Social Evolution\Success

Our public forum discussions series, “Democracy on Trial,” continues on a new day and time: Monday, April 22 at 7PM. Come ready to learn, share, and help craft a more constructive dialogue for democracy.  This installment focuses on “Social Evolution.” We start with the questions: “What is the best society? How do we build a society that is more harmonious, more successful, and, in short, works better?” To help answer these questions, we will explore political philosophy and the corresponding ethical\moral principles inherent in the various political philosophies, ranging from socialism to conservatism. We will also discuss the social contract and it's relevance in achieving a better functioning society.

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  • Joseph B.

    This was my first meet up with GPTS. If you have yet to attend you will, as expected, find that the group does live up to its name. But for the group's name to be an honest reflection of those who attend they would have to add at least one other word: Kind. I had a great time and look forward to future gatherings.

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • CJ F.

    My conviction is that social success (which I would define as meeting our basic needs, but should also admit lots of free time to exercise one's unique faculties freely) can only come from billions of world citizens doing their best always and only through trial and error to do what they see needs to be done. Only when groups of individuals gathering in common cause to invent their future by design can society change. Indeed that is the only way change ever happens.

    I take a cynical view of political philosophy: just "justice" delivered by persuasion regardless of the complexities of humanity's ignorance, conflicting values and norms, and unintended consequences. A recipe for theater not solutions.

    This 10 minute Doris Sommer talk shows how to change society through art: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    I like Sommer's ideas more than Rousseau, Kant, or Rawls. We also need to embrace trial and error science to build social success, but no politics for me.

    April 22, 2013

  • Steve P.

    Great, had a lot of fun!

    April 22, 2013

  • Linda P.

    Sorry I could or make it tonight I am delayed with work

    April 22, 2013

  • GenePoz

    Crap! Car not working. Crap! Sorry for the late notice.

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry, I cannot make this meet-up. :(

    April 22, 2013

  • Linda P.

    This topic sounds very interesting. I plan to attend. The need to incorporate ethical issues into the structure of our society is essential in my belief system. Looking forward to hearing various thoughts and opinions of others. See you to night. Linda

    April 22, 2013

  • Will B.

    This would be a good topic for the Saturday meet up with all due respects to those of the "nocturnal persuasion".

    April 11, 2013

  • GenePoz

    Finally, an evening meeting. I don't do deep thoughts before noon.

    April 11, 2013

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