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RE: [socratescafe-119] next Meetup

From: Louis
Sent on: Monday, February 11, 2008 11:08 PM

I can make Thursday afternoons/early evenings although my preference would be the weekend.   




From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Andy
Sent: Monday, February 11,[masked]:21 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [socratescafe-119] next Meetup


Dear Socrates Cafe-goers,

First of all I want to thank those who attended our last Meetup, which featured a lively discussion of the nature of success. (Particular thanks go to Gregg Thomas, who managed to make two gentlemen laugh while he evicted them from our reserved room!) The consensus position seemed to be that success does not exist in any absolute sense, but can be defined only relative to some sphere of activity (for example, success in business, success in politics, success in love, etc.). I tried to gain a hearing for the view that some kinds of success are, in some objective sense, more important than others, but I was unsuccessful. :-)

Before scheduling the next Meetup, I'd like to get some feedback from members regarding convenient times. The last 3 Meetups, which were held on weekends, were less well attended by our twenty-somethings than our October meeting, which was held on a weeknight. If a weeknight would be better for you than, say, a Sunday afternoon, please let me know.

Emily suggested our topic for next time: What is reality? Is the world we perceive with our senses the ultimate reality? Plato, Socrates' best student, addressed this question with his famous "allegory of the cave." In Plato's view, we are as if in a cave, perceiving shadows on a wall. Reality transcends our everyday experience. Most of us have never escaped the cave to behold reality.

Was Plato right? We'll talk about it next time.

I'll schedule the Meetup after I've heard from you regarding your preferred meeting time.

Yours in Socrates,

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