Regular Meeting - Every Second Sunday of the month

This month we will meet at Zephyr Cafe.

The selected topic will be "Is materialism correct?".  If you would like to do a little preparation regarding materialism by taking a look at the Wikipedia article summarizing the subject at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Materialism  There is also a brief summary of the subject at http://philosophy.uwaterloo.ca/MindDict/materialism.html

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  • Uriah Carr

    Great

    January 14, 2013

  • Arnold McMahon

    A very good and lively discussion.

    January 13, 2013

  • Arthur Zhang

    On the Wikipedia webpage, there are such words: "materialists have historically held that everything is made of matter, (or energy.)" I think it is true.

    January 13, 2013

    • Arthur Zhang

      I support that all things are energy, and the physical material that human are able to sense or detect via current techniques is one of energy's forms.

      January 13, 2013

  • Arnold McMahon

    First, if we do not know what matter is - and may never know - can a good scientist ever claim that everything is made of matter?
    Second, if we are just a bunch of matter, what is so great about each one of us?

    January 7, 2013

    • Arnold McMahon

      Sounds like we are going to have an interesting discussion on Sunday! Yes, if we could weigh e.g. "consciousness stuff", that would be an argument in favor of materialism.

      January 11, 2013

    • Arnold McMahon

      There is a "procedural" argument against materialism. Science still does not know what matter is. If so, can we rationally assert that everything is something whose nature we do not know - especially if science claims that it only has theories, and can never have more than theories.

      January 11, 2013

  • Margarethe Eichel

    Does "a bunch of matter" have much to do with "materialism?" Am I correct to assume that we will discuss materialism, not matter, as these are two very different concepts?

    January 7, 2013

    • Uriah Carr

      materialism - The view that everything that actually exists is material, or physical. Many philosophers and scientists now use the terms `material' and `physical' interchangeably (for a version of physicalism distinct from materialism, see physicalism). Characterized in this way, as a doctrine about what exists, materialism is an ontological, or a metaphysical, view; it is not just an epistemological view about how we know or just a semantic view about the meaning of terms.

      January 9, 2013

  • Uriah Carr

    Click on "More,"> "Files,"> "Materialism 2" to see an overview of this meeting's topic.

    January 2, 2013

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