Coffee and Consciousness

Imagine two coffee tasters, Chase and Sanborn. Every morning they drink the same coffee at the same coffee house. One morning while drinking their coffee they both decide that they no longer like it. Although the coffee they taste has not changed, the pleasure they get from it has ceased to be. Chase says “My tastes have changed. I’ve become a more sophisticated coffee drinker. I no longer like that taste at all.” Sanborn rationalises “But my tastes haven’t changed; my... tasters have changed... I think something has gone wrong with my taste buds...”.

Peter Gelderloos "Worshiping Power" book tour, Norwich

Dear friends,

I'm sharing details of this event put on by DIT Collective on the 21st June, 7pm at The Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place, NR2 2SA, Norwich, Norfolk.

Peter Gelderloos is coming to Norwich as part of a UK speaking tour for his recent book, Worshiping Power. We're excited to be able to help make this happen in our city.

"Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation

How to Avoid the Backfire Effect and Change Minds

Contrary to what we might think, when presented with facts that run counter to what we currently believe we have a tendency of hardening, not softening, our currently held beliefs. This tendency is called the backfire effect and was discovered by researchers investigating how memory and knowledge are updated after correcting information has been received. The backfire effect works in several ways. Firstly there is the familiarity effect, the more someone is familiar with a claim the more likely they are to accept it as true.

Norwich Philosophy Circle. 16th March @ The White Lion, 6.30pm

I would like to invite you to this event some friends in Norwich are organising.

Norwich Community Philosophy Circle encourages equal participation by all in the community in the questions that matter to us. In the group we leave the books on the shelf but knowledge and experience are equally valued. All we ask is curiosity, a willingness to listen and a respect for others opinions.

Book Launch. The Alternative To Capitalism.

Saturday 11th March at 1pm. Space Studios, 5 Swan Lane, Norwich NR2 1HZ

If you are interested in political philosophy you might like to come to this event. It will not be a Socratic dialogue facilitated event like the ones at The Forum but there will be plenty of time for discussion.

This is an event to publicise the relaunch of Theory And Practice, a small scale radical book publishing project based in Norwich, UK. Current titles can be viewed at www.theoryandpractice.org.uk

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