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Philosophy Expo 2016 – Topics

... What's Love Got to do with It? – Anthony Renshaw

The wonder of love is that it is ever-available but never imposes itself; that it transforms everything it touches, but takes no time to do so; that it is like a feeling, but beyond feelings; that it is both a means and an end, a noun and a verb, the destination and the way.

In the Vedic tradition, the way of love has nine stages – three sets of three. The first set of three is about falling in love; the second set of three is about the sacrifice needed to win the beloved; and the third set of three is about transforming personal love into universal love.

In this workshop we’ll be led by these ideas and others into a fresh consideration of love in all of its power. We know more about love than we realise. This will be an opportunity to discover how much we know.

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Meditation, a Journey to the Heart – Steve Mitcham

When the heart is open we feel more connected to those around us, we are more loving, we feel more alive.

Meditation can bring us to our natural state of loving awareness by removing the blockages that keep us trapped in our over-thinking minds.

The practice of meditation frees us from the ego and brings about balance where the experience is that love replaces fear, patience replaces stress and compassion replaces selfishness.

This insightful talk is for non-meditators and meditators alike.


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Meditation

From Timeless Philosophy to Modern Physics ... A Journey - Peter Whyte

You are invited to come on a journey - one with a purpose but not necessarily a destiny.

This journey is about experiencing a world awakening to an inner meaning. You won’t need to take any luggage, just an open mind, being willing to be a participant and not just an observer.

The mystics have been there before, that is the ones who realised that the pilgrimage was not to a holy shrine without, but to a sacred place within.

The journey will take us from the ancient sages who created the Upanishads to the essentials of classical physics, the threshold of quantum physics and thence to the perennial philosophy. Come join us!

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A Journey...

A Journey...

Vedic Mathematics - Mr Phillip Kruger

An ancient and unique system of mathematics based on a few simple rules which enable mathematical problems to be solved easily and efficiently.

In summary it is mathematics made simple and enjoyable.


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... Off a Duck's Back – Anthony Renshaw

Sometimes we need to let things roll off us like water rolls off a duck’s back. Just as ducks have a natural insulation against their environment, human beings have the power of detachment. It’s a mighty power and when it’s awakened, it allows us to move more freely, think more clearly and feel more deeply.

In this workshop, we’ll spend some time wondering what inhibits this power and what releases it; what Meister Eckhart meant when he declared it to be the greatest of all human strengths; why it is that detachment alone lets us participate fully in the game of life.

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5 Principals of Dialectic - Bernie Kroczek

Dialectic is a wonderful tool for excellent communication in every situation.

Dialectic has ancient roots as far back as Plato - learn five principles that can be easily applied in everyday life to bring about greater understanding, flow of conversation and a feeling of fulfilment.

“Dialectic, as you will agree, is the coping- stone of the sciences, and is set over them; no other science can be placed higher – the nature of knowledge can no further go”. (Plato: Republic)

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Dialectic Discussions

5 Principals of Dialectic

Forgiveness, the Greatest Healer of All - Steve Mitcham

Do you want peace? Forgiveness offers it. Do you want happiness, a quiet mind, a certainty or purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world? Forgiveness offers it. It sparkles on your eyes as you awake, and gives you joy with which to meet the day. It soothes your forehead while you sleep. All this forgiveness offers you, and more.

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Forgiveness

Mindful Eating - An end to Dieting, Veronica McGuire


Many people seem to be on a never-ending diet, most lose some weight initially, but somehow always seem to put the weight, and more, back on eventually.

The constant dieting means we can develop a very unhealthy relationship with food and an unfortunate view of our bodies.

Mindful Eating disposes with the usual ideas of dieting and instead begins by learning more about ourselves and our eating habits.

Through a series of mindfulness practises, it allows for the enjoyment of all we eat while cultivating a positive self image.

This is not a “quick fix” pill to lose weight, but a healthy way to approach eating which will show results in time and will put an end to the roller-coaster of dieting once and for all.

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Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

Winston Churchill - Glen McLeod

Winston Churchill: The terms 'faith' and 'duty' were featured in a number Winston Churchill's wartime speeches. Churchill chose his words with great care and the literary merit of the speeches, considered with other works, led to him being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. We will examine meaning of these words particularly in the context of several Churchill speeches, with a view to exploring why the words are not a feature of contemporary political discourse.

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

The Spleen Explosion Story – Dr Clive Lamond

Clive Lamond a student of philosophy and presenter of material for over 20 years at the School of Philosophy, thought he was in good health until one evening he felt a sharp pain in his abdomen. What followed tested everything he had learnt in 20 years of meditation and practicing philosophy, as he ‘circled the drain’ and survived by the barest of margins.

This talk will look at the great questions Who Am I? What is existence? Am I this body? Am I in charge of my destiny? Also we will touch on meditation and how it relates to health, the management of shock and stress. We will also look at death, the unspeakable companion to us all, what has philosophy to teach us about death?

