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The Dallas Examined Life Philosophy Group January Meetup

  • Jan 21, 2010 · 7:00 PM
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Topic: What is reality?

Per Wikipedia the philosophical meaning of "reality" is a. something that exists independently of ideas concerning it. b. something that exists independently of all other things and from which all other things derive. While thinking on this topic, here are some questions I derived: 1. How do I know that something is real?
2. How much of my reality is a product of my thinking, my belief systems, my memory or my experience?
3. Is my reality the same as your reality?
4. Is there anything that is truly real outside of the current moment? This is sorta like "If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, does it make a sound?"
5. What role does "faith" play in shaping my reality?
6. Is it possible for anything to exist independently of the ideas concerning it?
Here is a proposed reading "Other minds" by Alec Hyslop http://plato.stanford...]

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  • Rinda G.

    My objective reality was that there were lots of new faces. My subjective reality was that there were lots of interesting views and far more agreement than dissention as to what "reality" is. In the end we appeared to agree that the important thing is to be willing to question whether our personal view of reality is accurate. We decided on a topic for the Feb 18th Meet-up ... concerning politics we agreed to address three questions:
    [1] Do we actually need a government?
    [2] If so, what should be the function/purpose of government?
    [3] What is the role of "civil dissobedience" within government?
    Lastly, we agreed that the topic, again, is broad.

    January 23, 2010

  • Jim B.

    Exhilarating. Very lively, civil, friendly discussion. I personally found the metaphysical question more interesting than the epistemological one, but it was all good. I think Brenda is right; maybe we should make more of an effort to allow everyone a chance to speak. Nevertheless, this is a great meetup and group of people.

    January 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent discussion

    January 22, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a good time, enjoyed hearing everyone's point of view.
    I really liked how we were able to have a lively, animated discussion and yet everyone kept a cool head. I want to thank everyone for how they comported themselves, I was much encouraged. We had a lot of constructive debate, I felt, and I feel I walked away with new pieces of information to apply to my 'model' (or subjective reality, as you prefer)
    Look forward to next time.

    January 22, 2010

  • Brenda T.

    I somewhat enjoyed this meetup; interesting and intelligent group of people. I would have enjoyed it more if everyone round the table had been given some time to give their own perspective on the topic. I am not one to compete to get my voice heard. I will probably attend again; thanks.

    January 22, 2010

  • Nathaniel

    I really enjoyed this meetup. It was very illuminating. It helped me solidify and purify some of my notions, not about the nature of reality, but rather how we perceive reality. I think the quote of the night was "we believe to know." which I really liked. We spent the majority of the time trying to define various things so that we could all understand the model of reality that we were working from. In fact, we even had to define the term "model of reality" which ended up being rather influential. All in all, I had a blast and can't wait for the next one.

    January 21, 2010

  • David H.

    Community Room appeared to be getting ready to have a Country-Western jamboree. I didn't join improvised table because it seemed too noisy and likely to have too many interruptions; not fit for serious discussion. I wouldn't be able to hear what was being said even if they didn't their mouths full eating. Sorry. Maybe next time. -- David H

    January 21, 2010

  • David V.

    OK Rinda, let's go with your suggestion.

    January 17, 2010

  • Rinda G.

    David, I'm still trying to figure out how this posting works and see that you did respond on 12/25. I'd never considered that truth and reality were the same thing yet I see from your post and from the dictionary that they are synonyms. Your comment started me thinking ... are they really synonymous? Somehow, despite the dictionary I tend to think of them as different. My thought at present "If they're the same then I'm doubtful that we can ever know TRUTH."

    January 17, 2010

  • Nathaniel

    I would love to discuss ethics/morality, it seemed to be an interesting sticking point at the last meetup, as did the nature of reality (objective/subjective and reality/perspective).

    January 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we ever do politics I hope we do it later, I can't make this one. In fact I someday want to do one on ethics, particularly libertarian principles and possibly how they relate to America's founding; that might be too much to combine with politics even though the applications are obvious.

    January 6, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    If religion does not work for you, it is a dead horse, move on!!

    I am interested in Love, psychology and group dynamics.
    Leading an interesting life. I will let science figure out truth.

    January 2, 2010

  • David V.

    Rinda, Thanks for suggesting a topic. I think since we just did a topic on "What is truth?" this might be too similar. I was thinking of doing a topic on politics, since we haven't dont a political topic in a long time. What do you think?

    December 25, 2009

  • Rinda G.

    I've posted a suggestion for the topic for the 01/21/2010 meeting - "What is reality?" What do you think?

    December 23, 2009

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