January 8, 2012
To meet with others who are interested in philosophy to discuss both broad and specific topics. I am particularly interested in the problem of consciousness but many other things eg I see you talked about Utopias recently; my group studied the topic and we read "Ecotopia" together. We also looked at the original Utopia, Brave New world and Ursula le Guin's novel, (forgotten the name!) I am also interested in the similarities and differences between academic and "popular" philosophy. I have started to develop a "philosophical interview" for talking about philosophical topics with ordinary people, and would be interested in the group's ideas.
It's hard to do philosophy on your own. If i have to read things alone, I am very slow, and often never finish. But if I have a reason to finish, as part of a discussion, I am more motivated. I also feel that group discussion can be particularly good for developing ideas - my university tutorials were always interesting and worthwhile, but we went from one topic to another so quickly. In a regular discussion group, you can stay with a topic and come back with counter-arguments a few weeks later after you've had time to consider. I do hope there will be another meeting shortly. I do work full-time so evenings or weekends would be very much best for me.
I run and have done Triathlon (in the UK). I am interested in art including photography, and like going to performances etc. I also like walking in more natural spaces (eg the Nature reserve). I am hoping to make further enquiries about Buddhism here - but I'm definitely an atheistic Buddhist. Not sure if there will be similar minded people. I am also hoping to set up a place to play my "unusual sport", croquet. Some equipment should be arriving in Singapore shortly.
I set up and ran a Philosophy discussion group in my home town about 3 years ago I studied Philosophy and Psychology at Oxford a long time ago, but have tried to remain involved a little in Philosophy. Particularly interested in philosophy of mind.
I hope it continues to be a enjoyable place for serious but not too academic debate and discussion about important issues in philosophy