Saturday, May 28, 2011

Cafe Philo in New York City next week, Thursday, 6/2: Was monotheism a source of human progress or did it lead to intolerance?

Cafe Philo in New York City will meet next week, on Thursday, June 2, 2011 for a discussion on the topic of "Was monotheism a source of human progress or did it lead to intolerance?"
The suggested topics for the upcoming meeting and their votes (out of 8 attendees):
  1. Why do we want or need pets? (3)
  2. Was monotheism a source of human progress or did it lead to intolerance? (7) *
  3. Is growth compatible with sustainability? (5)
  4. Is there such a thing as emergence? (3)
  5. Process vs. Results. (4)
  6. Is war inevitable? (4)
  7. Can we make an argument for anything? (5)
I have been acting as guest moderator lately (although Bob Pan graciously filled in last time due to my being delayed due to travel.) Bernard Roy has been attending as a participant.
As usual, the meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the back room at Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant at the northwest corner of Third Avenue and 26th Street in New York City. In exchange for free meeting space, it is expected that each attendee will purchase a minimum of $5 of food or drink. A glass of red wine can be had for $6 (plus tax and tip.)
After winding down our discussion, we entertain and vote on proposals for the topic question for the next meeting.
There are also usually some attendees who go across the street to McCormack's Pub for drinks and food and extended discussion after Cafe Philo, but not limited to the scheduled discussion topic.
There are a number of small groups in the U.S. and Europe who meet regularly to discuss topics related to philosophy. Some of these groups go by the name "Cafe Philo." There is one here in New York City that meets every two weeks, every other Thursday. It is organized and moderated by Bernard Roy, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Each meeting focuses on a specific topic which was suggested and voted on by the participants at the last meeting.


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