Friendly Philosophers

friendly philosopher cartoon   “Friendly Philosophers”
As part of Common Ground’s commitment to fostering dialogue, CGO established the Friendly Philosophers group – a weekly discussion where the interworkings of faith, ethics, and science are explored. People from numerous disciplines and schools of thought – teachers, writers, artists, scientists, ministers and secularists- discuss the human situation and the condition of the earth and its myriad life forms. By providing space to table our various perspectives comes empathy (ideally), and an invigorated commitment to social, political, and environmental justice.

Furthermore, the group encourages its members to take tangible actions that promote positive change at whatever level of engagement is possible for them. Making a difference does not often require an arduous level of commitment – we merely ask our fellow philosophers to examine their consumer habits, to be conscious of their impact on a compromised environment, or to lessen the burden wherever possible of those enduring deprivation.


Tuesday, November 28th

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. –  Immanuel Kant

Is there a place for ignorance?

Tuesday, November 21st

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.  –   Francis of Assisi

Tuesday, November 14th

Today I choose to feel life / death be damned.  Giblet

Tuesday, November 7th

How strong is your inner strength?


Tuesday, October 31st

A discussion about fake news.  One famous case >

  Liebeck v. McDonalds Restaurants in 1994

 (per member Tyler Leonard).  


Tuesday, October 24th

What course changes have you made in your belief system recently?


Tuesday, October 17th

What’s the use of sanity?


Tuesday, October 10th

Whose truth do you trust?


Tuesday, October 3rd

The Earth is unraveling due to human-forced warming… true or false?

Tuesday, September 26th

Cast your net far Cast your net wide and be prepared

Tuesday, September 19th

If you could live forever… what would change … what would remain the same?


Tuesday, September 10th

Write what you like; there is no other rule.  O. Henry                                                                                                   

we continue the discussion about creativity


Tuesday, September 5th

The creation of something new is not accomplished

by the intellect but by the play instinct acting 

from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with

 the objects it loves.     Carl Jung


Tuesday, August 29th

Starting our second 5 years we discuss the scope of “Philosophy” and it’s relevance to our personal mission in a troubled world.


Tuesday, August 22nd

My Doctor told me recently to listen to my body.  Nietzsche said “There is 
more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”

Tuesday, August 15th

Define Life.


Tuesday, August 8th

How relationships affect us.


Tuesday, July 25th

 {We} worship self-indulgence and consumption while a balanced approach, demanding a bit of  sacrifice from everyone, is abandoned like an orphan without friends.  Jimmy Carter

‘Someday people will commemorate this moment with exhaustion, overindulgence, and rampant consumerism!’

Tuesday, July 18th

“Civil Commitment” / imprisonment for crimes that might be committed.

Tuesday, July 11th

See you next Tuesday!  ?


Tuesday, July 4th

Yo.  I’m on the road out West visiting friends in prison and friends who haven’t been caught yet  ?.  See you all on the 18th / the 4th of July may be a good time to think about some healthy revolution.  Peas and Love / Gib. 


Tuesday, June 26th

Prisons and Justice / A Discussion


Tuesday, June 20th

Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus left town.   George Carlin


Tuesday, June 13th

Tuesday, June 6th

The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
 Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, May 23rd

Self-delusion is the basis of nearly all the great scenes in nearly all the great plays from Oedipus to Hamlet.  –   Stephen Sondheim


Tuesday, May 16th

We must be the Renaissance that replaces profit with the reverence for life.


Tuesday, May 2nd

Doing scientific research to fill human needs forces scientists to stop versifying and confront reality.   –    Steven Weinberg