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On Eccentricity


“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” -Bertrand Russell

What makes someone eccentric? Are people born eccentric or is it cultivated in their social environment? What is its relationship to intellectualism and the arts? Are true eccentrics aware of their own eccentricity? Does a society loose something important when it stifles idiosyncrasies or are they a threat to stability and social order? What can we learn from those who think and act radically differently from the majority? Do they reveal some greater truths about the world? In this salon we will consider the nature of eccentricity and examine the lives of those who have lived a vicariously eccentric existence, challenging our perspective on a fixed reality and seeing beyond what is to what could be. 

Joining us as speaker is Patric Dickinson, respected genealogist, Clarenceux King of Arms at the College of Arms and Secretary of the Order of the Garter.

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*Please note: this salon may be filmed or photographed. By partaking in the salon you (and your guests if you bring them) are agreeing to the possibility of being filmed or photographed.
Hieronymus Bosch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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