Telling the Truth

  This week we examine whether Doctors and Nurses are duty-bound to tell the truth to their patients. We’ll consider, what’s involved, and if a lie also counts as a breach of trust. Expect a lively conversation. To assist our understanding, please read this short essay by Jennifer Jackson. To read,

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Do Machines Make History?

  This week we examine the trajectory of technology. We’ll consider how technology can be systematized, and by doing so discuss whether we can predict the next step technology will take. To assist with our discuss, please read a short essay by Robert L. Heilbroner titled, ” Do Machines Make

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The Garden Party

This week we’ll read an important work by the man who became the 1st President of the Czech Republic. To many Václav Havel is the Philosopher King made true. To the rest of us, he is a person who dedicated his life to Freedom. Assuming a Fictionalized Account,  we’ll be offering a live

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A Question Concerning Religion

Throughout time religion has been debated. However, in the Age of Science, Religion’s usefulness is now in question all together. Through the form of letters, this week we enlist Daniel Dennett and  Richard Swinburne as they each propose a course of action. During the meeting you will be asked to step

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ON IMPROVING MANKIND BY POLITICAL MEANS

Laws are made to defer poor behavior, as well as promote good behavior. This week we examine the work of Lester H. Hunt and explore this topic more fully. -Can’t wait to hear your take. Please click the link to read: On Improving People by Political Means Please remember to bring

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History as a Mystery: Aide-Memoire signed at Hyde Park 1944

his week we’re using ” History as a Mystery.” The particulars: You are giving two documents, list below. Your goal is to read these two World War II documents and trace the story in between. You may use any method you wish: written word, video, and espionage to discover not only how

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The Vietnam War

Bases on the recent work of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, our meeting will discuss the Vietnam War. In preparation for this discussion, please watch the documentary series, “The Vietnam War” starting September, 17 on PBS, Channel 13 at 8 pm. Feel free to take notes as you wish. http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/home/ You

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Time to Talk!

t’s time to break things down by exploring the way we process and organize language. Through the work of James Paul Gee we explore the basis of our own language, something we often take for granted. With the approval of the author, please click the link to access a chapter

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Berkeley: Principles of Human Knowledge

This week we’re taking a look-see at Berkeley’s Principles of Human Knowledge and examining how we come to knowledge. Is it innate or through direct experience? On the surface, it may appear clearly one way, but on second thought you might come to a different conclusion. Either way, we will

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Tesla: The Problem Of Increasing Human Energy

This week we have the distinct pleasure of reading or listening to a famous paper by Nikola Tesla. “The Problem Of Increasing Human Energy.” This work has various implications and it will be our good fortune to tease the implication of Tesla’s thought on our lives. Please remember to bring

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