RSVP CHOICE

  • January 26, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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Due to indecision on my part I have elected to turn the choice of topic for this meetup over to those that RSVP for this event.  Please indicate your choice of topic when you RSVP or mention one or two in the comments section afterward.  Then we can decide online or when we meet.

Hope to see you there.

Steve


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  • Sa'ar

    I had a great time! I will definitely join future meetups.

    January 27, 2014

  • Steven

    At the risk of being accused of being called a "troll" which does not bother me you are welcome to join me in a very active discussion from around the world about moral relativism here.

    http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&gid=78660&item=5828128879440601092&type=member&commentID=5833555301617397760&trk=hb_ntf_COMMENTED_ON_GROUP_DISCUSSION_YOU_COMMENTED_ON#commentID_[masked]

    January 27, 2014

  • kevin m.

    I came downtown to Kogod to find nobody there. When was the venue changed? I'd appreciate if someone could provide ample notice of this in the future, please.

    January 26, 2014

    • kevin m.

      No problem, it happens. It may be a good idea to post in the comments if this ever happens in the future. Thanks Steven.

      January 26, 2014

    • Steven

      You got it, thanks.

      January 27, 2014

  • princessJAY

    We're at Hill Country bbq, 410 7th st nw

    1 · January 26, 2014

  • Angelia

    Really sick sorry not going to make time

    January 26, 2014

  • Steven

    CAN YOU EXPERIENCE?
    What is it you experience?
    Would you rather see 1,000,000 images of really cool transport devices; skateboards to rockets or ride a single bike if you could only do one?

    January 25, 2014

  • Sa'ar

    This will be my first time joining. Although I am interested in many topics, my main interests are political philosophy and the philosophy of economics. I hope I can contribute to the discussion.

    January 25, 2014

    • Steven

      If you cannot you would be the first :)

      January 25, 2014

  • Steven

    I hope everyone can arrive on time because we are going to start with a general discussion of a variety of Philosophic terms and meanings to let everyone get a better idea of the range of the term called philosophy.

    If you are going to drive give yourself at least 30 minutes extra time to find a parking place even if you park in a garage, 45 min if you are cheap. Metro is best; Chinatown station, upstairs.

    January 25, 2014

  • Steven

    Just an update for this Sunday. The Kogod Gallery will be the locations of this

    http://www.npg.si.edu/event/currentevents.html

    At around 4:00 I expect the above event to make our discussion difficult so we will have a few choices. 1) Stay and watch the poetry completion, 2) move to the third floor of the museum where there is a library style setting with tables and chairs, 3) Find a bar to reconvene or we can have some people go this way and some that. But please do not be as I and indecisive when I ask what you would like to do?

    January 22, 2014

    • Steven

      Sometimes that floor gets crowded so I will check as soon as I get there.

      January 22, 2014

    • princessJAY

      Anywhere with food gets a vote from me~

      January 24, 2014

  • Steven

    Under the "More" menu above is a directory called "files". In that directory I just uploaded a file called "Just Right" you might find entertaining.

    January 18, 2014

  • Steven

    I am waiting word from Dr Hanson for final confirmation of his attending our soon to be scheduled Feb 9th meetup on Singularity and whole brain emulation (transfer of the mind into a computer) so we again find ourselves indecisive about this upcoming meetup so wondered if we might talk about INDECISION itself? In the midst of being so certain in our opinions about so much are we not all afflicted by this? Is this a proper topic to talk about in a philosophic sense; indecision but to be honest I'm not sure?

    January 16, 2014

    • Paul

      I think of Bertrand Russell: "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

      January 16, 2014

    • Steven

      I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
      -- Bertrand Russell

      January 17, 2014

  • Paul

    I feel like lately we have been discussing a lot of ethical issues. Perhaps we could have a topic that centers on a different branch of philosophy? Certainly they all intertwine, but some topics lend themselves to a more epistemological or metaphysical bent, like the topic we did on time.

    January 13, 2014

    • Paul

      It's like saying that because supposedly "superior" minds to my own could not prove a point one way or the other, that I am not capable of doing so, and so my speculation is useless. I don't think you would accept that, Steve, as your track record in business consulting was based in calling BS on supposedly airtight business deals. As a former lawyer, I completely sympathize; it was my job to call BS on lousy legal arguments. To me, that incisiveness would comport with the idea that it is up to you to decide what is real and what is not based on your experience, logic, and reason, and in that, I completely agree.

      January 14, 2014

    • Steven

      My point is not to wonder and analyze about these things. My point is that by virtue of an idea today has some greater weight by virtue of that idea being the newest. I do not need to be in business, I merely have to have lived 58 years to realize the long arc of new idea after another that herds of cats in conformity go chasing like bright lights. Read Aristotle and you soon realize the we are more similar between the ages than advanced.

      1 · January 14, 2014

  • nicola

    The effect of tech progress on what philosophers have to say about the mind? Are there any serious philosophers who think tech progress is relevant to the discussion?

    January 13, 2014

    • Steven

      Dr Hanson has agreed to attend and speak to us about his research on whole brain emulation. hopefully 2/9 but the nod goes to Paul for getting this ball rolling.

      January 14, 2014

    • Paul

      That's great! I look forward to hearing about his research.

      January 14, 2014

  • nicola

    Incidentally, Steven, I think Global Warming is an interesting topic for next meeting.

    January 13, 2014

    • Steven

      I am an exhaustive researcher and for the life of me cannot find a credible theory or even hypothesis supporting the relationship between anthropologic causes and climate change...none (Greenhouse effect is a term not an established theory). The most esteemed researcher is James Hanson, recently retired from NASA who's latest reports spoke on one anomalous data set after another. I've read countless IPCC reports and they all take great leaps to conclusions rather than build to them. The correlation of global warming and CO2 and sunspots if far more likely in my mind to be a cause with correlative factors of .74 up to about the 1970s from the Maunder Minimum days of the Little Ice Age then the correlations stop. But rather than go back to the drawing board it seems a greedy element in our society appears to take advantage of that and declare one anomaly more credible than another. Hardly scientific in my mind and the only philosophic nature of it is rhetorical.

      January 13, 2014

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