Should national holidays have a religious basis?

Everyone loves a day off work, especially those that are paid for by the company or state. But in a pluralistic society, where ideological egalitarianism is highly valued, is there a place for national celebrations/holidays? Come along to discuss this topic next Tuesday. As usual, there are some who come early for a bit of dinner or a pre-Socrates drink. (1 Euro voluntary contribution.) 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Still holding out for a less mainstream topic.

    1 · November 28, 2013

    • Seanan K.

      Cyrus the great's revenge on the river Gynes for killing his horse is pretty unmainstream.

      1 · December 3, 2013

    • Karina

      :-D

      December 4, 2013

  • anne j

    Sorry running late wont make it

    December 3, 2013

  • Seanan K.

    Can't make it sorry, hope it goes well.

    December 3, 2013

  • James G

    Sorry I can't go tonight , Enjoy the question

    December 3, 2013

  • James G

    I am looking forward to cafe as I am a person of faith but still largely a non practiing catholic. I respect others right to hold there beliefs or lack of them.
    I think this will be a good chance to asks some important questions. what are an individual rights as opposed to the primal need of a society to have common ground ( such as community spirit or respect for others person safety and property).

    December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perhaps one of the aforementioned topics will be considered for discussion in the near future. Thks for the 'like' by the way.

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What are the precursors for an individual to comprehend their exsistance? Why the word Subconscious is flawed. How powerful can a thought be and what is its process? What occurs when we accurately gauge a person's mood in a matter of seconds.

    2 · November 29, 2013

    • Gary C.

      Consciousness has always been a fairly popular topic philosophy but seems to be undergoing something of a revival in modern philosophy. Advances like FMRI are allowing the study of the brain to go much further than was previously achievable. Mostly the modern debates on the topic as far as I have seen revolve around the mind as matter or not. Most of the questions you raise are a little more old school and I think many will have some tentative answers available. Very tentative in most cases but the sciences of the brain and mind are making real strides.

      1 · November 29, 2013

    • Gary C.

      Hi Ben,
      Just Mr. Connolly I'm afraid. It wasn't my intention to discourage the questions if it came across that way. I was only meaning to suggest that there is a lot of interesting material out there if folk are interested in the topic. It is a topic I am very interested in myself.

      3 · December 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is consciousness physical or nonphysical?

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In response to AineA's question,

    November 29, 2013

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