What we're about

Let's 'meetup' to meet likeminded people who are interested in life's big and small questions, both from the philosophical as well as the scientific side.

About the host (Clemens):

My own background is computer science, but I am studying biology, physics, and philosophy now for ~10 years and (hopefully) can answer any question or at least guide and moderate the discussion.

As a guideline for the meetings will serve the book series "Philosophy for Heroes" which discusses

- philosophy of language

- structure of philosophy (ontology---"what is?", and epistemology---"how do we know?")

- evolution

- (quantum) physics

- human intelligence and creativity

- neurobiology and consciousness

- free will

- ethics

- leadership

You can read the articles from the books for free at philosophy-for-heroes.com/blog. The books are also available in print.

Besides those basics, feel free to bring up own topics to discuss. Post a topic, an article, or a book into the group, and prepare a short presentation for the next meeting. Anything goes :)

If there is no topic prepared, I will present one from the list.

The primary language is English. Depending on the attendees, we can also switch to German (or I can translate a few concepts).

Upcoming events (3)

Basics of Consciousness 2 (Düsseldorf Philosophy Meetup)

WOYTON am Schadowplatz

We start with a brief introduction of all attendees. Then I will present today's topic (Consciousness). I split it into three meetings. At each meeting on consciousness, we will discuss all parts (so, join any of the meetings or all of them), but the focus will be different for each meeting. Meeting 1: Focus on evolutionary history of the brain as well as the origin of human creativity. Meeting 2: Focus on cognitive defects and what they tell us about consciousness. Meeting 3: Focus on the cognitive loop and the attention schema theory by Michael Graziano. The articles on the topic are still under construction (they will be part of book 3). I will upload some drafts at a later date. Here just one, a more schematic overview of the individual parts that need to be understood to understand the whole idea of consciousness: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335661728_Simplified_overview_of_the_Cortico-basal-ganglia_thalamo-cortical_loop_showing_the_working_of_consciousness_in_the_context_of_the_other_brain_parts (click on the arrow, Download for the hi-res image). A short overview of Graziano's theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MASBIB7zPo4 We will come back to these topics in later meetups again and again :) As already mentioned, this is a meetup group and not a university course, the focus of these meetings is usually more about "have you heard about this?" rather than producing a paper on philosophy ;) I will try to keep the discussion focused on the topic of basic of philosophy, though.

Basics of Consciousness 3 (Düsseldorf Philosophy Meetup)

WOYTON am Schadowplatz

We start with a brief introduction of all attendees. Then I will present today's topic (Consciousness). I split it into three meetings. At each meeting on consciousness, we will discuss all parts (so, join any of the meetings or all of them), but the focus will be different for each meeting. Meeting 1: Focus on evolutionary history of the brain as well as the origin of human creativity. Meeting 2: Focus on cognitive defects and what they tell us about consciousness. Meeting 3: Focus on the cognitive loop and the attention schema theory by Michael Graziano. The articles on the topic are still under construction (they will be part of book 3). I will upload some drafts at a later date. Here just one, a more schematic overview of the individual parts that need to be understood to understand the whole idea of consciousness: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335661728_Simplified_overview_of_the_Cortico-basal-ganglia_thalamo-cortical_loop_showing_the_working_of_consciousness_in_the_context_of_the_other_brain_parts (click on the arrow, Download for the hi-res image). A short overview of Graziano's theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MASBIB7zPo4 We will come back to these topics in later meetups again and again :) As already mentioned, this is a meetup group and not a university course, the focus of these meetings is usually more about "have you heard about this?" rather than producing a paper on philosophy ;) I will try to keep the discussion focused on the topic of basic of philosophy, though.

Free for All - Present Your Question or Project (Düsseldorf Philosophy Meetup)

We start with a brief introduction of all attendees. Then I will present today's agenda. What agenda? That is up to you! At this meeting, we will try a more open format where everyone is invited to present their favorite topic. Comment on this event and/or message me with a description of your question, topic, or project you want to discuss. Some ideas: - You are currently writing a paper on philosophy or a related topic and need inspiration, ideas, or reviewers. - You have that question about physics, philosophy, or neuroscience and want to explore it further with others. - You wonder how philosophy could be applied at your workplace. - You created this book, video, or blog and want to plug it to people interested. - You want to present an article you have written. - You want to share a list of favorite books you have read. You are more curious about what projects other people than to present yourself? Great, join us as well :) I will update the description once we have a few participants.

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