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ANNOUNCEMENT: All Socrates Cafes announced here will be held online until the Corona Virus has passed. WHAT IS A SOCRATES CAFE? It is a casual and fun way to practice critical thinking.

Everyone is welcome at each meeting of Socrates Cafe, they are free, open public meetings!

Whatever your background, we'd be very interested in hearing your thoughts. We have PhDs who attend regularly along with carpenters, painters, homemakers, barbers, etc etc.

Our first meeting in Denver, Colorado was inspired by Chris Phillips' book called Socrates Café, and Chris has been a continuing source of inspiration for us, he's visited us here in Denver several times.

By a coincidence that first meeting was scheduled for the Friday after 9/11.

Generally, we stay away from current news events or politics, but those attending at each meeting can decide to talk about anything they want. Sometimes the facilitator for the evening brings a topic, and suggestions are usually taken from those attending.

What all meetings have in common is that we search for truth by our own lights.

Most of us are interested in reading, but we don't usually talk about what's said in books unless the thoughts have become incorporated into our own thinking. Same with any religious affiliation. We each inform our own thinking, then we share those thoughts, and we listen and question others as they share their thoughts.

If you start a new Socrates Café we will list it here for you if you want us to do so, and help is available if you want it. Contact John Wren http://www.JohnWren.com or (303)861-1447

What Chris Phillips says about Socrates Cafe in his book by that title:

"Civil conversation isn’t enough. Formulating the right questions isn’t enough.

"What the world needs now on all sorts of levels is inquiry – methodical, egalitarian, inclusive, impassioned, unsettling, exhilarating.

"Inquiry-driven by curiosity, by a sense that the more perspectives the better.

"Inquiry that leads to the surprising, the novel, the unfamiliar — that opens portals to new possibilities to who we might be as individuals and as a society.

"Inquiry that is based on the premise that people of all ages and walks of life count and that those often left out tend to be the most uncommonly perceptive when given the opportunity.

"Inquiry that emphatically includes and values the wisdom ways of our children and youth, who have a vital and central role to play if our societies are really going to become all they can be, and deserve rights to participation and self-determination.

"Inquiry that taps into our childlike questioning lenses. Inquiry connects us, makes us feel we’re in this together.

"That as a matter of course leads us to discover the glaring gaps and contradictions (when they exist) between what we say and what we do, and what open societies profess and what they actually practice — and that inspires us to bring our promise more and more into practice.

"Inquiry that is the furthest thing from argument and debate — that is all about exploration, about discovering uncommon common ground, that leads us to realize, in a sort of epiphany or series of epiphanies, that we need each other, that whether we have multiple doctorate degrees or have never set foot in the hallowed halls of formal institutions of learning, we each have unique experiences, perspectives, stores of wisdom from which we all could benefit.

"Socratic inquiry. Or to be more precise: A version of Socratic inquiry that recognizes there are no neat divides between the individual self and the societal self, between our inner cosmos and outer cosmos.

"The Greeks of old knew this and tapped into it in a way that led, during their Golden Days, when democracy flourished in the polis, and in the agoras — the public places and spaces of the polis, or city-state.

"Inquiry that challenges the ‘common sense wisdom’ of the day, and scrutinizes whether it’s really all that wise.

"That recognizes that we humans have it within us to cultivate a democratic self — an open and connected self, a childlike self, curious, inquisitive, constructively skeptical, with a keen social conscience, autonomous, a work in progress."

Chris Phillips, author of the book "Socrates Cafe."

As Chris Phillips says, "we seek truth by our own lights." We welcome you in sharing your thoughts with us in this common effort.

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Upcoming events (5)

Socrates Café at DU. (for now online.)

University of Denver - Anderson Academic Commons

(It's a good idea to always check back here to Meetup.com and make sure of the platform and meeting number or live link as you join us for each meeting to make sure we are all on the same page.) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97308876547 Join us! 6:30 p.m. each Saturday, for now online, usually at the University of Denver's Anderson Academic Commons (was called Penrose Library.) At Anderson or online, we pick a topic at the start of the meeting, share our thoughts, and then ask each other questions. Everyone is invited and encouraged to share and ask questions, but no one has to do anything, it's perfectly alright to pass and just observe. Try it, you'll like it! Also, if you want to organize a new peer advisory, self-directed learning or other groups you are invited to visit one of our SBCC Faculty Meetings, see https://Meetup.com/Franklin-Circles For info about on-campus parking this week and next at the University of Denver see: https://www.parking.du.ed Want us to hold a Roaming Socrates Cafe on your campus or in your library or coffee shop? Have questions? Post here on the Meetup message board for everyone or call John Wren [masked]

Socrates Cafe at Trinity. Online

Online event

RSVP and you will be sent a link to Facebook Room we will be using by 6:15 pm.

LoDo Denver Socrates Café (Online)

Online event

Now online at www.Zoom.us , here’s Socrates Cafe link for tonight no password is needed" https://zoom.us/j/98275640760 Almost always a very interesting discussion of some interesting topic that is not announced in advance, so bring a topic you'd like to hear discussed if you're willing to listen and are really curious about what others think about it. This was our first Socrates Café in Colorado, we started it here at Capitol Hill Panera Bread the Friday after 9/11 in 2001. We met there until Panera closed that location in December of 2015, now we meet face-to-face at LoDo Panera.

Socrates Café at DU. (for now online.)

University of Denver - Anderson Academic Commons

(It's a good idea to always check back here to Meetup.com and make sure of the platform and meeting number or live link as you join us for each meeting to make sure we are all on the same page.) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97308876547 Join us! 6:30 p.m. each Saturday, for now online, usually at the University of Denver's Anderson Academic Commons (was called Penrose Library.) At Anderson or online, we pick a topic at the start of the meeting, share our thoughts, and then ask each other questions. Everyone is invited and encouraged to share and ask questions, but no one has to do anything, it's perfectly alright to pass and just observe. Try it, you'll like it! Also, if you want to organize a new peer advisory, self-directed learning or other groups you are invited to visit one of our SBCC Faculty Meetings, see https://Meetup.com/Franklin-Circles For info about on-campus parking this week and next at the University of Denver see: https://www.parking.du.ed Want us to hold a Roaming Socrates Cafe on your campus or in your library or coffee shop? Have questions? Post here on the Meetup message board for everyone or call John Wren [masked]

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LoDo Denver Socrates Café (Online)

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