The first informal coffee club meeting, now universally agreed upon as 'The Diogenes Club' (with a nod to Conan Doyle's 'The Greek Interpreter' Sherlock Holmes story) met at Imagine Books front terrace on Wednesday 4th April at 3pm (2012), with three people present, though the group now regularly consists of about 6 to 10 people.
The object of the club is to create a forum for general discussion on current issues, and specifically subjects of a philosophical and spiritual nature.
Anyone is welcome to join in, and fresh coffee will be provided for a small donation.
Diogenes sitting in his tub. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1860)
Sapere aude! (Dare to know)

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12th September 2015 at "The Diogenes Forum"


Poet's Corner

Late-middle-aged bearded man in white robes looks to the left with serene composure.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Hailed by Mahatma Gandhi as "The Great Teacher", also known as "India's Poet Laureate", "The Sun of India"
and "The Sentinel of the East".

Crossing (LXXVII)

Traveller, where do you go?
I go to bathe in the sea in the redd'ning dawn,
along the tree-bordered path.
Traveller, where is that sea?
There where this river ends its course, where the dawn opens into morning,
where the day droops to the dusk.
Traveller, how many are they who come with you?
I know not how to count them.
They are travelling all night with their lamps lit, they are singing all day through land and water.
Traveller, how far is the sea?
How far is it, we all ask.
The rolling roar of its water swells to the sky when we hush our talk.
It ever seems near yet far.
Traveller, the sun is waxing strong.
Yes, our journey is long and grievous.
Sing who are weary in spirit, sing who are timid of heart.
Traveller, what if the night overtakes you?
We shall lie down to sleep till the new morning dawns with its songs, and the call of the sea floats in the air.
Quick think:

... in my life when i wished i had the kind of quick thinking and reacting


Philosopher's Corner:

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Anaxagoras - Pre-Socratic Philosopher

By N.S. Gill


The pre-Socratic philosopher Anaxagoras, who was born in Clazomenae, Asia Minor, c. 500 B.C., spent most of his life in Athens where he associated with Euripides (writer of tragedies) and Pericles (Athenian statesman).

In 430, Anaxagoras was brought to trial for impiety in Athens because his philosophy denied the divinity of all other gods except his principle, nous (mind). He then left Athens to live in Lampsacus (in the Troad) where he died two years later.

Anaxagoras wrote a book On Nature. He believed that the universe was originally an undifferentiated mass until it was worked upon by mind (nous), a spiritual component. (Anaxagoras was the first to attach importance to the concept of mind.) He believed there were no pure stuffs in the universe but that everything shared a part of everything else:

"There is a portion of everything in everything."

Into the chaos in which the seeds of all things were jumbled, mind inserted motion. As it gained speed, a vortex formed and objects separated out.

Sources: Early Greek Philosophers, by Jonathan Barnes.

Examples: A dualist, Anaxagoras' spiritual substance, nous, gave order to the world of atoms.

  • Objects differ in the preponderance of one type of seed over another.
  • The material world is a continuum that is infinitely divisible.

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