Co-operation & Community










The idea of community:


Kevin Loughran has long been interested in the use of the idea of community and it was the subject of his book The Idea of Community, Social Policy and Self (Belfast: APJ Publications (2003).  He has remarked that because of the importance of the idea of community the term should be used more sparingly and more carefully. 


Kevin believes that the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts can offer different ways of understanding more of the world and relationships between individuals and groups.  Consideration of those relationships and of co-operation between individuals and groups can lead to consideration of the nature and origins of life itself.


Below: recent and forthcoming articles by Kevin Loughran:*



What does it mean to be human?



In the 17th Century, René Descartes' statement "Cogito, ergo sum (I think, therefore I am)"  implied that thinking confirms human existence.   In our own time, Neil MacGregor presents another view of human existence when he suggests that our increasing dependency on the things we create differentiates us from all other animals; we are characterised by what we make.  Read more



The power of imagination and atoms



Postscript to 'What does it mean to be human?'.


Humans can imagine possibilities.  Humans can imagine objects and materials being brought into existence that had not existed before.  Humans can imagine a possible state of existence, a state of matter, beyond what they can see or touch.  Read more



How and Where did Life Begin?



There is a wide range of opinion and argument as to when life emerged,; in what form, and by what process.  There is some evidence, limited conclusions and much speculation.   Read more



SELF: different ways of thinking about self and questions about the idea of self



To talk of self is to imply boundaries.  'This is me; that is beyond me'.  'I exist from within this boundary; beyond this boundary are others'.  But a sense of self can arise and can be expressed in very different ways: for example, as a biological sense of self or as a moral sense of self.  Read more






* For earlier articles by this author, see the Archive page.















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