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New Year! - Hi All, My resolution this year was to get back to updating the Meetup page.  It has been neglected a bit. We have finished with our last book and are returning to open discussions as of Jan. 9th. and will mix in podcasts and articles Teresa Jan 3, 2017 8:58 PM
Meetup details changed: Socrates Cafe Louisville Meetup - I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:­-Cafe-Louisville/events/176039­622/ When : Monda Teresa May 6, 2014 9:05 PM
Register for the KY Freethought Convention today! - Ed H. Oct 17, 2013 9:43 PM
Register for the Kentucky Freethought Convention TODAY! - Register for the Kentucky Ed H. Oct 1, 2013 7:12 PM
Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament - Folks, My company is sponsoring a charity golf event to benefit wounded warriors through an organization called the Salute to Military Golf Association ( The SMGA belie Jeff Sep 14, 2013 1:58 PM
Upcoming Presentations - Most of you who have attended a philosophy-focused meetup during the past two weeks know that we've been joined by some Dominican friars who are in town to give some talks on philosophical/theological topics.  The good news is that these guys are very Jeff Jul 2, 2012 7:54 AM
Jeff added a post - Sweatshirts are $12 each. They're all the same color (burgundy) and they're also a cotton/polyester blend. We have a variety of sizes; just shoot over an email and I'll bring your order on the following Monday. Jeff Nov 2, 2010 10:15 PM
Back to the Zen Tea House - Hi folks. The cold weather is causing us to relocate back to the Zen Tea House. For any of you who have not been there before, it's across the street and about a block down (west) from Java Brewing Company. The address for the Zen Tea House is Jeff Nov 2, 2010 10:09 PM
Back to Java Brewing Company - Hi folks. This past Monday we found the Zen Tea House closed for Labor Day so we convened at the Java Brewing Company. The weather was great so we decided to continue to meet there through the next couple of months. If you haven't been there Jeff Sep 9, 2010 2:44 PM
KY State Fair booth pictures - Attached are fpictures for the KY state fair booth sponsored by the KY Secular Society and Ed H. Aug 18, 2010 9:32 PM
The Ones Who Walk Away - During tonight's discussion, I brought up a short story by Ursula K. LeGuin called The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas . The story serves as one view of the cost of a Utopian society. If you're interested, you can find the story online at Jeff Aug 17, 2010 12:50 AM
Back to the Zen Tea House - Just a quick note that we'll be meeting at the Zen Tea House on Monday (and thereafter). the Zen tea House is at 2246 Frankfort Avenue. The topic for this Monday is "what should prison be like?". Jeff Aug 7, 2010 7:25 PM
Back To Java Brewing Company - Hi folks. The Zen Tea House is having some events over the next three weeks that will prevent us from using thier space. So we're headed back to the Java Brewing Company. Java Brewing Company is about a block and a half away and across the st Jeff Jul 18, 2010 10:58 AM
Socrates Cafe Cancelled for July 5th - Hi folks. This is to let you know that we're going to skip our upcoming meeting because of the holiday. The discussion for our subsequent meeting is "rabid atheism". We might have a hard time settling on what thi Jeff Jun 30, 2010 9:19 PM
Zen Tea House - Hi folks. Just a reminder that we're at the Zen Tea House this evening. Jeff Jun 28, 2010 3:11 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Meeting back at the Zen Tea House - Thanks for your consideration. Bob Schulz --- On Sat, 6/19/10, Jeff <[address removed]> wrote: Robert R. Schulz, E. Jun 20, 2010 9:29 AM
Meeting back at the Zen Tea House - Hi folks. The hot weather is causing us to relocate back to the Zen Tea House. For any of you who have not been there before, it's across the street and about a block down (west) from Java Brewing Company. The address for the Zen Tea House i Jeff Jun 19, 2010 9:10 PM
May 10: Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment - Hi folks. You might not have noticed the update to the calendar for our May 10th meeting - the topic for the evening will center on our prejudices of mental illness. For this meeting, we will be joined by James Jones, Law professor at U of L's Jeff Apr 27, 2010 10:39 AM
Meetup details changed: Socrates Cafe Louisville Meetup - Hi members, I've made some changes to our regularly scheduled Meetups (This Meetup repeats every week on Monday), including these that you might have RSVPed for: * John L. Apr 6, 2010 9:51 AM
Sweatshirts - Hi folks. As those of you who attended last Monday know, we got our sweatshirts in (finally)! They're maroon sweatshirts, 50/50 cotton and polyester, and bear the logo that you see on our meetup webpage (minus the surrounding border). They' Jeff Feb 27, 2010 10:39 PM
