For my online classes at last week I’ve been using a session on time from David Birch’s Thinking Beans (attached here) with some twists. 

Like David, I like to get the children doing “experiments” that give them an “in” to the discussion from their own immediate experience. So, I start the session by asking them all to guess how long 15 seconds is, raising a hand when they think that time has elapsed. We then kick off with the question, “Can you feel time?”. 

At several points in the session, there’s an argument, such as:
P1. The past is in the photograph. 
P2. The photograph is in the present.
C.    Therefore, the past is in the present. 

(My labels, for premises and conclusion). You can have people state e.g. “yes no yes”  on whiteboards to show which parts of an argument they agree with (I’ve been using the chat on zoom), and as with any Thinkers’ Game, making the thinking physical promotes engagement and lets you see and explore disagreements. 

This is the photo I’ve been using. Taken in 1913, these young men would all be dead within a year in the Great War (unimaginable at the time of the photo, and only in the forties demoted to “World War I”, which provides some interesting thoughts about pasts, presents and futures). The photo inspired Ted Hughes’s poem, Six Young Men which addresses the very question of the argument. 

Workshops for Curious Minds

One of the challenges of COVID-catch-up times is providing a suitable stretch for your most able learners, some of whom may have thrived during the lockdowns, when there is such an urgent need to support those who fell further behind.  
A very good use of resources is to have a one-day workshop that brings together 20-24 of the brightest sparks from several classes or schools for a full-day fusing philosophy, debating and improv where the sky is the limit for their thinking.  
These days can have a lasting legacy for the youngsters in new interests and new friendships. Because I enjoy them so much, I can do them on Fridays at a reduced rate of £750 + VAT and expenses. It must be the same group of children all day and it’s best if they have an open opportunity to apply to attend as well as a nomination route – identification by provision! Email us to discuss. 

Best wishes, 


1 Comment

  1. Salih Kırcalar on September 15, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Quantum mechanics is a concrete result of the General Theory of
    Relativity. According to the General Theory of Relativity, a clock on
    Jupiter lags behind a clock on Earth. A clock on earth lags behind a
    clock on the moon. they ended the theory here. However, I continue the
    theory with the result I deduced from the Time Flow Formula. One hour
    on the moon lags behind a clock on the alpha ray. A clock in the Alpha
    beam lags behind a clock in the Beta beam. a clock in beta ray lags
    behind a clock in x ray. Concrete results of the General Theory of
    Relativity begin to be seen as masses and energies get smaller. These
    are the same theory. Large masses have a very long life. Small masses
    have very short lifetimes. As the lifetimes get shorter,
    transformations from mass to energy and from energy to mass begin. In
    summary Quantum mechanics is a concrete result of the General Theory
    of Relativity.

    This is a result from the Timeflow Formula. (Timeflow=Time/Energy).
    Every simple physics formula explains a law of nature. In the Timeflow
    Formula; It tells that a time equal to the amount of energy will be
    released in a physical process. You can find more information on my
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    In addition,The flow of the thought energy intensity in our brain is
    body pain, unhappiness and boredom, joy, happiness and love,
    sleep, and finally death, respectively, from high energy to low
    energy. At the moment
    to sleep, if we had a good sleep, our thought energy is very close to
    zero or zero. When the energy flow intensity increases in our brain,
    according to the ‘Timeflow Formula (Timeflow=Time/Energy). The
    timeflow will slow down. As the energy density (power) decreases, the
    timeflow will accelerate. In the case of sleep and death, the timeflow
    will be infinite. The timeflow formula explains very clearly and
    simply that this situation, which is perceived as psychological time
    is actually a purely physical event. I think it would be very useful
    for psychology experts to evaluate the ‘Timeflow’ Formula and the
    philosophical interpretation of the formula.

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