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This is for people who want to actually make the world a better place through the philosophy of Karl Popper. Karl Popper is little known today but his humanist philosophy that uses wonderful plain language to tie together evolution, ethics, cosmology, science, theory of mind and a theory of how we know and learn things will change your life for the better. The challenge is, can we use this philosophy to make the world better?

The aim initially is to meet the last Thursday night of each month at the State Library South Bank. Initially there will be an aspect of Popper's philosophy highlighted briefly by myself or anyone else who volunteers - then we can discuss this element of his philosophy and see what this means for us in making the world a better place - however small a step we may take - even if it is just initially discussing possible solutions to an important current problem. ( No preparation is needed for any of the meetups, material to kick off discussions will always be provided on the night. )

Popper, if not already, may be just the philosopher for you? His wonderful humanist philosophy, written plainly and courageously, may be the best philosophy to help humanity survive in open societies in the 21st Century. This is a guy who provided a lecture at Princeton on indeterminism in quantum mechanics that Einstein and Bohr attended, regularly debated Schrodinger about quantum mechanics and 'what is life?', yet he also developed a political philosophy that demolished Marxism and other totalitarian beliefs and is possibly the best defence for open and tolerant societies.

But don't take my word for it, as Donald Mckay said in 'Nature' magazine - reading Popper is good for you ! Numerous Nobel prize winners praise him for his influence on their intellects. (Note: see the pages section for some introductory quotes from others about Popper's philosophy.

And a final note of caution ! Don't trust most academic philosophers' glib critiques of Popper's philosophy - as Australian philosopher Rafe Champion so well collates in one of his excellent books re Popper 'Misreading Popper'- Popper is so poorly quoted by academic philosophers, many of them have clearly not read Popper themselves. Yet this guy is so easy to understand, they have no excuse for misleading us re his philosophy.


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Welcome! (and please see Pages link above to see what others have said re Popper)

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