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The Nature of Paradoxes

  • Mar 17, 2013 · 12:00 PM
  • Apple Box Cafe

Paradoxes have been employed throughout history in the bible, Zen koans and other spiritual writings, literature, psychology, puzzles, comedy, and in many other ways.  Some of the topics we might explore are:

  • How should we define paradoxes?
  • Paradoxes as intellectual stimulation and excitement
  • Paradoxes in humor (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Paradoxes, creativity, and open-mindedness
  • Paradoxes as secret, hidden, mysterious truth
  • Paradoxes in the Middle Ages and other times
  • Can paradoxes promote humility?
  • How do moderns deal with paradoxes?
  • Tautologies, paradoxes, and short circuiting analytical thinking
  • What's left when analytical thinking is inadequate?
  • Paradoxes of opposites in Zen, Taoism, Christianity, and other spiritual practices (examples: Tao Te Ching XLI, Mathew V, Zen koans)
  • Paradoxes used to subvert dualistic thinking (Is dualism good or bad? 'Sorry, couldn't resist.
  • Is the effort to subvert dualistic thinking an example of dualistic thinking?

Please arrive as close to noon as you can.  It would be good if at least most of us have lunch together there at noon; that's sort of how we pay our "rent" for the room...and get to know each other as a prelude to our discussion.

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  • Leslie R.

    This is an interesting topic. I am sorry to miss it. I am hosting a Marin Brunch Club meet up that day and we won't be finished on time.

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love paradoxes. This could be fun, but my Yes RSVP is contingent on a little bit of a robust group showing up; otherwise it seems just too far for me to drive if it's just 2 or 3 of us.

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be out of town.

    February 11, 2013

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