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.