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8th May Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to listen to Bob Redwater to share his Memoirs of an Edinburgh Poacher plus a talk on the Placebo Effect by Derek Howden...

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Combo Combo

Combo Combo

Wood , wire, skin & muscle, and a lot of energy…We create music together that we enjoy playing, with the people we like….for anyone who will take the time to listen !!

A trio of voice, guitar and percussion who write acoustic-based songs influenced by Celtic; African; R&B; Blues; Jazz and  Reggae styles !!

  • Personnel:

  • Cassy Mcormack on vocals
  • Iain Mackechnie on guitar
  • Pat Mcann on percussion

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Social Capital and Education: A Digest by Alex Dunedin

social capital

What the concept of social capital has brought to the debate is, at bottom, an interest in the pay offs that arise from our relationships. The idea that social capital returns tangible benefits to its holders is obviously open to testing against evidence.

Social capital has had a wide range of application, and inevitably the level of research evidence is variable. To summarise the findings of a wide variety of research, it seems that in general, social capital broadly does what the theorists have claimed: to put it crudely, people who are able to draw on others for support are healthier than those who cannot; they are also happier and wealthier; their children do better at school, and their communities suffer less from anti-social behaviour.

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Education and State: A Digest by Alex Dunedin

educational theory

By the middle of the nineteenth century, a broad consensus existed among governing and middle classes in Europe and America over the necessity of some form of education for the masses. Disagreements raged over precisely how this education should be administered. In many countries, debates over church involvement retarded the organisation of public education. In others, serious conflicts over the precise nature of educational organization – whether it should be centrally or locally controlled, for instance – had a similar effect.

A vibrant educational press and a rich international educational literature contributed to the generalization and widespread acceptance amongst the dominant classes in various countries of the necessity of popular education.

While the first half of the nineteenth century saw the emergence of a brand consensus over general educational practices and objectives among educational reformers and members of the governing classes in most European and American countries, the translation of this consensus into a set of effective educational practices aimed at local, and especially working class populations was a continually problematic matter.
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Free Audio Books

An excellent online project which provides an incredible range of free audiobooks covering a large number of classics. Also a worthy project to contribute to as it builds in the public domain…

LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. The first step is to get the mp3 or ogg files into your own computer. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.

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Hypothesis, Theory, Model and Law by Alex Dunedin


When thinking about ideas in a scientific context the ideas in question get described according to the level of corroboration and scrutiny they have recieved. In scientific disciplines, the words, “hypothesis”, “theory”, “model” and “law” hold different connotations in relation to the stage of acceptance or knowledge about a group of phenomena or ideas.



The first step in the scientific process is to propose a solution or answer to the problem or question. In science, this suggested solution or answer is called the hypothesis, and this is one of the most important steps a scientist performs. A scientific hypothesis is an informed, testable, and predictive solution to a scientific problem that explains a natural phenomenon, process, or event.

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