2010 – 2011

The Main Events

01.11.10 Fr Pat Collins, Exorcist Priest spoke to Theo, he frighted us all senseless and no matter what we could say, there is no doubt that he belived in what he was saying. the religious practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or an area which they are believed to have possessed. Depending on the spiritual beliefs of the exorcist, this may be done by causing the entity to swear an oath, performing an elaborate ritual, or simply by commanding it to depart in the name of a higher power. The practice is ancient and part of the belief system of many cultures and religions.

22.11.10 Peter Singer: A global ethic Peter Albert David Singer AC (born 6 July 1946) is an Australian moral philosopher. He is currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. He is known in particular for his book, Animal Liberation (1975), a canonical text in animal rights/liberation theory.

On two occasions Singer served as chair of the philosophy department at Monash University, where he founded its Centre for Human Bioethics. In 1996 he stood unsuccessfully as a Greens candidate for the Australian Senate. In 2004 he was recognised as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies, and in June 2012 was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his services to philosophy and bioethics.[1] He serves on the Advisory Board of Incentives for Global Health, the NGO formed to develop the Health Impact Fund proposal. He was voted one of Australia’s ten most influential public intellectuals in 2006.[2]

06.12.10: Martin Duffy; The healing potential of Nonordinary States of Consciousness has been known to all spiritual traditions throughout the ages. Shamans discovered how to induce these trance states through different technologies of the sacred, such as drumming, fasting, vision questing, sweat lodges and the use of entheogens. Modern consciousness research has also investigated mindfulness meditation, imagery in healing, visualization and the therapeutic use of sound. Martin Duffy will explore the history of these practices.

Martin has worked as a mental health care professional since 1977. He is an accredited transpersonal /Jungian psychotherapist and has done fieldwork with indigenous Shamans from Mongolia, Mexico, the Amazon, Andes, and Africa.

24.01.11 Anthony J. Bush, owner of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a 100-acre (40 ha) creationist zoo and entertainment centre based around a working farm—in Wraxall, North Somerset, about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Bristol, England. The zoo has been criticised for promoting creationism and in December 2009 it was expelled from the zoo industry’s regulatory body for bringing the association into disrepute following a BBC investigation into its links with the Great British Circus. The BBC also documented a tiger’s head being kept in a freezer and the burial of a deceased tiger contrary to DEFRA regulations

31.01.11 Church in Chains: is an independent Irish-based charity (CHY 15443) which encourages Irish Christians to pray and act in support of persecuted Christians worldwide, with a special focus on CHINA, EGYPT, ERITREA, INDIA, IRAN, MEXICO, NORTH KOREA, PAKISTAN, TURKEY and UZBEKISTAN.

Church in Chains was previously known as Christian Concern for Freedom of Conscience (CCFC) and began in Dublin, Ireland in the mid-1970′s when a group of evangelical Christians joined together to campaign on behalf of Georgi Vins, a Russian Baptist pastor, who had been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for his Christian ministry. After much international protest, Pastor Vins was released in 1979

21.02.11 Dr Timothy Janz, Vatican Library: The Vatican Apostolic Library (Latin: Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana), more commonly called simply the Vatican Library, is the library of the Holy See, currently located in Vatican City. It is one of the oldest libraries in the world and contains one of the most significant collections of historical texts. Formally established in 1475, though in fact much older, it has 75,000 codices from throughout history. From July 2007, the library had been temporarily closed to the public for rebuilding, and reopened in September 2010.

Dr Janz, delighted us by shattering our illusions about the secret nature of the Vatican Library :(

14.03.11 Dr Dylan Evans: Dylan is a British academic and author who has written books on emotion and the placebo effect as well as the theories of Jacques Lacan.

26.03.12 john waters: Waters (born on 28 May 1955) is a columnist with The Irish Times, a former editor of Magill magazine and serial Eurovision Song Contest entrant. Waters’s career began in 1981 with the Irish political-music magazine Hot Press. He went on to write for the Sunday Tribune and later edited In Dublin magazine and Magill. Waters has written several books and, in 1998, he devised The Whoseday Book — which contains quotes, writings and pictures of 365 Irish writers and musicians — that raised some €3 million for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Waters is an ardent supporter of the fathers’ rights movement in Ireland.

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