We are a ten year old group that meets weekly to discuss philosophy, history and science subjects. There is usually a 30-45 minute presentation of the topic at hand followed by a round table discussion of the ideas surrounding the topic.
All who believe in civil and rational discussion of issues are welcome!
Some background info here:
Also, this interview with Bryan McGee is excellent and very informative:
With all this, one wonders why Buddhists do not commit suicide--a question addressed by the Dalai Lama, who has warned against the traditional method of doing so (suicide by fire), which some have committed in recent years.
Camus, if I remember, considers the problem of suicide the first problem of philosophy--at least for those, unlike Leibniz, who do NOT consider this to be the "best of all possible worlds"
The late Christopher Hitchen, once a self-proclaimed Trotskyist himself, is alway worth listening to whether one agrees with him or not.
This discussion with Robert Service, author of a Trotsky bio (among many other books), is highly recommended: