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2010-12-11 – What is the meaning of human life?

What is the meaning of life – questions

What is the meaning of life – topics

Meaning tradeoff – figure

2011-01-15 – What is knowledge?

Knowledge – topics

Knowledge – concepts

Structure of knowledge (figure from book In Pursuit not posted online)

2011-02-12 – What is a mind? Part 1

Mind – topics

2011-03-19 – What is a mind? Part 2

Mind – topics

Scale reductionism and extensionism (figures from book Human Life not posted online)

2011-04-23 – How do we develop ethical principles?

How do we develop ethical principles – topics

Knowledge – concepts

Meaning tradeoff – figure

World map (figure not posted online)

2011-05-14 – Why are humans so cruel to each other?

No handouts

2011-06-11 – Do we have freewill?

Do we have freewill?

Reality is indeterministic

Continuous reality (figures from book Human Life not posted online)

Scale reductionism and extensionism (figures from book Human Life not posted online)

2011-07-09

No meeting (Meetup no longer allows deleting a page after the scheduled meeting date.)

2011-08-20 – How can society best foster prosperity?

How can society best foster prosperity?

2011-10-29 – What is the reason for democracy?

See handouts on theory at my initiative website

2011-11-19 – Why did America have a civil war?

Why did America have a civil war – agenda

Why did America have a civil war – bullets

Lincoln's first inaugural address

2012-01-28 – What is the meaning of human life?

What is the meaning of life – questions

What is the meaning of life – topics

Meaning tradeoff – figure

2012-04-28 – What should Lincoln have said in his inaugural address?

What should Lincoln have said in his inaugural address – agenda

See handouts from 2011-11-19 meeting

Commentary on Dred Scott ruling (excerpt from book In Pursuit not posted online)

Lincoln hypothetical inaugural address (excerpt from book In Pursuit not posted online)

2012-05-26 – Would a secession article in the constitution have prevented secession?

See handouts from 2012-04-28 meeting

Session article (excerpt from book In Pursuit not posted online)

2012-06-30 – How can direct democracy solve the notorious problem of special interest groups?

See handout on the core defect in representative democracy at my initiative website

See talk on direct democracy at my initiative website

Notes on initiative process not posted online

2012-07-07 – What is the best calendar design?

What is the best calendar design – agenda

Calendar cycle relative to season cycle (figure from book In Pursuit not posted online)

Decimal calendar with American holidays (figure from book In Pursuit not posted online)

Time zone map (figure not posted online)

2012-08-11 – Do we have freewill?

Do we have freewill – agenda

Why freewill is what we intuitively think it is - page 1

2012-09-15 – What is happiness and how do we get it?

What is happiness and how do we get it – agenda

2012-10-27 – Why are good people divided by politics and religion?

Why are good people divided by politics and religion – agenda

Why are good people divided by politics and religion – ch. summaries (not posted online)

How does the mind work – questions

How does the mind work – agenda

Components of a mind (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

Decision-making (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

2012-11-10 – What is beauty?

What is beauty – agenda

Knowledge – concepts

What is beauty – concepts

2013-01-12 – What is the best strategy for preventing mass murders?

What is the best strategy for preventing mass murders? – agenda and discussion

2013-02-23 – What is marriage? Part 1

What is marriage – agenda

What is marriage – concepts

What is marriage – Girgis, Anderson, George chapter summaries

World map (figure not posted online)

2013-03-30 – What is marriage? Part 2

What is marriage – part 2 agenda

Handouts from last meeting

2013-06-22 – Can you be blamed for your beliefs?

Can you be blamed for your beliefs – agenda

How does the mind work – questions

Components of a mind (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

2013-07-13 – Is love worth its costs?

Is love worth its costs – agenda

2013-08-17 – Why doesn't reason always work? Part 1

Why doesn't reason always work – agenda

Why doesn't reason always work – concepts

2013-10-05 – Should you trust your conscience?
2013-10-05 – Where does religious faith come from?
2013-10-05 – Are women more emotional than men?

Should you trust your conscience – agenda

Where does religious faith come from – agenda

Are women more emotional than men – agenda

How does our mind work – agenda

How does the mind work – questions

Components of a mind (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

Decision-making (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

2013-11-02 – Why doesn't reason always work? Part 2

Why doesn't reason always work – agenda

Why doesn't reason always work – concepts

Goal hierarchy and meaning tradeoff – figures

Components of a mind (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

2013-12-14 – How does our mind work?

How does our mind work – agenda

Components of a mind (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

Decision-making (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

Ray Pelland's model of the mind

2014-01-11 – Can we control our mind?
2014-01-11 – How do we control our mind?

Can we control our mind – agenda

How do we control our mind – agenda

Components of a mind (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

Decision-making (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

Model of mind summary

2014-02-08 – Is atheism just another religion?

Is atheism just another religion? – concepts

2014-03-08 – Why do people believe in God?

Why do people believe in God? – agenda

Why is western religion a version of Zoroastrianism? – agenda

2014-04-19 – How do we get objective knowledge?

How do we get objective knowledge? – agenda

An axiomatic proof of freewill (unpublished paper not posted online)

2014-05-24 – Is reality deterministic?

Is reality deterministic? – agenda

Is reality deterministic? – concepts

2014-06-21 – Do we have freewill?

Do we have freewill? – agenda

An axiomatic proof of freewill (unpublished paper not posted online)

Excerpts on entropy from Sean Carroll, From Eternity to Here (2010), p. 36-37, 146-147, 155, 161 (not posted online)

2014-07-26 – What are the voliltional processes of the mind?

What are the voliltional processes of the mind – agenda

What are the voliltional processes of the mind – concepts

Tree structure – figure

Components of a mind (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

Decision-making (figure from book Human Life not posted online)

2014-08-09 – Why is western religion a version of Zoroastrianism?

Why is western religion a version of Zoroastrianism? – agenda

Excerpt from In Pursuit, p. 240-249 (not posted online)

World map (figure not posted online)

2014-09-06 – Why did the United States nearly disintegrate in 1801?

Why did the United States nearly disintegrate in 1801? – agenda

Excerpts from Bruce Ackerman, The Failure of the Founding Fathers (2005), p. 3-7, 40-45, 59-65, 89-95, 101-108 (not posted online)

Excerpt from In Pursuit, unpublished commentary on Ackerman (not posted online)

World map (figure not posted online)

2014-10-11 – How should we elect the presidsent?

How should we elect the president? – agenda

How should we elect the President of the United States? (unpublished paper not posted online)

Excerpt from In Pursuit, unpublished figures 6.2.2, 6.2.3, 6.2.4 (not posted online)

2014-11-15 – What is the reason for government?

What is the reason for government? – agenda

The Core Defect in Representative Democracy

2014-12-15 – Why is skill the key to understanding human nature?

Why is skill the key to understanding human nature? – agenda



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