Saturday, December 4, 2010

December, 2010 Evening

Does our democracy contain threats to itself; if so, can they be eliminated?
Would you be or could you remain a Christian if you knew Jesus was gay?
Do we as adults have the right to pass on to children the meme of religion?
Is our society better off or worse off because of the internet?
What is peace, and can we achieve it in our lifetime?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November, 2010 Daytime

Should/could journalists be entirely neutral and objective?
Has society become more offensive or more offended?
Is hunting moose and wolves more detestable than hunting deer and fishing trout?
Is there any way to discourage negativity and/or dishonesty in our political ads?
How do you show that you are open minded or closed minded?

Friday, October 22, 2010

October, 2010 Daytime

Is it harder to know what is right than to do right?
Is it better to believe in something or nothing?
What is the value of common sense? Can it be taught?
Does truth exist?

Friday, October 8, 2010

October, 2010 Evening

Can one have the benefits of religious faith without believing in God?
If something you “know” has to be true, how can you ever know that you know something?
Is enlightenment a worthy goal or a trick?
To whom are we obligated, and why?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September, 2010 Daytime

What is honor?
What would you rather die than do?
Should governments be involved in population control?
Is the imagination real or imaginary and how do you know?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September, 2010 Evening

Is conflict inherent to the “human condition”?
Societal contract: does a citizen have personal choice or is it a citizen’s inherent responsibility to participate in this sociological relationship?
What is self esteem; self confidence?
Is loyalty to friends more important than loyalty
to ones country?
If given just this choice, would you rather have free will or ten million dollars in your checking account?
What does it mean to “believe in” something?
What will happen when computers get as smart as humans?

Friday, August 20, 2010

August, 2010 Daytime

Are political news channels on TV a good thing?
Which is more important--the individual or the group?
Is globalization a good thing?
When P.T. Barnum said “There’s a sucker born every minute” was he bragging, complaining or glorifying the con men that create the sucker?
What would you rather die than do?
What is honor?
Are government salaries too high?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August, 2010 Evening

If the same human mind can conceive science and religion, why are they usually at cross purposes?
Who owns an individual’s life?
Does our criminal justice system work? Or are people really “rehabilitated” in our prison system?
Can we alleviate truancy, bad behavior, and lack of motivation among many students in public schools?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

July, 2010 Daytime

Is the USA headed for a revolution, or perhaps a more evolutionary change?
Should heart influence brain?
Why are “humans” more intelligent than they need to be?
Is it ok to cheat on your taxes?
Was Noah right in getting drunk right after the flood?
Should welfare mothers be sterilized?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

July, 2010 Evening

How can personal and public honor and ideals be enhanced?
What is spirituality?
Why does your right to play loud music outweigh
my right to silence?
What is friendship?
Why is the human species more “intelligent” than necessary?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

June, 2010 Daytime

In America is our individual and governmental generosity (i.e. welfare, food stamps) aiding and abetting laziness and effortless behavior? What ever happened to you reap what you sow?
What is honesty?
Should guilt be used as a learning tool?
How do you know you have a soul?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June, 2010 Evening

Does ethics demand a consideration of social context?
What is spirituality?
Is there a purpose to human existence beyond procreation?
Is there a case for the existence of God?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

May, 2010 Daytime

What's the difference between religion and superstition?
Is “capitalism” all good and “socialism” all bad?
Is “big” government necessarily “bad” and is “small” (or “less”) government necessarily “good”?
If you had to, how would you justify your existence?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May, 2010 Evening

Is the philosophy of the previous century the common sense of the next?
If you had to, how would you justify your existence?
Is personal morality a result of nature or nurture?
Does the end justify the means? If so, who decides why?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April, 2010 Daytime

Is globalization desirable for America? Is it inevitable?
Humpty Dumpty...Accident? Or pushed?
Is “capitalism” all good and “socialism” all bad?
Does the internet provide better information than the public had without it?

April, 2010 Evening

Is it reasonable or even possible to reduce government
and still have a viable large society?

Is the Illuminati’s mission good or evil?
Is some illusion needed for a happy life?
How would the world be different if fear did not exist?
What effect might technology have on human evolution?
How much, and what, do you expect and not expect from a person who loves you (family member)? When would you feel disappointed or betrayed?

Friday, March 19, 2010

March, 2010 Daytime

Should public opinion influence legislative judgment?
Is it reasonable or even possible to reduce government and still have a viable large society?
Is current television “dumbing us down” or does it just reflect
how “dumb” we are or have become?
In most discussion groups I’ve attended-from book discussion groups to self-help groups-women have far outnumbered men, but in our Socrates group men outnumber women. Why?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March, 2010 Evening

Has organized religion been a positive or negative force upon society?
Is the bible a suitable basis for a legal system?
What are the greatest challenges of growing into old age?
Is excellence still possible?
Would earth be better off without humans?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

February, 2010 Daytime

In America, has intelligence lost its appreciation?
What one change would you make to improve our education system?
Are we more satisfied today than were Americans in 1910?
Is it possible to conceive of something which cannot exist?
What big idea have you changed your mind about in the last five years?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

February, 2010 Evening

Do we find evidence of accumulated wisdom in tradition and other social conventions?
Would you vote for a political leader who was an atheist?
What determines if a person has led a good life?
Is there a relationship between morality and intelligence?
It takes a village to raise a child-is this a beneficial societal belief?
What do people mean when they say 'life has meaning' and in what way, if any,
can such statements be demonstrated as true?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

January, 2010 Daytime

Can freedom of speech, a cornerstone of democracy, also be a serious threat to democracy?
Has “globalization” helped or harmed the average American?
Should euthanasia be legal?
Does tradition hinder or help progress?
Does art define who we are?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

January, 2010 Evening

Is personal morality the only one that counts?
What is the real purpose of existence?
What purpose do emotions serve?
Tell me why you know there is/is not a God.
Are stereotypes just?