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Philosophy at Grantchester An invitation to this year’s Grantchester Summer Talks. This is an opportunity to explore a variety of philosophical topics in the lovely setting of The Orchard Tea Gardens, Grantchester. These talks, from 10.15 am to noon, are open to all and are free of charge*. Philosophy and Decision Making 30 June What is the right action, right now? Philosophers, poets, dramatists have all explored this question. Much is covered in the realm of ethics and morality. This talk will explore the question in the light of personal, spiritual development, using Western and Eastern, ancient and modern texts. Speaker: Stephen Silver Robots Are Coming! 28 July More and more human tasks are being taken over by robots. As a result they are increasingly permeating the fabric of our daily living without most of us being conscious of it. This talk will explore the long-term implications for humanity and our role in creation. Speaker: Ranko Pinter Who Were the Gnostics? 18 Aug Were they heretics or divinely inspired mystics? Recent discoveries have given access to wonderful and surprising Gnostic teaching. Perhaps, by listening to what the Gnostics have to tell us, we might progress towards an inclusive, holistic and unifying human existence in the 21st century. Speaker: Michael Snow Law by Consent 15 Sept An amazing part of the heritage of these islands is the Common Law of England; law by consent. Constantly evolving right up to this day, it reflects principles going back to the beginnings of time, including those described by Moses, Plato, Augustine, King Alfred, Henry II, and William Blackstone the English jurist. Speaker: Ian Murdoch These talks are normally held in the open air in deck chairs on the lawn amongst the apple trees. They are organised by the SCHOOL OF PHILOSOPHY, CAMBRIDGE a branch of the School of Economic Science, 11 Mandeville Place, London W1U 3AJ Email: [masked] web: Tel:[masked] Registered Charity No. 313115 The Orchard Tea Gardens CB3 9ND can be reached by taking Junction 12 off the M11, following the signs to Grantchester and turning left off the road to Trumpington. Be careful, the entrance is very easy to pass. Alternatively, it can be reached by cycling or walking the riverside from Cambridge. (*there is a car parking fee, partially refunded on purchase of refreshments).

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This group is for all those who would like to make each day, fresher, more enjoyable, more fulfilling; those who sense that they have the potential for deeper loving, sharing and enjoying life in all its beauty, but, which, for some reason is at present not fully realised. We hold courses, talks and study groups. No previous knowledge of philosophy is necessary, just a willingness to ask questions and to share experiences.

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