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Tanja Rebel on ‘The Eco-Philosophical Journey’

On Monday 4th June (a week earlier than usual) one of our members – Tanja Rebel – is going to talk about “The Eco-Philosophical Journey”

Up until the 19th century, Natural Philosophy was the term used for the study of nature and it was the birth mother of what we today call science. This talk look at how anthropocentric bias in Philosophy and later Science have contributed to the current Planetary Crisis and conversely how a new form of Philosophy and Science might contribute to the solution. It will visit a number of Eco-philosophical schools of thought – from Ecoholism to Deep Ecology – which started to emerge in the second half of the 20th century and which could help us form a constructive way forward to a more ecocentric worldview.

One question to be raised is whether nature has value in itself. Another is whether scientific solutions can solve our current predicament or whether the answer lies in a change of outlook and life style. Are we ready for a Paradigm Shift?

Eco philosopher
Tanja Rebel is a teacher of Philosophy and Religious Studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a Masters Degree in Ethics, Religion and Society.

Her Dissertation focused on Eco-Philosophy and Global Ethics. Tanja regularly holds talks on Eco-Philosophy at a variety of venues.

Professor Craig Storey on How do continents form?

Taking place on Monday 14th May (7pm) Professor Craig Storey, Professor of Geology at the University of Portsmouth will present How do continents form?

The surface of Earth is made of oceans and continents, which are formed by different types of rocks.

Oceans are made of relatively young rocks whereas continents contain the oldest rocks on the Earth as well as additions of progressively younger rocks.

So how do we know how old the oldest rocks are and are they remnants of the very first continents or something else? When did continents get to be as big as they are today and why are there vast mountain chains in some areas of continents?

What can we learn about our planet, life and economic resources from studying the continents? These are some of the questions I will address and discuss.


The Regency Suite is above the Conservative Club in Shanklin in Palmerston Road just off the High Street.

The nearest car parks are in Landguard Road and Orchardleigh Road, both only two or three minutes walk to the Conservative Club. Parking is free after 6pm.

As we have to pay a rent for the facilities, we have to ask for a donation of at least £3 on the door to make sure we cover all our expenses. i.e. the rent, cost of speakers’ travel expenses and a meal, plus overnight accommodation if needed.

Dr Anna Williams on ‘The Need for a Body Farm in the UK’

The talk on 9th April (7pm) will be by Dr Anna Williams from the School of Applied Sciences at Huddersfield University where she is Principal Enterprise Fellow dr anna williamsin Forensic Anthropology and Assistant Director for Forensic Science and Justice.

Dr Williams will be talking about ‘The Need for a Body Farm in the UK’

She spoke at the British Science Association Science Festival last September in Brighton. It was a very interesting talk explaining the advantages of a body farm, and it is not in the least bit ghoulish, but quite scientific. There are no descriptions of decomposing bodies so don’t be afraid to come along.


The Regency Suite is above the Conservative Club in Shanklin in Palmerston Road just off the High Street.

The nearest car parks are in Landguard Road and Orchardleigh Road, both only two or three minutes walk to the Conservative Club. Parking is free after 6pm.

As we have to pay a rent for the facilities, we have to ask for a donation of at least £3 on the door to make sure we cover all our expenses. i.e. the rent, cost of speakers’ travel expenses and a meal, plus overnight accommodation if needed.

Professor Paul White: ‘The Behaviour of Marine Mammals’

The speaker on Monday 12th March (7pm) is Professor Paul White from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University.

He will be talking about ‘The Behaviour of Marine Mammals’, including how they communicate and hunt.


The Regency Suite is above the Conservative Club in Shanklin in Palmerston Road just off the High Street.

The nearest car parks are in Landguard Road and Orchardleigh Road, both only two or three minutes walk to the Conservative Club. Parking is free after 6pm.

As we have to pay a rent for the facilities, we have to ask for a donation of at least £3 on the door to make sure we cover all our expenses. i.e. the rent, cost of speakers’ travel expenses and a meal, plus overnight accommodation if needed.