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Monday Night Philosophy Talks (monthly)

Greetings Toronto Philosophers,

This late January meeting will have 2 parts. And please note we are in a different location as we've lost our Sichuan Secret Restaurant. (And no, we didn't get kicked out : ))

We're going to start off by enjoying a lively talk on the big topic of Enlightenment. Meetup member Dave Boyle will define the terms and give us a start in the right direction. Dave's goal: "to deduce one idea that explains everything. Is it possible? What does 'explain' even mean? The forest of big ideas will get a little bit bigger ..."

This should be very interesting. Good luck Dave!

With any time left I'd like to gather some input for tackling our next big project. The winter months are going to be dedicated to the Philosophy of Mind. I'd love to have a cohesive group of us who are all looking at some common material. I think this will help us to establish a more solid base of knowledge on this topic. My first idea is a series of YouTube lectures on Phil. of Mind by Berkeley's John Searle. Each is about an hour long. Perhaps we could loosely cover several/month and talk about any big concepts that emerge.

What are your thoughts on this approach? If there are other ideas please bring them with you. Books, podcasts, lectures...I'm open to suggestions. And please remember to update your RSVPs.

Hope to see you Monday!


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  • Anthony D.

    Good meeting (my first); and nice seeing you all.
    Awaiting the YouTube links to the Searle lectures.

    January 29, 2013

  • Laurent L.

    Yes, I agree and this will happen when we go through the Searle material.

    What I find most interesting in having heard a bit of his lectures is that he calls himself a naive realist.

    I've only met one other person who has admitted to that!

    So this will be interesting.

    Great meeting all of you.

    January 29, 2013

  • Downtown D.

    That's a mighty long waiting list! (My bad for not RSVP-ing earlier!)

    January 28, 2013

  • Anthony D.

    Hey Julie. I quite like the idea of making Phil. of Mind the theme for the winter months. Did you have any specific material you wanted us to reference for the Searle discussion? (I plugged "John Searle" into YouTube and got back all sorts of videos). Thanks; looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow! =)

    January 27, 2013

  • Laurent L.

    Are there any out of towners that might give natalie a ride?

    I'd like to join the conversation next monday but it seems to be full. Am I reading this right? So I will waitlist?

    January 23, 2013

  • Natalie

    I am really far from town--but would love to participate. Is there anyway to do this via skype. If you could facilitate this--it would be awesome-thanks!

    December 20, 2012

    • Julie W

      Hi Natalie, I don't think there is wifi where we're meeting. And I think the conversation might be difficult to jump into virtually. But would love to have you join us if you're in T.O. sometime!

      January 5, 2013

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