Some friends at church have organized a Socrates Cafe, that has been going for several months. They asked me to give a plug which, in this instance, I'm happy to do.
Socrates Cafes' emanate from the work of the Society for Philosophical inquiry. According to their website, the organization
- . . .is a grassroots nonprofit organization devoted to supporting philosophical inquirers of all ages and walks of life as they become more empathetic and autonomous thinkers who take active part in creating a more deliberative democracy. Its members strive to form and facilitate "democratic communities of philosophical inquiry". Their gatherings . . . bring together people from a wide array of walks of life and experiences. They take place in venues like parks, coffee houses, libraries, hospices, senior centers, nursing homes, prisons, plazas and other public spaces, bookstores, homeless shelters and community centers, libraries and schools.
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 and each 3rd Tuesday thereafter.
Time: 7-9 p..m
Place: Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Road (Across from Summit Mall, Turn left at the intersection), Fairlawn, Ohio.
Incidently, people were running a Cafe in Highland Square some time ago in the storefront that is now Square Records. No one I talk to knows if this is the same group moved or a new one. In any case, the people I know who attend are good, smart people, at least one of whom you can read online. I'll probably be facilitating a session soon. I'd be there tomorrow night, but I have a little thing to catch up on instead, about which more anon.
And if you are outside the area, but the idea intrigues you, check out MeetUp for a group near you.