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Seeking answers to questions ... and questioning the answers.

The Symposium is based on the Ancient Greek tradition of a convivial gathering of symposiasts (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symposium) after a meal, typically with drinks flowing to encourage the festivities - ie, a drinking party!

The Symposium is the name of one of Plato's best known works in which he recounts a lively discussion and debate about the philosophy of love (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symposium_(Plato)) (or more specifically, erotic love).

Xenophon has also written a light-hearted dialogue featuring Socrates called The Symposium covering a wide range of topics (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0212%3Atext%3DSym.%3Achapter%3D1).

The Symposium meetup provides a platform for those who wish to share opinions and to learn from discussion with others.

Bring yourself, your thoughts, your beliefs, and a willingness to reflect on why you believe what you believe.

Bring your desire for answers to questions, and most importantly, a willingness for answers to be questioned.

"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong" -- Bertrand Russell

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Materialistic madness - should we fix it, can we fix it?

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(NOTE - start at 10h10.) The central economic problem is that human needs and wants are endless, and that resources are finite. Economics is therefore the art/science of allocating scarce resources to needs & wants. As moral philosopher, Adam Smith argued, businesses permitted to pursue their selfish interests appear to provide a great deal of good to consumers and even broad social good, all apparently managed by "an invisible hand." But today, a number of significant challenges to these 'solutions' appear to be emerging: obsessive consumerism, disease mongering, obesity, distraction/social disconnection (anomie), and important changes to the physical environment of humans (pollution by waste, loss of habitat for other species, mass extinctions, & climate change). QUESTIONS TO ANSWER Is consumerism/materialism a problem? Are we not entitled to buy, consume whatever we want? If consumerism/materialism is a problem, what are the limits, and who/how are they set? Does caveat emptor (buyer beware) help? Can it be achieved? Can it solve the broader social problem of over-consumption and its effects? Can marketers be part of the solution? How do we know if their proposed solution is genuine or a white-wash? ANSWERS TO QUESTION History of consumerism https://youtu.be/Y-Unq3R--M0 Facebook, fast food - solutions to consumer wants which are simultaneously very effective and junk https://www.halfamind2.com/2017/09/facebook-fast-food-superficially.html When marketers sell themselves as the solution! (Chipotle ad from 2013 showing a solution!) https://www.wsj.com/video/chipotle-ad-named-one-of-2013-worst/9DC4D7E8-11CB-48DD-834C-380BEC238833.html https://aeon.co/essays/is-anti-consumerism-the-secret-weapon-of-advertising Socrates on caveat emptor, especially in terms of buying ideas/teachings! Protagoras (313c-314b) "Beware, or the sophist might deceive us in advertising what he sells, the way merchants who market food for the body do… If you are a knowledgeable consumer, you can safely buy teachings safely from Protagoras or anyone else. But if you are not, please do no risk what is most dear to you on a roll of the dice, for there is a far greater risk in buying teachings than in buying food. When you buy food and drink from a retailer or merchant, you can take each item back home from the store in its own container and before you ingest it into your body, you can lay it all out at home and seek consultation as to what should be eaten or drunk and what not, and how much and when. So there’s not much risk in your purchase. But you cannot carry teachings away in a separate container. You put down your money and take the teaching away in your soul by having learned it, and off you go, either helped or injured." (Here's a link to an online version: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.01.0178%3Atext%3DProt.%3Asection%3D313c)

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Compulsory voting - who wants an idiocracy?

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