Our group is based on a Discussion Salon that was started in 2011 and is now being brought to Meetup. It has been comprised of a group of thoughtful and curious individuals, some academics and some not, who meet on a monthly basis to engage in discussions across a wide range of fields such as politics, economics, art, science, health, personal development, sociology, alternative/integrative medicine, etc.
We are bringing our group to Meetup because we are interested in welcoming new members in, people who are excited about engaging in discussions around the above topics in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
Our meetings run September through May on the 4th Sunday of each month from 6 to 9pm at the Harvard Smith Center and are limited to 12 participants.
We welcome individuals of all persuasions and beliefs who can engage in a civil and non-discriminatory discourse with other attendees about the issues being presented.
Each session will be moderated by a speaker who will use the first hour to present the material at hand and then allow 90 minutes for discussion. The first half hour is used to welcome new members, get food from the nearby food vendors and socialize.
We are very excited about this new venture and look forward to accepting new members. Please let us know if there are topics you wish to be a speaker or moderator for.
We are very excited to have one of our own members, Arthur Schwartz, author of Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms, present a brief discussion of his book.
Ethical Empowerment: Virtue Beyond the Paradigms encourages a transcendence from common identifications such as conventionality or unconventionality, conservatism or progressivism, egoism or altruism, socialism or libertarianism and much more. Party labels have become particularly meaningless and obstructive. It is urgent that the mind be freed from needless intellectual blockages. Transcendent love, which is possible through deep understanding of unique moral contexts, relates powerfully to science as much as it does to politics and, really, the world of ideas as a whole. An important part of this process is to train the mind to eagerly entertain different points of view, and to learn to appreciate the value of other perspectives.
Filled with controversial ideas, this is a book that is designed to engage the reader and spark healthy debate. Among the many issues that are discussed and critiqued are:
- the current monetary and economic systems
- the meaning of social entitlements
- the dubious virtue of political parties
- the potential abuse of scientific paradigms
- the grounds for belief or disbelief in various claims concerning the suppression of technology and invention, and conspiracy theories.
From the perspective of an ethics that is in harmony with the basic essence of morality, a long-term view of a peaceful and flourishing world is not merely possible but may, with time, become inevitable.
Arthur D. Schwartz is a lifelong student of philosophy and director of Integral Hypnosis, a hypnotherapy and philosophical counseling practice located in Newton, MA. He is also the former host of the Philosophic Perspectives radio show on the ArtistFirst Radio Network. You can access his podcasts at http://www.philosophicperspectives.com/