Philo Agora 2016
7 for 7:30 at 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008. (0457 749 310)
Twice a month! Philo Agora meets at 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 just hang out. Don't let the Humanist word worry you, we are still ratbag philosphers.
11 July , Mark Avery , What really does make a person happy?
Are you tired of the happiness gurus rabbiting on about love and compassion, random acts of kindness, positive thinking, and the importance of close relationships? Yes? Then come along to the Philo Agora meeting to hear Mark Avery present a fresh approach to the subject. He ditches the above ideas to take an evolutionary approach.
By understanding how happiness evolved, and why, we can finally understand what really does make a person happy. And when you think about it, it's obvious! His talk will differ from the one you may have heard on Robyn Williams' Ockham's Razor program, on ABC Radio National.
Mark Avery doesn’t like it when a happiness guru reckons they’ll tell him the secrets to happiness. Nor does he like it when they link happiness with success. So he looked into it, and became a happiness 'expert' himself. However, Mark is different. He doesn’t link happiness with success, positive thinking, spirituality, random acts of kindness, or even love and compassion. He doesn't tell you what to think, what to believe, or what emotions to have. No, he has figured out what really does make a person happy, and there is nothing secret about it. That's because deep down, each and every one of us already knows.
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 $5 for the talk. There are tea and coffee facilities available inhouse. There is plenty of street parking in Shepherd Street and surrounds.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Sam Alexander - Convenor
0457 749 310