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"The unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

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Welcome to the Central Florida Philosophy Meetup.

Since November 2014, this meetup was taken over by me, Jairo Jamyang Pawo Moreno, because it was abandoned by the former member, organizer, and founder Gary Childress. Gary had to step down from his position around October 2014, and a few days later I stepped up as the new organizer. Gary introduced this meetup with the following:

If you happen to live in the Orlando area and are interested in meeting and conversing with others who share a passion for philosophy then I hope you will consider joining. Feel free to browse this site and help build this community of thoughtful individuals. Before joining, please read everything below to make sure you are comfortable with belonging to this group.

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This group is here for all of us to hopefully learn how to peacefully coexist and discuss philosophy. We meet about once per month. The environment has thus far been “casual”. There are no formal written guidelines or rules of conduct for the group other than the formal laws of whatever local government municipalities which may apply. All are welcome to join.

Although there are no formal guidelines of etiquette, it is highly advised that we try to be as thoughtful and respectful toward each other as we know how. Granted, being thoughtful and respectful of each other is sometimes a learning process for many of us (including me), and it’s not always easy to be thoughtful and respectful on a planet which is becoming more and more crowded. But that’s sort of part of the importance of studying philosophy isn’t it?

My own role as organizer will primarily be to plan and organize meetings and manage the group website. I also participate in this meetup (I am not “outside the box”). Always feel free to contact me anytime with ideas for meetings and any other concerns relating to the group which you may have.

Although one of the apparent “perks” of starting a group on Meetup.com is the potential “power” to ban members, I do not for see myself ever banning anyone so long as they abide by local municipal laws.

With that said, we must all think and be safe. There are realities around us which may intrude upon even our most idealistic wishes. We must learn to care for and look out for each other and we must also learn to use our own best judgment in what we ourselves think and do.

Finally, I encourage you to read my own profile information and that of other members before making the decision to join.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and consider joining our group. I personally wish you the best in your quest for wisdom, knowledge and understanding of this world of diverse people and ideas around us all.

Sincerely,

Gary Childress
Organizer

Upcoming events (5)

Unite Through Curiosity

Online event

Stress Socratic Questioning: The premise. The investigation. The conclusions. Does the Socratic method relieve stress? How would you define stress? Is stress something that is inherent in nature? Is stress something that is inherent in people? Do we make decisions based upon the level of stress involved in the choices? Do current events such as covid-19 and Antifa affect our stress level? What are you stressed about? Join us for a discussion hopefully using the Socratic method to Unite with new understanding through everyone’s curiosity. Bring your ideas and thoughts to discuss how stress is formulated in today’s world. Socrates Quote: “Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the covers in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs. Yesterday is about experiences; tomorrow is about trust; today is about transitioning from one to the other. The happiest people on earth don't have the best of everything... they make the best of everything, I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” Does the action of this quote relieve stress? With this MeetUp There is no password you will be able to connect through link or entering Meeting ID number. [masked]

Adam Curtis: HyperNormalization III (take 3)

Online event

Adam Curtis has the BBC's most popular blog https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis His documentaries are a series of audio-visual experiences which have been criticized, copied, and adored. One commenter wrote, "Adam Curtis has become the best thing about the BBC." The auteur's technique is to bring us to the motion picture pages of world history — often via interviews, with the actual people who set the course of nations and global economies — in order to bring out theses which are both clear and powerful. His most recently published work — preview here https://youtu.be/AUiqaFIONPQ — is something I've yet to experience. "Hypernormalisation is titled after a term coined by the Russian-born Berkeley professor Alexei Yurchak to describe the dying years of the Soviet Union, when both government and people agreed to jointly pretend that the rotten old Communist system was functioning normally."* Join us, via Meet, to this third of several events where we consume and discuss Curtis' HyperNormalization — full work https://youtu.be/fh2cDKyFdyU Online EVENT link ~ https://meet.google.com/muz-ykuv-jpf * https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/hypernormalisation-review-944677 Here's the script to Curtis' work https://www.scripts.com/script.php?id=hypernormalisation_10432 Find anything in this worthy of discussion? Then, in that session from which the lines are spoken, you are invited to copy/paste his words from the script with a link to the page in the script as a comment; and from that pasting please, reply to share your own thoughts. Online discussion is encouraged! If there is not enough room in the comments section, please share your thoughts as a link back to a new message board discussion https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/messages/boards Session I [minutes 0-25] https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/events/270808317 Session II [minutes 25-50] https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/events/270818454 RECAP [of sessions I & II] https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/events/271425458

Unite Through Curiosity

Online event

Stress Socratic Questioning: The premise. The investigation. The conclusions. Does the Socratic method relieve stress? How would you define stress? Is stress something that is inherent in nature? Is stress something that is inherent in people? Do we make decisions based upon the level of stress involved in the choices? Do current events such as covid-19 and Antifa affect our stress level? What are you stressed about? Join us for a discussion hopefully using the Socratic method to Unite with new understanding through everyone’s curiosity. Bring your ideas and thoughts to discuss how stress is formulated in today’s world. Socrates Quote: “Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the covers in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs. Yesterday is about experiences; tomorrow is about trust; today is about transitioning from one to the other. The happiest people on earth don't have the best of everything... they make the best of everything, I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.” Does the action of this quote relieve stress? With this MeetUp There is no password you will be able to connect through link or entering Meeting ID number. [masked]

Adam Curtis: HyperNormalization IV

Online event

Adam Curtis has the BBC's most popular blog https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis His documentaries are a series of audio-visual experiences which have been criticized, copied, and adored. One commenter wrote, "Adam Curtis has become the best thing about the BBC." The auteur's technique is to bring us to the motion picture pages of world history — often via interviews, with the actual people who set the course of nations and global economies — in order to bring out theses which are both clear and powerful. His most recently published work — preview here https://youtu.be/AUiqaFIONPQ — is something I've yet to experience. "Hypernormalisation is titled after a term coined by the Russian-born Berkeley professor Alexei Yurchak to describe the dying years of the Soviet Union, when both government and people agreed to jointly pretend that the rotten old Communist system was functioning normally."* Join us, via Meet, to this fourth of several events where we consume and discuss Curtis' HyperNormalization — full work https://youtu.be/fh2cDKyFdyU Online EVENT link ~ https://meet.google.com/muz-ykuv-jpf * https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/hypernormalisation-review-944677 Here's the script to Curtis' work https://www.scripts.com/script.php?id=hypernormalisation_10432 Find anything in this worthy of discussion? Then, in that session from which the lines are spoken, you are invited to copy/paste his words from the script with a link to the page in the script as a comment; and from that pasting please, reply to share your own thoughts. Online discussion is encouraged! If there is not enough room in the comments section, please share your thoughts as a link back to a new message board discussion https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/messages/boards Session I [minutes 0-25] https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/events/270808317 Session II [minutes 25-50] https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/events/270818454 RECAP [of sessions I & II] https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/events/271425458 Session III [minutes 50-75] https://www.meetup.com/Central-Florida-Philosophy/events/271555015

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