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18:00 – 19:30 – Potluck – Bring some food, share some food.
19:30 – 22:00 – conversation about this weeks topic.
22:00 – whenever – People who can’t get enough keep talking 😉
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The Werf Symposium: Every three weeks we come together to dine & wine, and have good conversations about some of the bigger questions life throws at us.

In this edition we’ll talk about the mind and consciousness. We’ll try to get at the heart of what it means to be (more or less) human.

The philosophical questions surrounding the mind are interesting and quite fundamental ones. The mindis after all the locus of our experience yet the way it functions can’t be easily explained. It doesn’t fit in neatly in an uncontroversial worldview. For example: we either have a free will which doesn’t fit with the way physics determine interactions in nature or we don’t which doesn’t fit with an uncontroversial view of what it means to be human.

During this first symposium we would like to explore some of the fundamental questions surrounding the mind, it’s place in nature and how we use it.

Olivier, a philosophy teacher at the European School of the Hague, will kick of the conversation introducing some themes for consideration. Namely the place of the mind in the natural world, the anatomy of the mind within ourselves and the implications of some broad viewpoints on these themes for our daily lives.

Feel free to share some media (readings, pictures or movies) that illustrate important points and questions leading up to this event. We encourage people of all levels of philosophical literacy to join us in a fun and stimulating conversation.

In subsequent editions we will talk about philosophical anthropology in relation to technology and culture.

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