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Philosophy for Students

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Nayland College

166 Nayland Rd

Stoke Nelson, Nelson 7010

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Academy Conference comes to Stoke for students in Years 7-10.

Julie Arliss is an amazing presenter and philosopher from England, who travels Australia and New Zealand bringing philosophical concepts to life. Philosophy is the study of thinking and thinking about thinking. Julie's conferences are engaging and inspiring. Students leave the conference mind boggled and thinking!

The Lectures:
1. Rock in 11 Dimensions: Where Physics and Guitars Collide Dr Mark LewneyThis mind-expanding and ear-stimulating lecture will address some of the biggest ideas in contemporary science. The Rock Doctor, Dr Mark Lewney will use his skill with a rock guitar to explore the physics of sound; show how string vibrations might answer questions about the Big Bang; and, how the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the biggest experiment ever built – might let us peek into extra dimensions. With hands on demonstrations, mind-bending animations and expert guitar playing, this lecture will get the audience thinking in multiple dimensions. It will also share the wonder and excitement of how innovative experiments, all using the LHC at CERN will give us a glimpse of what the universe was like in its first trillionth of a second, and may even help us discover the origins and nature of matter.

2. Square box, round pizza, triangle slices. Logic: A philosophical investigation.
Julie Arliss This multi-media lecture will explore classical ideas of truth and logic and the role of contemporary social media in re-shaping these ideas. What is an alternative fact? As well as outlining the cultural shift towards ‘post-truth’ and its relation to post-modernism, the lecture will consider the ways in which logic functions, looking particularly at deduction, induction and abduction, as well as the place of logic in post-modern reasoning. The role of logic in the political sphere will also be considered in an age of the dictatorship of twitter-sphere.

3. What Dreams May Come? Examining claims about the afterlife. The reports of near death experiences, paranormal experiences, telepathy and the like, as well as the beliefs in many world religions, seem to point to some form of post-mortem existence, but the scientific and philosophical problems associated with these beliefs are considerble. This talk will outline the evidence and examine some of the crucial difficulties, such as what would make the person who died the SAME PERSON as the one who is resurrected. Exploring the arguments and evidence for life after death draws inspiration from across the school curriculum to give students the tools to explore one of life’s great mysteries for themselves.

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.

Hamlet: Act III, scene 1, line 66.

4. The BIG Debate: This house believes that everyone should tell the truth all the time.An opportunity for students to contribute to this great debate topic. From ‘I left my homework at home,’ to, ‘The dog ate it,’ is it OK to lie if it saves your skin? Are ‘white’ lies justifieable to avoid hurting someone’s feeling? It will be argued that ‘Fools lie clever people stick to the truth’ (Michael Scott), and that ‘If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything’ (Mark Twain), but what do you think and can you persuade others to agree with you? An opportunity for persuasive speech and creative thinking on your feet.


Julie Arliss
Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship by Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly accomplished teacher and author. Julie Arliss is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is on the examining team for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

Dr Mark Lewney

Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, is a guitar physicist. He has appeared on Radio 4’s Material World, on BBC's Newsnight and on BBC’s Xchange! as well as on the Money Programme. He lectures around the UK, being introduced as a cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix. Mark has conducted a tour for the Institute of Physics, featured in the Guardian and Physics World and also performed at the Tokyo International Science Festival.

"A cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix"


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