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Socrates Cafe Wilmette

  • Dec 5, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Do you have a hunger for deeper understanding of yourself and the world?

Do you value deep, honest and respectful dialogue?

Socrates Café’s are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central idea that we learn more when we question, and question with others.

At the Socrates Café, we get together for a monthly discussion of a life question that interests or challenges us. We arrive on the night, pick a question we would like to explore and then launch into 90 minutes of facilitated dialogue.

To give you a flavor for the types of questions that we explore, here are some recent examples: - “Why is there a gap between ideals and behavior?” - “Should drugs be de-criminalised” - “What does it mean to be a good friend?”.

No philosophical background needed. This is about our own philosophies of life and not necessarily what the great philosophers and academics have said or written. It is not a debating club or a platform for proselytising. Instead, we place the emphasis on questioning, open mindedness and challenging our own assumptions while listening to and respecting the views shared by others.

We meet on the First Thursday of each month in the basement of the First Congregational Church of Wilmette, 1125 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, promptly at 7:00 pm and wrap-up about 8:30 p.m.

If you think this might be for you, or even if you are not quite sure yet, why not come along and give it a try. It would be great to see you.

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  • Melissa

    Great conversation. I really enjoyed folks talking about books they read, how minds have changed as life experiences unfold. Really appreciate the group's comfort with differing opinions so that many view points can be discussed. Looking forward to our discussion in January!

    December 6, 2013

  • Lena

    Unfortunately I couldn't come. I look forward to the next one.

    December 6, 2013

  • Charlotte

    Always interesting conversations!

    December 6, 2013

  • Nora

    We had an interesting discussion about how we know when to trust information. We also talked about optimism and pessimism as social trends and as individual perspectives.

    December 5, 2013

  • Larry A M.

    Stuck im meeting, cant make it

    December 5, 2013

  • Clifton

    Potential jumping-off point for this meeting: How do we decide that knowledge is trustworthy?

    It was touched on briefly last time and I think it's a fascinating topic. I think most of us consider the source, but how do we decide which sources to trust? Can we separate the argument from the source delivering it? If so, what would make it compelling?

    Peer review and the scientific method were also briefly mentioned, and I think they're worth delving into further.

    December 3, 2013

    • Nora

      Great idea! Please remind me.

      December 3, 2013

    • Clifton

      Thanks! I probably should have said "information" instead of "knowledge", as in "How do we decide that information is trustworthy?"

      December 3, 2013

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