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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?