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Coffee and Conversation prior to the Existentialist Society lecture.


Free Public Lecture:

- followed by an extended period of questions and discussion.

8pm, Tuesday 1st April 2014.

"An Existential Reading of Nikos Kazantzakis".

Speaker: Howard Dossor (Author, "Colin Wilson: The man and his mind").

Venue: Unitarian Hall, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne. 

(Melways Map 2G D2). Additional parking at rear of Hall.

Enquiries: Secretary, David Miller. Telephone: 9467 2063.

Future Existentialist Society lectures, past transcripts and links:

The evening ends with another session of coffee, tea, biscuits and conversation.

Click on the "Our Calendar" logo (in the left column of this page) to find the dates of some other philosophical happenings, etc - And click on the "Discussions" tab at the top of the page for links to other philosophical activities, etc.


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  • shane

    is there a possibility of getting a hold of Howard's paper in print?

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • David M.

    Howard Dossor's "Kazantzakis" lecture was videoed. It will eventually be available via a link in the 'Previous Lectures' section of the Existentialist Society's website.
    Altogether, there were 50 of us at the lecture.

    April 2, 2014

  • ROMA

    Not sure I can make it now but a couple of friends may still come without me

    April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The human mind is always processing information, whether you're consciously aware of it or not. It's making links, discovering patterns and connections, and assimilating experiences and information in to your broader system of beliefs and worldview. Intuitions arise from this subconscious processing. For this reason they can be extremely powerful. They can be remarkably accurate heuristics that alert us to features of an event or our environment we might not know 'rationally'. They can also take the form of remarkably creative insights offering new directions for research, like I think David suggested, or provide the impetus for a novel solution to a problem (The "Aha" moment). The best scientists have strong intuitions that enable them to develop novel questions and novel solutions. Absolutely they're subjective, until tested against the scientific method. Subjectivity isn't a dirty word :)

    March 31, 2014

  • Lou

    Hi guys, I'm really looking forward to participating in this group however I play music Tuesday nights now. If there's another night, I intend to meet you then to discuss Existentialism. Now, back to Camus. - Lou

    March 31, 2014

  • David M.

    Hello Ivan,
    If we remove the supernaturalist baggage from the word "intuition", we are left with a "hunch".
    And hunches are regular occurrences within scientific endeavours.

    March 20, 2014

  • Ivan

    On the Existentialist Society's website I found the Philosophy Link to 'Colin Wilson's World'.
    Its masthead quotes Colin Wilson:
    "The mark of greatness is always intuition, not logic".
    Surely intuition is spiritual and ultra-subjective?

    March 18, 2014

  • David M.

    Wikipedia informs us:
    Nikos Kazantzakis (18 February 1883 – 26 October 1957) was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel "Zorba the Greek", considered his magnum opus.
    He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Michael Cacoyannis film "Zorba the Greek", based on the novel.
    He gained renewed fame (and notoriety) with the 1988 Martin Scorsese cinematic adaptation of his book "The Last Temptation of Christ".

    March 7, 2014

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