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Live Music In Edinburgh Throughout July: Ragged University has teamed up with Edinburgh Fringe Live to bring you 26 live music acts over the month of July on the Peartree Garden Stage. Come Along, enjoy the sun with some music....

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12th August Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Central Library in the George Washington Browne room, one floor down on the Mezzanine level at 5pm to hear ‘Plebs’: the Ruskin College Strike of 1909 by Colin Waugh - plus - 'Left for the Rising Sun. Right for Swan Hunter. The Plebs League in the North East of England 1908/1926' by Robert Clive Turnbull....

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11th September Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to hear ‘A Different Kind Of Revolution' by Ciaran Healy - plus - ‘How Accents Work’ By Lauren Hall-Lew....

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The Traditional, the Contemporary and Orthodoxy by Alex Dunedin

scientific method

The roots of the word ‘orthodox’ help to clarify the distinguishing qualities of established schools of thought to the neophyte arrangements which fit outside of the canon of currently accepted scientific knowledge.

The word orthodox arises from two Greek words, ortho and doxa. Ortho has the meaning; in composition, straight: upright: perpendicular: right: genuine: derived from the Greek, orthos, meaning straight, upright, right. Doxa has the meaning: derived from the Greek meaning opinion and relating sound in doctrine: believing or according to the received or established doctrines or opinions.

Thus ‘right opinion’ is the underlying essence of the expression orthodox, which is commonly used to express the canon of views held by established institutions and accepted schools of learning. The literal adoption of the word may be regarded to include opinions formed out-with the trodden path, which are themselves informed from objective truth.

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Podcast: Gulabi Gang; A Discussion With The Director Nivedita Menon

Gulabi Gang Film

These podcasts were recorded during a screening of Gulabi Gang an award-winning documentary film about rural woman’s activism in India followed by a discussion with Nivedita Menon the director of the film.


Nivedita Menon is a well known Malayali feminist theorist, author, and professor teaching political thought in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory. She is the author of Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law (2004); and the editor of Gender and Politics in India (1999) and Sexualities (Women Unlimited, 2008).


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Why Free Events ?

All events are free, and with the project model having been piloted and critiqued widely, the Ragged is looking for further support to explore just how many positives can come from doing something so straight forward as open learning events.  Much well intentioned comment has come with the perspective that Ragged should charge for the events, even if just a token. Well, this is not something which is going to happen as it would change the model in a fundamental way.

For those who want to understand the deeper workings of the project please see the social capital presentation.  As an enterprise we want to foster cooperation not only between individuals, but also between organisations.  An extended supplement is being written on this which will be available in the not too distant future.

Ragged is an inclusive social capital project: loosely described as situations where people choose to voluntarily associate with each other and where participation in that group serves as a free resource to those people


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Podcast: Professor Virginia Eubanks Talks About Digital Deadends

Digital Dead End

“If we don’t want the information age to deliver widespread economic and political destruction, we must commit to including all citizens in a dialog about creating a just and equitable future.  In the end, our liberation is bound up in each other; we all sink or swim together.”

Professor Virginia Eubanks wrote the book Digital Deadend from her time living and working with a YWCA just outside of New York.  Her experiences trying to provide free education, support and span the ‘digital divide’ led her to write this book.  Her studies show the myths which are perpetuated around the rhetoric of the digital age – i.e. computers will make us all free; it will make education accessible to all; the ‘poor’ lack skills whilst the rich have them…

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Donkey Kong

donkey kong
donkey kong

Donkey Kong was created when Shigeru Miyamoto was assigned by Nintendo to convert Radar Scope, a game that had been released to test audiences with poor results, into a game that would appeal more to Americans. The result was a major breakthrough for Nintendo and for the videogame industry. Sales of the machine were brisk, with the game becoming one of the best-selling arcade machines of the early 1980s.


The gameplay itself was a large improvement over other games of its time, and with the growing base of arcades to sell to, it was able to gain huge distribution. In the game, Mario must ascend a construction site while avoiding obstacles to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong. Miyamoto created a greatly simplified version for the Game & Watch multiscreen.
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Asylum: A Journey Through Madness and Back by Dina Poursanidou

Asylum Magazine

How I became involved with the Asylum magazine and what such involvement has meant for me:  a journey through madness and back by Dina Poursanidou

My first encounter with the Asylum magazine occurred in the spring of 2010 – when the magazine was relaunched after a 3-year break. I was introduced to Asylum by Helen (Spandler), a friend and colleague from the University of Central Lancashire and member of the Asylum editorial collective, and I have been reading it religiously ever since. In the autumn of 2011 Helen asked me whether I would be interested in being involved in the Asylum editorial collective, stressing that ‘the collective is open to anyone who wants to help produce and develop the magazine, working in a spirit of equality’. I was pleased to be asked and I have been a member of the collective for about a year.

I feel that in order to communicate effectively how and why I became involved with the Asylum magazine, as well as what such involvement has meant for me, it is essential to locate my involvement with Asylum in the context of my life and particularly, in the context of my journey through mental illness (for want of a better word) and mental health services in the period 2008-2010.

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