Santa Monica Philosophy Meetup - Why Can Math Be Used To Understand The World?

  • September 9, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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Hey People!

We are confirmed for September 9 at 5 pm (the second Sunday of the month).  We will be meeting at our usual place in Santa Monica. 

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:

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.


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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  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the bikini oil wrestling saved up for the end. Oh, wait, that must've been another meetup. This one about math was my first Philosophy meetup and I thought it was an interesting pastime and hopefully future topics will be a little more existential or abstract.

    September 13, 2012

  • Brian

    tough topic, but fun discussion!

    September 11, 2012

  • Eric W.

    This was my first time coming, and being radically honest, I walked away frustrated.

    I felt as if the dominant "modus operandi" was "opinion expressing/defending." It was as if everyone that was speaking came to teach each other what is "correct view" and "incorrect view." Nietzsche would say "it was about 'moralizing.'"

    To me that feels more like pedagogy than philosophy. Socrates was the wisest Greek because he professed to know nothing. My better experiences in philosophy have always been where I was challenged and UNLEARNED something rather than the opposite.

    My hypothesis is that, perhaps, philosophy is difficult to do in groups like this. Last night the drive to put on and defend my "social persona" was quite strong, and I felt that interfered with my ability to question my own assumptions. I suspect others had the same drive, because I felt it difficult to question the assumptions of others.

    September 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found the discussion interesting, although in depth scientific philosophical content of this nature (10 points below question) doesn't really stimulate my intellectual reservoir. Hopefully next time the topic at hand will be one I have a better perspective of. I thought math could be used to understand the world mainly in terms of progress since the caveman era. It began with simple ways of thinking in numbers and gradually became much more complex by the archaic standard. The more complex Math became and was put into use, the more innovative certain ideas for areas such as architecture, transportation, aeronautics, medicine, etc. became...yada yada yada

    September 9, 2012

  • Andrew S.

    Hey everyone, something came up so I can't go - two spots now open for the waitlisters

    September 9, 2012

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