Walmart Ethics - Hi folks. About this Monday's meeting: Penn & Teller's Showtime series "Bullshit" did an episode on WalMart that was pretty entertaining. Youtube has it broken into 4 parts, the first of which is Jeff Feb 27, 2010 10:30 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Socrates Cafe Cancelled Tonight - Yeah, that's what I'm thinking, too. this seems to be a branch on the "what is terrorism" question. On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 3:19 PM, jetroy wrote: > Jeff > > "It's a little disturbing to think about how groups with political Jeff Feb 15, 2010 8:33 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Socrates Cafe Cancelled Tonight - James T. Feb 15, 2010 3:19 PM
Socrates Cafe Cancelled Tonight - Hi folks. I hate to do this but the snow is going to keep enough of us home (me included) that it just makes sense to call off tonight's meeting. Tonight's topic was "what is terrorism?" We'll continue with this topic ne Jeff Feb 15, 2010 12:30 PM
Uncomfortable Questions: Was the Death Star Attack an Inside Job? - Following up on my last e-mail... Regardless of your beliefs about the truth of 9/11, check out Uncomfortable Questions: Was the Death Star Attack an Inside Job? It's pre Jeff Feb 2, 2010 2:42 AM
The Truth Behind 9/11 - Tonight's discussion was very worthwhile. Led by Russ Osborn, we talked about what we know and what we don't know about 9/11, stories that have changed over time, and facts that might not be in evidence. The core of Russ' argument is simply that there i Jeff Feb 2, 2010 2:28 AM
Guest Speaker This Monday!! - Hi folks. This coming Monday, Feb 1st, Russ Osborn will be speaking to us about some theories behind the 9/11 attack. Russ is the organizer for the Meetup Group Louisville 9/11 Truth . The reason tha Jeff Jan 27, 2010 2:13 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] This Coming Monday - Deadly Medicine Exhibit - James T. Jan 20, 2010 6:31 PM
This Coming Monday - Deadly Medicine Exhibit - Hi folks. We're NOT meeting at the Zen Tea House this coming Monday!!! Those of you who attended our last meeting may recall that Brian recommended touring the Deadly Medicine Exhibit at U of L's Kornhauser Health Sciences Library. I'd like t Jeff Jan 20, 2010 1:01 PM
Leading a Meaningful Life - University of Louisville philosophy lecturer Brian Barnes led last night's discussion and did a fantastic job of it. Of course, even the greatest artist is powerless without a great medium in which to work - in this case, it's the folks who attended and Jeff Jan 19, 2010 11:55 AM
Guest Speaker this Monday, January 18th - MLK Day - Hi folks. Brian Barnes will lead this Monday's discussion. Brian is part of UofL's">UofL's Philosophy Department where he teaches Intro to Philosophy, Contemporary Ethical Problems, Business Ethics, Applied Ethics, and Middle Eastern Jeff Jan 13, 2010 4:37 PM
Holiday Break - Our next meeting will not be until Monday, January 11th. The reasons for the break are probably pretty obvious - the holidays, family vacation time, office/friend parties, end-of-semester exams, other general December chaos. As I mentioned Jeff Dec 8, 2009 7:19 PM
Does Human Nature Lean Toward Good Or Evil - Hi folks. This is the topic for this coming Monday. Here are some things to consider when deciding the answer to this question - What is human nature? I'd suggest that it's whatever makes us what we are (as a species) that's s Jeff Nov 19, 2009 8:40 PM
Tonight's Socrates Cafe - Just a quick note about tonight - providing it's available, we'll have the meeting UPSTAIRS at the Zen Tea House. Nicer, better seats, and our own bathroom - very exciting. Jeff Nov 9, 2009 12:44 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Socrates Cafe Sweatshirts - Put me down for a 2xl burgundy. On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM, Jeff < [address removed] > wrote: Kurt Oct 30, 2009 10:44 PM
Socrates Cafe Sweatshirts - ? Hi folks. ? This is another message asking about your interest in Socrates Cafe?shirts; specifically, sweatshirts.? The design on th Jeff Oct 28, 2009 5:12 PM
Zen Tea House - Just a reminder, we're meeting at the Zen Tea House (2246 Frankfort Rd) tonight and for the foreseeable future. Jeff Oct 26, 2009 3:08 PM
CORRECTION - Zen Tea House - My last email provided incorrect information about the location of the Zen Tea House - it is across the street from Java, about a half a block down (west). It's next to the Basa Restaurant and has a green sign. It's a yellow house with brown trim Jeff Oct 24, 2009 11:36 AM
New Meeting Place - Zen Tea House - Folks, We've decided to meet at the Zen Tea House instead of the Java Brewing Company. The Zen Tea House is less than a block away from Java and on the other side of the street; it's ri Jeff Oct 21, 2009 5:37 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Monday's Discussion - I meant #2. I have two basic questions. Are we too materialistic? Is being materialistic detrimental? On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 12:28 AM, Jeff < Jennifer F Oct 18, 2009 12:59 AM
Monday's Discussion - First a quick recap about our last talk - meme warfare. We decided that memes are concepts or ideas, such as "global warming will destroy the planet", "the universe began with the Big Bang", or "communism is really bad". Th Jeff Oct 18, 2009 12:28 AM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] America in 2050 - James T. Oct 1, 2009 11:33 AM
