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Ben Forbes G.


Orlando, FL
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

Member since:

September 10, 2009

Kindly tell us a little about yourself and your interest in philosophy.

Menschliches, Allzumenschliches: verbose, sardonic, dissenting, erudite, élitist, & cynical intellectual; convivial, amiable, voluptuary, & humanistic Epicurean; and a skeptical, free-thinking, existentialistic, noetic, & atheistic iconoclast... That pretty much sums up essentially who I am and what I'm all about as a philosopher.

Which two or three programs from the Plato's Cave past meeting archive interest you the most?

Artificial Intelligence: The Measure Of A Man (certainly one of my favorite Star Trek episodes of all time), Transhumanism, Singularity, The Naturalistic Philosophy of David Hume, Finding Philosophy in Science Fiction, etc.

Do you accept the member guidelines described in the Plato's Cave 'about' section?

Certainly: I'm not interested in political or religious proselytizing in a philosophical setting — and I have no untoward agenda that would be at odds with the ideals / goals of Plato's Cave — concurrently, I always strive for cordial dialogue, refrain from ad hominem attacks by always attempting to criticize ideas rather than people, & try at least to understand even opinions I may vehemently disagree with or actively oppose.


For erudite discussion and to meet, socialize, and learn with rational and contemplative people; I was a philosophy major and earned a graduate degree in teaching history — I guess Socrates said it best: “ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ.”

What Ben Forbes G. is saying about this Meetup Group

For intellectually-stimulating, erudite, rigorous, generally quite well-moderated, usually very well-focused, and always congenial thoroughgoing engagement in any and all of the most fascinating aspects of philosophy imaginable, there is no better forum I know of in the Orlando area than Plato's Cave.

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