• "Now for something completely different..." Any burning questions? Open forum

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously." For this topic, instead of recommending "On the Nature of Things", which is an ancient, Epicurean poem by Lucretius, that is I think difficult to read (I've tried), I suggested the book, "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern", for some good insights into the question of what is the meaning of life or does life itself have meaning. Another related shorter source on what gives life meaning are the basic principles of Epicurus, the most important of which being friendship, moderation, and lack of pain, which I mainly learned from Diogenes of Oinoanda, that he inscribed in stone, since most of Epicurus' writings were otherwise distroyed (https://gainweightjournal.com/diogenes-of-oinoanda-the-ancient-secret-to-happiness-discovered-on-a-philosophers-stone-find-out-what-it-is/?fbclid=IwAR1nu2qtXpKf4H4rhCnhys28UT1F1rGgl2XPPWDnDiYyeFZ45wvsF0vNe48). I also recommended to the group, "The Wisdom of Insecurity" by Allen Watts and "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown, and also "Play" by Stuart Brown (no relation, except through reference). Of all these recommendations, the most classic (not counting Epicurus : ) ) and concise is "The Wisdom of Insecurity" of which the Brown books are unintentional, contemporary updates - not sure which of the Brown books I like best - both are excellent... but Watts' is shortest. Finally, "The Dance of Connection" by Harriet Lerner is also excellent, but like Brene Brown's book, and to a lesser degree "Play", comes at the meaning of life more from a mental health angle, rather than a philosophical one, like Watts, without his also not getting too high-falutin'...

  • What is the meaning of life?... Does life have meaning in and of itself?...

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously." For this topic, instead of recommending "On the Nature of Things", which is an ancient, Epicurean poem by Lucretius, that is I think difficult to read (I've tried), I suggested the book, "The Swerve: How the World Became Modern", for some good insights into the question of what is the meaning of life or does life itself have meaning. Another related shorter source on what gives life meaning are the basic principles of Epicurus, the most important of which being friendship, moderation, and lack of pain, which I mainly learned from Diogenes of Oinoanda, that he inscribed in stone, since most of Epicurus' writings were otherwise distroyed (https://gainweightjournal.com/diogenes-of-oinoanda-the-ancient-secret-to-happiness-discovered-on-a-philosophers-stone-find-out-what-it-is/?fbclid=IwAR1nu2qtXpKf4H4rhCnhys28UT1F1rGgl2XPPWDnDiYyeFZ45wvsF0vNe48). I also recommended to the group, "The Wisdom of Insecurity" by Allen Watts and "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brene Brown, and also "Play" by Stuart Brown (no relation, except through reference). Of all these recommendations, the most classic (not counting Epicurus : ) ) and concise is "The Wisdom of Insecurity" of which the Brown books are unintentional, contemporary updates - not sure which of the Brown books I like best - both are excellent... but Watts' is shortest. Finally, "The Dance of Connection" by Harriet Lerner is also excellent, but like Brene Brown's book, and to a lesser degree "Play", comes at the meaning of life more from a mental health angle, rather than a philosophical one, like Watts, without his also not getting too high-falutin'...

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  • What is language and does language affect how we perceive reality?

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously." For this topic, I suggest checking out Karen Armstrong's book, A Short History of Myth.

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  • Let's consider the paradox of the one and the many...

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously." For this topic, I suggest checking out Karen Armstrong's book, A Short History of Myth.

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  • What is myth? How can it both help and hinder us? & other questions...

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously." For this topic, I suggest checking out Karen Armstrong's book, A Short History of Myth.

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  • What is reality and is there more than one (the many worlds hypothesis)?

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously." For this topic, I suggest Max Tegmark's book, Our Mathematical Universe - a really accessible discussion of a typology of different possibilities.

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  • Chaos vs Cosmos(Order): What does entropy have to do with it? & other questions

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously."

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  • What is the good and "the evil"? Are there absolutes or is it all relative?

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously."

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  • Do we have free will?...considered also through literature and on screen?

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously." For this topic, I personally recommend such literature as Steinbeck's East of Eden and the recent series West World for inspiration, but I was originally most inspired before to consider this topic by an early computer allegory - all of which help to get us to consider our own lives and the extent to which we determine the decisions we make versus external factors. Are we meant to be or do we mean things to be? What mainly determines our lives? I am considering trying other venues for conversation, so the current one (Woodland Mall) is subject to change - although it does provide plenty of space without pressure to keep purchasing food and drink. Wherever we meet, it needs to be quiet enough to hear each other. Any suggestions?

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  • How do we know that we know what we know is true...from trees to postmodernism?

    Keep in mind, although the topics may be lofty, the discussion is intended not only to be insightful, but fun. Remember the words of Oscar Wilde, "Life is too important to be taken too seriously."

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