Session 34 on Tuesday 26th August 2014

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. General discussion - current news in context (40 mins)

2. Revisting the pages on Thwink – Janos (40 mins)

3. Anthropological examples, Margaret Meade – Arvind. . (40 mins)

Session 33 on Tuesday 19th August 2014 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. General discussion - current news in context (40 mins)

2. Climate change review (40 mins)

3. Opening up a dialogue globally (40 mins)

Session 33 on Tuesday 19th August 2014 – notes

1. Walthamstow 11th September drop in. Ukraine, false convoy. Humanitarian "intervention" contrast between, East Ukraine (thwarting Russian humanitarian convoy), Iraq (escalating conflict through both backing and bombing ISIS), Gaza (genocide which the world looks the other way). Targeting Hamas. Money underpins the war machine, abusing the democratic system to destabilise countries. Destablisation correlation with instability and refugee populations leading to more violence and conflict. Muslims (35%) in Mauritius well integrated with the rest of society - Hindu 52%. Muslim children acting in play to celebrate the birth of Krishna. Requires a culture to sustain equality of opportunity. Sorted out by thinking and talking about issues. But when there is scarcity of resources, conflict will arise. Otherwise when everyone has sufficient possible to agree (Tom Paine). Selfishness innate? Different cultures exhibit different attitudes. Caste system in India; v. Scandinavia (before neoliberalism). Return to reality – human nature. Humans don't to adapt to our environment we want to change it – extends to wanting to change other people. Idea of state of nature – social contract differs between primitive and complex civilisations. Different human types – some not content with minimum and want more. Arms race – competing to find more and more lethal weapons. If we used their skills and talents to create technology to benefit mankind.
2. TV Earth The Power Of The Planet - Atmosphere - CO2 warmist alarm - permafrost. Greenland had no permafrost in the Medieval Warm Period c. 1000 - 1450 AD - no climate catastrophe. Murry Salby - dismissed from Macquarie University for presenting his findings which contradicted the "climate consensus". Presentation – extreme weather – unprecedented? - Not according to the data. Missing CO2 signature or hot spot is the killer fact:

http://sciencespeak.com/MissingSignature.pdf

Other sites:

http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/ Mainly a climate science blog by strays into UKIP territory - sceptic

http://bishophill.squarespace.com/ Anthony Montford - wrote Hockey Stick Illusion - sceptic

http://judithcurry.com/ IPCC scientist - scientific debate - neutral (ie. opposing views)

http://www.climatedepot.com/ US climate site - sceptic

http://joannenova.com.au/ Australian science and politics of climate change - sceptic

http://rankexploits.com/musings/ Lucia's Blackboard - science - luke warmist

http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/ - climate scientist - monthly satellite temperature - sceptic

http://climateaudit.org/ Steve McIntyre - statistician, meticulous, debunked the hockeystick - luke warminst

http://wattsupwiththat.com/ Anthony Watts - temperature recording specialist, science and politics of climate change - sceptic

http://www.outersite.org/category/climate-change/ Clive's site - science and politics of climate change - sceptic

http://www.freecriticalthinking.org/climate-change Critical Thinking module

3. Need for cellular structures is agreed. Resolving tension between sharing good standards and practice v local autonomy? Localised specialist expertise eg. Westminster City council made so much money, they could spread the surplus. Accounting for different people types. In systems thinking terms. Agree in general terms but need to agree the process among ourselves.

Next week: Revisting the pages on Thwink – Janos.
Anthropological examples – Arvind. Margaret Meade.

Exploitation of indigenous American Indians – (EWG attendee wrote a book). Enough time to give something, whatever it takes. Model – tribe used to resolve issues. Took precedence over everything else.

Time to Think – two people when one is burdened – give enough time to unburden themselves. Learning to deal with issues. Immigration “taking our jobs” is it jobs or income that's important to you? Weekly drop in at the Rose and Crown, Walthamstow. Over time evolve into a shift system. Drop in rather than set time meetings.

Session 32 on Tuesday 12th August 2014 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. General discussion - current news in context (40 mins)

2. How to create an open architecture platform to scale Critical Thinking - group, regional, national, global - structural thinking (60 mins)

3. Planning for the rest of the year and 2015 (20 mins)

Session 32 on Tuesday 12th August 2014 – notes

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Session 31 on Tuesday 5th August 2014 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road NW1 2BJ - on the ground floor in the corridor outside the cafe

Agenda

1. General discussion - current news in context (40 mins)

2. What is the role of Critical Thinking? - (40 mins)

The implications of what we discussed in terms of activism. Critical Thinking was set up to provide the intellectual foundations for activism rather than as an activist organisation itself - there are plenty of activist groups already protesting against war etc.
Hence the need to discuss the purpose of Critical Thinking and plan our broad remit for the remainder of this year and the new year.

3. Planning for the rest of the year and 2015 (40 mins)

Session 31 on Tuesday 5th August 2014 – notes

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