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LSF Monthly Meeting - Nov 1, 2015

Lake Superior Freethinkers
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Location: Radisson Hotel Duluth (Location Map ) conference room

Event: Speaker Mark Woodcock, The Freethinker's Responsibility in History and Today


Mark Woodcock


Mark Woodcock is a UMD Philosophy graduate who specialized in applied ethics.  He minored in American Literature and particularly enjoyed the interface between these two areas, championed by the Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Mark worked for Wells Fargo Funding for 14 years in positions ranging from adult Learning & Development Consultant, Quality Assurance Manager, and Assistant Vice President within Correspondent Lending, before establishing his consulting business, Success Path Consulting, Inc.  He now offers a full array of Career Consulting services, Financial Consulting for families and individuals, Credit and Debt Consulting, and business consulting services.
November’s Presentation / Discussion topic:
The Freethinker’s Responsibility in History and Today


French philosopher Rene Descartes is credited with the simple yet powerful argument for establishing one’s own existence – if I think; I must therefore exist – usually stated more succinctly as, “I think, therefore I am.”
The vast majority of people probably go cradle to grave without ever questioning whether they exist, and these people are probably none the worst for it, for they in fact do exist.  Spoiler alert.
But what about the many other beliefs that we hold throughout our lifetimes that may or may not be true?
I intend to advance the proposition that a freethinker should primarily focus on and be an advocate of the process for reaching conclusions, rather than placing primary emphasis and advocacy on the conclusions that are reached. 
How can we identify and address the root of a problem, in preference to expending our time and energy hacking at the branches?
How can we identify the elements of a problem that are within our direct control, as opposed to expending our time and energy on the elements that are less within our control?
I will intentionally touch on some current event hot button issues.  Darren Wilson, Michael Brown, and the Facebook phenomenon will be one.  These examples will be used to demonstrate that the two (or many) sides of a conflict often are more alike than dissimilar, and that reason is the best method of bridging positions or constituencies that appear unbridgeable.
For a group of freethinkers this topic may appear to be an instance of preaching to the choir, but I expect this to be an engaging topic.



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