alberta socrates cafe

bring a question that has been troubling you. we put questions people bring on a list and then vote on the questions we know the least about. after two narrowing votes we get a single question for the evening. this is not a debate, this is not about proselytizing or soliciting information. This is about active listening and philosophical sharing. We are a democratic inquiry group for the people by the people. We assume that a rational self paired with a good society can produce a meaningful life; the two go hand in glove. At our best, at a portland socrates cafe, we are all story tellers basing our stories in the life of reason.

 

our five main strategies that we use to explore the question:

looking for built-in assumptions in the question.

finding embedded concepts and their functional structures in the question.

examining differences of kind and degree.

exploring the logical consistencies and inconsistencies in the unfolding dialogue.

offering compelling or alternative viewpoints

 

 

 

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  • Sara

    Ops! I realized just now, l did'nt posted so many "hi"! Anyway, hope to come next time :-)

    August 16, 2013

    • Eric P.

      Yeah, I was high when I saw that and I got paranoid, but I realized you might be high too. I'm looking forward to meeting you in person.

      August 16, 2013

  • Sara

    Hi

    August 15, 2013

  • Eric P.

    That was a great meeting! Everyone was listening to each other and addressing premises. The topic was mental illness. There seemed to be a consensus that anyone who seems normal in this artificial and unnatural construct we call "civilization" is mentally ill. Anyone whose deemed schizo is incapable of "selling out" so to speak.

    August 15, 2013

  • Sara

    Hi

    August 14, 2013

  • Sara

    Hi

    August 14, 2013

  • Sara

    Hi

    August 14, 2013

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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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