What we're about

Our goal is to build relationships over substantial conversations.

It's a simple setup: an interesting topic, some discussion questions and scenarios to jumpstart table talk, and dessert and coffee to fill the belly.

There are only four rules to Table Conversations to make sure things stay (or end) with some degree of civility:

1. Don't be a Jerk.

2. Don't be a Wuss.

3. Eat and be merry.

4. Have grace.

We've had success with this format because it's hard to find a place for invigorating conversations because many of us are too worried about offending other people. At Table Conversations we encourage the opposite: offend, but do with a smile. Forget about trying to be 'kind' for a bit, and share you're opinion, and be ready to hear the opinions of people who likely share drastically different perspectives.

We started at Liberty Cafe in Feb 2013, but outgrew it and have been meeting in the Hall at Church of Our Lord ever since.

Upcoming events (1)

Red pill? Blue pill? A conversation about the Matrix and reality

The world is just too weird to be real. Or is it? Tonight we'll be discussing our current reality and how (or if) it suggests that we are really existing in an artificial reality like that depicted in The Matrix. How do you know what is real? If you had been lied to throughout your entire life (say, indoctrinated into a cult), how would you know what is real? If what you perceive with your senses as reality is not real, how could you tell? Aristotle said, "Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man". Do you agree? Why or why not? Assuming that it is real, what is the Matrix and why does it exist? Does it matter to you if you are living in the Matrix? Why or why not? Do you believe that people in our society are "programmed" to believe certain things? If so, what and why? If not, why not? If the "real world" is harsh and uncomfortable but "the Matrix" is comfortable, would you want to be "unplugged"? Why or why. not? Do you think that virtual reality (the technology) improves our lives? If so, how and why? If not, why not? In an environment where you can't count on information sources, what is the best way to approach and evaluate reality? Why? If you were to learn conclusively that reality is different from your beliefs, how would you deal with that? Why? Assuming that it exists, is the Matrix good or evil or benign? Why? Where does the Matrix intersect with religion (if at all)? Why? If you were to learn that the Matrix is real, would you have an obligation to tell others? Why or why not? If you were to learn that the Matrix is real, would you have an obligation to destroy it? Why or why not? What would convince you that the Matrix exists? How about doesn't exist? Why? Have you ever experienced a Matrix-like "glitch"? If so, what was it? In the movie The Matrix, Morpheus said, “Reality is merely electrical signals interpreted by the brain. Your mind makes it real.” Do you agree? Why or why not? In the movie The Matrix, Agent Smith said, "As a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery." Do you agree? Why or why not? I hope that you'll be able to join us for this conversation. Thanks to Jennifer for suggesting...and suggesting...and suggesting this topic. :) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Until we can safely resume our in-person meetings we will be gathering via Zoom. We will be allowing up to 30 participants and, after a brief introduction, we will split off into virtual "tables" of six, similar to our in-person meetups. The opportunity to RSVP will end at 5:30PM on the day of the meetup. Credentials will be sent at around 6:15 to those who RSVP. *** PLEASE NOTE *** If you didn't receive an email announcing THIS Table Conversations meetup then you likely won't receive the Zoom information on the evening of the event even if you RSVP. Please confirm that your Meetup.com profile is configured correctly by carefully following the step-by-step instructions here: https://www.meetup.com/tableconversations/events/270360456/ -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- * Room opens at 6:45 * Discussion starts at 7:15 * * Finish at 8:45ish * Continue talking until whenever * -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

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