Session 23 on Wednesday on 8th June 2016 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Function Room, Upstairs at The Cock Tavern
, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

  1. General discussion (30 mins)
  2. Events: ideas and planning (45 mins)
    Friday - Brexit at Birkbeck; Revue/workshop ideas; GlobalNet21 - joint citizens income workshop - when?; sustainable economics at Conway Hall; Abundance Music Festival
  3. Pete? (40 mins)
  4. Planning (5 mins)

Session 23 on Wednesday 8th June 2016 – notes

1. ICUK – Recording – decisions and output. Collaborative project for logo.- plain English. Strategy Forum. Where ideas can be presented and discussed. When people trust each. Consent v consensus.
2. 13th / 20th July – GlobalNet21 joint citizens income. Conway Hall on sustainable economics. Scottish social history – William Ogilvy – Birthright in the land – 1781; Property in the land. Reprinted. Utopia – East London. Vine Collective (importing/exporting vine) – William Morris Gallery. Gainfully unemployed. Poetry readings. More acceptable to do collaborative art. Mark Thomas. Rob Newman – collaborative comedy. Expectations to be entertained. Professional v amateur? Dumbing down – or democratisation of entertainment. Putin and Russia as the fall guy – sneering cheap entertainment. Lazy programming. Open arena for things to happen and change. Jumping off point for event... Theatre workshop Oh what a lovely war. Joan Plowright and Ewan McCall. Engaging participants in our event. EU history – Brussels charter of six countries – centre of government would move around but never moved beyond. 6 Common Market and 6 EFTA countries. Christopher Storey – EU (Karen Hudes).
3. Symbolism as a means of control. Cycles – daily, annual and processional (26,000 years) through the signs of the cycle – Platonic year. Latter is used to govern the world. Soltice, and equinoxes. Cross. Cycle starts with the dawn cycle – creation. Through the signs of Zodiac. Broken into 6000 year periods – broken into three creator, saviour and destroyer. Lady Queensborough – Jollicot – occidentalist. Church divided people to control. Division of castes. Divinity Zeus – master of all things. Prince creates. Vishnu – preserves. Shiva keeps the peasants in their place. Playing out today as shown in the Bible. Creator God – Genesis. Jesus – Saviour. Armageddon. 2000 BC Sarisvaty river dried. NW. Kolani traded into Levant and Brahmin transferred into Abraham. We're in Pisces Sun rises -  moving into Aquarius. Golden ages descending and then arising again. Aquarius – New Age “enlightenment”. Kali Urgar – iron age of the cycle. Royal coach built with Zeus on the front and Poseidon. Disguising words Profession (old English procession). Used on the physical level and psychological level. Ark of the covenant is a period of time; or Noah's Ark is the people who know the duration of the contract. Covenant is a contract. The contract we are under. Dangerous stuff is done – nuclear explosions in the atmosphere, poisoning water and atmosphere – exploring whether this relates to the cycles. Metaphors and imagery to understand ourselves have been projected into means of control. Secrecy of the knowledge. Virtues v Vices. Internal – made external. Understanding of how we work as individuals is key – the illusion is the world. Plato's cave – shadows. Want the shadows is easier to accept. People are moved away from challenging – vices hold promises. Periods of “lightness” descending into a different – orbiting and sinusoidal curve in the heliosphere – changing environment – brings us into where hierarchy may have come in. St Andrews flag cross – related to the four points of the cross. Angles of geometry in astronomy “angles”. Two highways – cometry matter – ice cores, sea bed cores – sudden warming and cooling – period of a few years – mass extinctions. 500 asteroid impacts in the last 10,000 years. Building civilisation over time – asteroid catastrophe may have created the conditions for hierarchy to become permanent. First Astro-theology series Manley P Hall. Philosophy group in the states (died 2005/6) – 10 hours. Astro-theology. Santos Bonacci – image of one cycle – relating church and metaphors. Lack of belief – study without preconceptions. Scriptural symbolism – how much is self-determined and how much is directed by “power” or “elite”. Understanding of self – images.
Hierarchy – circle. Next week.

Session 22 on Wednesday on 1st June 2016 – notes

* Please note both day and venue!

