I've an interest in philosophy and would like to study further. But in looking for a suitable course, I came across this website for the School of Philosophy. The extract from their website comes from the Melbourne, Australia page but the school has branches worldwide.
Drawing on the great philosophic ideas of both east and west, past and present, this course explores the meaning of wisdom, truth, consciousness, the real nature of Humanity and what inhibits its development.
It is for all, regardless of education, age, race, political or religious beliefs. The philosophy of the course is that Humanity in truth is limitless and that there is a unity underlying all the apparent diversity in our daily lives. This is known as non-dualistic philosophy.
It is above all practical philosophy. This means that the principles discussed in class can be put to effective practical use in work, study and every aspect of daily life. Simple exercises are given to strengthen attention, clear and quieten the mind. Students are asked neither to accept nor reject any of the ideas but rather to test them for themselves in the light of their own experience. No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary. The course is offered three times a year, in January, May and September. See Term Details page for the dates of the next course and the Locations page for addresses.
There are subsequent courses every term for those who wish to continue the study of this philosophy. In later terms students are offered the opportunity to practice meditation. The talks, which include the opportunity for discussion, are given at various locations and times each week. You may vary your day of attendance each week (Melbourne only). Please see the Locations page for details or call (Melbourne) 03 9818 0804 or (Adelaide) 08 8431 4145.
Talk about meditation and hindered humanity rang bells for me. Am I becoming social phobic!? Or should I be concerned? I asked for a rundown and was told by a contact that it was all about "living in the now"...