Philo Agora 2015
New days, new place!
7 for 7:30 at 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008. (0457 749 310) Twice a month!
Philo Agora will now be meeting at the Humanist House, 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008. We will meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month. The second Monday will be our normal presentation from a guest speaker whilst the fourth Monday will be a less structured open forum for those just looking to hang out. Don't let the Humanist word worry you, we are still ratbag philosphers.
Our first formal presentation will be
John Smyth on Monday, 9th March, on How Good Can It Get?
A Smorgasbord of Considerations for Discerning New Grand Narratives
According to John the most important, interesting and practical philosophical topic is “How Good can it Get?” The discussion will consider a smorgasbord of ideas such as
• Appetizer (The universe doesn’t care, served with the human illusion of the self)
• Entrée (Some current grand narratives and where we have come from, in a bed of fantasies we need to have)
• Pasta (The highest human strivings with refried Maslow’s hierarchy of needs)
• Main (Power in Society a la Noam Chomsky)
• Dessert (Discerning design briefs for delicious new grand narratives)
John Smyth has been a regular attendee of Philoagora for the last seven years.
One of his earliest memories was wondering if life could be more satisfying both for himself and his neighbours.
At age 18 he first encountered Philosophy while studying for the Catholic priesthood.
After three years of studying Philosophy and Theology he then spent three years studying for his Diploma of Education. However he has actually spent most of his working life as an Electronics Technician.
Having dissolved his need for religious faith at age 31 he is quite comfortable with Atheism regarding it as just the way things are.
Now 53 he has spent the last thirty years reading about one non fiction book per week or so in all sorts of areas but with a particular interest in important and fundamental issues in science, philosophy, psychology and culture.
Philo Agora's format is a talk for 20 minutes starting at 7:15 for 7:30. The presenter then answers any questions of clarification from the floor. We then take a break of 10 minutes for more coffee and to mull over the talk and discuss it within small groups. The microphone is then passed around the audience for comment, opinion, and often counter argument to a maximum of 3 minutes. The presenter is then given a 5 minute right of reply. We usually finish up at 9pm. The cover charge is now $5 for the talk. There are tea and coffee facilities available inhouse, and we are diagonally opposite the Broadway Shopping Centre where a quick meal could be had before attendance. There is plenty of street parking in Shepherd Street and surrounds.
Our next informal get together will be Monday, 23rd March.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.