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Friday, October 28, 2016

Plato's View(s) On What Happens When We Die

After discussing at length the disparity between the soul and the body, we Googled "What Happens When We Die" and came up with this web page --

Plato's View(s) On What Happens When We Die

To our Western minds, everything comes back to Plato and Socrates, eh?  Click on the link and learn.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Math -- Look around: you can see it

A dozen eggs can be arranged in cartons of 6 × 2 or 3 × 4, but eggs are not sold in lots of 11 or 13 because there is no neat way of organising 11 or 13 of them into an eggbox: ...

-- James Franklin

Mind vs Body

Another topic for discussion, recommended by a SIG member:

In Bioethics, Unlike Game of Thrones, Decapitation Doesn't Always Mean Death - The Atlantic

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Message from Waddy, KY

Dear Lifelong Philosophers,

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,

I look forward to seeing each of you again.

Best regards
Jim Carigan

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Message from Ireland

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 --

Further in that vein is an interview podcast of Startalk (Neil Degrasse Tyson) with Ray Kurzweil --

Futurism is not philosophy, but philosophy must concern itself with the future.  True or false?

Best regards from Donnybrook
Jim Carigan

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Future Meeting Sites

Meeting Place, Lifelong Philosophy SIG

On October 7, we will return to the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, but after that it looks 
like we will settle down at the Eastside Branch for awhile:

October  7 -- Northside Branch
October 14 -- Eastside Branch
October 21 -- Eastside Branch
October 28 -- Eastside Branch
November  4 -- Eastside Branch
 ... TBA

November 11 -- We need an alternate site for this date, the Eastside Branch will be closed for
organizational purposes.  Let's discuss in the upcoming meeting.

November 18 -- Eastside Branch
November 25 -- No meeting, Thanksgiving weekend
December 2 -- Eastside Branch
December 9 -- Eastside Branch
December 16 -- Eastside Branch (If we decide to meet this date)


PLEASE NOTE LOCATION!  This will be our last time at Northside in the foreseeable future.  We will be at Eastside Branch semi-permanently, starting on October 14.

This is a meeting Reminder for October 7, at the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library, 9:45am-11:45am.

Missing Links

Some time, in adding new material, we lost old material -- the collection of links to other philosophy web sites and headlines related to "Philosophy."  I will be searching for these, if any remnants exist, or replacing these, if they are lost in the galactic interstices.

Discussion for October 7, 2016

One of our members sent in this idea for discussion:

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