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The Dallas Philosophers Forum will continue its lecture series in 2022. The presentations for January through March will be virtual, due to the Dallas County level red risk for COVID-19. In March we will reevaluate, if the risk level drops to  orange or yellow, we may resume hybrid lectures (combination of in-person and virtual). The virtual lectures will be free. Please see THE LOCATION PAGE for information on in-person lectures. Check out the January to May 2022 schedule and how to register for each session.

Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conceptions of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.
----Bertrand Russell-----

The online lectures will offer, as always, a Q&A session following the presentation. Participants will need to register prior to the time of the lecture. We will make registration links available via this website, our Meetup group, and via Mailchimp blast to our electronic mailing list. Please sign up for the e-mail list to be notified in advance of the next lecture. You will also receive any important news such as schedule changes. Click email list link above to sign up.

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The Axial Ages: Are we in the Third One by Dr. David Alkek

Online event

There have been two Axial Ages in human history. Are we experiencing a third age? We will review the first two and explore what the speaker believes to be the causes and developments of the Third Age.

After-Words: Post-Holocaust Struggles by Dr. David Patterson

Online event

This presentation opens with the problem of forgiveness as it pertains to Jewish-Christian relations in a post-Holocaust world. Centuries of Christian antisemitism culminated in the systematic murder of the Jews of Europe in the heart of Christendom at the hands of baptized Christians, with the tacit complicity of the churches. Drawing on Christian scholars Franklin Littell and Henry Knight, I consider the issue of Christian credibility and ways in which seeking the forgiveness of the Jews might find its way into the Christian. Also to be examined is the view of forgiveness from a Jewish standpoint. After a brief consideration of the challenges for Jewish-Christian reconciliation through dialogue, I move to a more detailed exploration of the meaning of justice in the post-Holocaust context.

Overlaying TikTok and Classical Music by Roger Bennett

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How have music platforms like TikTok and other social media platforms impacted the aesthetics of music? Could Beethoven or Mozart have been a TikTok artist? Are you being influenced/manipulated by social media platforms?

The Biology and Psychology Behind Compassion by Dr. Charles Barker

The age-old question is still with us: Is the nature of man selfish or altruistic? Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in the "Selfish Gene," along with others have argued that man is basically selfish. Primatologist Frans De Waal and others have argued otherwise and that not only are humans altruistic, guided by empathy and compassion toward others, as supported by anthropologists and psychologists, but other animals, specifically apes, mammals, and some birds are too.
Arch antagonists, De Waal and Dawkins met once at De Waal's Primate Yerkes Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and after a tour of the Center and after some in-depth conversation, they both finally agreed that humans act primarily out of self-interest.
This presentation will focus on the evolutionary biology and neuropsychology underlying empathy and compassion, supporting the need for expanding circles of empathy and compassion from individual to group to the world. The question now is: What kind of world shall we create? A selfish Enron world? Or a world whose core values are love and compassion that can lead to reconciliation, restoration, to a world of peace and well-being for all. The latter is to our individual and global self-interest.

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I think therefore I am! Or Am I? by Robert Howell PhD

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