Dreams, and their philosophical implications.
One night, Zhuangzi dreamed that he was a carefree butterfly, flying happily. After he woke up, he wondered how he could determine whether he was Zhuangzi who had just finished dreaming he was a butterfly, or a butterfly who had just started dreaming he was Zhuangzi. This was a metaphor for what he referred to as a "great dream".
Philosophers have been fascinated by dreams for quite some time. The above story is itself from 369 BCE. The fact that we dream stirs up a great many fascinating questions about the nature of reality, experience, psychology, and skepticism to name a few.
1. Do we experience dreams with the same, or different, mental machinery as what we experience waking life with?
2. Should the fact that we dream lead us to question our own senses? How much of such skepticism would be considered reasonable?
3. Can the structure of dreams tell us anything about the structure of conscious experiences?
4. Doesn't the existence of lucid dreaming (the ability to recognize and control a dream) imply the possibly of consensual reality (the idea that we can control our own experiences)?
Location and Price:
Upstairs there are many tables and chairs where people can gather and eat. If it's a nice day out, we may sit out on the covered balcony. As always there is a suggested, but by no means necessary, $2 donation which goes towards helping cover the costs of the meetup.