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New Meetup: Socrates Cafe September Meetup

From: Andy
Sent on: Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:29 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Socrates Cafe!

What: Socrates Cafe September Meetup

When: September 26,[masked]:00 PM

500 S National Ave
Springfield, MO 65802

Our August Meetup discussion of "the ethics of monogamy" didn't disappoint! Somewhat to my surprise, no one among our 20-odd attendees felt compelled to defend lifelong monogamy as a moral ideal. The closest we got was serial monogamy. Some folks found even that too restrictive. I know we are not a representative cohort of Springfieldians, but I didn't realize we were that nontraditional a bunch!

Our animated (but uniformly civil) discussion ended not because we ran of steam, but because we ran out of time. Accordingly, we decided to stick with the same general issue for our next meeting. Our question will be: How should we understand the relationship, psychologically and morally, between love and sex -- or, more broadly, between romantic attachment and physical intimacy? Is it perfectly possible for two people to have a sexual relationship without any emotional attachment or jealousy? If so, should we be more open as a society to "open relationships"? Or are sex and other forms of physical intimacy best reserved for relationships characterized by love or emotional attachment?

We're meeting this time in the afternoon: Saturday, Sept. 26th, from 2:00 to 3:30, in the meeting room of the Panera at National and Elm. Meeting rooms large enough for a group of 20 have become a real hot commodity on Saturday mornings!

Hope to see you at the next Meetup!

Yours in Socrates,

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