Why Existentialism, Redux

  • January 20, 2013 · 5:00 PM

This is an invitation-only meeting for those current members who have attended at least one meeting in the past six months.

This is a do-over meeting for "Why Existentialism" (Dec. 30).

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Update from Fab, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012:

Back to basics:

Jean-Paul Sartre, 1946, "Existentialism Is a Humanism"

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Update from Fab, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013:

Ok, let's try again... hoping there is no other catastrophe.

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  • Mark G.

    I thought Fabian did an excellent job in moderating the discussion. I now have a basic understanding of Existentialism, as Jean-Paul Sartre wrote about it, along with its relevance in post-war France. I hope Fabian will host more discussions.

    January 21, 2013

  • Camilia S.

    Very good.

    January 21, 2013

  • Dave

    Very interesting discussion! I'd like to learn more about Sartre and existentialisim in gerenal.

    January 21, 2013

  • Tom O.

    It is good to discern what is or isn't properly existentialism. The meeting provided that opportunity.

    January 20, 2013

  • Theresa D.

    where are we meeting?

    January 20, 2013

    • Camilia S.

      Theresa Send your personal e-mail to me to send you the address: [masked]

      January 20, 2013

  • scott m.

    What she said. (Camilia) I did not save the address either. Please repost the address or E-mail it to [masked].

    Thanks

    January 20, 2013

  • Camilia S.

    Please send me Fab's address again. I didn't save it from last time. You may e-mail it to [masked]

    January 20, 2013

  • Mark G.

    Is anyone familiar with Alfred Korzybski and General Semantics. When I was in high school, I took a class called Epistemics. The text book used is "The Art of Awareness" by Samuel Bois, a student of Korzybski, who took many of his ideas for the book.

    January 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would think that this approach has been completely reconfigured to what has been learned about neuroscience since this technique of the 1940s.

      January 17, 2013

    • Tom O.

      Alfred Korzybski's general semantics (GS) seeks to equip the individual human being with cognitive meanings for leading a good life. While this project is well intentioned, it has some theoretical problems. GS denies the concept of mind and takes all cognitive activities to be deterministically brain-based. On the methods of thinking, GS denies the concept of predication and alleges the copula verb "to be" to be unnecessary. On logical syntax, GS accepts mathematics to be foundational not just in logic but in the structure (innately) of the brain itself. And in the acquisition of meanings, GS takes the signal to be primary, which is gotten through certain electro-chemical processes of the brain, by-passing any role for the individual self, yet leaving unanswered who or what is in the position to designate, pass on, and train the signal to the individual.

      January 18, 2013

  • Tom O.

    This meeting is now scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20, 5:00 p.m.

    January 9, 2013

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