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!

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Bolsa Chica Conservancy

For Aristotle, walking facilitates talking – and, presumably, thinking. Plato also liked to philosophize while walking.

Let's do it!
We'll meet at Bolsa Chica Conservancy
3842 Warner Ave
Huntington Beach
at 4:30 pm and leave at 4:45 sharp.
We'll have dinner after the hike at SuperMex across the street.
If parking a the BC Conservancy is full - park in front of SuperMex for the hike and walk over after the hike.

We'll walk through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands for about 5 miles or over 10,000 steps. There are lots of birds to see.

Last week we saw two coyotes, osprey, egrets, heron, black skimmers, and so much more.

After we've exercised our legs and brains, there's the option to continue discussing at one of the restaurants for a drink or food.

Note: this is an exercise walk, not a stroll, and especially not a leisurely stroll. We walk at a pace where we can still enjoy a conversation, but we're moving the entire time, except to momentarily appreciate wildlife.

Waiting for stragglers defeats the intent of a vigorous walk, so if you're unable or not motivated to keep up, this walk is not for you.

Rashomon (1950) - Film & Discussion

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Rashomon (1950)

What was Kurosawa's Rashomon best known for?
Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film Rashomon is widely regarded by critics and filmmakers as one of the greatest motion pictures of all time. Learn about the most influential aspects of Kurosawa's direction in this iconic film and how it explored the nature of truth through a single narrative told from several points of view.

What Is the Rashomon Effect?
The Rashomon effect is the term used for a storytelling technique made famous in Kurosawa’s film. The effect describes a single narrative arc told several times from different perspectives.
The film Rashomon presents four different plausible accounts and forces the audience to reckon with the unreliability of human beings and human memory. Since Rashomon, other filmmakers have emulated the technique and used it to great effect.
A Rashomon-style narrative allows the audience to see a single story through multiple lenses and get a multi-dimensional sense of characters based on the way their version of events unfolds.

What's the big deal: Rashomon is the rare film that can claim two major impacts on the world. One, its narrative style, almost unprecedented at the time, gave filmmakers a new tool to use, expanding the storytelling possibilities. Two, it introduced Japanese cinema to the rest of the world.

5 Reasons Why “Rashomon” is a Masterpiece of World Cinema

What is the moral lesson of Rashomon?
If there is a moral lesson to come out of Rashomon, the lesson is most probably this. Human beings are inevitably duplicitous and self-serving, but if only they would develop the courage and decency to admit the “truth” about themselves, the world would be a better place.
All in all, the fate of these women grimly fulfils Rashomon’s instruction that any sexually violated woman who doesn’t want to be called a whore must kill herself immediately.

What does Rashomon say about truth?
Rashomon is “the classic film statement of relativism, the unknowability of truth”. There is no definitive truth and no one was lying, they were only recalling the events through their subjective perceptions of them.

Rashômon (1950) ORIGINAL TRAILER

Kurosawa and Rashomon
Kurosawa's Rashomon demonstrates film's emergence as an international medium and fully-recognized art form. The lecture highlights connections to modernism and Japanese theater traditions, and summarizes the film's key stylistic and structural features.

Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges

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A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life

Book is being released on September 14, 2021
Order your copy now.

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❤️Philosophers love to discuss Concepts

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“Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss 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 dining alfresco, so please dress warmly.
There are heaters, but layer what you wear so you don't get cold.

There's no Happy Hour - - - however - - - there is no corkage fee, so if you want to bring a bottle of wine from home to share, our waiter will be happy to open it and keep your glass filled.


To RSVP, the cover is $2.

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