + News

Dear friends,

This Sunday we are discussing a modern topic in philosophy, Language and
mind.

There is no doubt that language plays a key and central role in
philosophy. But today the emphasis is more on language acquisition
rather than language meaning. This means that philosophy is at the very
best competing with the neurosciences for attention on the topic.
However, the scope of the meaning of mind is not clear today. Psychology
scientists and maybe even practitioners still speak of the mind, our
mind a opposed to our brain. Are they justified? Is the mind something
different from the brain or are we talking about the same thing? Indeed
is there one thing we are investigating i.e. the brain? Despite its
complexity and our relatively ignorance about how the brain functions.
And relevant to our topic, is the idea of the mind just a language tool,
given that until a few decades ago the brain was just a black box
inaccessible to investigation? Hence, the bottom line question must
therefore be: is the mind a creation of language or of the brain?

In the meantime Ruel has sent us a link to his essay on the topic:
Hello Lawrence,

Below is the link to my essay re Sunday´s topic:

http://ruelfpepa.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/on-language-and-mind/

For those who might be interested and have the luxury of time to read,
may I also include here the link to the downloadable pdf copy of Noam
Chomsky´s book, LANGUAGE AND MIND:

http://www.google.com.ph/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCQQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Ffiles.sastraminangkabau.webnode.com%2F200000474-ab7f6ac791%2FNOAM%2520CHOMSKY-LANGUAGE%2520IN%2520MIND.pdf&ei=q08OU532A4_Z0QWrwoHwBA&usg=AFQjCNHQedDUZhCBDaAPg1dggbTUG4qOJQ&bvm=bv.61965928,d.Yms

Thank you very much.

See you on Sunday.

Ruel

And Miguel has sent us news about his maths events:

Estimado tertuliano,

Por si fuera de interés te enviamos la noticia siguiente:

Los días 15 y 16 de mayo de 2014 se celebra la tercera edición de las
Jornadas Internacionales Matemáticas Everywhere. Al igual que la pasada
edición tendrán lugar en el CIEM (Centro Internacional de Encuentros
Matemáticos) en Castro Urdiales. Puedes encontrar toda la información en
la página Web del evento:
http://www.caminos.upm.es/matematicas/jornadas2014/

Por otro lado, Francisco Javier Sánchez González y Jesús de la Peña
Hernández, ambos tertulianos, quieren compartir con nosotros sus
respectivas páginas web: http://aldebaransoft.es y
http://caprichos-ingenieros.com


Saludos cordiales,

Tertulia de Matemáticas



Best Lawrence



tel: 606081813
philomadrid@gmail.com <mailto:philomadrid@gmail.com>
Blog: http://philomadrid.blogspot.__com.es/
<http://philomadrid.blogspot.com.es/>
PhiloMadrid Meeting
Meet 6:30pm
Centro Segoviano
Alburquerque, 14
28010 Madrid
914457935
Metro: Bilbao
-----------Ignacio------------
Open Tertulia in English every Thursday from 19:30 to 21h at
O'Donnell's
Irish Pub, c/ Barceló 1 (metro Tribunal)
http://sites.google.com/site/__tertuliainenglishmadrid/
<http://sites.google.com/site/tertuliainenglishmadrid/>
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from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: Language and Mind + News

Thursday, February 20, 2014

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: Spectator violence

Dear friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: Spectator violence.

It has been some time now since the word "hooligan" was fashionable and
in common use. Football violence seems to have been controlled in
Europe. Unfortunately, violence has not stopped. So why should
spectators indulge in violence? Is it the game that creates violence or
the game is an excuse for violence?

