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August 2018

The People’s Stage: Ideas and Art

August 13 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ENSO Winery, 1416 Southeast Stark Street
Portland, US
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This open mic is for ideas and art - all are welcome! It's a great way to hear a variety of ideas after our weekly discussions and lectures, provided by participants, teachers - and yourself, if you like! Some of our open mics have a theme, which will be listed here when this is the case. Additional documents:• Syllabus: http://peoplescolloquium.org/peoples-stage-syllabus/• Guidelines for Participation: http://peoplescolloquium.org/guidelines/

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The People’s Stage – Philosophy and Art

August 13 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ENSO Winery, 1416 Southeast Stark Street
Portland, US
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The People’s Stage - Philosophy and Art is a stage-based workshop for philosophers and visual artists who want to share thoughts and artwork with an audience composed of philosophers, artists, and the general public. You should attend if:• You want to get on stage and share thoughts and artwork• You want engage with and provide feedback to those who take the stage• You want to be part of a community of artists and thinkers Additional documents:• Forum for weekly announcements…

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Discussion: Eschatology and Survival

August 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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ATTENTION: We'll be meeting at our new venue, Portland Coffee Roasting's Oak Street Cafe. Please check location and address details so that you don't go to the wrong spot! ATTENTION: This discussion will last from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, a half hour longer than normal. (This may become our normal discussion length.) Discussion facilitator: Gregory SotirTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:Eschatology is a theological term deriving from the Greek words ‘last’ and ‘discourse’. It is concerned with the four last things: death, judgement,…

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Lecture: Humanity is hopeless, The Pessimism of Lovecraft, Bakker, and Ligotti

August 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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ATTENTION: We'll be meeting at our new venue, Portland Coffee Roasting's Oak Street Cafe. Please check location and address details so that you don't go to the wrong spot! ATTENTION: We'll be starting our lecture this week at 7:30pm. (This may become our new start time for lectures.) Lecturer: Richard PopeTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:The world can seem a dark place, and few have framed it as darkly as the authors H. P. Lovecraft, R. Scott Bakker, and Thomas Ligotti. In…

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Discussion: Philosophical Abstraction and Speculative Fiction

August 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Discussion facilitator: Josef GinsbergTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:What is the relationship between philosophy and speculative fiction? Is speculative fiction elaborate thought experimentation? How does narrative make philosophy tangible, and what is the purpose of doing so? Are narratives ultimately allegories of conceptual abstraction? Plato’s Allegory of the Cave is a prototypical work of speculative fiction. It may get at the heart of narrative generally: a move from a familiar conceptual paradigm to one that is unfamiliar——essentially an expansion of a protagonist’s…

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Lecture: Psychohistorical representations of Claustrophobic Rage

August 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Lecturer: Gregory SotirTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:Lecture One focused on the fracture in human culture from our connections to the natural world via mechanistic thought, language definitions that codified economic despair, and the imposition of fear and guilt-based religious structures, Lecture Two on the abuse of environmental and ecological niches and recent disruption of planetary biosystems. The question of can the ‘fracture’ that caused this intense disassociation with the creative and imaginative spirit be healed still is an open one. It…

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September 2018

Discussion: Is Resistance possible?

September 10 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Discussion facilitator: Gregory SotirTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:We face many challenges, not the the least of which is the ascendency of an aberrant political state in the US, one that borders on fascism. This rise of a real domestic terror is unfortunately supported by a well-armed population who feels they have been slighted, perhaps too a military that lacks a definable enemy, omnipresent technological innovations that diminish human foundations of privacy and redefine patterns of communication, truth, realness, etc., and a…

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Lecture: Paradigm and science fiction

September 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Lecturer: Ceri ShawTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Description:During this lecture we will explore the notion that perception places constraints upon the imagination. With reference to the work of R. G. Collingwood and Thomas Kuhn we will discuss the idea that the imagination plays the same role in science itself as it does in science fiction . We will introduce the concepts of absolute presuppositions, paradigms and ‘critical states’. We will also explore the philosophical antecedents of Kuhn’s work and assess its relevance…

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Discussion: The Journey of the Unfortunate, Fantasy/Sci-fi and the Ideal Reality

September 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Discussion facilitator: Daude TeelTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Syllabus:Our species has a habit of imagining alternate realities, and a biological predisposition of which we have yet to fully understand: to dream. Fantasy and science fiction tales are one of the main manifestations. Whether it is myths, novels, movies, video games, we view these alternate universes as preferable. Preferable insofar as our gaze is taken in by them so much so that they themselves are placed over patches of our reality. Alternate realities…

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Lecture: Contemporary Approaches to Horror, Beyond Repression

September 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland Roasting Coffee, 815 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR 97214 us
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Lecturer: Kellye McBrideTeacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/ Lecture syllabus:Horror has changed a lot since its roots in German expressionism and the early universal monster series and has emerged as one of the most self-aware metagenres of film. Therefore, the usual tools of early 20th century philosophy might be inadequate to describe all of the ways that horror has evolved within contemporary cinema. This lecture is focused mostly on contemporary horror of the past 20 years and the various ways in which film…

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