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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. We are called the "Socrates Cafe" as it was Socrates who said that the unexamined life is not worth living....although very few people have analyzed this dictum itself.

But there is no question that living a thoughtful, reflective life is important. 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—like an earthquake in Haiti?
• Is there truth?
• Is there a God, and if so, can we know God?
• Are all religions basically the same?
• Do we have free will, or are we more like puppets on strings?

For anyone who is willing to ask the big, life-defining questions, this group is for you! Hopefully, we'll come away with more than just interesting answers to our questions or new thoughts to ponder; 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 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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What Are the Benefits and Limits of Science?

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"But can you prove it scientifically?" When we make a claim, we are often asked to demonstrate or support that claim using the purported gold standard of verification and evidence--science.

But what can science truly prove or support? What about abandoned scientific theories? What place should science have in the knowing process? Can we know only what science can prove? What are the benefits of science? What are its drawbacks? Does science itself have philosophical assumptions that can't be scientifically proven? And what about morality? If we can't scientifically prove that moral values exist, does that mean that they don't exist and that perhaps they are meaningless or confused?

These are some of the questions that we'll discuss in our next meeting.

Unfortunately, we won't be able to meet in early December as we had hoped. We'll have to shoot for mid-January. And as we've been doing, you can join us via Zoom if you can't join us in person.

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Theist, Atheist, Agnostic: Who Bears the Burden of Proof?

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