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To those who have not explored the unconscious, conscience is something absorbed from societal norms.  While this is frequently true, the unconscious at times will erupt with values very different from conscious ones or societal ones. This lecture will make a case for a pre-existing sense of values.

About the Lecturer: Titus has a Masters in Physics, he pursued his PhD in Psychology, but consciously opted out in disgust of ivory-tower academia. He has been a speaker at the International Association for the Study of Dreams and given several workshops on dreams.

The meeting will take place on Thursday February 6th at the Capitol Hill Library: 425 Harvard Ave. E., 98102 from 6:15 to 7:45 pm. 

Parking is located under the Library (it can be limited, but so far we haven't had any problems).

The meeting will be held upstairs in the conference room.

Please tell other people about the meeting, the more people attend the more enjoyable the meeting is apt to be. We hope to see you all there! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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  • MM

    Why do humans preoccupy themselves with themselves when trying to explain what is the case here? Do the higher order other animals encounter THEIR world with consciousness, unconsciousness, an irrationality, dreams, and intentions probably more primitive but there? Is there a continuity with other life in these matters or in Life’s germ-plasm? Should we know this to proceed with this analysis? Are these properties animal distributed in a Darwinian sense? Does human phylogeny play a role in the subject being approached here? Should we ponder the possibilities the reptilian brain or whale mind have been here before us? Can animals have memes maybe minimalist? Where should we look to accurately frame our explanations? How do we get to the matter?

    February 4, 2014

  • Paula W.

    Feb 6 topic will be so compelling BUT I will wait to attend for another month or so….just too cold and still dark early (considerations as I come from Bremerton on ferry and then busline…want to get familiar with the route and area in daylight. I look forward to hearing how the discussion was and in new topics forthcoming.

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member


    The Haidt book looks interesting. Thanks for mentioning it. Actually I will, in part, be talking about an irrational side to human beings, though I don't mean it to be exclusively negative. Rationality is often used for a retrospective construction from "hunches" or intuition, but very valuable - even essential - because it can catch erroneous or wishful ideas. More about it in the lecture.

    January 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the enthusiastic anticipation, Joseph.

    I wonder if your dread of the word pre-existing relates only to ideas or values, not "pre-existing" physical laws such as conservation of energy. In other words, from a non-dual view of mind/matter.

    I'll be talking about an objective side of the mind; objective in the sense of some thoughts and feelings just happening to us, as matter is what it is regardless of how we wish it to be. Quite different from thoughts produced by volition. Disturbances of directed or volitional thought point to something beyond the reach of consciousness, with a form we can infer if not an observable substance.

    As for metaphysics enforcing social normativity even when exposed to its own negation, I can best answer that we can “get metaphysics wrong”, much as physicists revise their theories when experiment finds phenomena where they “got it wrong”. Neither metaphysics nor physics, I think, denies "faith" in some abstract law waiting to be apprehended.

    January 28, 2014

  • Paula W.

    Titus: What is the person's full name? Thanks.

    January 28, 2014

  • Paula W.

    While I have not completed my reading of Jonathan Haidt, in The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion; Haidt seems to be making a case for the pre-existence of certain categories of values - NOT as in metaphysical pre-existence but in evolutionary terms.

    January 28, 2014

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