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Is It Wrong To Believe Something Without Evidence?
In his 1877 book "The Ethics of Belief", British Philosoper William Kingdon Clifford states that "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence". It would certainly seem that there are at least some things that we should require evidence for, like the commission of a crime. False beliefs can have serious consequences for ourselves and others, so this is a legitimate concern. But everything? And what is sufficient evidence? If you have lived your whole life in the tropics, and a person tells you about snow, should you doubt it's existence because the person can provide no evidence for that claim, even if they are correct? What about consequential things that might be true, but that we currently lack evidence for? For example, I may not have evidence that my house will be robbed on a particular day, but should I take a few seconds to lock the door and set the alarm, just in case? Join us for another fascinating discussion, and join us at Trip's Diner for dinner afterwards (6416 N. Florida)!

Seminole Heights Library

4711 N. Central Ave. · Tampa, FL

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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. After all, Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. 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? • Where do human duties and obligations come from? • How can we test a worldview to see if it is true? • Are all religions basically the same? • Do we have free will, or are we more like puppets on strings? People often take assumptions about life and the universe for granted because they are in the intellectual "air" we breathe. These may come from church, from mass media, from a teacher, or from the arts. But are they valid assumptions? If you like to dig into these questions, this group is for you! Hopefully, you'll be challenged and also challenge others to think more clearly and deeply about these issues. 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 (Classical theist, Pantheist, Atheist, Agnostic, etc.) 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.