Philosophy Gang is a loosely organized community of philosophers, artists, thinkers and friends. We meet once a week to encourage creative emergence and discuss ideas ranging from dreams to aesthetics, technology to art, and philosophy to metaphysics. We practice a form of public dialogue that can be a positive communal, cultural and creative force in the life of the individual. Thoughtful discussion integrates our perspectives to enlarge our experience in the world and within, and add meaning to our lives.
The group is a salon consisting of diverse members: writers, therapists, astrologers, artists, activists, philosophers, etc. We work together to contextualize our insights and synthesize our viewpoints. We question and contemplate, plumbing our topics for meaning. It’s the kind of discussion that reaches to the very core of who we are. The process can be beautiful, fun, challenging and rewarding.
Our gatherings start with an introduction to a preselected topic, led by a facilitator, who is an active member of the group. We encourage the facilitator to be experimental with the format and the activities that occur. Usually there is an Introduction to the topic, maybe a meditation, maybe free writing or free questions posed about the topic, which is then followed by different phases designed to get us engagin in a deeper discussion: Questions-Discussions-Rapid Insight-Sharing-Poetry Reading-Art-Critiquing... The ultimate goal is to watch what emerges from the synthesis of ideas!
With a group setting involving as many as fifteen people, we value concise and effective communication and consider cooperation, empathy, and close listening vital to the quest for creative emergence. We use the following disciplines:
We raise hands and try to build off of what others say, waiting patiently to be called on by the facilitator. This is Deepening the Discussion.
We point two fingers straight forward to let the facilitator know we have a direct response to the current speaker to either add to and deepen the discussion with further insight or to challenge the speaker. This is Direct Response.
Join us for two hours of thoughtful conversation and creative company at two different times and locations. You can join the original Philosophy Gang discussion on Sundays at 6:30 PM at Trident Cafe and/or the imaginative Yin Philosophy Gang on Wednesdays at 7 PM over in the deli-area of Alfalfas. We plan on having some meetings out in nature as it warms up, so always check the location if you plan on coming.