On Thur. May 15 in Portland, the Center for Philosophical Naturalism is hosting a free discussion event on the topic of identity. Exactly what is it that makes "you," you? All details for the event can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/mgjy332 .
We will discuss a short passage from the book "The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten: 100 Experiments for the Armchair Philosopher," available from Amazon at this link: http://tinyurl.com/neoba6a . One of the thought experiments is "Experiment #46 Amoebaesque." You can see the text for it online for free, here: http://tinyurl.com/n8zk85g .
The main point of this thought experiment is to imagine that a person could be like a worm; in that, if they were to be cut into two, then each part would regrow and now there would be two persons. But if this were to happen, which one would be the "real" person and which would be a copy? Could they both be "the real person?" But how could a real person be in two different bodies, each having their own thinking and behaviors? Obviously, there's lots to explore in the way of a group discussion, and a chance to share insights as we contemplate our existence.
All of this to point out that as we go through the stages of life, we have to constantly re-invent ourselves.
Right after 'Raymond' I had a world-is-my-oyster attitude, but I found out I don't like oysters. I had this existential emptiness. 'What is my purpose? Who am I?' I had a big identity crisis.
~Ray Romano, star of the "Everybody Loves Raymond" TV Show.
To learn more about The Center for Philosophical Naturalism, an organization devoted to help teach the naturalist worldview, click on our Facebook page here: http://tinyurl.com/pjnjfup . Our meetup event page can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl . Our website is here: http://tinyurl.com/pbtcg5w .
If you are interested in other similar events; other Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com, such as these:
-- Westside Science & Religion Disc.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
-- Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
-- Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
-- Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
-- Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
-- Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc
-- The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl