Friday, October 28, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Another topic for discussion, recommended by a SIG member:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I am back from Ireland, and I am loaded with new philosophical queries. What I found most fascinating was how many early settlements and towns had walled cities within them. Now the walls are just remnants that can be pointed out from a tour bus. What is happening here?
In any event, I will be with you on Friday, given the luck of the Irish. We will meet from 9:45 until 11:45 am at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library. Ask at the front desk for info on which of the meeting rooms we will occupy.
So, I suggested a topic above, but there are others to consider, as well.
- Do you ever wonder why the feverish screaming of politicians, seeming to disqualify both their opponents and themselves, makes any connection with the need for civilization?
- What is the mystery of language, and what is the purpose of the melange with which we try to struggle by?
- What burning issues have we passed by, or never approached?
- Are there hot topics with which we need to spend more time?
Maybe you have already proposed a new topic. If so, someone let me know, so I can try to find some good related material on the Internet. Either reply to the email, or post a comment to this thread on this website, reasonockhammencken.blogspot.com
I look forward to seeing each of you again.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Today, in Dublin, Ireland, I encountered a church with a sign out front with a motto very similar to "the unexamined life is not worth living." I said to myself, this philosophy thing, it's getting around.
One more Friday before I will rejoin you. Remember, you are continuing to meet in my absence!
In the meantime here's an article to be thinking about, an interview with futurist, Kevin Kelly -- https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/12/kevin-kelly-interview-the-inevitable-book-song-ai-future?0p19G=c
Further in that vein is an interview podcast of Startalk (Neil Degrasse Tyson) with Ray Kurzweil -- https://www.startalkradio.net/show/conversation-ray-kurzweil/
Futurism is not philosophy, but philosophy must concern itself with the future. True or false?
Best regards from Donnybrook
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
This is a meeting Reminder for October 7, at the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, 9:45am-11:45am.