America in 2050 - Pretty good discussion last night. The US Census tells us that one in five of us will be 65 or older in 2050 and that the US will have no ethnic majority (although white folks will comprise the largest minority). The group suggested that the US' economy Jeff Sep 29, 2009 10:16 PM
Socrates Cafe T-shirts? - Hi folks. Would any of you be interested in a Socrates Cafe t-shirt? With a Socrates Cafe shirt you can be the envy of your friends, impress your co-workers, and get suspicious looks from strangers! The design is up for negoti Jeff Sep 29, 2009 9:46 PM
Future America - Our last meeting was pretty interesting. It's clear that we see major news outlets reporting stories (or reporting on stories) in ways that best serve their own corporate interests. It's also apparent that the public prefers to be told what to think rat Jeff Sep 23, 2009 10:44 PM
Pride and the Free Press - Yesterday's meeting ranks among the best since we started this group. John's idea of discussing pride generated a lot of good, thoughtful, and entertaining debate on understanding worthwhile pride and destructive pride. John's commentary (which I'm sur Jeff Sep 15, 2009 2:25 PM
All objectivity aside... - If you haven't read John's summary of Monday's discussion on the Message Board , please check it out. It's outstanding! Enough said there about our last meeting. Th Jeff Sep 2, 2009 10:09 PM
What is justice? - This question was the winner. I changed this Monday's meetup description to talk about this. Check it out there if you're interested. The runner-up is "The cost of the Large Hadron Collider is about $5.25 billion; the Hubble telescope Jeff Aug 15, 2009 2:22 PM
Vote for the topic for our meeting on the 17th! - I created the poll on our website; you can find it here . You have until Friday night to cast your vote!!! Remember, if you don't vote, you can Jeff Aug 13, 2009 12:31 AM
New Socrates Cafe Picture - Maybe it's not as exciting as I'd like to believe... The new picture is courtesy of Brian's artistic and computer graphic talents. Check it out here . While you're on the site, feel Jeff Aug 11, 2009 9:04 PM
August 17 Meetup - James T. Aug 10, 2009 10:43 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Upcoming August 10th Meeting - James T. Aug 5, 2009 8:18 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Upcoming August 10th Meeting - James T. Aug 5, 2009 7:33 PM
RE: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Upcoming August 10th Meeting - .hmmessage P { margin:0px; padding:0px } body.hmmessage { font-size: 10pt; font-family:Verdana } Couldn't have said it better myself! Amen, brother. user 8. Aug 5, 2009 5:03 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Upcoming August 10th Meeting - I was headed down this path, myself but I'm not sure it's the right direction for this discussion. ?Philosophy and science intersect at metaphysics (among many other places). ?Metaphysics examines the nature of reality - what is real, what ca Jeff Aug 5, 2009 3:51 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Upcoming August 10th Meeting - James T. Aug 5, 2009 1:49 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Upcoming August 10th Meeting - I think you n user 5. Aug 5, 2009 8:31 AM
Upcoming August 10th Meeting - John took care of the review of this meeting's discussion (thanks John!). You can see his write-up on the Message Board. As it happens, John also posed the winning subject for next week's meeting (and I may not word this right): why do humans have an Jeff Aug 5, 2009 1:58 AM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] July 27th meeting - Thanks for coming out Loren. Sorry to hear that you'll miss next Monday - the conversation could definitely use someone who knows what she's talking about. In the absence of experience, we'll do what we usually do - just make stuff up as we go along. Jeff Jul 29, 2009 8:21 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] July 27th meeting - Hi Jeff, I enjoyed the discussion and meeting you all. I realized that I have other plans for next Monday, so I will miss the education discussion. Loren Jul 29, 2009 7:26 PM
July 27th meeting - Monday's discussion probably deserves more attention. John suggested this and referenced an example in his post on the message board. I agreed (quite verbosely) and added some more examples. Please check them out Jeff Jul 29, 2009 3:23 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Progress - James T. Jul 27, 2009 10:48 PM
July 20th Meeting - Our last meeting was very good! We focused on the concept that progress is marked by people treating one another with dignity and that governments are making laws to support this concept (though perhaps in some cases those laws are merely propaganda - th Jeff Jul 22, 2009 1:56 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Progress - Looking at the matrix, it seems that you're saying that progress is made?when we?treat all?people with respect or dignity; in fact we make?tremendous progress when?the world's governments?work together to make and obey?laws that follow this p Jeff Jul 19, 2009 12:44 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Progress - James T. Jul 17, 2009 11:01 AM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Are morals relative or absolute? - user 7. Jul 15, 2009 1:21 PM
