At our Junto meetings, I envision that we'll discuss ethics, politics and philosophy. I envision that the meeting will be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth.

Any member can host a meeting. I prefer the 9 topic (10 minutes per topic) format with the goal of the official meeting lasting under two hours. We can meet at libraries or homes or restaurants. If you want to host a meeting, please just let me know and I'll put it on the calendar. Hosting a meeting means that you designate the place, commit to being there and come up with the nine topic questions.

There is also another group in town that does workshops that help us practice our reasoning skills:

Karla organizes that group and she is also a member of our group!

Here is why I named the group Junto:

From The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
(written 1771-1788):

1728 - I should have mentioned before, that, in the autumn of the preceding year, I had form'd most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the JUNTO; we met on Friday evenings. The rules that I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy, to be discuss'd by the company; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased. Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth

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According to an audio version of Ben Franklin's autobiography, Junto is pronounced "June-toe."

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    Why Everyone (else) Is A Hypocrite; Evolution and the Modular mind, by Robert Ku

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