The Santa Monica Philosophy Meetup

  • January 12 · 5:00 PM
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Hey People! 

January’s Meetup date and time is confirmed for Sunday, January 12 (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 http://www.meetup.com/philosophy-37/messages/boards/ (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:

http://philosophy-in-...

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.    

Brian

 

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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  • Peter K.

    I was glad to hear that the other Peter knew who Alfred North Whitehead was.

    January 15

  • Catalina N.

    That was a great meeting! I look forward to the next one!

    1 · January 13

  • Chelsey J.

    Thank you for the warm welcome!

    1 · January 12

  • Mary

    Interesting, diverse, intellectual, challenging

    1 · January 12

  • Wes A.

    Brian said this meeting a more ethereal than usual. I LIKE ethereal. The less concrete and the more abstract a topic the better I feel about it, and the more knowledge I have of it due to my various careers. Thank you for your efforts, Brian! -Pastor Wesley.

    1 · January 12

  • ellen

    Rush work project came up...sorry but can't get there today.

    January 12

  • Frank W.

    We have a similar topic in "Deep Thinkers" and someone posted this which is relevant.

    http://fifty2ninety.com/purpose...­

    January 9

    • Brian

      Thanks, Frank, I'll keep that link. The topic for Sunday, potential purpose of the universe, is significantly different than the meaning of one's own life, though there is a connection.

      January 9

    • Brian

      Oh, I just read the Deep Thinkers topic for the month and yes, I see that Todd mentions the purpose of the universe in connection with "putting your life in context." Well, that's a cool coincidence. Maybe the new year has inspired such topics.

      January 9

  • Wes A.

    Brandon, the only problem I see with the Healthcare topic is that it would immediately disintegrate into pure politics. Some of us (including me) want to have the luxury of an entirely non-concrete discussion. -Wes.

    January 7

    • Brian

      Wes, we've managed to talk about political topics before while still taking a philosophical stance and not descending into pure politics. In fact, our abortion topic was one of our more polite discussions (and not overly partisan). But, Wes, I wouldn't say that a philosophical discussion is a non-concrete one. The best discussions, to my mind, combine the highly concrete with the abstract/ philosophical.

      January 8

    • Wes A.

      By non-concrete, I refer to my own bias of how our perceptual universes are formed. I believe in a concrete universe of stuff in Higgs Space at the basic level, overlain by a higher reality of abstracts including scientific law, logic, math, and the way we think about the stuff at the lower level. In Epistomlogy, I imagine I resemble an old fashinoed dualsit. Notice that I gain a certain level of crredibility from Quantum entanglement and the Uncertainty Principle.

      January 8

  • Peter K.

    Anyone interested in a Hegel finger puppet? Hey, I had to post it.

    http://www.bcpuppets.ca/index.p...­

    January 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    Personally I hope the Healthcare topic is used. I find it interesting that so many working class people have bought into the plutocrat propaganda, that if u cant afford it u should just die!

    1 · January 7

  • ellen

    Neitzche would disagree, Wes. But I am curious as to where in my two sentences you think you read any statement by me that nothing exists? Let's save this for Sunday...or use email, so we do not intrude on the group.

    1 · January 7

  • ellen

    Except,Wes, the collective soul the religiousists say validates existence...perhaps...or not. Philosophy is such fun...for twisted thinkers, especially those who can manipulate language with grace and sincerity.

    January 6

    • Wes A.

      I'm afraid not, Ellen, because if NOTHING exists, you, me, the religious, and the collective soul would not be discussable or thinkable because there would be nobody to think about it. Nothings means . . . . well, er . . . NOTHING.

      January 7

  • Wes A.

    Well, if the topic turns out to be, "Is it possible for nothing to exist?" then none of us need to show up because we won't exist. Errr, I, uh . . . .

    January 6

  • ellen

    Wes and Brian...with all the surgeries such as cataract, hip/knee/shoulder/heart/lung/liver­/kidney replacements, it is hard sometimes to fathom what is a real person. Wes comments on the brain...which seems to be the key to ME.

    January 6

  • Wes A.

    If I had a new body, I would begin replacing my worn-out body parts until, if the money lasted, I would be just fine from the neck down. From Pastor Wesley, CPW, age 73 with lots of worn out body parts.

    1 · December 30

    • Wes A.

      I strongly considered that. However, when I wake up I still want to be "me." As it is, there are times I am not too sure I am me, these days.

      January 1

    • Brian

      yeah, we had a meeting on that once, the issue of the persistence of personal identity over time. I think that you'll still remain you if we just replace very small portions of select parts of your brain, slowly, over time. You might temporarily loose some functions, but that's preferable to dying of a stroke or Alzheimers!

      January 1

  • MELINDA T.

    What would you do with 10 million dollars and why would you put money there?

    1 · December 30

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