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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

talking about emotion

You don't see a post for ages and then two come along at once...

A very lovely though rather surprising email came my way yesterday inviting me to contribute to a conversation. The Conversational is an attempt to inspire conversation to those things we might often wish, but too often let it languish around idle chatter.

So on August 18th I shall be the guest at their next event - Emotion v Reason. As Michelle from group writes:

"Emotion, Reason, Reason, Emotion – what do they mean and what dictates whether we’ll respond with one or the other in a particular situation? Can one undermine the other? Can logic be used to show that certain emotions are badly founded and therefore not a useful part of any argument? Or do reason and emotion actually co-exist?"

Regular readers will know my opinions on the nature of the emotion/reason dualism and hopefully it may be a chance to speak with other interested people on how to get beyond it, and what examples from elsewhere in time and place can provide useful insight into our current understanding of such things.

The idea of a salon has always appealed though a friend tried to start one at uni and it deeply alienated some folk who weren't invited. And i always wanted to set up a Scots in exile one in London, but as with so much in my life, i never got round to it. But credit to the good people at the conversational for daring and doing.

By the way, if you're in London and fancy it then email the organisers and it would be lovely to see anyone who may read this...

4 comments:

Linda S. Socha said...
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Linda S. Socha said...

I look forward to hearing more about this evfent Calum....Wondering if it will be audio recorded?
Linda

scot in exile said...

'fraid not m'lady, though will write something up about it after the event...

Michelle Newell said...

Everyone is welcome attend the conversation ... find us on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139166383641#/group.php?gid=92868386243
or http://www.theconversational.co.uk
Calum and I had a very interesting chat last night about emotion - it's going to be a dynamic event on Tuesday.