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Philosophy movie night!

Our December meetup will feature a well-made, engaging documentary film (which for copyright reasons we cannot publicly name). It is about a culture clash between analytic and existential ways of doing of philosophy. We know there are several members of the club (including myself) whose philosophical affinities extend beyond just the analytic variety. The occasion may give us a chance to air its pros and cons. And we are hoping to have an expert on Merleau-Ponty in attendance to help us out!

We will provide popcorn and refreshments, but you are welcome to bring drink or snacks to share, too. The film should spark plenty of discussion among us contentious, opinionated philosophers. (Please leave your guns at home though: philosophy and alcohol have been known to mix but philosophy and guns? See this.)

The date is now set: Thursday, December 12th. It will be at the Aspira, thanks to our gracious venue hosts. 

The meetup location is at 1823 Terry Ave on the 11th floor of the Aspira building. There are paid parking lots as well as street metered parking (free after 8pm) nearby. Please be on time. Since the venue is an 11th floor conference room inside a private building, no one may be available to let you in if you are late. (But if you are late, try 009 at the call box and hope that someone is sober at the other end.) We will gather in the lobby of the Aspira building, a club member will be there to let you up until 7pm.
See you there!

Victor, co-organizer

NYT article on a related subject: "Bridging the Analytic-Continental Divide" By Gary Cutting.

Leif Parsons

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  • Mary

    I am considering whether I prefer the monolithic musings of religious institutions (that includes the Intelligent Design folks?????!!!!) to science. One of the most alarming ideas to me is that of transhumanism. These folks seem anxious to use science to transform not just the human condition but what it means to be human. We are well on our way . . . perhaps we can invite some Mormon transhumanists in? I might be on a rant here . . . truely missed talking about the movie . . . I get very distracted by gypsies with diamond finger rings.

    December 13, 2013

  • Mary

    Would have enjoyed the conversation after movie; didn't stay.

    Here's a link you might find interesting . . . or maybe not:

    Alive Mind Cinema:

    December 12, 2013

    • Victor M.

      Thanks for the link, Mary. It should be interesting to the AI fans among us. It makes sense we should approach AI from every direction, analog and digital alike. Still, I have to wonder if even perfect success at duplicating every nuance of what a human brain can do behavior-wise would not just be a magnificently intelligent tool, not to be confused with a human brain. When we get to the point of having an artificial intelligence that talks back to us and says "sure, I can do what you are asking me to, but I would rather not," then we will have created something really human, not just intelligent. I know some people have this distinction clear in their heads, but I sometimes get the feeling AI is being conflated with human intelligence from the way it is discussed in articles like this.

      December 13, 2013

  • J Clinton J.

    Work came up. Though i did watch the heidegger movie after the last meeting. Thanks for recommending it. See you next time.

    December 12, 2013

  • Gary

    Is this clothing optional?

    December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have Buddhist leanings to my philosophy. I hope eastern thought is appreciated as well

    November 28, 2013

    • Victor M.

      No, too many things blow up, too utilitarian and analytical... maybe even too much fun...

      1 · November 14, 2013

    • Jon C.

      We can just bring water pistols to Drunken Philosophy and film our own version of that.

      3 · November 14, 2013

  • Ann M.

    Would love to attend. I'm generally free on Tues, Wed, Sun and (Sat the 30th) during November. In December - Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Just thought I would throw some dates out. If those don't work, I'll shoot for the next meeting :)

    November 14, 2013

  • Ted

    Hi Victor,

    Is this that movie about a certain German philosopher made by former students of Dreyfus at Berkeley?


    November 13, 2013

  • Terra L.

    Whether or not I can come definitely depends on the date and time, but I'd be very interested in this!

    November 13, 2013

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