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Philosophy Discussion Group Helps Students Address Big Questions

September 21, 2004

Last Tuesday night, “The Search,” a new discussion group, was launched. Rather than the usual daily banter of sports, classes and dinner, this group focuses on the more existential questions of life about identity, purpose and truth. For the first meeting the topic was “Honesty” and the dozen students who attended reflected on the relationship between truth, the self, and society. “The Search” was founded by junior Jayme Johnson who was inspired by the program and ideas of the Self Knowledge Symposium, a non-profit organization for students interested in spiritual inquiry. Johnson made only one significant change in order to help the group of highly individualistic and intelligent Carleton students function: instead of one person preparing the topic and leading the discussion, everyone joins in as equals. “The Search” will continue to meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Upper Sayles.

Written by Colin McLain '07