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4th December Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to listen to ‘One Brain, Two Languages: Bringing Up a Bilingual Child' by Madeleine Beveridge - plus - 'Dyslexia; What It Is And How It Has Affected Me' by Alex Dunedin....

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The Manipulation and Distortion of The Stockmarket

What I look at in this article is how equitable the market place is for Futures and stock trading in commodities raising the question of how equal are the opportunities ?  The idea of protection feature strongly in economic discussions and can cover a multitude of sin from obstruction of data resulting in imperfect information to insider trading, to barriers created around the market place and red tape.  Understanding what manipulation and distortion happens in the marketplace is a critical issue if we are to understand the existing influences on the food prices.

Like bank traders, fund managers often use computerized high frequency ‘algorithmic trading’ to make gains from miniscule price movements. High-frequency trading is based on information that reaches insiders a fraction of a second ahead of everyone else – just long enough to cash in, while raising costs for ordinary investors. Michael Lewis wrote Flash Boys in which he describes the construction of a secretive 827-mile cable running from Chicago to New Jersey which would reduce the journey of data from 17 to 13 milliseconds. The speed of data is a major theme in the book; essentially, the faster the data travels, the better the price of the trade. Continue reading this article “The Manipulation and Distortion of The Stockmarket” »

Podcast: A Different Kind Of Humanity by Ciaran Healy

This is a recording of Ciaran Healy giving a talk on the philosophy he has developed. Ciaran spoke at the Ragged University event in Edinburgh on 10th July 2014.

A different kind of humanity covers a recap of lecture 1 in the serie; The fundamental mechanism underlying all amplified conflict; The sundering of cultural context through globalised communications; The untenable human – how humanity as it has been is no longer stable, or sustainable; Mysticism and the Eastern answer;The limits of militant peace; The painting and the palette – a metaphor for a new, high-impact humanity apart from divisive beliefs; and Flavour-based humanity. Continue reading this article “Podcast: A Different Kind Of Humanity by Ciaran Healy” »

Urban Fitness; It’s A (Concrete) Jungle Out There

Have you thought about getting fit but don’t know where to start? Sometimes the most effective way to start is with small changes to your daily life. The good news is that you need neither more time nor money to increase your general sense of wellbeing.

Yes, you can bluff your way to overall fitness! Here’s a cheat sheet to make an ordinary working day a day of health, vitality and smug self-satisfaction.

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Podcast: On A New Understanding Of Human Beings by Ciaran Healy

This is a podcast of Ciaran Healy talking about ‘ On A New Understanding Of The Nature Of Human Beings’ part of Strange Terrain, the philosophy which he has developed over the years and is soon to be publishing.  This is the first part of three talks he gave at the Ragged University called “On A New understanding Of The Nature Of Human Beings”
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Podcast: Susan Brown Talks About Sustainability Education

This is a podcast of when Susan Brown discussed the complexities of sustainability education at the Ragged University event in Manchester.

Here she draws the audience into discussion about the many things which are important to acknowledge and think about in approaching the global problems we face today such as nitrogen run off, soil depletion, pollution, climate change, over consumption of resources without replenishment. Continue reading this article “Podcast: Susan Brown Talks About Sustainability Education” »