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Philosophy for Real Life: Monday Discussion Group

The reading this time is "The Not-Quite-Rational Animal," here: We are not as rational as we would like to think.  Is that a problem?  What should we, rationally speaking, do about it?

This group typically reads a short article, often a blog post by Bill Meacham, ahead of time and discusses it at the meeting. We approach philosophy as free human beings engaged in the world. The discussion format is free-form, and it is always quite lively. Links to the articles are posted in advance of each meeting.

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  • TERRY E.

    In response to the question "Can one Master Life"? I offer perhaps another quiry, "Using compromise, can one make an art form of their lives"? And I think I hear a text behind the text that resembles,
    Pragmatism...the art of compromise, picking your battles, figuring out what is important, are perhaps some of the methods, after all life is nothing but a series of triages.

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • mattmew

      I love that "become aware that you are not self aware" its like the first step in an AA program lol

      November 19, 2013

    • Bill M.

      To be a bit more precise, you can notice or discover that in certain situations or at certain times in the past you lacked self-awareness, i.e., in those situations or at those times you did not pay attention to what you were doing. But to become aware that you are not self-aware in the present is to become self-aware. So the lack of self-awareness is in the past. I suppose this is a bit pedantic, but I am big on clarity of language.

      1 · November 19, 2013

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