What's a "peña?" In South America, the term refers to a gathering of like-minded people who get together to talk about some topic with the aid of finger food and wine and spirits (of the alcoholic variety). It's like a salon, but for regular folks.
We will gather to ponder the world, one topic at a time. We will examine debates without debating, exploring our convictions –or lack thereof– and the reasons we have to have them –or to not have them. We will do so in relaxed, friendly setting, keeping in mind what Bertrand Russell is said to have said about beliefs: "I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong." Or, if you prefer, what The Dude said about opinions:
Feel free to bring food and beverages of your liking.
The plan is to meet the Wednesday after the Assembly each month, with a new topic.
This month's topic: "Are you religious, and you don't know it?" In Sapiens, big historian Yuval Noah Harari argues that modernity has seen the rise of natural-law religions (or isms): liberalism, Communism, capitalism... And maybe skepticism? Is Harari right or wrong? Watch this video of Paul Bloom ("There Is Nothing Special About Religion") from 27:43 to 37:20 to prime yourself for the discussion. We'll watch it again at the Peña.
Because of limited space at my place, we have to limit the attendance to 10, so please only RSVP if you plan to plan to make it, or cancel if you won't be able to in order to open a spot up for someone else.
3332 Mentone Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
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