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Philosophy club is a matter of opinion

Friday, July 29, 2011

Just think about it.

No, seriously -- that's what Brannon McConkey wants you to do -- think about it, then talk about it and listen to what others are saying about it.

The "it" doesn't matter as much as the dialogue. McConkey wants to start a philosophy club, where members can sit around in casual circumstances and just talk about things, from politics to ethics, from metaphysics to physics.

"My idea is a philosophy club and anyone who wants to come can, it's very casual," said McConkey. "I want people to put their opinions out there -- they can bring any opinion they want."

The key is, he said, as well as voicing your own opinion, you have to listen to someone else's, too.

McConkey said he feels many of the issues affecting society stem from the polarizing effects of established groups. Discussions would help people break from the "herd mentality" and let them form their own opinions, not those handed down from someone else.

"You have to affect the individuals before you affect the group," he said. "I want people to subject their opinions to the template of rational inquiry. I think if we put our egos to the side, we can be intellectually honest."

Anyone interested in the philosophy club should contact McConkey at 212-0730.