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Hope to see you Sunday at 2:30 PM for a lecture and discussion or at 3:30 for our open regular meeting.

From: Dr. Norman R. W.
Sent on: Monday, August 20, 2012 6:11 AM

Dear Members,

We will be meeting on Sunday at 2:30 to continue our watching and discussing the lecture series by the Teaching Company on Science and Religion.  This is 30 minute lecture and the 30 minutes of discussion.

We will then have an open discussion from 3:30 to 5:00 on any topic that the group chooses.  Please come with questions already written down so that we can quickly get 7 of them on the board and discuss them.

Please remember that all topics and questions are welcome.  The range of topics can be from philosophy, politics, morals, ethics, psychology, sociology, or theology.

Members might find the following link of interest.

Some questions could be

1.  If global warming is true then should we try to do anything about it or is the threat of growth in government control a greater danger than damage done to the eco-system?


2.  Do you think that the "attack ads" help our system of government or hurt our system of government?  Why do they seem to work even when the "facts behind the attack" are false or highly questionable?  Is there anything that could be done to reduce this type of behavior or are we just stuck with it?


3.  If you had only one year left to live what would you spend you last year doing?  How much time do you spend doing that now?  If what you would do would change from what you are doing, why does the knowledge of your certain death in one year change your goals and agenda of life?


4.  What are the biggest things you’ve learned in life to date?  How did you learn them?  How have they changed your life?


5. Do you think it is important for a person to have a personal vision for their life or is it just better to live by our instincts one day at a time without any direction or goals?  What makes a purpose driven life better than one without any purpose or a purposeless life better than one with purpose?


6.  Assuming that the world will always be a mixture of many different philosophies and religions how can such a pluralistic group of people live at peace with each other and treat each other in civil and respectful ways?  Can we have tolerance without relativism?  What would tolerance without relativism look like?  How could we promote mutual respect even when we strongly disagree with the other person's point of view?  What are ways that people of different points of view show disrespect towards each other?


7.  Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the United States as a nation.  Why?  If pessimistic do you believe that there is any way that things can be changed to avoid a bad end?  If so what?


This shows the type of questions we could ask.  Hope you will join us.

For Truth


Dr. Norm

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