What we're about

ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS: Philosophy is the "love of wisdom." Even if you haven't studied much philosophy, you can still ask the big questions. After all, Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. And who says philosophy has to be boring? In our Socrates Cafe, we want to ask the big questions: • What is the meaning of life? • Why does anything exist at all? • Why should I be moral? What is the good life? • Why do evils take place? • Where do human duties and obligations come from? • How can we test a worldview to see if it is true? • Are all religions basically the same? • Do we have free will, or are we more like puppets on strings? People often take assumptions about life and the universe for granted because they are in the intellectual "air" we breathe. These may come from church, from mass media, from a teacher, or from the arts. But are they valid assumptions? If you like to dig into these questions, this group is for you! Hopefully, you'll be challenged and also challenge others to think more clearly and deeply about these issues. maybe these discussions can even help change the direction of our lives in the pursuit of wisdom!

WHO CAN COME? Thinkers and seekers from all perspectives (Classical theist, Pantheist, Atheist, Agnostic, etc.) are welcome. At each monthly meeting, we'll do three things: (1) We'll talk about some philosophical, ethical, or theological topic. (2) We'll have a discussion with lots of Q&A. Everyone is welcome to participate. You don't have to agree. We just ask that you ask questions and interact cordially. (3) Then, we’ll continue the discussion around some snacks and beverages.

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ONLINE: "Nobel Prize Winners: Inspiring Stories" (Part 2)

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This is the Saturday afternoon meeting for Socrates Cafe. It's online. We meet every couple Saturdays.

This meeting will be part 2 of our review of Nobel Prizes.
- which Nobel Prize winners are inspiring?
- which scientists didn't win but are worthy?
- who were the important pre-Nobel scientists?
- who are the significant women who have won the prize?

For the Q&A period, you are encouraged to bring a story that you enjoy from one of the Nobel categories: Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economics, Peace. You can easily pick a Nobel story from the links in the reading materials below. Hope you can join us!

Our meeting starts with a dialogue (about 15 minutes, recorded), and then an open discussion will follow (not recorded). You don't need to read any materials in advance.

READING MATERIAL

This meeting has no prerequisites; reading in advance is optional.

Overview of the prizes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Prize

Winners in Physics
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Nobel_laureates_in_Physics

Winners in Chemistry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Nobel_laureates_in_Chemistry

Winners in Medicine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Nobel_laureates_in_Physiology_or_Medicine

Winners in Literature
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Nobel_laureates_in_Literature

Winners in Economics
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Nobel_laureates_in_Economics

Winners in Peace
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Nobel_Peace_Prize_laureates

TIMEZONES

Meeting time (USA):
3:00PM Eastern
2:00PM Central
1:00PM Mountain
Noon Pacific

For our international friends:
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ZOOM LINK

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Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Philosophy and how it relates to science, culture, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). Sometimes "we agree to disagree", but the long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

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