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Monday Night Freethought

Let's meet again to think and speak about topics that you might not have the opportunity to discuss anywhere else.  As usual, we will talk about whatever we want.  Eat if you want, think, and be merry.


I don't have time at this moment to format the notes properly and find links related to what we discussed at the March 17th meetup, but here are my raw notes from our previous meeting:

the zombie side-effect of seeing a television when you don't own one
gay veterans groups and the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York and Boston
debating in a time of easy access to information through smartphones
encrypted hard drives from Data Locker
nationalization of petroleum businesses in Venezuela; the business cycle of nationalized businesses
1950's CIA/BP coup in Iran
financial disincentives for environmental friendliness in the oil industry
unintended consequences of laws and how private industry routes around government regulations
the fallacy of big business vs. big government
the vigilence of the Don't Tread on Me snake
focusing on yourself instead of others vs. the political pattern of focusing on what others are doing
libertarians and financial success (or lack thereof)
Kansas City Oasis - a church for the non-religious
the paradox of appreciating both mysticism and analysis
thinking outside the left-right spectrum of conventional political thought
being opposed to certain errors of thinking associated with religion vs. being opposed to religion
atheism vs. anti-theism; atheism and identity politics
anti-theist fervor as a response to 9/11
naturalism vs. naturism
logical positivism
spiritual naturalism, living life intentionally, Buddhism without beliefs, how attachment causes suffering
a priori philosophy, analytical vs. synthetic statements, Aristotlean mean
Charles Sanders Pierce, David Deutch, critical rationalism
Plato's Republic and philosopher-kings
the fact-theory distinction
anarcho-capitalism and ethical conflicts
memes, social change, and markets

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