Discussion Evening

Here’s my metaphysical question: How do you know there is anything?

Do you have any questions you want answered?

The next discussion evening will be on Wednesday 30th April at Table Table to commence around 7.15 pm, join us between 6.00 pm to 6.15 pm if you want to eat first. Reasonably priced meals and snacks see:

http://www.tabletable.co.uk/content/tabletable/our-pubs/coventry/butlers-leap.html

We will be located right at the back of the restaurant area - hopefully :-) (if lost call me on[masked])

Thanks,

Mike


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  • Richard

    Wish I'd come to this. The Cambridge event I went to was mildly interesting; but it sounds as though this was rocking!

    May 3

  • Luke B.

    Really regret not being able to attend tonight's event as it would have been so interesting . I do enjoy discussing this topic. One thing I would like to ask the group as it is based on what is real, does anyone else have lucid dreams where they appear so real that one almost believes they were actual events? The human brain is a magnificent piece of biology and how it interprets what is happening outside of it's casing is fascinating and yet it can also be fooled, tricked even. Within Lucid dreaming, characters, places and events can be manifested within the subconscious

    1 · April 30

    • Mike W.

      A British philosopher and Anglican Bishop, George Berkeley [masked]), decided that matter is an illusion; only 'ideas' are real.

      This was maddening to some people, because it goes against common sense.

      But Berkeley had an issue. Like many religious thinkers, he did not think that the world as we know it is made up of 'matter' -- atoms, and attributes of matter such as heat. To them, that would mean a godless universe. But that's what philosophers such as Hobbes and Locke seemed to be saying.

      So Berkeley created a philosophy called 'Ideaism' which asserts that ideas constitute all existence. This universe of illusion is created by the spirit, God. In the coffee shops of London and the salons of the upper class, little else was discussed.

      So some say it was Berkeley himself who made the joke:

      "No mind? Doesn't matter.
      No matter? Never mind."

      I would argue it's impossible to determine 100% either way - but then what can be known?

      1 · May 1

    • Luke B.

      Ohhh boy, I sure as heck know nothing of philosophy but enjoy stimulating conversation but please, everyone, I know nothing on the subject, just an inquisitive mind but as you say Mike, what can we really know as everything has variables when one takes in every concept of science and thought, actually, isn't the whole concept of philosophy that we do not necessarily seek answers but just to ask the right questions....where would we have been without the free thinkers ey? Thank you so much for the information Mike and I am in awe. Look forward to meeting you all and I'll be sitting at the back with note paper and pen jotting notes.

      May 3

  • Anthony M.

    Good topic and discussion

    May 1

  • Phil Hart (aka K.

    Very interesting topic. Some thought provoking ideas.

    May 1

  • Rob

    Hello, having multiple car troubles and might struggle to make it tonight, really gutted :(

    April 30

  • Richard

    Just realised I'm double booked so un RSVPing. Hope to make the next one.

    April 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anyone going from Coventry?

    April 27

    • Phil Hart (aka K.

      I'll be going from Walsgrave as long as my visit to the dentists doesn't go too badly. Email me your phone number and I'll ring you Wednesday afternoon if I'm going. [masked]

      April 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    working that night

    April 6

  • Richard

    Seeing is believing!

    April 6

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