Are morals relative or absolute? - I don't think any minds were changed on this subject (but that's all right). Among the points made were, "the only absolute good is that which promotes my survival and well-being", "we might have a different opinion of the bombing of Hiros Jeff Jul 15, 2009 12:37 PM
June 29th Discussion - The topic on the table was "what is propaganda". Jim suggested the topic by asking a couple of specific questions - 1. there are rumors that the United States provoked Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor, perhaps by choking Japan's incoming suppl Jeff Jun 30, 2009 5:43 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - James T. Jun 24, 2009 7:31 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - You assume erroneously, Jim. I was simply talking about the definition of a word in the abstract. I find it best to agree upon definitions before di user 9. Jun 24, 2009 6:50 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - James T. Jun 24, 2009 6:33 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - Thanks for the link, Jetroy. A very thorough encyclopedic breakdown of the term. However, I still beg to differ. Censorship may be a user 9. Jun 24, 2009 5:38 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - James T. Jun 24, 2009 5:18 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - Forgive me, Jetroy, but I think that an absence of information is not propaganda. Propaganda is a form of information control, but not all information con user 9. Jun 24, 2009 3:15 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - James T. Jun 24, 2009 3:06 PM
What is good art? - I'm not sure we found any resolutions on this topic. Themes that ran through the discussion included: recognition of good art comes and goes (sometimes it's amazing, other times it's no big deal); art appreciation seems to focus on understanding an arti Jeff Jun 24, 2009 12:47 PM
Fourth Meeting - I've got to come up with more clever subject lines... An excellent meeting with record attendance! The topic on the table was to discuss the perceived science/religion dichotomy. There was lots of discussion and lots of strong opinions but Jeff Jun 16, 2009 1:54 PM
Tomorrow's Meeting - Hi folks. Archangel, one of our members, posted some ideas on the message board and I thought that I'd share them with anyone who hasn't happened to see them. Check them out below. Also, a couple of quick points: we've met in the o Jeff Jun 14, 2009 4:02 PM
June 8th Meeting - Yesterday's discussion was about the price of technology. We talked about the apparent demise of face-to-face interaction and the idea that human dependency on technology is bound to result in merging humans and computers sooner or later. Faced with the Jeff Jun 9, 2009 11:14 AM
Second Meeting - Hi folks. The topic on the table last evening was "what is evil". The discussion centered around the idea that evil is essentially betrayal and is therefore very personal but also different from immoral or unethical (at least that wa Jeff Jun 2, 2009 5:15 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - I wonder what effect that long of a life span would have on interpersonal relationships, would marriage still be a life time contract and such? Sent from my iPhone On May 27, 2009, at 9:51 PM, Mikel Casey May 27, 2009 9:57 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - I remember reading a sci-fi?book a long?time ago, in which a kid went into the future (think he had been frozen and thawed.) The people at that time lived insanely?long period of times and?the world was like one huge retirement home. The observation Mikel May 27, 2009 9:51 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - James T. May 27, 2009 9:46 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - All of those sound great :) On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 8:46 PM, Jeff < [address removed] > wrote: Mikel May 27, 2009 9:18 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - A topic in advance...? Has anyone got some suggestions?? The philosophical standbys are things like, "what is love", "are we?free?or determined", and "what is art".? Other questions we might consider may be "how do Jeff May 27, 2009 8:46 PM
Re: [Socrates-Cafe-Louisville] Great First Meeting - I had a good time. ? I think it would be a good idea to post a general topic area in advance--I've been thinking a bit over some of?the discussion?and came up with some things I'd like to have said but didn't thin Mikel May 26, 2009 8:01 PM
Great First Meeting - Our first meeting last night was very successful, due completely to people's willingness to offer information, opinions, and insights and to challenge each other. We hit a range of topics under the subject of individual freedom versus social responsibili Jeff May 26, 2009 11:59 AM

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