Several of our Not School groups wrapped up in May, so June is the perfect time to join up and start a new group. Getting more involved is simple: just draft a quick proposal detailing what you’d like to read, watch or listen to, and post it in the Citizens’ Forum. When at least two other members express interest, you’re ready to start a group. For a good idea of why the groups are worth your while, PEL Citizens can check out the sizable amount of audio from our past groups that is available on the Free Stuff page.
If a lack (or surplus) of experience in philosophy is holding you back, simply specify in your proposal whether your group will be aimed at beginners or people who have some prerequisite knowledge. Obviously, philosophy texts can often make for dense reading, but if you’re worried about time constraints, fear not. This being Not School, members can set whatever reading schedule they are comfortable with.
If you don’t feel like doing any reading at all but still want to get in on some lively conversation, just listen to the current episode and then sign up for the Aftershow. The next one (on Freud’s take on dreaming) is scheduled for Sunday June 7 at 3pm Eastern/noon Pacific. The wise and hilarious Danny Lobell will be hosting once again, and Wes Alwan will be on as well to answer your questions (and challenges!).
If you’d like to try out an established group, the ever popular and enjoyable Philosophical Fiction Group will be continuing this month with a reading of A Few Days in Athens by Frances Wright. There will be a live discussion on the book via Google Hangout toward the end of the month.
That’s all for now, but be sure to check the Citizens’ Forum to see what’s new.
– Daniel Cole
Daniel Cole helps the podcast fellows out with Not School, and doesn’t do yard work.