Philosophy @ Gordon Biersch

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Boilerplate: For anyone totally new - For the most part 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. Just ask the waitstaff to direct you to us.

Special topic - in addition to the general open-themed discussions, this is a specific subject or question which a small subset of us will be discussing. It's not mandatory, and anyone can join in, however this group will be attempting to stay roughly on topic for most of the evening. The special topic for the next event will be "Freedom" (also known as "FREEEEEEEEEEEEDOOOOOOOOOMMM!"). In this country, we're damn near obsessed with the concept of freedom, and this obsession was partially fueled by a long history of philosophical interest in freedom, which is also sometimes referred to as "liberty". Or maybe "liberty" is something different? And who gets to be free from what? Does my freedom to swing my fist end where your face begins, or where your car begins, or where your land begins, or where your intellectual property begins, or where your feelings begin? Is "absolute freedom" even a coherent notion? Is it desirable? If not, which form of qualified freedom is the "right" one?

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  • Bryan

    Those of you who it was "Great to see" know who you are. Seriously, where else am I gonna get a serious call to arms to be ready for the collapse of The System, AND a decent spiel on how string theory promises that no information about anything, anywhere, anytime, is forever lost, AND a well-posed puzzle over whether one needs to be conscious in order to apply the requisite scrutiny under which the notion of consciousness dissolves? All for the price of....well, not much, I was drinking root beer this time. How much is that in bitcoin?

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Calculator G.

    Hey, guys! I just got off work, so I wanted to check in to see if these inebriated gatherings tend to go pretty late, or if I should just catch you all next time.

    Is it worth it to come down if I can be there by 10ish?
    okradthx.
    -Sarah
    [masked]

    March 7, 2014

    • Michael

      Sorry, I don't always remember to check this. We often migrate to a second location around 9:30 or 10:00 - we were headed to Speckled and Drake, but they were pretty crowded so we moved on to Stumbling Monk.

      March 7, 2014

    • Michael

      My job often keeps me from showing up on time, so I stopped posting my cell number, but maybe I'll start listing it again in case people need it.

      March 7, 2014

  • Michael

    I will punch you in your feelings.

    February 28, 2014

    • Tom

      Michael, I was BORN to touch your feelings! http://www.youtube.co...­

      March 5, 2014

    • Michael

      As if free will wasn't bad enough, now we're talking about natural rights?

      March 6, 2014

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