Monday, April 09, 2012

Cafe Philo in New York City next week, Thursday, 4/19/2012: What is more powerful, analysis or intuition?

(Please note the new time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM!!)
Please join Café Philo New York City next week, on Thursday, April 19, 2012 to discuss the topic "What is more powerful, analysis or intuition?" Please use Meetup to register (for free), but walk-ins are also permitted.
The suggested topics for the upcoming meeting and their votes (out of 10 attendees):
  1. Does determinism entail predestination? (1)
  2. Should we have dueling in a Democratic society? (2)
  3. Is common sense well distributed around the world? (6)
  4. What is more powerful, analysis or intuition? (7, 6) *
  5. Is there a sixth sense? (4)
  6. Is democracy possible in America today? (7, 3)
  7. Do we need leaders? (5)
  8. What do we owe each other in a Democratic society? (4)
  9. Should we control our impulses? (5)
  10. Should we have Stand Your Ground laws? (6)
I have been acting as guest moderator lately. Bernard Roy has been attending as a participant.
As usual, the meeting will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 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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