The human brain is but an organ of the body. Subject to malaise like any other part of the anatomy it is also uniquely the seat of our consciousness, of our thoughts. Mental health and mental ill health depend not only on organic influences like that on any other body part but also on the very functioning of those thought processes.
Healthcare services exist to intervene to help treat mental ill health. There are also attempts to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. But what constitutes good mental health? Or for that matter mental ill health?
Just as with physical health there are external and environmental influences.
We shall touch on a few aspects of these topics. And we shall attempt to use at least some brain activity to do so.
Why do some societies have much higher levels of mental illness than others?
From ‘The Spirit Level’ to ‘The Inner Level’ the work of Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett has explored economic inequality and the impact it has on all of us.
Is economic and social inequality inevitable?
Can we do anything to reverse it?
What’s our understanding of Love?
How far must we understand it to acknowledge it?
What’s missing from our current reality?
How, if at all, does it need to change?
Join us for a discussion about our favourite secret obsession….
Accusations of Elitism and denunciations of elitists are a regular part of current political dialogue. Are these always and inevitably negative terms? On Friday 5 October I hope to discuss with the Philosophical Society the origins of Elite Theory and explore how it has developed. To what extent does it help us understand our current world and perhaps more importantly, could it suggest what the immediate future may hold?