Objectivism (dinner and discussion)

  • August 18, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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"My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."

- Ayn Rand

Can Objectivism help give us a clearer view of the world?

Can Objectivism help us to live happier lives?

Can Objectivism give us a different perspective on the nature of self-interest?


Objectivism remains to be a popular movement to this day around the world. So what is all the controversy about? As with all of our events we will be taking a practical look at Objectivism and how it can be applied to our lives with respect to happiness and wisdom.

Please note that the decision to select Objectivism for this event is neither to promote nor to condemn this philosophy; as that's up for you to decide for yourself. 

No formal philosophy experience or specialized knowledge is required to participate in any of our events (either as a facilitator or as a regular guest). All that is required is that you are open-minded and respectful of your fellow guests. :)

 

Venue Information

The venue choice for this event was based on the discussion board which was made available to all members prior to the event:

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Food for Thought

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Facilitator Information

As previously mentioned, our members take turns helping to facilitate our discussions. We require one discussion facilitator for each table of 6 people but I doubt that we`ll have a problem finding volunteers. I`ve created a special video just to explain what is involved with facilitating our discussions.

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Coordinator Information

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Important Details

Why is there a small fee for this event?

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If you would like to attend this event then you need to sign up as a member and RSVP for this event on-line through this website only. Please do not show up in person if you haven't signed up since there are limited seats available and this will cause confusion.

Please try to arrive on time (in consideration of your fellow attendees). Don't be shy to sign up to this event since I'll cancel if less than 6 people sign up.I will book a 3rd table (of 6 people) if there is enough interest in this event.

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Arrival time is 7:00pm at which time everyone will be provided a seat at one of our reserved tables (6 people max at each table). We will start our discussions at 7:15 once people have settled and have ordered their drinks/food. As a courtesy to your fellow attendees and to the facilitators, please arrive on time.

 

Looking for some motivation?

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Thanks for being part of this ongoing experiment!

Glen

P.S.

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Glen Brauer
Founder, Facilitator, and Event Coordinator
PhilosophyConnections
PhilosophyConnections.org

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Damn shame I missed this one .
    I have read I think just about everything Ayn Rand had written after a freind gave me Atlas shrugged when I was 22.
    "Philosophy who needs it" and "the virtue of selfishness"
    great reads too.
    Although i am unsure off the the whole Objectiveness cult carry on.
    I found her writng a great strength and the characters in her novels wonderfull.
    She had a very inspiring effect on me and one i hope has helped me become who I am .Well at least for a young 22 year old she certainly helped me keep an even keel.
    Mind I found Hermann Hesse The Glass Bead Game and his character Joseph Knechtjust as inspiring .
    Would have loved to have heard her detractors and her defenders both.
    Still dont understand why some are so negative to her work.
    Did Aldous Huxley and George Orwell ever get so much flack ?
    hope I have not shown my ignorance of things philosophical
    before i have even meet any of you all.
    i look forward to going to my first Dinner.

    January 7, 2014

  • Tim G.

    Yes fab - I think we really outdid ourselves - no one really wanted to go home. A great opportunity to reexamine a bunch of preconceptions, and lots of extra interesting angles from a tableful of thoughtful ppl. + a bunch O fun.

    2 · August 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      how much longer did you guys stay? i was amazed i was the first one from our table who was leaving - after 3 hours! i could hardly move my legs after that much sitting ;)

      1 · August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ...and - yahoo - i did not get sick this time

      1 · August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you are interested why the way most of us think about charity is dead wrong: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html

    August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      great thanks, will go check this out. i love ted talks!

      August 20, 2013

  • Gloriann

    To the lovely folk at my table thanks for some funny and stimulating discussions. Have a great week.

    2 · August 19, 2013

    • Fran

      Great night and food for thought

      August 19, 2013

    • Lee

      A great bunch of people - lots of laughter to go along with the sharing and learning!

      August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic! Great conversations. I enjoyed meeting interesting folks who like to discuss ideas.

    August 19, 2013

  • Tim G.

    nlot sure who who is that you refer to Gloriann - but[masked] will get into the general matrix

    August 17, 2013

  • Gloriann

    Just a heads up. I'm on-call this weekend, so here's hoping I'm not called...but if I am, or during dinner I may need to leave or pass. Will you be able to retrieve messages lust minute if that's the case? Or do you have a cell phone I can contact?

    August 17, 2013

  • Lee

    Tim did a great job at the last dinner! However, I will offer if the preference is to rotate :)

    August 16, 2013

    • Glen B.

      Thanks Lee, that would be great since I think it's good to rotate. Could you please confirm that you are able to print off a copy of the notes for yourself? Once again, here are the notes with the facilitator FAQs: http://philosophydinn...­

      August 17, 2013

    • Lee

      Yes I can print those off....

      August 17, 2013

  • Laura

    I'm happy to be a facilitator.

    August 16, 2013

    • Glen B.

      Great, thanks Laura. Could you please confirm that you are able to print off one copy of the notes for yourself? Once again, here are the notes and the facilitator FAQs: http://philosophydinn...­

      August 17, 2013

    • Laura

      Yes I can print these off and bring them along.

      August 17, 2013

  • Tim G.

    I'm happy to do that again (though if I understand right there is a preference to rotate)

    August 16, 2013

  • Tim G.

    “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” the immortal Dorothy Parker on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand's reputation precedes her in a way that tends to disincline all but the most ideologically libertarian from even tasting. That said - I'm looking forward to be dragged kicking and screaming to an entre.

    August 15, 2013

    • brody

      Now I'm curious, who's dragging you along? Are you sure you didn't volunteer out of pure self-interest? Watch out... Rand might approve ;-)

      1 · August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to have attended. Unfortunately it clashes with an arrangement made a few days ago. Hopefully I'll be at the next one.

    August 8, 2013

  • Gloriann

    Nice topic. Hi. I'm looking forward to meeting you all.

    August 8, 2013

  • margareth

    Sorry! I can't make on Sundays...Have fun!

    August 8, 2013

  • Glen B.

    Please see this page for the Payment FAQs: http://philosophydinners.org/PaymentFAQs.html

    August 8, 2013

  • Glen B.

    If you have any questions about this event, please email them directly to me (as opposed to posting them here). We want to keep this comment area reserved for comments related to the event and to keep track who is volunteering to facilitate. (Thanks)

    August 8, 2013

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