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I like deep, meaningful conversations that require critical thinking and philosophizing, if so do you, you should join.

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Upcoming events (5+)

The Future of Democracy

Honolulu Coffee Company

Topic of this event: The Future of Democracy: Some people have argued that, despite setbacks, the arc of history curves upward—and someday, democracy and stability would extend around the globe. Unfortunately, we see other signs … a lack of commitment to democracy in our own country—where politicians have conspired to suppress the vote—and a shift toward authoritarianism even in Western Europe. What do these trends, combined with the enormous global challenges posed by climate change, portend for the future? This group is committed to "practical" philosophy: We will begin each session by discussing a current topic of interest ... immigration, gun control, race, etc., etc ... and will tease out the moral and ethical issues that arise from that topic. Then, over a cup or two of good coffee, we will challenge each other to see how our personal opinions relate to the larger world view and understanding of life that each of us brings to the table. The goal is not necessarily to persuade others to adopt our point of view. Rather, we seek to clarify our own thinking and in doing so, arrive at a deeper understanding of the world around us. All views, religious beliefs and political opinions are welcome and respected here....so please don't hesitate to join us. However, we do ask everyone to keep the discussion respectful. We are a friendly group! No prior education or experience needed ... anyone who looks around and asks "why?" is engaged in philosophy. Join us!

Higher Education … Still Worth It?

Honolulu Coffee Company

In our rapidly changing digital economy, is a higher education still a prerequisite for success … and does the traditional model of higher education, with brick and mortar campuses and frat parties, make sense when all the knowledge that we need is—or could be—already present in the device we hold in our own hands? This group is committed to "practical" philosophy: We will begin each session by discussing a current topic of interest ... immigration, gun control, race, etc., etc ... and will tease out the moral and ethical issues that arise from that topic. Then, over a cup or two of good coffee, we will challenge each other to see how our personal opinions relate to the larger world view and understanding of life that each of us brings to the table. The goal is not necessarily to persuade others to adopt our point of view. Rather, we seek to clarify our own thinking and in doing so, arrive at a deeper understanding of the world around us. All views, religious beliefs and political opinions are welcome and respected here....so please don't hesitate to join us. However, we do ask everyone to keep the discussion respectful. We are a friendly group! No prior education or experience needed ... anyone who looks around and asks "why?" is engaged in philosophy. Join us!

The Value of Work … and the Value of Those Who Don’t

Honolulu Coffee Company

Topic of this event: The Value of Work … and the Value of Those Who Don’t In American culture, we are what we do … personal identity is often a function of our work or profession. What happens when we no longer work … either because we are retired or because advancing technology has displaced us, and our professions, from the work force? This group is committed to "practical" philosophy: We will begin each session by discussing a current topic of interest ... immigration, gun control, race, etc., etc ... and will tease out the moral and ethical issues that arise from that topic. Then, over a cup or two of good coffee, we will challenge each other to see how our personal opinions relate to the larger world view and understanding of life that each of us brings to the table. The goal is not necessarily to persuade others to adopt our point of view. Rather, we seek to clarify our own thinking and in doing so, arrive at a deeper understanding of the world around us. All views, religious beliefs and political opinions are welcome and respected here....so please don't hesitate to join us. However, we do ask everyone to keep the discussion respectful. We are a friendly group! No prior education or experience needed ... anyone who looks around and asks "why?" is engaged in philosophy. Join us!

Pornography: Demeaning and Dehumanizing … or Healthy and Helpful?

Topic of this event: Pornography: Demeaning and Dehumanizing … or Healthy and Helpful? Pornography, the depiction of men and women engaged in sexually explicit activities, designed to arouse the viewer, has been around at least 2,000 years. When 19th century archaeologists began digging through the volcanic rubble that had buried Pompeii, they were scandalized by the hundreds of explicit frescoes and sculptures which they unearthed. Today, we are not shocked so easily—but pornography, and its effect on society, remains a controversial topic. Join us as we explore some radically different viewpoints. This group is committed to "practical" philosophy: We will begin each session by discussing a current topic of interest ... immigration, gun control, race, etc., etc ... and will tease out the moral and ethical issues that arise from that topic. Then, over a cup or two of good coffee, we will challenge each other to see how our personal opinions relate to the larger world view and understanding of life that each of us brings to the table. The goal is not necessarily to persuade others to adopt our point of view. Rather, we seek to clarify our own thinking and in doing so, arrive at a deeper understanding of the world around us. All views, religious beliefs and political opinions are welcome and respected here....so please don't hesitate to join us. However, we do ask everyone to keep the discussion respectful. We are a friendly group! No prior education or experience needed ... anyone who looks around and asks "why?" is engaged in philosophy. Join us!

Past events (36)

Why Do Good People (So Often) Make Bad Decisions?

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