south east's socrates cafe - this is a vid of our last meeting. I swear these are very intelligent people! 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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  • Eric P.

    The meeting last night was very good though I had to leave early. Four other men showed up(the ladies were too smart to go indoors on such a beautiful day!). What I left with was the sense the competitive nature of men seems to manifest when it comes to topics of procreation. We are interesting animals.

    September 12, 2013

  • Tom M.

    Could you elaborate on your conception of schizophrenia and your experience with this illness.

    September 6, 2013

  • Laura G.

    About mental illness, in particular schizophrenia --> JUNG. Knowing Jung, I have more to say on this topic!! // (this is note as reminder to myself.)

    1 · September 4, 2013

    • Laura G.

      He has the coolest theory.... I have never known how to conceptualize schizophrenia, but now I have one possible model. I can share this.

      September 4, 2013

    • Eric P.

      Present one premise.

      September 4, 2013

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