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Clive Lamond

The Three Tyrants of the Mind - Bernie Kroczek

Desire, Greed and Anger - How to overcome them.

The cause of all suffering and unhappiness can be attributed to these three negative forces. The timeless wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita show us how to free ourselves of these tyrants and live a life full of Truth, Consciousness and Bliss.

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The Three Tyrants of the Mind

The Three Tyrants of the Mind

Ancient Stories for Today – Mrs Dianne Kruger

“Hear some of the oldest stories known to man. They have been told and retold over hundreds of years and still hold listeners enthralled.
Discover how great stories can open the heart and mind and lead the understanding away from the mundane and trivial towards love and reason.

Dianne Kruger is the Head of Sanskrit at The School of Philosophy. Stories are an important part of the study of the Sanskrit language and give an insight into ancient kingdoms, heroic wars, the teachings of great sages, love and life.

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Ancient Stories for Today

Ancient Stories for Today

The Sacred Art of Listening - Mr Phillip Kruger

Do you know how to listen? What do you listen to most of the day? Do we have a choice in what we listen to? Could you learn to listen better? Or, do you know someone who could learn to listen better?

Would you like to be a better listener? Listening is an Art and as with any art it require practice. This workshop will provide you with skills that will, without a doubt, assist you in all circumsatnces to be a better listener.


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The Art of Listening

The Gospel of Mary Magdelene - Mrs Jean Wyder

As the first witness to the Resurrection, Mary was considered by the apostle John to be the founder of Christianity.

Explore Mary’s own gospel found in Egypt in 1896, which some scholars say dates back to the early part of the second century.



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Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

The Voices Made Me Do It – Dr Clive Lamond

A look at the internal voices and the eternal struggle to do right and good; although desires appear to force us to do the wrong and bad.
How philosophy and current knowledge of the mind and brain structure can allow us to retake control of our destiny and even our own thoughts.

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The Voices Made Me Do It!

The Voices Made Me Do It!

Practical Psychology and Philosophy - Mr Carl Brauhart


Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) teaches us to listen to our internal dialogue and identify thoughts which are unhelpful.

Surprisingly, (particularly for a depressed or anxious person) such negative thoughts are invariably distortions of the truth.

CBT presents logical and positive alternatives to the habitual negative thought patterns that all of us slip into.

This presentation explores the numerous parallels between CBT and Practical Philosophy.

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Cognitive Behaviour

The Power of Speech - Peter Wyder

The power of speech and its ability to influence, not only from public figures and the media but also the unspoken speech in your mind.


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The Power of Speech

The Power of Speech

The Philosophical Geography of India – Mr Frank Butler

Join this journey through the physical features of the sub continent of India and discover some of the most sacred sites which have given birth to the knowledge and wisdom which has been embraced by the teachings of philosophers throughout time and embodied in the courses offered by the School of Philosophy.

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Guest Speaker Profiles

Phillip Kruger

Phillip Kruger is the Head of the School of Practical Philosophy in Perth. He has a Master Degree in Science and Engineering and has been studying Philosophy for some 40 years. Phillip and his wife Dianne have five children and four grandchildren but still mange to devote a great deal of their time to the School and the care of the students.

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Anthony Renshaw

Anthony Renshaw is the Head of the School of Practical Philosophy in Sydney. His association with the School began in 1973 and he was appointed Head of School in 2001. He has run residential retreats and philosophy programs here in Australia as well as the United Kingdom and North America.


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Anthony Renshaw

Anthony Renshaw

Dr Clive Lamond

Dr Clive Lamond grew up on a farm near Griffith, in western NSW, and with this experience he completed a Veterinary Science degree at Sydney University. After he graduated he worked in 3 states, and finally settling in WA, he set up his own Veterinary practice in 1990 in Perth’s northern suburbs.

Clive started his studies at the Perth School of Philosophy in 1995, and has been presenting material to students since mid 1997. He has for many years been a student of, and has a love of physics and philosophy and gives regular lectures on various Science and Philosophical subjects.

Clive has also completed the intermediate level Sanskrit Exams through OCR (Oxford/ Cambridge Universities). Sanskrit being the language of the ancient philosophical works, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads The Supreme Yoga, and Vivekacudamani, which he has studied.

Clive also practices a form of Transcendental Meditation (since 1991). Clive is married with 4 children and works full time as a Veterinarian.

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Clive Lamond

Clive Lamond

Bernie Kroczek

Bernie Kroczek has been involved in the School of Philosophy since 1992 and is very passionate about the subject.
Bernie is an eloquent speaker and no doubt his career as a real estate agent has contributed to his gentle way with people.
Practice makes perfect and with 12 grandchildren and another on the way, Bernie gets plenty of life experiences to work with!


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Bernie Kroczek

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