st. john's 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

 

also check out our website @: socratescafepdx.wordpress.com for flyers, info, and contact information with various other goodies.

 

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  • Eric P.

    Oh my god! that meeting was off the hook! I mean where we went after. Tommy Lee Jones showed up with Willie Nelson! No one else showed up so we hit the road and ended up at a bar called Dodge City in Vancouver. We smoked a huge blunt on the way and they gave me a cubensis shroom! We took a dance lesson - "the bump and grind". Those guys are profound. They taught me more about life then I learned in forty years! Willie really misses "the man in black" - rip Johnny. We partied at Pirate Cove 'till 2. What a night!

    October 23, 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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