Thought for the Week – 15.01.18

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”

ARISTOTLE (384 – 322BC)

Aristotle (384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. At seventeen or eighteen years of age, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven (c. 347 BC). His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, psychology, linguistics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip II of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great beginning in 343 BC.

Teaching Alexander the Great gave Aristotle many opportunities and an abundance of supplies. He established a library in the Lyceum which aided in the production of many of his hundreds of books, which were written on papyrus scrolls. The fact that Aristotle was a pupil of Plato contributed to his former views of Platonism, but, following Plato’s death, Aristotle immersed himself in empirical studies and shifted from Platonism to empiricism.  He believed all peoples’ concepts and all of their knowledge was ultimately based on perception. Aristotle’s views on natural sciences represent the groundwork underlying many of his works.

Aristotle’s views on physical science profoundly shaped medieval scholarship. Their influence extended from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages into the Renaissance, and were not replaced systematically until the Enlightenment and theories such as classical mechanics. Some of Aristotle’s zoological observations, such as on the hectocotyl (reproductive) arm of the octopus, were not confirmed or refuted until the 19th century. His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic, which was incorporated in the late 19th century into modern formal logic.

In metaphysics, Aristotelianism profoundly influenced Jewish and Islamic philosophical and theological thought during the Middle Ages and continues to influence Christian theology, especially the Neoplatonism of the Early Church and the scholastic tradition of the Catholic Church. Aristotle was well known among medieval Muslim scholars, and has been revered as “The First Teacher” (Arabic: المعلم الأول‎).

His ethics, though always influential, gained renewed interest with the modern advent of virtue ethics. All aspects of Aristotle’s philosophy continue to be the object of active academic study today. Though Aristotle wrote many elegant treatises and dialogues – Cicero described his literary style as “a river of gold” – it is thought that only around a third of his original output has survived.

Click Here if You Have a Massive Brain (or Love Curry)

Quick, answer these questions, NOW!

What’s the capital of Peru?

Who won the first football World Cup?

How many husbands did Liz Taylor have?

If you answered Lima, Uruguay and seven* then you need to get a ticket to the AGS Quiz and Curry Night on Saturday March, 3rd.  If you answered something else, then you also need to buy a ticket because I’m very competitive and think I could probably beat you.

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* If you’re reading this it’s because you know that Liz Taylor was married eight times and you’re cross because you got the answer wrong.  However, she remarried Richard Burton and so he only counts once.  Deal with it, loser!

Thought for the Week – 08.01.18

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1 May 1881 – 10 April 1955) was a French idealist philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man. He conceived the vitalist idea of the Omega Point (a maximum level of complexity and consciousness towards which he believed the universe was evolving) and developed Vladimir Vernadsky’s concept of noosphere.

Although many of Teilhard’s writings were censored by the Catholic Church during his lifetime because of his views on original sin, Teilhard has been posthumously praised by Pope Benedict XVI and other eminent Catholic figures, and his theological teachings were cited by Pope Francis in the 2015 encyclical, Laudato si’. The response to his writings by evolutionary biologists has been, with some exceptions, decidedly negative.

Last Chance for the AGS Burns Night Spectacular!

There ain’t no party like an AGS Burns Night party and the good news is that it’s not too late to book your place.

On Saturday, 28th January, Foundation Hall is transformed into a Scottish wonderland, where you will eat delicious food, take part in some traditional Scottish dancing, and witness a haggis being welcomed by Scottish pipers and addressed by Head of Drama, Rob Warner.  Kilts and sporrans are welcomed but not compulsory (and worn entirely at their owner’s risk).

So, if you want to come, simply call Kate Locke on 07714837030.  But time is running out so please call today.

Lang may yer lum reek.