As the school year for many is just beginning, it's an appropriate time for an update regarding the Not School discussion groups for the month of September.
The Philosophy of Technology group will be reading selections from a book called What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly, which appears to be a somewhat optimistic reflection on the development of "technology" as analyzed from an evolutionary perspective. The author seems to be arguing that the development of this "organism" will turn out to be a positive for humankind. Beginners are welcome to this group.
If you're more of a "things will get much worse before they get better" kind of thinker, then the brand new Marxism group might be for you! And there's no better place to begin than with the Manifesto itself. This is intended to be beginner friendly as well: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
We also have a long running Fiction discussion group. This month: hanky panky! They'll be reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. The Fiction group has always had a good number of participants and pretty lively discussion as well. Join in the discussion this month and feel better about having that Criterion Collection edition DVD on your shelf.
There is still time to get involved with these groups as the first week's forum topics are just being posted now.
A couple of groups that look likely to get startedthis month as well are: A new group on Zen Buddhism which should be starting out with The Lotus Sutra, and the long running Intro Readings in Philosophy group, which was considering William James's Psychology: The Briefer Course.
Aside from advertising the groups that will be active this month for PEL Citizens, the other goal of this post is to encourage proposals for more discussion groups. Any and all PEL Citizens are welcome to propose for discussion: books, chapters of books, papers, Netflix movies, etc. The discussions can be entirely forum based, or include live discussion over Skype or Google Hangout. It's all been done. And of the many live discussions that have been held, some have been recorded, edited to some degree, and posted for other PEL Citizens to experience for themselves. You may have heard excerpts from some of these conversations in the special episodes of Partially Examined Life that have been published publicly.
So don't feel left out this month just because you may not be heading back to school. Become a PEL Citizen and head instead to Not School!