In the meantime this is the link to Ruel's essay:
Hi Lawrence,
Below is the link to the essay I wrote on Sunday´s PhiloMadrid topic.

http://ruelfpepa.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/on-spectator-violence/
See you then.
Thanks.
Ruel


And finally, Miguel has sent us details about his next maths tertulia:

Estimado tertuliano,
Te invitamos a asistir a la próxima Tertulia de Matemáticas: Predicción
https://sites.google.com/site/tertuliadematematicas/25-2-2014
Saludos cordiales,
https://sites.google.com/site/tertuliadematematicas/
Tertulia de Matemáticas

Si quieres impartir una conferencia envíanos un mensaje de correo para
tratar los detalles
Si quieres darte de baja en la lista de correo envía otro con "Baja" en
el campo "Asunto" del mensaje
(If you wish to get in touch with Miguel please let me know)



Best Lawrence

tel: 606081813
philomadrid@gmail.com <mailto:philomadrid@gmail.com>
Blog: http://philomadrid.blogspot.__com.es/
<http://philomadrid.blogspot.com.es/>
PhiloMadrid Meeting
Meet 6:30pm
Centro Segoviano
Alburquerque, 14
28010 Madrid
914457935
Metro: Bilbao
-----------Ignacio------------
Open Tertulia in English every Thursday from 19:30 to 21h at
O'Donnell's
Irish Pub, c/ Barceló 1 (metro Tribunal)
http://sites.google.com/site/__tertuliainenglishmadrid/
<http://sites.google.com/site/tertuliainenglishmadrid/>
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from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: Spectator violence

Thursday, February 13, 2014

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: On being objective

Dear friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: On being objective.

Ruel Has kindly sent us a link for his essay:
Hello Lawrence,
Below is the link to the essay I wrote for Sunday´s topic.

http://ruelfpepa.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/on-being-objective/
Thank you very much.
Best,
Ruel


In the meantime Ceit kindly offered to chair the meeting because I am
not sure if I can make the meeting.

Best Lawrence

tel: 606081813
philomadrid@gmail.com <mailto:philomadrid@gmail.com>
Blog: http://philomadrid.blogspot.__com.es/
<http://philomadrid.blogspot.com.es/>
PhiloMadrid Meeting
Meet 6:30pm
Centro Segoviano
Alburquerque, 14
28010 Madrid
914457935
Metro: Bilbao
-----------Ignacio------------
Open Tertulia in English every Thursday from 19:30 to 21h at
O'Donnell's
Irish Pub, c/ Barceló 1 (metro Tribunal)
http://sites.google.com/site/__tertuliainenglishmadrid/
<http://sites.google.com/site/tertuliainenglishmadrid/>
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from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: On being objective

Thursday, February 06, 2014

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: Does humour make us human?

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: Does humour make us human?

In the meantime Ruel has sent us a link to his essay and I have also
pened a few ideas on the subject:

Hi Lawrence,
I wrote something for Sunday´s topic. Here´s the link:

http://ruelfpepa.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/the-humorous-human/
Thanks and see you on Sunday.
Ruel

Does humour make us human?

We come across humour in many aspects of our life; we might have a
fertile sense of humour and therefore see the funny side of situations
more often than others. Humour can also be dependent on the culture we
live in, especially when we come across situations that happened in the
country way back in time.

A good part of what we call humour belongs to the entertainment
industry, comedians have existed since recorded history and today we
have easy access to videos and text that have all sorts of humours
content. But what are the limits or boundaries of what is acceptable
comedy and going over the top? Today jokes that might be interpreted as
racist or chauvinistic are not usually welcomed by many audiences. And
jokes about unfortunate people are also beyond what we are prepared to
accept. The question here is where does humour stop and offensive, if
not psychologically aggressive behaviour begins?

It has also been demonstrated that laughter, the causal effect of
something we perceive to be humorous or funny, can of course be too much
and can be dangerous to some. The physiological effects of humour, and
laughter, can be as deadly as say drowning in a lake of crystalline pure
water.

Finding someone humorous can also be socially delicate, especially when
we laugh at the expense of their bad fortune. While other peple do not
take kindly to humour related to their religious and political beliefs.
The question is whether these people are so insecure that they cannot
take a joke, or so aggressive and oppressive that they interpret someone
laughing as a sense of freedom and self expression?

