Lets meet at the Rock Bottom Brewery in La Jolla for the Stoics Happy Hour and disucss philosophy, especially Stoicism, and socialize in this informal setting.
Non-alcoholic beer is also available of course.
The topic I have in mind for this meetup is:
Stoicism and the subconsiuos mind
Stoicism is about being reasonable and rational. Stoics try to subject impressions to their rational mind and based on that accept it, postpone judgement or reject it.
Yet our society often works very different. We are constantly exposed to attempts that go behind our rational mind and directly speak to the subsconcsious mind. Many politicians, professional speakers, televangelist and I'd like to claim most marketers see the rational mind as an obstacle they try to get around.
How do Stoics deal with that?
Shall and to what extent can we employ our rational mind to protect us from that?
Is training in Stoic logic, that among other things teaches us to recognize fallacies sufficient?
Is it ok for Stoics to employ such techniques?