No tests, no writing, no homework, just using your brain to its maximum capacity, which believe it or not, is a really good feeling. Just Think is a journey to a whole new world of crazy, mind-bending ideas and a chance to get seriously philosophical.

We can select from the following modules to build a varied day:

Goldfish on Bicycles
– an introduction to logic

  • What’s the difference between deductive and inductive logic?
  • How can you tell if an argument is illogical?
  • How can you challenge arguments that are illogical?

Tribal Culture Clash
– an introduction to multiculturalism

  • What is culture and to what extent should we try to preserve it?
  • Is it good for cultures to mix or influence each other?
  • What happens when there is conflict between cultures?
  • To what extent should respect other people’s freedom?

Fairies Flying Aeroplanes
– an introduction to epistemology

  • What is knowledge and where do it come from?
  • Is there anything at all that we can truly prove?
  • To what extent can we trust our senses?

Is Eating People Wrong?
– an introduction to ethical theory

  • Where does moral authority come from?
  • Is there an absolute morality or is it purely subjective?
  • It is possible for a whole society to have a moral code that’s wrong?
  • What methods might we use to determine right from wrong?

Science and Skullduggery
– an introduction to the philosophy of science

  • What makes an experiment scientific?
  • What classes as reliable or convincing evidence?
  • How might you challenge scientific methods and conclusions?

No tests, no writing, no homework, just using your brain to its maximum capacity, which believe it or not, is a really good feeling. Just Think is a journey to a whole new world of crazy, mind-bending ideas and a chance to get seriously philosophical.

We can select from the following modules to build a varied day:

Goldfish on Bicycles
– an introduction to logic

  • What’s the difference between deductive and inductive logic?
  • How can you tell if an argument is illogical?
  • How can you challenge arguments that are illogical?

Tribal Culture Clash
– an introduction to multiculturalism

  • What is culture and to what extent should we try to preserve it?
  • Is it good for cultures to mix or influence each other?
  • What happens when there is conflict between cultures?
  • To what extent should respect other people’s freedom?

Fairies Flying Aeroplanes
– an introduction to epistemology

  • What is knowledge and where do it come from?
  • Is there anything at all that we can truly prove?
  • To what extent can we trust our senses?

Is Eating People Wrong?
– an introduction to ethical theory

  • Where does moral authority come from?
  • Is there an absolute morality or is it purely subjective?
  • It is possible for a whole society to have a moral code that’s wrong?
  • What methods might we use to determine right from wrong?

Science and Skullduggery
– an introduction to the philosophy of science

  • What makes an experiment scientific?
  • What classes as reliable or convincing evidence?
  • How might you challenge scientific methods and conclusions?

Just Think is a classroom-based course involving lots of analytical debating, Wiser Words style.

We have a menagerie of different activities that we draw upon to put together a course that will be most appropriate and beneficial for your students once we understand more about their age, ability and what you’d like to achieve for them.

All tasks are student-centred and interactive, introducing new philosophical concepts and promoting the student as questioner. Activities are designed to encourage students to challenge their own assumptions and explore new paradigms.

A typical day might include a mix of debating games, logic puzzles, investigations, tricks with statistics and student presentations, all made fun with light-hearted topics, amusing examples and of course, plenty of feisty competition.

Just Think is a popular choice of course for ‘Gifted and Talented’ enrichment days, scholars’ extension sessions and the like. RS and Philosophy departments may also consider organising a Just Think day to compliment their normal lessons and enthuse students about the skills and questioning style necessary for studying philosophy.

“This course was the hardest but the best!”
“I enjoyed the chance to go crazy with my imagination.”

Students from Parmiters School
“It made me think about things in a totally different way.”
“Excellent, interesting and thought-provoking”

Students from Stratton Upper School
“It opened my mind to not following the crowd.”
“This course has made me think more than a whole year of school.”

Students from St John’s School, Leatherhead
“Generally excellent”
“It was amazing – highly helpful and entertaining”

Students from The Oratory School

“It was very enjoyable, intellectual, it made me enjoy philosophy and I learned a lot.”

Student from Hinchley Wood School
“Brilliant. It has made me aware that a lot of people in this school have active minds.”
“An interesting day packed with learning and questions to get you to think more.”

Students from St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School

“It was amazingly hardcore”.

Student from Skegness Grammar School
“This has been the most fun and beneficial course.”
“I am now much more confident to stand up and take part.”

Students from Royal Russell School

“Made me think more and answer questions in more depth.”

Student from Blundells School
“It was a fantastic learning experience for me. I’ve had an opportunity to see what I’m capable of.”
“Brilliant! Extremely educational and exciting for everyone!”
“It is one of the funnest school days I’ve had so far! 11/10”

Students from East Barnet School

“A really good way of getting everyone involved.”

Students from Derby High School

“Not only was the course fun, it made me think and learn about using evidence and logic more.”

Student from St Benedict’s School

They say…

“Now I can definitely win arguments against my brother! It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possible answers.”

Student from St Swithun’s School

“This was brilliant compared to all the other courses I’ve had in my 17 years. Truly inspirational, I have no higher praise.”

Student from Warlingham College

“It made me excited to challenge myself more. Very well managed and structured leading to a brilliant course.”

Student from Farmors School

“I was constantly motivated and recharged with varying discussions and tasks.”

Student from Gordons School

“Enriching, and I’m now more aware of the complexities of questions and the intellectual debate that could follow.”

Student from Eastbourne College

“I found this day exciting, exhilarating and full of new ideas and things for me to enjoy.”

Student from Merchant Taylors’ School

“The puzzles were thrilling to solve but also very clever and challenging.”

Student from Newbold Community School

“We got to do everything ourselves and think for ourselves without being spoonfed.”

Student from Sibford School

“I enjoyed getting up to lead. I really didn’t think I’d be able to do it but I felt really good when I did.”

Student from Pocklington School

“Amazing and a huge learning curve for me and the whole of my year group. It really developed my communicating skills.”

Students from Blackheath High School

“It was just fantastic. I loved it! The best bit was seeing everyone’s amazing designs.”

Student from Oakham School

“100% the best course I’ve ever been on. A great experience and I would love to do it again. Every activity was amazing.”

Student from John Fisher Community College

Our course
activities

We use a whole mix of techniques to draw out different skills and appeal to all learning styles
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Build your
own day

We can run a selection of workshops in one day, with groups moving around in rotation.
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