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What are mental images made of?

Everyday philosophy   Sometimes it’s worth doing philosophy because it has some immediate practical implications, changing what you think is right or the way you live your life. But sometimes it’s worth doing because reality is wonderful, and contemplating it is good in itself. Philosophy of mind is worth thinking about for both reasons. There…

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Puppy Play Dates in Dublin Have you recently added a new member to the family? The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) is running free Puppy Play Dates on Saturdays so you can let your new little one socialise. Early puppy socialisation is important as puppies that grow up in isolation –…

Keeping on top of New Year resolutions

Wendy Grace Like a lot of people I made a lot of New Year’s Resolutions, I had a lot of enthusiasm in January, but now am finding it really difficult, have you any advice as to how I can stay motivated? Many of us make New Year’s resolutions that are hopeful but unrealistic and come…

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Avoid anxiety meds dependency

Medical Matters Last September the Medical Council issued warnings about the over-prescribing of medications for anxiety and insomnia. Belonging to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, they first took prominence in 1963 with the arrival of Valium, a safer and better alternative to hitherto existing hypnotics. Its use skyrocketed along with newer versions in…

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Bring your imagination If you happen to be in the south of the country near Cork city there is a great opportunity available to get creative at The Glucksman contemporary art museum in University College Cork. They are running a free art workshop on Sunday afternoons between 3 and 4pm every week up until Sunday…

No excuse not to build your spring garden

Green Fingers God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. – Francis Bacon It is estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in cities and a recent study shows the average American adult spends 93% of their time indoors. A recipe for an unhealthy…

Meditation: Sitting to Attention

Mindful Living Children take to meditation very easily – they have a natural disposition for silence because they have an infinite openness to life without expectation. Adults can quickly tire of meditation because they feel they are getting nowhere. It seems – on the surface of things – that nothing is happening and that can…

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Time to welcome spring’s snowdrops With the coming of spring, flowers are beginning to break through the soil and it seems like the whole environment is coming back to vibrant life with a huge variety of colour. What better way to enjoy the season than to take a walk in nature and enjoy one of…

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A magical oceans lab Many people get put off by science, resolving that the subject is either boring or only fit for geniuses to study. However, science is something we should all be exploring and trying to understand. Marine and environmental science is at the forefront of our current affairs with the plastic pollution of…