M&M PHILOSOPHY meets every Tuesdays, at the Ohio County Public Library at 52 16th Street in Wheeling. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m. Often we are still going when the library closes at nine. Most meetings are held in the library auditorium, although we occasionally meet elsewhere in the building. Ask at the reference desk to find out where we are on the Tuesday that you visit.
The primary facilitator , or group organizer, assures the continued, regular operation of this philosophic discussion group. Group participants are encouraged to lead topic discussions! At the beginning of each meeting, general introductions are made, new participants are welcomed, program notes are shared and the evening's agenda is explained. The facilitator for each meeting will be scheduled at least one week in advance.
Typical meeting formats. We discuss topics, walk down to the river at times, do thought experiments, try meditation techniques, watch films—in short, the only thing typical about our format is that we meet each week in the spirit of inquiry.
Former meeting topics
Topics for discussion arise from the genuine interest of participants. The most useful meetings arise from people presenting and discussing ideas and subjects that they are personally interested in! Here are some meeting topics from our last two years:
Apocalypse Now film viewing. Madness of war & the disturbing aura of Vietnam.
The Holocaust unearthed. Presentation and discussion. Guest lecturer.
Psychedelic drugs & the search for God. Is idealism still alive today, forty years later?
Emotions and viruses; what do they have in common? We have them, but do we ever examine or question them?
Develop your intuition. Can you live in another reality? How many paradigms do we walk through daily?
Mental Illness. A view from a treatment system. Guest lecturer.
Faith & Firefighting. An evening of music and insights. Guest speaker: Songwriter/guitarist/multiple sclerosis sufferer.
Hypnosis Anyone? Experiencing the art of suggestion. Guest hypnotist.
Absolutes. Good and evil; friend and enemy; right and wrong; perfect and imperfect. Examining our bicameral reality.
Socrates. Is he relevant today? Is he relevant to your life? Socrates said, "An unexamined life is not worth living."
The War on US. Discussing the rise and fall of nations. The lifespan arc of civilizations. Are we on the way out?
Open Mic Night:. Meeting attendees get 10 minutes of uninterrupted time to share their thing. Each 10 minute session is followed by Q&A with the audience.
Martial Arts Science. The martial arts can be seen as a science of growth and understanding where self-defense plays only a small part. Guest martial artist.
M&M Birthday party. This is the one-year anniversary of Meeting of the Minds at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling. Our group will meet this night at the Wheeling Coffee Company café across from the Wesbanco Arena for coffee, fireplace talk & reminiscences from our first year-long Tuesday night.
Listen to the Silence. Learn how to guide yourself in life. Listen to your silence. Learn what's right for you. Guest psychic. Don’t miss this one.
What world do you live in? Paradigms are invisible worlds with boundaries and rules unique to themselves. They are a philosophical or theoretical framework. What does yours look like?
Nonverbal Communication. Reveal the internal information that we act on all the time.
Crystal Healing. An evening with Amanda DeShong.
Philosophic songs with mystical overtones. Featuring guest musician Richard Bruce Morriale.
Djembe Drumming. Exploring our natural response to rhythm. Guest musician/presenter.
Artificial Intelligence. Are we artificial intelligence?