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Santa Monica Philosophy Meetup: Science/Philosophy Ideas That Improve Thinking

  • Jul 14, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Hey People! 

July's Meetup date and time is confirmed for Sunday, July 14 (the 2nd Sunday, this time) at 5:00 PM at our usual meeting place in Santa Monica.  I hope to 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. 

If I haven't already, I'll send out an email with more details about the Meetup, including the list of topics 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(s). If the Meetup is less than 3 days away and you haven't received this email, let me know and I'll send it to you again.  Or, you can also find that email at the top of our Meetup’s Message board at (or click on “Discussions” on the menu near to the top of our Meetup’s webpage, then select “Message Board”).  Closer to the Meetup date, I send out another email announcing what that topic is, and what readings we have for it.  

If you want to go and 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 instantly move you from the waiting list to the "Yes" list. This regularly happens in the week before the Meetup.

For those who'd like to join us, we'll go for dinner and more conversation after the Meetup. I'll email you the location and driving directions to both our meeting place and to restaurant shortly before the Meetup.

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:

Due to the healthy turnout at our Meetups, we'll normally break up into small groups of about 8-10 people each for about half of the discussion time. For the second half of the discussion, we'll get back 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 smaller break-out groups.    



PS. If you have some philosophical question or issue that you’ve been dying to talk about, email it to me!  That's how we get topics every month for our vote.  Also, please feel free to send me any other suggestions you have about the Meetup or the format of our monthly discussions. 

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  • Brian

    Wes, I think all our meetings allow and even require direct input from everyone. That's what an intellectual discussion is all about.

    July 16, 2013

  • carlitos d.

    great meeting

    July 14, 2013

  • Katherine B.

    Is this the meetup where all kinds of philosophical categories will be discussed? I hope so.

    1 · June 29, 2013

    • Brian

      Oh, I think I misunderstood what you were saying at first. We haven't determined the topic for the vote yet, for the July 14 meetup. I'm still counting up the votes people emailed to me, so I don't know if the "Categories" topic won. I'll email you and everyone else with that info tonight. If/when we talk about categories, it would be about the nature of categories in general. It wouldn't really be on Kant's categories of Understanding. That would be its own topic. If you like, email me with more specifics on that, and we can figure out how to frame a specific topic out of it.

      July 1, 2013

    • Katherine B.

      I'm wondering what the topic of all kinds of categories meant. What other categories are there in philosophy if not Kant's a priori or categorical imperative? I might be interested in that.

      July 1, 2013

  • Howard G.

    I am facinated by existentialism, especially Sartre's Being and Nothingness. I wonder if we could explore this work for both its historical significance and for the questions it raises.

    July 1, 2013

    • Brian

      Interesting idea. We don't read entire books and discuss them in this meetup, though my friend Chris does that in the group he organizes, the Long Beach Philosophy Meetup. However, we (the Santa Monica version) definitely talk about the ideas Sartre dealt with in that tome (I read about a third of the book some years ago). Do you have any particular topics about Sartre or existentialism in general you'd like to talk about?

      July 1, 2013

  • Malachai

    As always, grateful to Brian, Rimas & Mitch for making this happen. Hope to see ya'll soon.

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Brian

      Thanks, Malachai!

      July 1, 2013

  • Malachai

    Looking forward to diving in to some good old-fashioned epistemology!

    June 25, 2013

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