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At the Socrates Café, we get together for a discussion of a life question that interests or challenges us.

Socrates Cafés are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central idea that we learn more when we question, and question with others.

We arrive on the night, meet each other, pick a question we would like to explore and then launch into a facilitated dialogue.

To give you a flavour for the types of questions that we could explore, here are some examples:

- “Why is there a gap between ideals and behaviour?”

- “Should drugs be de-criminalised”

- “What does it mean to be a good friend?”.

No philosophical background needed.

This is about our own philosophies of life and not necessarily what the great philosophers and academics has said or written. It is not a debating club or a platform for proselytising.

Instead, we place the emphasis on questioning, open mindedness and challenging our own assumptions while listening to and respecting the views shared by others.

If you think this might be for you, or even if you are not quite sure yet, why not come along and give it a try. It would be great to see you and have your input.

Socrates Café: A space where ideas and dialogue can flourish

Socratic Method:

This article and video set out how we can use Socratic method to shed light on our truths and refine our definitions etc:

Article: http://changingminds.org/techniques/questioning/socratic_questions.htm

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB4MYGInRl4

Ethos:

The Ethos of the cafe, as well as other information about the format/method, is well described here: http://www.philosopher.org/Ethos.html

Social Media:

A social media presence exists to facilitate discussion between meetup events:
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Socrates Café - Philosophical Discussion

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Socrates Café: A space where ideas can be examined and dialogue can flourish Bait: Why do you believe what you believe? Has your world-view ever changed over the years? Do you value deep, honest and respectful dialogue? Overview: Socrates Cafés are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central idea that we learn more when we question, and question with others. At the Socrates Café, we get together for a discussion of a life question that interests or challenges us. On the night, we submit topics to discuss, pick one (or two) by voting, and then explore the topic through a lightly-facilitated dialogue. Description: This kind of socratic approach to dialogue can be a valuable way to consider why we believe what we believe, and to uncover that with other curious people. No philosophical background needed. These sessions are about exploring our own personal philosophies of life and not necessarily what the great philosophers and academics have said or written. There are some superb forums for debating, arguing, preaching, proselytising or projecting onto others out there - luckily West London Socrates Cafe is NOT one of them. We place the emphasis on questioning, open mindedness and challenging our own assumptions while attentively listening to and respecting the views shared by others using an approach which is often called the Socratic Method. If you think this might be for you, or even if you are not quite sure yet, why not come along and give it a try. It would be great to see you. To give you a flavour for the types of questions that we could explore, here are some examples: - “Why is it good to be good?” - “What does belonging mean?” - “Should parenthood require a licence?”. Itinerary: 6:30pm Zoom room opens 7:00pm Introductions, Submit discussion topics, Drinks, Donations, Settle in 7:15pm Welcome, Ethos, Guidelines, Choose discussion topics, Tips for getting the most out of the evening 7:30pm The Socratic Method - introduction to the method and brief discussion using the method Break 8:00pm Facilitated Dialogue discussion on chosen topic using Socratic Method 9:00pm Wrap up, feedback, stay on for more chat/drinks Please arrive on time to get the most from the evening; we’ll lock the zoom room when we start the meeting Cost: The meetup is free, however a donation would help towards costs *Zoom link sent on the day of the meet by email*

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At the Socrates Café, we get together for a discussion of a life question that interests or challenges us. At the meetup we select a question to explore in a facilitated dialogue. Use the comments section below to make your suggestions To give you a flavour for the types of questions that we could explore, here are some examples: - “Why is it good to be good?” - “What does belonging mean?” - “Should parenthood require a licence?”. No philosophical background needed. This is about our own personal philosophies of life and not necessarily what the great philosophers and academics have said or written.

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