Drunken Philosophy Turns Two Years Old!

Well, almost, anyway. Fuck it, I already posted it so whatever.

It's pretty ridiculous, but it turns out I'm not the only one who likes to spend hours arguing about abstract ideas and human behavior while tipping back a pint or seven.

So come out to the Backdoor at Roxy's and celebrate two years of having resolved absolutely none of the major questions in philosophy, and in fact probably ending up more confused than you were before. I'm going to try to be there a little earlier this time (my job often keeps me from showing up at seven), and, for anyone who's game, I'd like to start the evening off with a tequila shot. Those of you who can stomach tequila, please join me in this age-old Drunken Philosophy ritual that I just invented.

Boilerplate: For anyone totally new - The group doesn't have any specific topic or moderation, it's just a bunch of drunk, very smart people talking about random philosophical stuff, so it basically runs itself. Just show up, sit down wherever there's a free seat, and join in (Also, feel free to move around over the course of the evening. There tend to be five or six different conversations going on at once, and it can often be interesting to see what other people are talking about). I made a reservation under the name Michael S, as usual.

And, since I plan to be more on time, my cell number for anyone who might need it: [masked]

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  • Bryan

    Got in my two drinks, my first fist-bump from Joseph. An evening well spent. Next year in Jerusalem!

    November 15, 2013

  • Chase

    So, um, GroupMe. Is a chat app on your phone and the web. And people maybe use it sometimes? Anyway, I'm bored during the day. And you people are interesting, at least sometimes. So, if you want to use it and fuck around more regularly: https://groupme.com/join_group/6285282/vOrM28

    November 15, 2013

    • Michael

      Grope you?

      1 · November 15, 2013

    • Chase

      Not in front of the group, Michael.

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there even enough room for 42 people. Haha

    November 14, 2013

    • Michael

      At the Backdoor? Oh yeah.

      November 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay awesome!!

      November 14, 2013

  • Morgan

    I'm hoping to, but not definitely going to be able to make it tomorrow.

    November 14, 2013

  • Michael

    I don't know if anyone's paying attention to this, but am I being a dick in this thread?

    http://www.meetup.com/Drunken-Philosophy/messages/boards/thread/39135152/20#[masked]

    I'm mostly trying to make it clear that I think arguments should stand or fall on their own merit - regardless of the source of the argument and regardless of any outside approval. But maybe I'm totally off-base, or maybe nobody else cares.

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Bridget

      Arguments should have the same impact whether it comes from the mouth of a lawyer or a hamster riding a fire truck. And anything you tie into your argument attacking the character of the lawyer or hamster only weakens everything you say before and after that. If you become emotional when talking about feelings, then you should just come back to it later after you've calmed down.

      1 · November 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it’s too often forgotten that philosophy, along with history, is unique among disciplines in that it is reflexive. Every professional and amateur philosopher has a philosophy of philosophy. And just as philosophies differ, we each approach philosophy itself differently. This usually shows up in our conflicting manners of analysis and argument, our different senses of what’s more important with respect to a question, etc. When this isn’t recognized, and we get frustrated because we’re “not getting through” to the other side, it’s natural for emotional and personal comments to enter the fray. So I think it is important to recognize when we are “playing different games” and adjust our expectations, and what we say, accordingly.

      1 · November 13, 2013

  • Brett H.

    congrats on two years! we should start a facebook group too

    November 13, 2013

  • Bryan

    Woo-hoo! Twoooo! Yang and Yin! Materialism and Idealism! Classic and Romantic! Plato and Aristotle! One thing and another thing! Woo-hoo!

    2 · November 7, 2013

    • Bryan

      That is *so* Analytical of you, Michael. We Continentals (Hey, there's another set of Twoooo!) take a much broader view. The Great Year is *the* Platonic unit of Time, the Moving Image of Eternity. Moreover the danger of Jon's proposal is that we might accidentally release a ton of *anti*-gnosons and create a vicious circle of question-begging in the Logical Minkowski Space.

      November 7, 2013

    • Bryan

      which, by the way, is not a reason not to try!!!

      November 7, 2013

  • Chris B.

    by this time next year, we should be celebrating the 3 year with traditional shots of Everclear. excellllllllent.

    November 7, 2013

  • Bridget

    <3 TEQUILAAAAA <3

    November 6, 2013

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