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Sunday, 29 November 2015 10:19

Is Philosophy still relevant today?

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Last week, while we were talking about diets and how people behave in front of the huge amount of information available, I was thinking what would say Merlí about it and if philosophy has something to do with all of our questions.  Today philosophy seems to be obsolete, but watching this successful TV series I see how they try to give answers to actual problems from the ancient philosophers. I know that philosophy is only the guiding tread of this series, but Epicure, Machiavelli, Hume, Plato or Aristotle gain prominence as invisible characters in the stage.

Do this theories are helpful in our lives or, as Steven Hopkins sayd, philosophy is dead becouse science can tell us the answers.

Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:21

Evolutionary diet. Review

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20151125SYesterday Manu Villar told us about diets. He started telling us the principles of paleo-diet. This type of diet is just based in the theory that humans are adapted genetically to eat a particular type of food, the food that consumed our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Then, they tend to consume wild food avoiding processed food considering agriculture the origin of food’s manipulation. Stop eating processed and refined food is the key to avoid modern diseases as cancer, hypertension, hypoglycemia, etc. In the other side we find veganism that chooses to avoid consuming animal products including dairy and eggs but also considering processed and refined food unhealthy. Two sides of the same coin. At the end of the session, after discussing about pros and cons of following strict diets, no mater what scientific or emotional principles they defend, we can take for sure that eating refined and processed food is not the best choice for your health.

Saturday, 21 November 2015 16:16

The evolutionary diet

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Hello friends, next week we talk about the evolutionary diet. Manu Villar Fontana will be our guest.. He holds a degree in Psychology at the university of INEF-Lleida and he’s working in Lleida Town-hall as a sports technician in “la Regidoria de les politiques a favor de la Creativitat, la Cultura, l' Educacio i l' Esport”. He is also part of the staff in Royal Lleida and co-founder of, giving services and personal training through the internet around the world.
Manu is going to tell us about the evolutionary diet or also called Paleodiet which is one of the healthiest ways to eat since it links to our genetics and helps us to stay lean, strong and energetic.

I’m looking forward to hearing from Manu’s speech next Wednesday. See you there.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:34

The UK educational system. Review.

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20151118 SYesterday Mr. Scott told us about the educational system in England. He studied to a state school wich is the equivalent to a public Spanish school but with certain differences between them. To start, pupils in the UK attend lessons dressed in uniform and they call the teacher in a formal way. The sports and arts are very important subjects for them at the same level of geography or biology. In general, school in the UK is more demanding for students, espacially in year 11 and year 13, the equivalent to 4rt ESO and 2on de Batxillerat. Then they can go to the university which is more expensive than it is in Spain. But although the administration pay for the students' education when they get a job have to pay back in return part of their salary to the state.

Definitely, it was very interesting learning about it.

Saturday, 14 November 2015 16:19

The British educational system

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studentsNext week the Topic will be the educational system. The last idea that Frank spread in our last meeting was that although it is generally accepted that education can reduce inequalities and reduce differences between people around, it is not so easy. Another important issue is that teaching is only one part of education. But, talking about teaching, we can ask Mr. Stephen Edward Scott about the differences and similarities between English system and Catalan system since he comes from North Wales but now he’s working as an English teacher here in Lleida. We like to know if pupils in the UK are more demanding, if practice is more important than theory and what is the role of matters like sports or arts. We also want to know the difference between state, public and private schools. And some other questions: Do English pupils have the same classmates day before the day and year before year? Do they stay in the same class-room all the time? What about copying in the exams and plagiarism in essays? Is it compulsory getting dressed in uniform?

I wish all of this questions will be cleared up next Wednesday at 21:30 at the library school. as usual.

Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:36

Habits. Review

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Yesterday we shared our bad habits with our companions. Actually, our bad habits are very soft, nothing about drugs, alcohol or sex. We wanted to know how to break bad habits and replace them for good ones, but the experience wasn't very profitable since no one had anything remarkable to tell the others. However, we had a point in common which was the trend to procrastinate tasks in our job. Then the conversation about the topic went down and the section of retired people started to tell us their feelings in relation to habits and routines you can start when you are not forced to work every day. It is impressive how open minded and interesting can be our mates. 

habitsLast week we were talking about how to make our life easier, and while we debated about that I thought it had a lot to do with habits. Next week, linking with the previous subject, we can discuss about how to deal with habits, how to break a bad one and how to get a good one. Most of the time bad habits are simply a way of dealing with stress, and stress is usually the reason we don’t have a pleasant time. Thus, lets see if we can clear up why we get bad habits and how to replace them for good ones in order to have our life more pleasant.  


See you next Wednesday at the school library at 21:30PM   


Thursday, 05 November 2015 21:13

Live easier. Review

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Yesterday Antoni told us a history about how Jon Jandai made his life easier. We mixed up very fast different concepts: simple living, happiness, money, obligations, debts and all the things we must deal every day in our life. Jon Jandai took his way to achieve his goals, but not everybody can leave his/her life to join him in his little village in Thailand, but we agreed in thinking that everyone has to find his own way to make his/her life easier and become happier. Simple and natural things make us feel good and complicated and stressful things usually make the contrary effect. I leave you with Jon Jandai's reflections and have a happy time.

Sunday, 01 November 2015 17:24

Simple Living: to live simply is to live happily

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simple lifeNext meeting we will talk about happiness, about needs, and about values. Simple living encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one's lifestyle. These may include reducing one's possessions or increasing self-sufficiency, for example. Simple living may be characterized by individuals being satisfied with what they have rather than they want.
We will talk about needs, real needs and irrational needs. Real needs are food and a place where sleep, also maybe clothes and healthcare. But, to be happy, we don't need to have a work, a career, a house in property, a car, electronic devices, a bank account or social prestige, for example. This are irrational beliefs. Not to believe this irrational ideas will allow us to enjoy modern live without become neurotics. And speaking about real needs, we will discuss some different ways to satisfy them.
But, what will happen when we take a distance from material things? Will we rest vacuum? empties? The compensation will come from inside us: the friendship, the love, the creativity, the domain of ourselves, our talents and our time, the culture, the interior enrichment, to share, chose our values, become a freethinker.
Are you agree with all this stuff? the responses next Wednesday.
Friday, 30 October 2015 09:10

New technologies. Review

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28102015SYesterday we talked about New Technologies. As usual, there were different opinions among the audience. The first agreement we achieved was that the improper use of technologies can be bad for people. Sometime people talk about addictions, for example to the mobile phone. But I think, as Tom Uglow said, we are addicted to information, which flows through devices like computers, tablets pc, or mobile phones.  Information is power and we live in a time where we have almost instant access to information so keep updated make us powerful. It is also true that technology destroys jobs today, but we also can see how technology creates jobs for the future. What remains to be seen is if Technology will be able to create jobs for everyone all over the world.

So don’t blame it on the computers, don’t blame it on the mobile phones, don’t blame it on the tablet pc’s, blame it on the boogie.

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