Past Meetup

War, what is it good for? A discussion of the utility of war.

This Meetup is past

13 people went


1600 Arch Street · Philadelphia, PA

How to find us

The building is named "The Phoenix". If you enter on Arch Street, walk through the Starbucks to the lobby behind (or opposite) the checkout line. Or enter from 16th Street and we'll be at a table in the lobby on the right near the Starbucks.

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Radiolab, inspired by science journalist and teacher John Horgan (, asked a slew of people in New Jersey, “Will humans ever stop fighting wars?” According to Horgan, who has been asking people this question for over ten years, Americans have become wildly pessimistic about the chance that we will ever stop fighting wars. (podcast here: ).

At this meetup we will ask ourselves the same question, “Will humans ever stop fighting wars?” and discuss our reasons why we think we will or will not. In addition I would like to discuss the utility of war, both past, present, and future. John Horgan discusses int his podcast that in the 10+ years he has asked this question the usual answer has changed. 10 years ago the overwhelming answer was yes, but in recent years most people say no. We will also discuss why society has changed their answer.