Drop In Café.
Drop In Philosophy sessions begin again in July. Philosophy is largely asking questions, so what is Drop In? Drop in is modelled on the overseas Socrates cafes, It’s a meet—up where we discuss ideas, resolve confusion and strive for clarity.
We may have an idea that we really want to explore, but who with? Not always easy to find a sympathetic group but at Drop In we are interested in this. Then there’s the confusion we experience from the flood of information, misinformation, spin, fake news, sound bites, talk back, conspiracy theories, and social media. But it’s not just the media and internet we have to grapple with, there’s our internal confusion; the social, cultural, racial, confirmation biases we inherit or acquire, the logical fallacies we commit, and the perils of thinking fast rather than slow.
Well, what to do? Hard to grapple with all this? Drop In can help. We are interested in Socratic method, in logical argument. Each of us have different backgrounds, biases, commit different fallacies; we are often unaware of our failings but other Drop In members readily pick up on them and help sort us out. Members bring topics, a confusion or an idea they want to discuss. This makes for interesting meetings, and you can get coffee (or a beer).
Drop In isn’t a forum for debate, for arguing a point of view, or discussing international or local events, for these the appropriate and popular session is Dave Smith’s Current Affairs. At Drop In we are concerned with getting the question right, with meaning, with what is, and what ought we to do. Our aim is clarity, rather than answers: along with Jimmy Cliff we aim to “see clearly now the rain has gone.”
Drop In is resuming on Sunday 5th July 3.p.m at the Sprig and Fern, Tawa. These fortnightly meetings are open to all. If interested you can call me on 232 9633 or email me at [email protected]