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. Round up of news and events (30 mins)

2. Critical Thinking - plans and ideas for the future (40 mins)

3. Traveller in world changing ideas - Janos (45 mins)

4. Planning next week's session (5 mins)

Session 22 on Wednesday 1st June2016 – notes

1. Study of alternative beliefs and perspectives, alternative media and “conspiracy theories”. Literature of those engage with alternative views, apolitical but mono-logical perspectives. Challenging the literature unsubstantiated by research. Started the interviews. Alternative perspectives – why? Trigger events or conditioned from childhood. Political perspectives in contrasting vote. Mono-logical perspective although one was specifically focused on chemtrails and climate change. Aliens etc. in some cases. Left wing, anti-government – mixed views on voting.
System – rigged vote Scot Referendum, general election. Criticism of media. Activism, research, pressure groups. Ideas for change. Radical manifestos. Involved in social meetings. Not anti-social – specific political beliefs. Perspective on mono-logicality. Normality of behaviour? Most people have conspiratorial perspectives. Is this only conducted outside academia? Contrast between academia and outside think about subjects/issues.

2. ICUK – Strategy Forum. Circulate A5 draft for approval. Freeparliament website. Global table. List of bullet points from Janos. Recording of traveller in world changing ideas – recording to be posted. Card for Critical Thinking? Words as a hook – hierarchy, sharing the commons, interest. Who rules, how and why?
Two things to changing the world – real system change in the world requires understanding prepare a strategy to put into action. Information gathering or more? To arrive at consensus? Janos

Extension of past activities, understanding and questioning. Credit crunch provoked current group. How the world works and what controls it, history and why – discovery and analysis. And if possible to change change them. Understanding comes first. Mike

Understanding and change element – Daily Pickings insights which mainly resonates – committed to local activities and considering them in the broader dimension. Youth group, pensioners centre. Relating vertical and horizontal perspectives. Dabbler and voyeur. Steve

The information is useful. Not campaigning towards a particular task. Linking Daily Pickings to other website. Networking. Secular. Mary

Too early to be definite on direction. Re-acquainting with people who are critically thinking about things. Ideas generated. Environmental centre in the 1990s – looking to restart – research centre? On very difficult subjects including individual psychology. A lot of it's down to us individually. Interest in history and sociologically and how we are manipulated. Restarting project. Peter

Energy is important. Trying to get some younger people coming in. We're of a generation which is questioning. People more sceptical - how do we get people to engage once.

Research – local interface. Engaging people. Energy – not talking to people like us. Older people in Southwark. Clive

Raise social media – meet-up platform. Radical assembly.

3. Traveller in world changing ideas. Ideas are foundation and sources of development. Dominant philosophy in society. Underlying thought system. Get rid of the justifying ideology. All ideas if put in practice will change something. Digging down to the final cause at the root. Analytical activism v classic activism. Thwink.org. Find the cause and do something about that. Need a systematic way of dealing with symptoms. True analysis of the problem is performed, tested with scientific method, formal process that fits the problem is used. Learning from past mistakes. What went wrong with universal franchise. Suffragette movement – has it made difference. What is missing in the approach to universal franchise. What is missing is a plan for a new world.

Critical thinking communication. “The divide” - The Spirit Level. Tentative strategy. Lack of permanent hierarchy. Not innate but drawn out. Hierarchies – different environments. Structural Elite for themselves. Set up the hierarchy. VAT reached into everyone's. Mutual reinforcement of hierarchy and political economy. Material to communicate with other people. Ivy creates its own environment. Not looking for answers but looking for ways of working. Not new ideas – new places to put these ideas. Find a new platform. Where did hierarchy come from – review? Positive Money mantra game Bankers. Issue of hierarchy, land and commons. Social media technology – unpack this going back to a golden age. Community antitheses ofHierarchy; needs unpacking. Pubs community assets.

4. Toennis – where are we now. Capturing our minds. Willhelm Reich – mass psychology of fascism. Strong father figure. Organisational constitutional forms. Ritualised form to manage hierarchies.

Event -

Pete -

Nick Dufell

 

Session 21 on Wednesday on 25th May 2016 - notes

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Function Room, Upstairs at The Cock Tavern
, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

  1. General discussion (30 mins)
  2. Internet TV channel - Dave and Roger (45 mins)
  3. Encouraging involvement in critical thinking (40 mins)
    Andy's email, Janos's publications, the revue/event, Spain
  4. Planning (5 mins)

Session 21 on Wednesday 25th May 2016 – notes

1. Council housing – A decent place to live. London Metropolitan Archive. Neil Lawson Compass, ICUK – Economic transformation – ex-journalist. Compassonline. Unsustainable system – Strategy on the website. April meeting to bring the strategy up to date. Replenishment rather than sustainability. Steve Hilton: Brexit on Radio 4. Brexit the movie. Film was moronic – wouldn't appeal to. Neo-liberalism no mention of social purpose. EU will be better with England out. Labour meeting – momentum – John McDonnell – Ambition but lack of understanding. Land, Citizens Dividend, Interest. Jeremy Corbyn – John McDonell. David Henningham – gainfully unemployed. Utopia. Workshop – cooperatives. Richard Wilkinson – inequality. Alternative forms of ownership. Innovative projects. Business development and ownership. Cusp – Centre for Unsustainable Progress.

2. Ex-police – corruption evidence stored with a London solicitor. Acquiesence or challenge. Close protection. Political personalities. 2014 HoC to divulge historic child abuse. Victims from disadvantaged backgrounds. Confidential reports – Sir Peter Morrison. Archie Hamilton present at meeting but denied knowledge. Go to chief super at Special Branch – marked secret and then hidden in obscured. Prosecution for whistle-blowers. Demand for amnesty and closed two weeks later. Sargeant David Eden - Nisha Patel Nasri special constable abuse of privilege. Studying psychology. Challenge from outside the system. Community press group. 480 citizen journalists but minimal success. Working with others and access to equipment and studio to create documentaries to get them into the main stream. No credits – no egos. Internet assassination (MI5 operative). Bucket shops – boiler house scams. Forced adoptions – Brussels petition and Nordic countries. Sabine McNeil. Law expertise – training manual citizen activists. Arrestable offences. Statute and Common Law. Gather evidence, write statements, continuity within evidence – rule of evidence. Take out prosecutions – private prosecutions – Virgin. Everybody can bring charges. PACE: Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Fracking demo – 5 police officers – 4 offences. Meet CPS criteria. If Crown Prosecution service take over and can – action against CPS. Roger Hayes – British Constitution group. To set up alternative. Alternative health Ministry of Health domain – for alternative government. Lack of follow through – website. The health idea – organic farming, big pharma, education on nutrition. Money supply issue is key. Alternative currencies – LETS schemes. Hierarchical structures – non-hierarchical structures – people are becoming open to new idea. Have alternative currencies out there which are well established over decades. Hemplets – trading 14,000 transactions among 30 people. Horizontal systems – already existing. 2 day course on the law could be part charged with LETS. If businesses have surplus – it could be extended into the LETS scheme. Budget constraints for filming. Empirically proven material. Areas of accountability. Provable criminality. Boilerhouse links to prominent people. Chris Coverdale. Battling on his own – how to present and challenge things – lack of the support of people. Could try accountancy firms. Fantasists and liars. Roger Hayes – stopped short of telling the truth. Loz. Freeman movement - murder offence under common law and statute. Cecil Bernard – mortgage fraud. Court order overturned. Jury nullification – dead end. Find a methodology to hold individuals accountable. Targets for convictions. School mums. ANPR insurance with points on license. Caution her – crime detection. Unmarked police cars pulling people over. 90% accidents on hard shoulder. Bang it out cup – under-performing pig. Michael Gillard the laughing policeman.

3. All the knowledge is available. Multiply this critical thinking ethos. More information, is not enough – it needs to be acted upon but too few people understand. Democratise knowledge. Has to be face to face. Home guard – train people in every city – every action making sure that they collect the evidence – mirroring what the police should be doing. Forensic evidence – v police statements, many of which are awful. They don't need perfection but the court does; most cases are lost on the basis of the way the evidence is presented. Police recruitment used to stipulate literacy. Promotion is tough but getting in is easy. Securing convictions. Credibility – running workshops. Standards Khan academy. Events – hunger is disipated – Promoting the establishment of groups like this. Diverse people and material. Webinars GlobalNet21 – people giving talks and audience. Chairing relaying comments to the speakers – virtual meetings. How we deliver. Explain the value of what we're doing at Critical Thinking. A lot of webinars and talking. Lack of pro-activity. A lot of investment but dissipated in apathy. How we operate. Spreading overseas eg. Spain.

Session 20 on Wednesday on 18th May 2016

Time: 7pm to 9pm
* Please note both day and venue!
Venue: Function Room, Upstairs at The Cock Tavern
, 23 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1HB

Agenda

  1. General discussion (40 mins)
  2. Traveller in world changing ideas - Janos (60 mins)
  3. Critical Thinking event - (20 mins)