Philosopher’s Cafe up and running in Agassiz

New group offers chance for meeting of the minds over social issues

A group of interested people in our community have begun to hold a series of monthly programs that will take the form of an open, provocative discussion on current topics. Issues could include: philosophy, personal values, modern technology, politics, economics, psychology, environmental and social justice concerns.

For years, the Simon Fraser University has sponsored a wide series of programs known as The Philosophers Café. Held regularly in dozens of locations these presentation and discussions have ranged over a multitude of stimulating themes.

Here in Agassiz, one group has made very modest beginnings to follow this model. Their first October evening, held at the library, focused on electronic surveillance and the use or abuse of social media. This month, with an evening at the Agassiz United Church the topic will be: “Is the Universe An Accident?” Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Graham Forst, a retired professor of literature at SFU thrives on the vitality of Philosophers Café discussion. To quote, “… opening the minds of people who feel the doors are already open and are surprised to find that there are more doors to open yet.”

In commenting on the goal of formal education, Forst says, “The issue is not how can I make a living, but what should I live for?”

The bench mark for the Philosophers Café is: “Think the unthinkable; Imagine the impossible; Discuss the improbable.”

For inquiries or comments, contact Nelson at ejrajotte@shaw.ca or 604-796-0409.