Socrates Cafe Wilmette

  • July 3, 2014 · 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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  • Charlotte

    It's so nice to see such great participation throughout the year.

    July 4, 2014

  • Nora

    This was our best meetup ever, and coincidentally our 12th one: It is our one year anniversary. We had 15 people, and we discussed how it is that our cognitive understanding of reality is different from how we are in the world. It was a stimulating discussion, and we ran a little over time because there were so many people. In future meetups we may decide to split into smaller groups and get together at the end. Lots of ideas. Not enough time! Thank you everyone for coming and for your patience with the process.

    2 · July 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thought the same, the best ever. Engaging, crackling with intelligence. Made me think of the processing power of a neo-tribal mind . . . of Theodore Sturgeon's Sci Fi classic: "More Than Human" . . . Exciting stuff.

      July 4, 2014

  • Sukumar

    This was my first meetup and I had a great time discussing a meaningful topic. I can't wait to go again next month. Every participant brought something to the conversation. This is a very civil group, but by no means tepid. Very engaging group. I would highly recommend this group.

    July 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time, and really enjoyed meeting so many intelligent people!

    July 3, 2014

  • Clifton

    I just came across this video.

    David Logan: Tribal leadership:

    I don't mean to suggest we start giving each other homework for our discussion topics, but it seemed relevant to the kinds of conversations we've been having. It's a few years old but it seems pretty timeless to me. In a nutshell, his five tribal levels are:

    1: Life (in general) sucks
    -When you think life is irredeemably terrible, you do terrible things.

    2: My life sucks
    -Nothing kills imagination and motivation like pessimism.

    3: I'm great, you're not!
    -Competition can be a great motivator, but it's an insular way of thinking and ultimately an excuse for warfare.

    4: I'm great, and so are you ... we're great!
    -A tribe can come together and become more than the sum of its parts.

    5: Life is great.
    -True optimism means believing humankind can achieve greatness. A vision that inspires people to strive for greatness in themselves and their societies can change the world.

    June 30, 2014

  • Sukumar

    Hello fellow thinkers! It's my first time in the group and I'm excited about meeting all of you on the 3rd of July. What's the topic of conversation?

    June 20, 2014

    • Nora

      Hi Sukumar, We will look forward to meeting you. We decide the topic when we meet. People usually bring ideas and we just end up talking about one of them. Bring ideas for things you might want to discuss.

      1 · June 30, 2014

  • Doug Stephen-Michael K.

    I look forward to meeting all of you

    June 10, 2014

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