The Santa Monica Philosophy Meetup - Thought Experiments: controversies about

  • May 19, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Hey People!

May's Meetup date and time is confirmed for Sunday, May 19 (the 3rd Sunday) at 5:00 PM at our usual meeting place in Santa Monica.  I hope to see you there. 

Also, I'll soon send out an email with more details about the meetup, including the list of topics to vote on, if I haven't already.

If the RSVP list is full, go ahead and sign up anyway; you'll automatically be added to the waiting list. If enough people cancel their RSVP, the Meetup site will move you from the waiting list to the "Yes" list. This regularly happens in the week before the Meetup. See you there!

If your plans to attend have changed, please update your RSVP! If you're not able to make it, be kind and free up a space on the RSVP list for someone else.

For those who'd like to join us, we'll go for dinner and more conversation after the Meetup. Location and driving directions to our meeting and to dinner TBA.

You can see more info about our Meetup by exploring our other website, where you can post your ideas about the upcoming topics or any of the past topics we've talked about, and read what others have had to say:
http://philosophy-in-...

I usually send out the monthly email, with the list of five philosophical questions to vote on, in the week or two before the Meetup. You can vote by replying to the email with the title of your favorite question. (Please don't vote by writing your favored topic on your RSVP, as I'll forget to look at that.) The winner of the vote is the question/topic we'll talk about at the upcoming Meetup. If the Meetup is less than 3 days away and you haven't received this email yet, let me know and I'll send it to you again.

Due to the healthy turnout at our Meetups, we'll break up into small groups of about 10 people each for about half of the discussion time. For the second half of the discussion, we'll get together in a large circle and go over our final thoughts on the topic, as well as the interesting ideas that came up in our break-out groups.

Brian


PS. If you have some philosophical question or issue that you really want to talk about, email it to me! That's how we get topics every month for our vote.

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  • Wes A.

    Brian, I understand why you did not like that I moved the Thought Experiment topic constantly into the Rules of the Universe. I apologize, but I hope you see that many apparently Univeral Physican phenomenae are beyong mesaurement and therefore MUST be speculated upon in "Thought Experiments." Then too, there have been times when a thought experiment leads to a physical experiment which reveals a contradiction in physical priniples. Which should be impossible. That is why I am obsessed with several of those situations. One - the Michelson-Morely physical experiment literally seemed to show that some things as simple as 2+2=4 are wrong! You know what happened next, right?

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought Experiment:
    You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop,and you see three people waiting for the bus:

    1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
    2. An old friend who once saved your life.
    3. The perfect man (or) woman you have been dreaming about.

    Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car.

    You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first; or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.

    However, you may never be able to find your perfect dream lover again.

    He simply answered: "I would give the car keys to my old friend, and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams.

    May 20, 2013

  • Ramon

    I want to attend, but I have a ton of essays to grade.

    May 19, 2013

  • ellen

    Ack...just joined but this meeting is on Mom's Day and I will have to miss it. See you next time.

    May 6, 2013

    • Brian

      We're not meeting on Mother's Day, but on the 19th!

      May 11, 2013

  • Peter K.

    Is there a topic yet?

    May 11, 2013

  • Ariane

    I have to decline this time; it coincides with my journal's meeting.

    May 10, 2013

  • Brian

    I look forward to seeing everyone again at our upcoming Meetup on Sunday, May 19 at 5 PM!

    May 6, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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