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Friday, September 29, 2017

Partially Examined Life -- AI

Meeting of Friday, October 6

At the most recent meeting, we decided we would tackle the tough questions around AI (artificial intelligence) and GAI (general artificial intelligence).  Will super machine intelligence swamp human intelligence or NI (natural intelligence).  How do humans think as compared to the ways in which machines might think?

If you want to contribute particular questions, observations, or materials, please send them to

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Next Meeting

Greetings to members in the Lifelong Philosophy SIG -- OLLI at UK.  Our next meeting will be September 22 from 9:45-11:45 am at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library.  We will be in one of the meeting rooms on the second floor.  From either entrance, go toward the children's books for the elevator or stairs.

In this meeting, Mary Fran Soulis will be facilitating in my absence.  Gary Adamson  will handle the AV.  The topic will be sharing from the past week what people, places, things, and events may have prompted philosophical refections for you.

Also, before you leave, make sure to pick a topic for September 29.  I should have posted your inputs from last week's template by then.

Be sure to check the SIG's web site for up-to-date info.  This web page can be found at

Write me an email at, if other questions come to mind!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A Template for a "To Do" List of Topics and Activities for the Lifelong Philosophy SIG

Some of the upcoming Topics and/or Activities for the Lifelong Philosophy SIG may be:
  • The Philosophy of H. L. Mencken
  • Ockham's Razor or The Law of Parsimony
  • Ethics
  • A Movie: ...
  • A Book: ...
  • A Television Program: ...
  • A Television Genre: ...
  • A Human Behavior: (eg Reading, Music) ...  
  • A Human Event: (eg World War II, Hurricane Harvey) ...
  • A Physical Event: (eg Climate) ...
  • A Philosopher: (eg Socrates, Lao Tzu)
  • A School of Philosophy: (eg Existentialism, Stoicism)
  • A Phenomenon: (eg Self Ordering -- Tardigrades, Evolution) 


Some previous suggestions of topics:

A Template for a Mission Statement

The mission of the Lifelong Philosophy Shared Interest Group (SIG) is to:

  • ..., and

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Philosophy in Education


Menckeniana Magazine

Greetings philosophy consumers --

We will be meeting again this Friday, September 15.  We will meet, as usual at the Eastside Branch of the Lexington Public Library.  The meeting room will be on the 2nd floor.  Look for notices next to each meeting room door for our exact location.  We will convene from 9:45am until 11:45am.

As discussed at our previous meeting, the topic this time will be a) devising a mission statement for our SIG, and b) identifying methods and content for upcoming meetings.

Be sure to check out our website at

If you want to contact me, my email address is

Best regards
Jim Carigan
SIG facilitator

Friday, September 8, 2017