Indeed having a sense of humour can be a character trait of a happy
personality or an ability to defuse some of the tension from a serious
and complex situation. But the ability to laugh is indicative of a free
spirit. Firstly, because humour is spontaneous and, it is indicative
that we are not constrained by social norms (at least not too much) and
secondly, humour exposes a sense of interpretation of a situation beyond
the facts. Being able to laugh at a Freudian slip is an ability to
recognise a virtue in linguistic slip up.

The scope of humour as a human activity is beyond our imagination, but
surely what makes humour human is when we laugh with someone and not at
someone.

Best Lawrence

tel: 606081813
philomadrid@gmail.com <mailto:philomadrid@gmail.com>
Blog: http://philomadrid.blogspot.__com.es/
<http://philomadrid.blogspot.com.es/>
PhiloMadrid Meeting
Meet 6:30pm
Centro Segoviano
Alburquerque, 14
28010 Madrid
914457935
Metro: Bilbao
-----------Ignacio------------
Open Tertulia in English every Thursday from 19:30 to 21h at
O'Donnell's
Irish Pub, c/ Barceló 1 (metro Tribunal)
http://sites.google.com/site/__tertuliainenglishmadrid/
<http://sites.google.com/site/tertuliainenglishmadrid/>
----------------------------


from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: Does humour make us human?

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting: Does humour make us human?

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: Does humour make us human?

In the meantime Ruel has sent us a link to his essay and I have also
pened a few ideas on the subject:

Hi Lawrence,
I wrote something for Sunday´s topic. Here´s the link:

http://ruelfpepa.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/the-humorous-human/
Thanks and see you on Sunday.
Ruel

Does humour make us human?

We come across humour in many aspects of our life; we might have a
fertile sense of humour and therefore see the funny side of situations
more often than others. Humour can also be dependent on the culture we
live in, especially when we come across situations that happened in the
country way back in time.

A good part of what we call humour belongs to the entertainment
industry, comedians have existed since recorded history and today we
have easy access to videos and text that have all sorts of humours
content. But what are the limits or boundaries of what is acceptable
comedy and going over the top? Today jokes that might be interpreted as
racist or chauvinistic are not usually welcomed by many audiences. And
jokes about unfortunate people are also beyond what we are prepared to
accept. The question here is where does humour stop and offensive, if
not psychologically aggressive behaviour begins?

It has also been demonstrated that laughter, the causal effect of
something we perceive to be humorous or funny, can of course be too much
and can be dangerous to some. The physiological effects of humour, and
laughter, can be as deadly as say drowning in a lake of crystalline pure
water.

Finding someone humorous can also be socially delicate, especially when
we laugh at the expense of their bad fortune. While other peple do not
take kindly to humour related to their religious and political beliefs.
The question is whether these people are so insecure that they cannot
take a joke, or so aggressive and oppressive that they interpret someone
laughing as a sense of freedom and self expression?

Indeed having a sense of humour can be a character trait of a happy
personality or an ability to defuse some of the tension from a serious
and complex situation. But the ability to laugh is indicative of a free
spirit. Firstly, because humour is spontaneous and, it is indicative
that we are not constrained by social norms (at least not too much) and
secondly, humour exposes a sense of interpretation of a situation beyond
the facts. Being able to laugh at a Freudian slip is an ability to
recognise a virtue in linguistic slip up.

The scope of humour as a human activity is beyond our imagination, but
surely what makes humour human is when we laugh with someone and not at
someone.

Best Lawrence

tel: 606081813
philomadrid@gmail.com <mailto:philomadrid@gmail.com>
Blog: http://philomadrid.blogspot.__com.es/
<http://philomadrid.blogspot.com.es/>
PhiloMadrid Meeting
Meet 6:30pm
Centro Segoviano
Alburquerque, 14
28010 Madrid
914457935
Metro: Bilbao
-----------Ignacio------------
Open Tertulia in English every Thursday from 19:30 to 21h at
O'Donnell's
Irish Pub, c/ Barceló 1 (metro Tribunal)
http://sites.google.com/site/__tertuliainenglishmadrid/
<http://sites.google.com/site/tertuliainenglishmadrid/>
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