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26 Aug 2016


In this turbulent age of information technology etc – I’m comforted by the mood of the book of Ecclesiastes; an old guy – at the end of a full life – reflecting on the sense of continuity; how generations come and go – but ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’. I enjoy the endorsement of ancient wisdom in the news, that modern neurological theory confirms one of Buddhism’s oldest insights – that our personal sense of an unchanging self is an illusion. It seems that the brain offers a sequential narrative, which gives the impression of a coherent self; but neuroscience sees only a babble of competing soliloquies from different neural channels; a brain and body in constant flux. This accords with the Buddhist perception of 'anatta' - or no self.

           My 'imagined' ego took a knock at a public event recently; during the lunch break I’m collared by a man with a grievance – saying that 25 years ago I got him sacked from his community job. I don’t remember the incident, but the period he refers to was a manic, ‘action man’ episode in my working life – when I was certainly capable of arrogance. I tell him that I’ve changed – now more calm and considered – but he's agitated--makes a scene. I can't see that it matters whither our sense of self is real or imagined - we're stuck with it. But it matters to me that human consciousness is continuous from the time of Ecclesiastes, 500 BC. The internet doesn't penetrate our inner world - not yet anyway.



On Wednesday I attended a public meeting about local democracy – which I shouldn’t do – get too worked up. With a missing tier at community level – Scotland has the most inept representative structure of all countries examined (the stats are indisputable.) Robin McAlpine...Read more

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The SENs: Friday 26th August 2016

Great turn out for the SEN Co-ordinators meeting in Edinburgh this week. The main agenda item for the meeting was Tourism with a very informative presentation from Caroline Warburton, Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Industry Leadership Group for tourism and the leading voice for the tourism sector in Scotland. Senscot has been working on tourism for the last couple of years and have a dedicated section on the website. In the coming months, we’ll be liaising with both local and thematic SENs on a number of actions relating to tourism. For further info’, contact Sarah.

SEN member, The Findhorn Bay Festival, has been featured as a 'must visit' September event by, a TripAdvisor company. The Findhorn Bay Festival is a spectacular six-day celebration of arts and culture, taking place in the heart of Moray, showcasing artists of national and international renown. The Festival runs from Wed 21st to Mon 26th September and includes a vibrant mix of theatre, music, dance and visual arts as well as big gigs, free events, family events and the popular annual community event Culture Day Forres. See more.

GSEN’s profile has significantly grown over the last three years and now boasts a membership of over 150 social enterprises within the Greater Glasgow area. With an increasing emphasis on social enterprise nationally and locally, GSEN aims to raise...Read more
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