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? Everyone. At each meeting: (1) We'll talk about some scientific or philosophical topic. (2) We'll start with a dialogue of 2+ people who present the topic. Then (3) 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.
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- ONLINE: Science Saturdays: Influential Scientists (part 4)Link visible for attendees
This is "Science Saturday" - a Saturday afternoon meeting for Socrates Cafe and Orlando Stoics. It's online. We meet every 2 weeks.
Our new series on influential scientists explores their lives and discoveries. As Wikipedia points out: “Science has no single origin. Rather, systematic methods emerged gradually over the course of tens of thousands of years.” Recently, we covered Buckminster Fuller and Freeman Dyson. Now we will cover the following people. If you have time in advance, use the reading materials below.
08-26 Richard Feynman (Physics)
09-09 Watson & Crick (Genetics)
09-23 Jane Goodall (Primatology)
10-07 Fritjof Capra (various fields)
10-21 Rachel Carson (Biologist)
11-04 Werner Heisenberg (Physics)
11-18 Albert Einstein (various fields)
Hope you can join us for Science Saturday. Our meeting starts with an introduction or a dialogue, and then proceeds to an open discussion. You don't need to read any materials in advance.
Wikipedia Overview of Fritjof Capra
Meeting time (USA):
For our international friends:
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CLICK TO START MEETING - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83266410503
If you don't have a computer with camera, you can also dial using a phone. Pick one of these numbers and add ID 832 6641 0503#
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
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.
- Stoicon 2023Needs location
This is the annual conference of Stoics. StoicDan is posting this, because it's an annual conference on philosophy in relation to your sister group, Orlando Stoics.
DESCRIPTION - Starts on a Saturday at 10AM and concludes at 5PM. Some speakers you will recognize, and some are new:
- Massimo Pigliucci
- Nancy Sherman
- Brittany Polat
- John Sellars
RSVP - Get your tickets here:
COST - Make a donation for a minimum of $1. The Modern Stoicism movement wants to make this an education event for all.
ZOOM - This is an online event, but you need to RSVP above to get the Zoom link. This meetup event description won't post the Zoom link.
If you have more questions, send an email to StoicDan at: