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The Austin Philosophy Discussion Group (APDG) offers many opportunities for discussions of philosophy and philosophical issues. No advance preparation or knowledge is required, unless stated in the meeting description. All our meetings are free of charge.

Click on "Meetups" just under the picture, above, to see details about upcoming meetups. The types of meetups that we have are:

- Weekly Lecture/Discussion groups, which offer free DVD lectures and discussions covering a wide range of philosophical topics.

- Special Events and Lectures covering topics of interest to our membership.

We are always open to new ideas, so come and share your thoughts at one of our meetings.

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Our web site also features lively discussions, within a culture that values civil discourse.

Here's what civil discourse is: Conversation intended to enhance understanding. It employs language of dispassionate objectivity. Civil discourse requires mutual respect of the participants. It neither diminishes the other's moral worth, nor questions their good judgment; it avoids hostility and direct antagonism. It requires an appreciation for the other participants' experiences.

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Austin Recreation Center

At the Plan 9 meetings, we're studying Schopenhauer's The World As Will And Representation. We discuss, in detail, the week's reading assignment--mastering the new concepts and fitting them into Schopenhauer's overall thesis. The goal is to gain an understanding of Schopenhauer's philosophy. If this sort of thing interests you, you're definitely welcome to come on by!

Philosophy of Humor 1 The Universality of Humor

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The Philosophy of Humor course https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/take-my-course-please-the-philosophy-of-humor.html "Humor is everywhere in our lives. It seems we’re hardwired to be funny and to be receptive to humor, even when we don’t always agree on what is funny. And it’s this ubiquity that makes humor an essential part of being human." We watch and discuss one lecture per week. Here is the full list of lectures for the course: 1 The Universality of Humor 2 The Objectivity of Humor 3 The Science of Laughter 4 Truth and Humor 5 Comedy and Tragedy 6 Irony and Truth 7 Satires, Parodies, and Spoofs 8 Stop Me If You've Heard This One: Jokes 9 Theories of Humor 10 Superiority Theory 11 Inferiority Theory 12 Play Theory 13 Relief Theory 14 Incongruity Theory 15 Cleverness Theory 16 Humor Theory Revisited 17 Humor Ethics: Boundaries and Limitations 18 Who Can Tell Ethnic Jokes? 19 Comic Moralism 20 Situational Ethics and Humor 21 The Necessity of Humor 22 Comedian Ethics 23 Socially Progressive Comedy 24 Ridiculousness and the Human Condition

JUSTICE: What’s The Right Thing To Do?

Austin Recreation Center

Each week we will watch a lecture, then circle the chairs and discuss our reactions. We start viewing a lecture between 11:00 and 11:05, thus it is better to arrive at or before 11 am. The current lecture series: JUSTICE: What’s The Right Thing To Do? (by Michael Sandel, Harvard University) http://justiceharvard.org/justicecourse/ Walk-ins welcome!

Redefining Reality - Lecture 13 Quantum Consciousness

La Madeleine - Sunset Valley

We meet at the back of the restaurant; please push the sliding door gently to the left. Video lectures from The Teaching Company, followed by discussion. https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/redefining-reality-the-intellectual-implications-of-modern-science.html No subject is bigger than reality itself and nothing is more challenging to understand, since what counts as reality has been undergoing continual revision for centuries. The quest to pin down what's real is both philosophical and scientific. Redefining Reality, presented by award-winning Professor of Philosophy Steven Gimbel, shows that separating the real from the illusory is an exhilarating intellectual adventure. 1. Metaphysics and the Nature of Science 2. Defining Reality 3. Mathematics in Crisis 4. Special Relativity 5. General Relativity 6. Big Bang Cosmology 7. The Reality of Atoms 8. Quantum Mechanics 9. Quantum Field Theory 10. Chaos Theory 11. Dark Matter and Dark Energy 12. Grand Unified Theories 13. Quantum Consciousness 14. Defining Reality in the Life Sciences 15. Genes and Identity 16. The Birth of Psychology 17. Jung and the Behaviorists 18. The Rediscovery of the Mind 19. The Caring Brain 20. Brain and Self 21. Evolutionary Psychology 22. The Birth of Sociology 23. Competition and Cooperation 24. Race and Reality 25. Social Progress 26. The Reality of Money 27. The Origin of Life 28. Exoplanets and Extraterrestrial Life 29. Technology and Death 30. Cloning and Identity 31. Genetic Engineering 32. Medically Enhanced Humans 33. Transhumans: Making Living Gods 34. Artificial Intelligence 35. The Internet and Virtual Reality 36. Data Analytics

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Tools of Thinking 20 Modern Logic—Truth Tables

La Madeleine - Sunset Valley

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