Chirnside philosopher has local competition

Carol Jefferson Davies from the David Hume society and Angie Hobbs, Professor for the public understanding of Philosophy with (bottom row l-r) Chirnside pupil Omar Gibson, Joana Gasper and Rebecca Richards. winner of the "What do you see?" photography competition
Carol Jefferson Davies from the David Hume society and Angie Hobbs, Professor for the public understanding of Philosophy with (bottom row l-r) Chirnside pupil Omar Gibson, Joana Gasper and Rebecca Richards. winner of the "What do you see?" photography competition

Chirnside School pupils have been following in the footsteps of the village’s world famous philosopher David Hume and taken a look at life a little differently recently.

They were taking part in the David Hume Observation Competition, and the results of their work were on display at the school on Saturday, when Angie Hobbs, Professor for the Public Understanding of Philosophy at Sheffield University, was invited along by the Chirnside David Hume Group to judge the competition and challenge the children with philosophical puzzles.

She put forward the notion of stepping into a river to paddle. If two hours later, you returned to paddle at the same place, would you have stepped into the same river twice? There was some dispute among children and parents about this and Professor Hobbs pointed out that it was a puzzle posed by the ancient Greek Philosopher Heraclitus over 2500 years ago. If a river didn’t flow constantly with new water it would be something else – possibly a loch. So everything constantly changes in order to keep its identity.

Competition finalists were awarded certificates and will have their photos enlarged and framed: Primary 5, Rebecca Richards ‘Wall’, for clever use of horizontal and vertical lines; Primary 6, Omar Gibson ‘Clock’, for a good, strong image of time being askew; Primary 7: Joana Gasper ‘Graveyard’, for its atmosphere, careful composition and strong sense of meaning.