• 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!

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  • 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!

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

    Honolulu Coffee Company

    Topic of this event: Why Do Good People (So Often) Make Bad Decisions? Look at the human tendency to make decisions contrary to good health, as well as our failure to prepare for the future—i.e., retirement. We will focus on what we have learned from behavioral economics--and the implications 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!

  • 2. What Motivates You – Reason or Pleasure?

    Honolulu Coffee Company

    Topic of this event: What Motivates You – Reason or Pleasure? We will discuss human motivation, including Aristotle’s view of humans as rational animals, the “rational choice” theory advanced by economists—assuming prudence and instrumental reason—and the evidence that we generally choose pleasure over reason provided by behavioral economists and historians. 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 Death of God (or, Does Religion Have a Place in the Modern World?)

    Topic of this event: The Death of God (or, Does Religion Have a Place in the Modern World?) Do the myths advanced by the various religions point to anything that is real beyond the realm of imagination—and if so, does this reality offer anything of significance to modern men and women? As we approach two major religious holidays (Passover and Easter), we will take a timely look at the meaning of religion in an increasingly secular world. 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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  • Should the Internet be a Free Service, Provided for the Greater Good?

    SHOULD THE INTERNET BE A FREE SERVICE, PROVIDED FOR THE GREATER GOOD? It seems fair to say that nothing has shaped the early part of the 21st century as dramatically as the internet. The ways that we meet other people, shop, date, follow the news, go to school and succeed in business have all been transformed—and, in many instances, for the better. But these changes have not come without cost. Concerns have been raised about privacy, the accuracy of information, the loss of retail and related jobs, and excessive commercialism. All of which leads to a fundamental question: what is the highest and best potential use of this amenity? Are we realizing it, or should the internet be a genuinely free service, with WIFI access available everywhere, for everyone to use? Could it become a kind of universal library for all, the gold standard for reliable information? In short, should the primary purpose of the internet be building community, or promoting commerce? Join us on Sunday, March 24th, as we consider these questions and others, at the Honolulu Coffee Experience. As usual, we will be the good-looking people seated at one of the two long tables on the makai side of the building. :-) 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 ... but PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE CAP ATTENDANCE AT TEN, SO EVERYONE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE. IF INTERESTED IN THIS TOPIC, SIGN UP EARLY!

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  • When the Government Gives ... Who Pays?

    Honolulu Coffee Company

    Topic of this event: When the Government Gives ... Who Pays? Over the centuries, both the role and nature of government has changed. The modern welfare state is a far cry from the feudal structures and absolute monarchies of an earlier era, and we expect the state to provide far more services than our ancestors received. But ... we are not eager to actually pay for those services. So politicians, dependent on our votes, want to satisfy our expectations without risking our ire by raising taxes. This has led to a great deal of creativity--hidden taxes, users' fees, sham votes and unfulfilled promises. Join us as we explore the underbelly of modern political life ... and the ethics of taxation! 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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  • Let's Philosophize!

    Honolulu Coffee Company

    Topic of this event: Happy Country, Happy People? The U.S. Declaration of Independence asserts that all humans “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, [and] that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” But what is happiness? Philosophers have debated this question since the time of Lao Tzu and Confucius in the East, and Plato and Aristotle in the West. Is happiness simply a subjective feeling, dependent on an individual’s genetics and conditioning? Or does happiness result from external factors and should it be a national goal, the first priority of good government? In recent years, various attempts have been made to assess the happiness of people living in different countries, and to identify those variables that promote it. Join us on Sunday, February 24th, as we look at some of the data that has been collected and ask some probing questions of our own. How do Americans rank among the 157 countries that have been recently surveyed? And what do we, as a nation, feel is essential for our happiness? (Teaser: the U.S. doesn’t rank in the top ten ... the country portrayed as the happiest on earth may come as a surprise.) Join us on February 24th for an enlightening and enjoyable discussion ... and perhaps you will come away with a new perspective on your own happiness! “Let’s Philosophize” 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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  • Let's Philosophize!

    Honolulu Coffee Company

    Topic of this meetup: Immigration and Nationalism - Part II We will continue to delve into political philosophy, wrapping up our discussion of immigration, and related topics such as nationalism, with a special emphasis on the Hawaii experience. This lovely string of islands in the mid-Pacific has a unique history, shaped by aloha, an early "open immigration" policy--and a series of betrayals that still leave many people feeling wounded ... can the nation, and the world, learn anything from it? 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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