What we're about

Our big picture goal is to facilitate forming a community of intellectually aware and active communicators who have a passionate interest in living real, authentic lives based on the premise that the examined life is well worth living.

We have a social happy hour/dinner on the first Monday of the month at the Red Table. It's a fun way to get to know others and build friendships. Just bring your sense of humor and be prepared to connect.

On Friday evenings we've been featuring films followed by discussions. The films are usually thought stimulating, but sharing our different perspectives about what we viewed ranges from profound to hilarious.

On the last Thursday of the month, we get down to our shared love of philosophy. There is an assigned reading, often an entire book, a chapter in a book, or a series of manuscripts that we study and discuss. These discussions are deeper and are meant to engage and integrate our cognitive functions of fact discernment (empiricism), reasoning (logical calculating), valuing (morals/ethics), and appreciation of underlying invisible structure (appreciated through our facility of pattern recognition and articulation).

Also, we recognize and appreciate individual differences as a key component of how differently we can experience the world, and we work to make these underlying differences explicit.

Philosophy is so much more than logic and reason. It is learning to understand how we constructed our "worldview," how we see the world, and learning how to reconfigure and own this worldview through a disciplined approach that examines our assumptions and takes on different ways of viewing our life experience in a more empowered and authentic capacity.

Like much of meetup, we've had problems with "no shows" at limited attendance functions. This is when we have a limited number of seats available, the RSVP list shows full, many RSVPs don't "show," and we have a waitlist and empty seats at the table. We've solved this problem by asking participants to invest a couple of dollars when reserving a seat. This has completely solved the problem of "no shows."

What makes our group special is both our diversity and our intellectual honesty. We encourage the expression of all points of view and all are welcome to contribute their point of view. We also hold everyone accountable for their point of view and respectfully debate and question with the aim of reaching for a clearer understanding.

If this sounds like fun to you, please join us!

Upcoming events (4+)

❤️Philosophers love to discuss Concepts

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$2.00

“Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds gossip about other people.”
Henry Thomas Buckle

Come join like-minded friends in informal, spontaneous conceptual discussions. Nothing to read or prepare - bring your sense of humor and sense of philosophical inquiry to share your thoughts and be stimulated by others' ideas and the feeling of camaraderie.

The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
We're patio dining al fresco.
Although there are overhead heaters, please layer as it cools quickly after the sun sets.
Happy Hour till 6pm

https://www.thehangoutrestaurant.com/happy-hour
https://www.thehangoutrestaurant.com/foodmenu
Cover is $2.

❤️Something about Philosophy - TBA

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$5.00

The fourth Thursday of the month is our time to get together for camaraderie, a fun meal, and of course a discussion, regarding something about Philosophy.

Venue, topic, and readings TBA.

❤️Philosophers love to discuss Concepts

Location visible to members

$2.00

“Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds gossip about other people.”
Henry Thomas Buckle

Come join like-minded friends in informal, spontaneous conceptual discussions. Nothing to read or prepare - bring your sense of humor and sense of philosophical inquiry to share your thoughts and be stimulated by others' ideas and the feeling of camaraderie.

We're patio dining al fresco, so layer in case it cools down.
Restaurant TBD.
MeetUp insists on a location, so although this is listed as a zoom event - it is an in-person event with the location yet to be determined.
Cover is $2.

❤️ "Philosophy of Nature" by Paul Feyerabend

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$5.00

Philosopher, physicist, and anarchist Paul Feyerabend was one of the most unconventional scholars of his time. His book Against Method has become a modern classic. Yet it is not well known that Feyerabend spent many years working on a philosophy of nature that was intended to comprise three volumes covering the period from the earliest traces of stone age cave paintings to the atomic physics of the 20th century – a project that, as he conveyed in a letter to Imre Lakatos, almost drove him nuts: “Damn the ,Naturphilosophie.”

The book’s manuscript was long believed to have been lost. Recently, however, a typescript constituting the first volume of the project was unexpectedly discovered at the University of Konstanz. In this volume Feyerabend explores the significance of myths for the early period of natural philosophy, as well as the transition from Homer’s “aggregate universe” to Parmenides’ uniform ontology. He focuses on the rise of rationalism in Greek antiquity, which he considers a disastrous development, and the associated separation of man from nature. Thus Feyerabend explores the prehistory of science in his familiar polemical and extraordinarily learned manner.

The volume contains numerous pictures and drawings by Feyerabend himself. It also contains hitherto unpublished biographical material that will help to round up our overall image of one of the most influential radical philosophers of the twentieth century.

Note: this reading is higher on the intellectual and abstraction scales and may be challenging for some readers. PDF forthcoming.

Massimo Pigliucci says the bad boy of philosophy of science has done it again, posthumously.

We'll begin with dinner and socializing before we focus on the ideas of this reading.

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