THE PHILOSOPHER'S DOME
A new discussion group from the planetarium that brought you the "Midnight Metaphysics Society." Are you interested in contemplation? Do you want to engage in philosophical discussions with like-minded people? Would you like to discuss and contemplate in a star dome?
"The Philosopher's Dome" does not involve a lecture format. Share your ideas about the profoundest questions of life, nature, ethics, and a variety of other topics. The only pre-requisite is an interest in philosophy and an inclination to share that interest with others.
And, you determine the cost: admission by donation.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
"Fear of Death and Knowledge of the Afterlife."
"None of us gets out of here alive..."
That sentiment draws into sharp focus a disquieting reality of which we are all aware: that death is inevitable. The only uncertainty is the timing. Though life's termination is unavoidable, death evokes a morbid dread in so many. What informs this reaction? What can we do to diminish, perhaps even allay, the fear contemplations of death inspire?
Also, what can we know of existence after death? We discuss the issue that has captivated theologians and philosophers for centuries: what transformation, if any, do we experience after material death? This matter addresses a larger philosophical matter: what can we know intellectually about spiritual existence? Some insist that there is no such thing. Others assert that the spiritual world is so obviously extant as to be self-evident.
We will try and fail to resolve these questions about life and death in, of all places, a dark subterranean star dome theatre. We summon you forth to participate in the discussion.
Admission by donation.
For questions, call 207-780-4249 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 14, 2013
"Morality: The Troublesome Issue"
Against our better judgement, we confront the nagging question of right, wrong, and that gray continent that divides them. Is there an absolute right and wrong? Are we conditioned to abide by a conduct code designed by others, or are we obligated by our humanity to behave in a manner beneficial to those in our community?
All are welcome to participate in this free discussion about goodness, evil and what defines them both.