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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 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!

Julian Assange: Hero or Villain?

Honolulu Coffee Company

Julian Assange became a hero to some and a villain to others as the Founder of Wikileaks, and is an outspoken proponent of both information transparency and market libertarianism. After seven years of political asylum in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, he now sits in a British jail and is facing a range of charges in two other nations (the United States and Sweden). This seems like an appropriate time to analyze his basic contentions … what are his touchstones, philosophically, and what--if anything--do the consequences of his actions teach us? 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!

Can I Be Selfish Now?

Honolulu Coffee Company

Topic of this event: Can I Be Selfish Now? It is dark and you and a friend are in a small boat that is far from shore. The boat has begun to take on water. Unfortunately, there is only one life jacket available and it is in your hands. What do you do? We are told that humans have two basic instincts that underlie all else: self-survival and species survival. But what happens when we have to choose between them? Or perhaps more pointedly, what should happen when we are forced to choose between our own good or an outcome that would benefit others--but not serve us as well? Religious teachers, psychologists and philosophers have all chimed in, trying to decipher when it is acceptable (perhaps even preferable) to be selfish. Happily, most of these decisions do not involve life and death--or sinking boats. They are more mundane: do I vote for the candidate promising a tax cut, or the one wanting to expand Medicaid? Join us as we plunge into what some people regard as moral quicksand! 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!

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Higher Education … Still Worth It?

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