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Friday, February 14, 2020

Formal Systems

Relying on words to lead you to the truth is like relying on an incomplete formal system to lead you to the truth. A formal system will give you some truths, but as we shall soon see, a formal system, no matter how powerful—cannot lead to all truths.

 -- Douglas Hofstadter
Godel, Escher, Bach
Chapter 9: "Mumon and Gödel"

a new topic

 -- How has life changed?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Real Valentine


https://www.history.com/news/real-st-valentine-medieval

Meeting for Valentine's Day

Our next meeting, for Spring 2020, we will be at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, 9:45am-11:45am, February 14, 2020 (Happy Valentine's Day).  The place is on Palumbo!

Our topic(s) in future weeks will continue from the list:
 -- Environmentalism
 -- Innumeracy
 -- Emotional Maturity
 -- Ageism
 -- Wealth Distribution
 -- Philosophical epiphanies from the day-to-day
 -- Patricia Churchland https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Churchland
 -- Daniel Dennett https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dennett
 -- Douglas Hofstadter https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Hofstadter
 -- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest   http://www.davidfosterwallacebooks.com/

Your suggestions are most welcomed, and when you want to add to the list, please write me -- jimmonomoy@gmail.com

Sorry for the cancellation last week.  Life is complicated, for sure.

Visit our SIG WWW Page at reasonockhammencken.blogspot.com

Best regards
Jim Carigan

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Meeting for February 7

Our next meeting, for Spring 2020, we will be at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, 9:45am-11:45am, February 7, 2020.  The place is on Palumbo!

Our topic(s) in future weeks will continue from the list:
 -- Environmentalism
 -- Innumeracy
 -- Emotional Maturity
 -- Ageism
 -- Wealth Distribution
 -- Philosophical epiphanies from the day-to-day
 -- Patricia Churchland https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Churchland
 -- Daniel Dennett https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dennett
 -- Douglas Hofstadter https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Hofstadter
 -- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest   http://www.davidfosterwallacebooks.com/

Your suggestions are most welcomed, and when you want to add to the list, please write me -- jimmonomoy@gmail.com

Visit our SIG WWW Page at reasonockhammencken.blogspot.com

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Meeting January 31

Our next meeting, for Spring 2020, we will be at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, 9:45am-11:45am, January 31, 2019.  The place is on Palumbo!

I will not be able to attend due to medical matters.  Maryann will facilitate and the topic will be a few ideas from Max Weber.

Our topic(s) in future weeks will continue from the list:
 -- Environmentalism
 -- The Known Unknown
 -- Innumeracy
 -- Emotional Maturity
 -- Ageism
 -- Wealth Distribution
 -- Philosophical epiphanies from the day-to-day
 -- Patricia Churchland https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Churchland
 -- Daniel Dennett https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dennett
 -- Douglas Hofstadter https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Hofstadter
 -- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest   http://www.davidfosterwallacebooks.com/



You are implored to make suggestions, and when you want to add to the list, please write me -- jimmonomoy@gmail.com