Socrates on Sunday

 “Socrates on Sunday” is the summer version of our popular Monday evening Socrates Cafe Philosophical discussion group. Participants suggest topics and then votes to select one topic for discussion. Led by ECSBC Member, Richard Bernstein. Our speakers offer thoughts related to the philosophy of
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Socrates on Sunday

  “Socrates on Sunday” is the summer version of our popular Monday evening Socrates Café philosophical discussion group. Participants suggest topics and then vote to select one topic for discussion. Led by Terri Karp, member ECSBC Our speakers offer thoughts related to the philosophy of humanism or share
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What Do We Owe Each Other

This seemingly simple theme was chosen by the group attending Socrates Café at Ethical on Monday. We began by exploring who the OTHER may be. Most expressed a greater sense of obligation to help our immediate family when they are in need than to aid strangers. But the question was raised: if we, as ethical […]
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Death: does it really exist?

Here’s a recap of our recent discussion on Death: does it really exist? There are two schools of thought about the distinction between living and non-living. One sees these two states as totally different and contrasting. The other sees existence in continual flux between organic and inorganic states of
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The Issue of a Professor’s Prerogative

Should a biology professor be allowed to not write a letter of recommendation to a premedical student who doesn’t believe in the theory of evolution? The topic came from an article a participant read in the New York Times in which a professor states on his web page that he would not write a letter […]
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Is it Ever Right to Impose our Cultural Beliefs on Others?

“Circumcision” vs. “Mutilation” By Richard Bernstein A dozen gathered on a fine May evening to discuss if the appropriate attitude about garbage strewn streets and female circumcision should be acceptance, indignation or belligerence. Were these two issues even related? Strolling along the streets of the
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Ration Healthcare?

The new Socrates Café season opened with the above question. Some participants questioned the need to ration medical care at all and felt that we should reorient our national priorities, stop the tax cuts and stop wasting so much money on the military. Most, however, felt that no amount of money would satisfy a
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