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Thursday, July 31, 2008


Philosophy Group Holding Meetings at Library

The Meeting of the Minds Philosophic Inquiry Forum (M&M Philosophy) serves as a weekly forum for examining issues that further our understanding of ourselves and the world that we live in. M&M Philosophy meets every Tuesday, at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are free an open to the public. The group’s organizer, David Weimer, assures the continued, regular operation of this philosophic discussion group. Group participants are encouraged to lead topic discussions. At the beginning of each meeting, general introductions are made, new participants are welcomed, program notes are shared and the evening's agenda is explained. The facilitator for each meeting will be scheduled at least one week in advance. Meetings often include discussions of topics, walks along the river, thought experiments, meditation techniques, and watching films, among other things.

The M&M Philosophy meeting schedule for August 2008:

Tuesday, Aug. 5: Razor’s Edge. Lecture recorded circa 1994 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with speaker Bart Marshall, Green Beret Vietnam veteran and philosopher.

Tuesday, Aug. 12: Life Changing War Experiences: We invite veterans of any war to share their perspective on what they have lived through.

Tuesday, Aug. 19: Atheism. A stand against something or for something? Discussing and discovering the ins and outs of this alternative human position on metaphysics.

Tuesday, Aug. 26: Book Review of Practical Mysticism; A Little Book for Normal People, published in 1914 by author and British Christian philosopher Evelyn Underhill.

For more information, visit www.firstknowthyself.org/m&mphilosophy.htm or contact group organizer, David Weimer, at 740 526-0985 or by email at dwwweimer@comcast.net..

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Top Ten Lunch With Books Programs

Program; Presenter; Attendance; Date

1. SAENGERFEST; Eintracht German Singing Society; 200; 07-17-10

2. A Lucky Child; Auschwitz Survivor Judge Thomas Buergenthal; 198; 03-04-11

3. Fashion Show; Civil War 150; 194; 11-20-11

4. Ruanaidh; Art Rooney, Jr. and Jim O'Brien; 168; 06-15-10

5. Follow the River; James Alexander Thom; 160; 06-05-08

6. Warwood Memories; 157; 12-18-12

7. The Quiet Man Pub Reading; 150; 08-30-12

8. Wheeling Then and Now; Sean Duffy; 146; 09-07-10

9. Bloch Brother Tobacco; Stuart Bloch; 131; 04-27-10

10. Reasons to Believe; Dr. Scott Hahn; 126; 08-21-07

Book Discussion Groups

The Ohio County Public Library facilitates book discussion groups for both young adults and adults. Currently, the OCPL offers two adult groups, which meet on the first Monday and third Thursday of each month.

In addition to its own growing collection, the OCPL has access to the book discussion collection of the West Virginia Library Commission.

To join or form a book discussion group, or for more information, please call 304-232-0244.

Meeting of the Minds Philosophy Group

The Meeting of the Minds Philosophic Inquiry Forum is facilitated by David Weimer. The group meets virtually every Tuesday at 6 PM. Call the library for meeting room locations.

For more information, visit www.firstknowthyself.org/m&mphilosophy.htm or contact group organizer, David Weimer, at 740 526-0985 or by email at dwwweimer@comcast.net..