Regular Monthly Meeting

  • March 8, 2013 · 8:00 PM
  • Bhavani's House

Last month, Bob gave us another compelling talk, this time on the subect of compassion. His account of altruism in both humans and animals was so convincing that I don't think I'll be able to look at a rat the same way again.

The venue however, was not ideal. The pub was crowded, leading to one person not being able to find us, and several people complained about the inadequate parking facilities in Croydon Town Centre.

Our next meeting is on 8th March. Gareth will be introducing us to Kant, who is generally acknowledged to be the greatest Western

The talk and discussion will focus on Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. For those of you who'd like an introduction, a podcast is available at.

Adrian Moore on Kant's Metaphysics

After you’ve listened to that, have a listen to this song which says the same thing in slightly different way:-

Immanuel Kant Song

 

I'm also pleased to announce that Bhavani very kindly offered to let us use her house in Purley. Although Purley is a bit harder to get to by public transpart, the location is ideal for privcay, parking and not having to pay venue hire. Even though I rely on public transport myself, I definitely feel we should give it a try.

For those not coming by car, there are two ways to get there. One is to take the train to Purley Station. The other is to take a 412 bus from either Katherine Street (Croydon) or West Croydon bus station. The bus journey is a little over 30 minutes. Once you arrive in Purley, it's about 10-15 minutes brisk walk to Bhavani's house.

I'm currently inquiring of our regulars if anybody coming from Croydon is willing to offer lifts to people. If you think you might require a lift from Croydon, please phone me on[masked] and I'll see if I can fix you up with someone.

I will post further details, including links to introductory material on Kant; shortly.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.

All the best,

Barry

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  • Michael F.

    Will the next meeting be held at the same venue? Purley is almost impossible for me to reach by public transport.

    April 6, 2013

  • Steve

    Sorry that I haven't made it to one of these monthly meetings yet, but hope to do in the future.

    April 5, 2013

  • Michael F.

    I heard Bob's talk a few months ago and it was excellent as always. Compassion is the virtue most conspicuously absent from the contemporary world.

    1 · March 13, 2013

  • VASU

    PLAIN CRYSTAL CLEAR, STABLE, SPOTLESS MENTAL REFLECTION IS WHAT?

    March 13, 2013

    • Michael F.

      Is that a genuine question? If so I would be happy to attempt to give you an answer.

      March 13, 2013

  • VASU

    DRY WISDOM AND DRY LOGIC IS WAY TO HARD YOU WOULD KEEP GOING ON AND ON AND PLAYS UP WITH YOUR EMOTIONS. AND THIS ESPECIALLY HAPPENS TO MOST ALCOHOLICS

    March 13, 2013

    • Michael F.

      The notion that because a thing is more difficult that therefore we should simply refuse to make the effort strikes me as an utterly egregious way of regarding the world - still more if such 'advice' is intended as some kind of prescriptive guide to conduct. As for the suggestion that thinking logically and at least attempting to pursue the spirit of detached enquiry is comparable in any way with alcoholism is simply absurd.

      1 · March 13, 2013

  • VASU

    IMMUTABLE LAWS TAKE SHAPE AMORPHOUS SHAPES GIVE RISE TO STRANGE FORMS

    March 13, 2013

    • Michael F.

      In the quantum universe there are sub-atomic particles called 'strangeness.'­ Truth really is stranger than fiction, mythology or the attempts by exponents of mysticism - cuddly or otherwise - to persuade us of the veracity of their own belief systems and to try to make us mistake them for truth.

      March 13, 2013

  • VASU

    HI LOGIC DOESN'T WORK WAY TOO LONG NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU MAY TRY

    March 13, 2013

    • Michael F.

      Hello Vasu. I am afraid I don't know you but I feel bound to defend logic by asking you what alternative you suggest. There are limits to human understanding on many levels but to refuse to at least try to use reason to search for truth rather than leaving the field to those who prefer intuitive or similarly irrational approaches is to me to risk abandoning sll the gains of the Enlightenment and to rush headlong into the danger of the type of society espoused by the likes of the Taliban, the Lubavitchers, the Westboro Baptist Church and similar apostles of unreason.

      1 · March 13, 2013

  • VASU

    BEST MATERIALS ON PHILOSOPHY CAN BE FOUND ON STANFORD WEBSITE

    March 13, 2013

  • Michael F.

    Kant is one of my favourite philosophers (I feel that he's partly right and partly wrong in so many ways that it's frustrating and he's certainly NOT one of the easiest philosophers to read). It's kind of Bhavani to offer her home but I'm not sure - I know from previous experience how hard it is for me to get to Purley on public transport from where I live. I'd like to come but I'm not quite sure.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really want to start coming to these but i'll be in France for the March one :-(. Will hopefully meet you all in April.

    February 28, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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