Next Live Dialogue - October 1st, 2008

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Hello All,

We just finished our latest Thinking Out Loud recording last evening, Wednesday, September 3rd. The topic was "What would it be like to be perfect?" I will be preparing the usual synopsis sometime this weekend as I convert the recording into the podcast format. I will post another bulletin at that time with more information on who attended and what we talked about at that time.

In the meantime, mark your calendars. Our next live Thinking Out Loud dialogue with take place on October 1st at 7:00 pm ET. See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) if you would like to participate over the Internet.

Cheers,

Steve

Next Live Dialogue - Sept 3rd, 2008

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Hello Citizen Philosophers,

It's that time once again for your friendly reminder. The next Thinking Out Loud meeting will take place this coming Wednesday, Sept 3rd, at 7:00 pm, as usual. Local participants, please remember, we are not meeting at my office anymore. We are meeting at the Charlottesville Public Library, downtown on Market Street, in the Jefferson Rm on the 3rd floor. The circulation desk will validate your parking stub for the Market Street parking garage, if you need it. You can probably find free parking on the streets nearby, as well.

Cyber guests, please let me know if you plan on participating so we know to look for you online. It is not an absolute requirement that you RSVP, but it helps us with the logistics.

The topic selection process will begin promptly at 7:00. Please arrive on time and have your topic suggestions ready. Thanks.
See/hear you soon.

Cheers,

Steve

Podcast Posted - What Is Liberty?

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Greetings Citizen Philosophers,

The latest Thinking Out Loud podcast has been released on iTunes. The session was recorded at our relatively new venue, the Charlottesville Public Library, on Wednesday, August 6th. The topic was:

"What is liberty?"

Participating were veteran citizen philosophers, Billie Lagerwerff, David Rood, Deborah Martin, Derek Breen, John Tytus, Stephen Whiteman, Steven Stokes, Susan Patrick, and Uriah J. Fields. Also joining us for the first time were newcomers, Erica Jensen and Rebbecca Quinn from Charlottesville and all the way from some undisclosed location near Brighton, England, through the wonders of modern Internet technology we had our first international guest, an insightful chap by the name of Luke. A hardy welcome to Luke, Erica, and Rebbecca.

As always, your afterthoughts are most welcome. I am in the process of installing an online forum to allow us to continue our discussions beyond the podcast. I hope to have it up soon.

Finally, mark your calendars. The next Thinking Out Loud will be Wednesday, September 3rd, at 7:00 pm. We will select a topic at the beginning of the next session as usual. Hope to see/hear you then, if not sooner.

Cheers,

Steve

Next Live Dialogue - Aug 6th, 2008

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Hello Citizen Philosophers,

It's that time once again for your friendly reminder. The next Thinking Out Loud meeting will take place this coming Wednesday, Aug 6th, at 7:00 pm, as usual. Local participants, please remember, we are not meeting at my office anymore. We are meeting at the Charlottesville Public Library, downtown on Market Street, in the Jefferson Rm on the 3rd floor. The circulation desk will validate your parking stub for the Market Street parking garage, if you need it. You can probably find free parking on the streets nearby, as well.

The topic selection process will begin promptly at 7:00. Please arrive on time. Here are some possible topics:

  1. What is liberty? (last time's runner-up, suggested by David)
  2. What does it mean to be reasonable and rational? (also recycled from last time)
  3. How do we distinguish between our wants and our needs? (new, suggested by Steve Stokes)


As always, your topic suggestions are most welcome. Send them to me or bring them with you to the gathering. See you soon.

Cheers,

Steve

Essentials: Long List of Short Answers

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Our recent discussion on the essentials for a good life generated many possible answers. Here is a list of short answers that were suggested, with which you may or may not agree:

  1. Good health.
  2. A sense of moderation.
  3. Flexibility.
  4. Passions.
  5. Breyer's ice cream.

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