What we're about

If you enjoy talking about the more important things in life you will love PIPs!

Philosophy in Pubs (PIPs) is a group of people who enjoy discussing their ideas and thoughts and learning from each other. No academic or formal background is necessary only a passion for enquiry.

We meet roughly every four weeks, currently trying out different days of the week, at the The Farm Tavern, Hove. Normally around 15 - 25 people attend. Groups consist of around 6/7 people and include a facilitator where possible. The idea is for people to engage in dialogue without the constraints of a meeting agenda.

A donation of £1 is appreciated. Please arrive on time. Late arrivals may not be able to join in.

Respect for others and their opinions is a fundamental requirement of the group as it encourages people to put forward their ideas without fear of ridicule, intimidation or hidden agenda.

Conversations and Coffee or Tea or Beer are separate events and operates differently. See specific events for further details.

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Upcoming events (5+)

ARE WE WINNING THE HUMAN RACE?

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There is no end to the magnificence and horror in the human drama. Across the continents, humanity rises to every challenge, sinks to any depth. We cherish each heartbeat and murder at will. We bless nature’s miracles, yet wreck our neighbourhoods. We accept this polarity as human nature then move on in our ‘glassy essence’. All the while our righteousness lords over other life; yet we beseech gods for mercy. Our anger flares to violence; yet we demand justice. We covet ceaselessly, give generously. Not least, so many suffer relentless poverty, each day wondering at living another; so many are refugees from disaster or violence; so many are victims of injustice. Yet despite the increasing vulnerability of life on Earth, we may well be coming to terms with the ‘marble and mud’ of our existence. Some believe there are stirrings of hope, a new grace, a resurrection of humanity. Perhaps, we understand more clearly that our living – this one-shot, too-quick breath of existence – must embrace an inherent responsibility towards the living of others. As our intertwined fate becomes a more commanding subject for discussion, we need increasing commitment to finding creative and realistic efforts to combat poverty, famine, injustice and disease, by engaging in the essential connection of good intent There are two crucial questions: “How deeply do I care about our common future?” “How do I actually make a positive difference?” ………………………………………………………………………………… “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” - Mahatma Gandhi “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.” - Marie Curie “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. - Martin Luther King, Jr “Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.” - Tom Robbins “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." - Albert Einstein “When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow “ - - Old Native American Prophecy “The future of humanity is that it will come together in Love. This isn't just the most likely outcome — it is inevitable. For humanity is Love personified. The will of Love, then, will naturally define our collective destiny as it was always meant to be, Ab initio.” ― Wald Wassermann “I will never apologize for saying that the future of humanity and the future of the world is going to be defined by what we have in common as opposed to those things that separate us and ultimately lead us into conflict.” - Barack Obama “ Some of the comments on YouTube make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred” – Lev Grossman “No amount of outer technology, no amount of computers and biotechnology and nanotechnology is going to stop the continuation of warfare and racism and environmental destruction. What's called for on the Earth at this time is really a change of heart ... the question is really not the future of humanity, but the presence of eternity.” - Jack Kornfield “More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” - Woody Allen

Conversation and Coffee or Tea or Beer

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JOINT EVENT with CREATIVE CONVERSATION, MUSIC AND ARTS IN BRIGHTON + PIPS + BRIGHTON SOCIABLES - PLEASE ARRIVE PUNCTUALLY AT 7.00. IT IS NOT FAIR TO OTHER PARTICIPANTS TO ARRIVE HALFWAY THROUGH THE CONVERSATION. • What we'll do For those who have never taken part in it, it’s like the Philosophy events, but instead of sticking to one topic for the whole evening, there are about 300 of them printed on cards, you pick up one card at random and discuss at will, when you finish, you pick up another card, and on and on, while having some drinks and cakes... The difference is.. the Talking Stick.. only the one holding it talks, and then passes it around, so that EVERYBODY has a chance to talk.. Here are a few examples of topics that COULD COME UP: Has the meaning of family changed in modern times? Have you become the person you wanted to be? How do you relate to silence Is pink the new black? Eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy. Thomas Hobbes said that life is short and brutish. Do you agree? What are people afraid to talk about, Taboo What is the importance of exploring space? World’s oldest profession. Still going strong -- why so? £1 for meetup expenses

Conversation and Coffee or Tea or Beer

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JOINT EVENT with + PIPS + BRIGHTON SOCIABLES - I suggest that we start by discussing this book, if you have time to read it or listen to the audio book. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion In the first part of the book, the author uses research to demonstrate social intuitionism, how people's beliefs come primarily from their intuitions, and rational thought often comes after to justify initial beliefs.. In the second portion of the book, he presents moral foundations theory, and applies it to the political beliefs of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians in the US. Haidt argues that people are too quick to denigrate other points of view without giving those views full consideration, and attempts to reach common ground between liberals and conservatives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o4MgFIsxPE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONUM4akzLGE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN42ZLwNFBY https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Righteous_Mind PLEASE ARRIVE PUNCTUALLY AT 7.00. IT IS NOT FAIR TO OTHER PARTICIPANTS TO ARRIVE HALFWAY THROUGH THE CONVERSATION. • What we'll do For those who have never taken part in it, it’s like the Philosophy events, but instead of sticking to one topic for the whole evening, there are about 300 of them printed on cards, you pick up one card at random and discuss at will, when you finish, you pick up another card, and on and on, while having some drinks and cakes... The difference is.. the Talking Stick.. only the one holding it talks, and then passes it around, so that EVERYBODY has a chance to talk.. Here are a few examples of topics that COULD COME UP: Has the meaning of family changed in modern times? Have you become the person you wanted to be? How do you relate to silence Is pink the new black? Eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy. Thomas Hobbes said that life is short and brutish. Do you agree? What are people afraid to talk about, Taboo What is the importance of exploring space? World’s oldest profession. Still going strong -- why so? £1 for meetup expenses

Conversation and Coffee or Tea or Beer

The Farm Tavern

JOINT EVENT with CREATIVE CONVERSATION, MUSIC AND ARTS IN BRIGHTON + PIPS + BRIGHTON SOCIABLES - PLEASE ARRIVE PUNCTUALLY AT 7.00. IT IS NOT FAIR TO OTHER PARTICIPANTS TO ARRIVE HALFWAY THROUGH THE CONVERSATION. • What we'll do For those who have never taken part in it, it’s like the Philosophy events, but instead of sticking to one topic for the whole evening, there are about 300 of them printed on cards, you pick up one card at random and discuss at will, when you finish, you pick up another card, and on and on, while having some drinks and cakes... The difference is.. the Talking Stick.. only the one holding it talks, and then passes it around, so that EVERYBODY has a chance to talk.. Here are a few examples of topics that COULD COME UP: Has the meaning of family changed in modern times? Have you become the person you wanted to be? How do you relate to silence Is pink the new black? Eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy. Thomas Hobbes said that life is short and brutish. Do you agree? What are people afraid to talk about, Taboo What is the importance of exploring space? World’s oldest profession. Still going strong -- why so? £1 for meetup expenses

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Conversation and Coffee or Tea or Beer

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