Can you find 'the one in the many'?

  • May 29, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Can you see connections that other people miss?

Do you see relationships between seemingly unrelated events?

Do you often find the same philosophical principle running through extremely divergent things that seem to have nothing in common?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, then this meeting is for you.

This meeting will differ from our usual topic discussion, and will instead focus on the process of thinking. Specifically, the process of mental integration. Have fun while testing your thinking skills!

On this night, we will follow the tradition set-forth by the ancient Greeks, in their quest for what they called 'The one in the many.' Meaning, to identify the common conceptual denominator uniting all the divergent things. The act of mentally bringing together all the differences that exist in reality into an intelligible unity.

We will have three entertaining and challenging mini-contests. Each contest is designed to challenge your skill at finding philosophical connections. As a bonus, you get to win a prize for finding 'the one in the many'!

1. Warm up your mind with, "Speed dating with Socrates".  You get to be Socrates, and we get to be your students.  Take a question from the group, or pull a question at random. Answer as best you can, then on to the next person! Everyone gets a turn.

2. Find the connection! In this contest, you draw two slips of paper from a hat. Written on each slip of paper is an event, philosophical idea, or political topic. Your challenge is to find the most fundamental philosophical connection between the two. A real mental workout!

3. Tie-in contest. I will provide several different news stories taken from current events. Can you find the philosophical connection between them? The first person to come closest to the correct answer wins!


Food and drinks are encouraged!


To get everyone motivated for this session, here is the first challenge from the "Philosoaptor". Give the correct philosophical answer to this question at the meeting and win a prize!


What will happen if Pinocchio says, "My nose will now grow"?

Hint, think independently.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Doing a great job Jonathan!

    May 31, 2012

  • Jonathan

    For those that attended the meeting, please do not post the answer for "Pinocchio's nose" on the website. The question will be used again in future a meetup. Save the experience for future participants.

    May 30, 2012

  • Jonathan

    Congratulations to June (Chuck's wife) for winning the contest. June correctly answered the challenge of "Pinocchio's nose". Honorable mentions go to: Randy, Yola, Kevin, Eric and Dan. I want to thank everyone who gave an answer for all of their intellectual work. Thank you to Dan, Yola and Randy for bringing treats to share. Thanks to Chuck and Jun for hosting. I hope everyone gained a value from attending.

    May 30, 2012

  • Jonathan

    You can give the answer now if you want. But judging will be at the meetup. :o)

    May 20, 2012

  • Kenton

    So, I have to wait 'til the meeting to give the answer? Really?

    May 17, 2012

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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