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south east'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


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd be interesting in chatting with someone(s) about something that I've been considering for some years. The implications of causality in terms of consequences for physics. Causal systems have very well-defined constraints. While the most popular interpretations of quantum mechanics seem inconsistent with a strictly causal reality, multiverse cosmologies are consistent. I've found it to be a very powerful assumption. Starting only with the assumption that observable reality is strictly causal, I have found simple proofs that time is only observable within systems of increasing entropy, that all observable events must be finite, that all systems and transitions can be fully defined in terms of conserved quantities (e.g. charge, spin, etc.), and that all conserved quantities must be quantized. Plus applicability and consequences of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems.

    Anyway, I'd be interested in discussing this with someone because I think I've taken it about as far as I can on my own.

    March 11, 2014

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