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Discuss Nothing! TUES, FEB 25, 2014 @ 6:30 PM - On the Border

Come relax with friends after a day of productive work.

New members and first-timers are welcome! If you are new to NTOS and are looking for a chance to introduce yourself or find out more about us, this event is perfect for you!  We would be very glad to meet you!


This time, let's discuss (for those who missed it last time):

(1) What is the difference between a concept and a proper name?  Can a proper name have a definition?   Can a proper name refer to a group of entities?  What about time as a context for identifying a classification of entities or a specific entity?  What about religious denominations?  And what's the difference between a proper noun and proper name, anyways?  Let's consider examples, such as: (a) island and Maui; (b) archipelago and Hawaiian Islands; (c) continent and Pangaea; (d) galaxy and Milky Way; (e) empire and Roman Empire; (f) universe and entities; (g) mind and mental object; (h) philosophy and religion; (i) Christian and Lutheran; (j) philosophy and Objectivism; and last, but not least, (k) society and NTOS!

(2) But if nothing is better than talking about concepts and proper names, which concept did man invent first: nothing or God?  What could be the definition of "nothing"?  What could be the definition of God?  Is God a proper name?  What could it mean when a religion states God created the universe?  From what?  Nothing?  Which idea came first, gods or God?

God, nothing is better than talking about nothing!

Old Toad







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  • Old T.

    To "S", who dropped in on our event last night:

    We were glad to meet you and we hope you enjoyed some of our discussions.

    I must ask, however, that you please honor our qualifications for membership before joining us again, which include that you independently read The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged. These works provide the best introduction to Ayn Rand's ideas. They are the basis for all our discussions and social events.

    Respectfully,
    Old Toad

    February 26, 2014

  • Ryan

    I was hoping to be able to make it, but there's just too much work to get done tonight. Hope to see everyone soon.

    February 25, 2014

  • Old T.

    I should have noted that with the benefit of prior discussions on these topics, I have expanded the list of issues and examples regarding the epistemological nature of an entity, naming, concept formation, and denomination. Even if you have participated in some of this discussion before, I think you would enjoy the new issues.

    February 20, 2014

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