Tintern Philosophy Circle

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The next meeting is on Tuesday 16th November at 7.30 online.

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Speaker: Bob Clarke
Topic: The Enigma of Time

From a scientific point of view, time presents us with an enigma. On the one hand, time is the physical quantity that we can measure far more accurately than any others - and time appears as a key parameter in all of the mathematical expressions of the ‘Laws of Physics’ that we apply practically in the world every day. On the other hand, some theoretical physicists argue that time is not a fundamental feature of our world at all and may even be an ‘illusion’! In an attempt to resolve this enigma, this talk will survey scientific aspects of time ranging from practical time keeping to theories of Quantum Gravity. Can science actually tell us what time is ‘fundamentally’? And - if not, why not?

Bob is a research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, has a degree in physics from Bristol University, and two degrees in the history of ideas from London and Kingston Universities.

The Saturday Talk on 6th Nov in the Priory at St Mary's Church, Monmouth, will be given by Jim Cross. The subject will be "The common roots of Philosophy, racial prejudice and satire in the Scriptures, and the misunderstanding of conversation, individual, national and international.". Coffee and tea will be available from 10.30 am, and the talk will begin at 10.45. It should end by 11.30 after questions and discussion.

John Clarke and Vanessa Dodd
About the Tintern Philosophy Circle

Tintern Philosophy Circle meets (in normal times) in the Rose & Crown Pub, situated at the centre of Tintern on the main road, at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of every month, except August when we hold a garden party with talks on a special theme.

Events are open to anyone interested in philosophy, and no prior knowledge of philosophy is needed. We hold to no creed other than belief in the value of tolerant, friendly discussion about things that matter.

The Circle is run by Professor John Clarke and Vanessa Dodd. Monthly events are introduced by members of the circle, or by a guest speaker.

Past topics have included: philosophy of art and music, justice and human rights, existentialism and freedom, philosophy and religion, Buddhism and Eastern philosophy, ancient Greek philosophy, postmodern philosophy, the nature of mind, eco-philosophy, science and truth.

Our patron is Bertrand Russell (permission pending) who was born a couple of miles from Tintern, and who concluded his famous book The Problems of Philosophy, first published a hundred years ago, with the following words:

"Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination, and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because. through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good."
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