November’s etcetera: “Do Animal Have Rights?”

November 12, 2013 in slideshow, Uncategorized

Well, November’s Etcetera is fast approaching!  If you were not able to join us last month, we have a new location (CoWharf, on the second floor of 140 East Front Street – where the magic shop used to be)*, and a new night of the week this month (because of Thanksgiving we are meeting on Thursday, November 21), and a new time (7:30 – or main speaker has to drive to get here).  However, the after-party discussion remains the same, as does the format (a topical presentation followed by Q &A), goals and vision of etcetera:

   Etcetera is street level philosophy group, motivated by Socrates’ maxim:  “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  Our goal is to create a forum of honest inquiry, informed discourse,  and reasonable presentations of even the most volatile of issues.  Our ultimate goal is to bring moral and/or philosophical clarity to our culture, our world, and our very existence.

This month, Prof. David Favre will be addressing the topic of “Animal Rights.” Prior to joining the Law College faculty in 1976, Professor Favre was a practicing attorney in Virginia. He has written several articles and books dealing with animal issues including such topics as animal cruelty, wildlife law, the use of animals for scientific research, and international control of animal trade. His books include Animal Law and Dog Behavior, Animal Law: Welfare, Interest, and Rights, and International Trade in Endangered Species. He also has presented to international audiences on these topics. He is a national officer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and of the ABA Committee on Animal Law. He served as interim dean of the Law College from 1993 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000. He teaches Property, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, and Animal Law.  He is also the Editor-in-Chief at theAnimal Legal & Historical Center, a project of the Michigan State University College of Law. (www.animallaw.info)

In addition, Kim Bindschatel will be showing a clip from Earthlings, a 2005 documentary film about humanity’s use of animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research as an introduction to the optic

See you at CoWharf on Thursday, November 21, at 7:300!

* The CoWharf was envisioned by the Traverse Area Coworking Enthusiasts Group and founded by Kirsten and Bradley Matson in 2012

Domesticating Capitalism: Suggested Resources

October 24, 2013 in slideshow

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Domesticating Capitalism: October 24, 2013

October 3, 2013 in slideshow

Etcetera will be up and running again this month!  We have a new location (CoWharf, on the second floor of 140 East Front Street – where the magic shop used to be)* and a new night of the week this fall (because of Halloween and Thanksgiving, we are meeting on the second to last Thursday each month – October 24 and November 21).  

However, the time (7-9), the after-party discussion (at The Brew, perhaps?), the format (a topical presentation followed by Q &A) and the goals and vision of etcetera are the same as they have always been:

   Etcetera is street level philosophy group, motivated by Socrates’ maxim:  “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  Our goal is to create a forum of honest inquiry, informed discourse,  and reasonable presentations of even the most volatile of issues.  Our ultimate goal is to bring moral and/or philosophical clarity to our culture, our world, and our very existence.

This month, Steve Ruble will be addressing the topic “Domesticating Capitalism.” Some of you know Steve already; for those of you who don’t, here is a brief biography.

Steve Ruble is a Traverse City native. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a dual major in philosophy and computer science, and he currently works as a software developer here in TC.  As you might expect from a philosophy major, Steve spends a lot of his free time reading, blogging, and attending Etcetera and Pub Theology.  As Steve himself will tell you, he is not an expert in economics or political science.  He does, however, know how to put the critical thinking skills of his philosophy background to good use. When he began to research the cause of the housing collapse in 2008, he found a surprising amount of disagreement between economic experts. In spite of his best efforts to figure out which economic experts are reliable guides, Steve wryly notes that he still doesn’t understand (or have much confidence in) the technical side of this dismal science. Nonetheless, there is much to be learned from the many different voices that talk about our economy.

I have talked with Steve at length on this topic, and I can assure you he will be bringing a thoroughly researched and thought-provoking view on the causes of and solutions for economic disparity. You may or may not agree, but you will be informed and engaged – and that’s the goal of etcetera!

See you at CoWharf on Thursday, October 24, at 7:00!

 

* The CoWharf was envisioned by the Traverse Area Coworking Enthusiasts Group and founded by Kirsten and Bradley Matson in 2012. 

The Same-Sex Marriage Controversy

May 22, 2013 in slideshow, Uncategorized

(*Update 6/17/13 – the video of the evening is on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AQFUvck7zo. Thanks, Michael Toms, for fantastic video and editing work!)

Thanks again to Scott Smith (TC Apologetics) and Justin Scheiber (Center For Inquiry)  for discussing “The Status of God In The 21st Century”  last month. As always, the presentations were informative and engaging, and the discussion afterward was excellent. And thanks to Michael Toms for recording it for UpNorthTV! In addition to the meeting being in UpNorthTV’s rotation, the post on YouTube has had 750 views in the past three weeks. 

Thanks also to the Good Work Collective, Aromas Coffee, and the gracious staff at the Blue Tractor. GWC makes it possible; Aromas and the Blue Tractor make it delicious!

This month, (Thursday, May 30th, 7:00, at the Good Work Collective)  etcetera will be talking a closer look at “The Same-Sex Marriage Controversy.”  Several panelists will seek to bring insight and clarity from both sides of the legal, moral and religious perspectives that keep this topic in the headlines.

 Etcetera’s format will remain what it has always been: a time to listen, to understand the foundations on which people base their claims and to engage honestly, respectfully, and boldly in our ongoing search for truth.

In preparation, I offer the following links: