This is a group for people who like to meet for a couple of hours in a relaxed atmosphere and talk (or just listen) about big ideas, mostly by asking questions and refining them. It is free, open for everyone and follows the common format of Socrates Cafes around the world. But most important it is just fun… of course, for those who actually enjoy intelligent conversations and can’t live without examining reality, society and life. The idea is to bring philosophy to the masses, to start socializing and form community of inquiry in process. This is exactly what Socrates-style of philosophy is about, but in practical terms it simply means a discussion group with emphases on questions, not the answers (which makes it different from university philosophy courses, self-help books and political/religious/new age movements). There are no speakers, no gurus, no high-minded monologues, no arrogant “experts” with indecipherable jargon and monopoly on right answers, no homework and no preparation. It is just and exchange of opinions on selected topic by simple (and not so simple :-) people. It is inherently democratic place where your opinion is on equal terms with the ones expressed by Nietzsche, Socrates or a guy around the corner… There is a moderator to channel conversation, loosely defined and very simple Socratic method of inquiry to guide participants and some basic rules: courtesy to others, observance of a topic of discussion and avoidance of any type of proselytism ). For more information read article about Socrates Café in "Ottawa Citizen" and FAQ on About page at http://www.meetup.com/ottawa-socrates-cafe/...
Unexamined life is not worth living...
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“A person may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.” - Aldous Huxley [masked]) British author.
6 days ago · 7:00 PM
Betrayal: The world of broken trust and doing the right thing
Betrayal is a dirty word synonymous with deception, dishonesty, treachery, treason... or is it? One might say Betrayal is about expectation and morality of our personal... Learn more
August 8 · 7:00 PM
What is Forgiveness?
What is Forgiveness
· Christ forgives from the cross; "And Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.'" Luke 23: 34
· Representative John Lewis... Learn more
July 25 · 7:00 PM
Hate Speech: The trouble with Free Speech.
Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of our democracy without which we cannot share our thoughts and observations with each other or collectively challenge the authority... Learn more
July 11 · 7:00 PM
What is Fairness?
What is Fairness
Audre Lorde maintains, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
Fairness... Learn more
June 27 · 7:00 PM
What is Lying?
The following information was taken from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie#Bad_faith)
A lie is a statement that the stating party believes to be false and... Learn more
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