New Salon NYC - Meeting #7
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Tue June 7 at 7:30 PM, [Pls. EMAIL for Directions.]
119 Macdougal St, New York, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
Interested in good conversation? Exploring ideas? Reading the odd article to jumpstart a thoughtful exchange? Then join us for the next Salon—now in Brooklyn—on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
This month we'll be talking about some moral dilemmas: What's right, What's wrong, and How do we decide. These two articles inspired this month's topic: "Queens Man Stabbed On Subway Over iPhone. Upset At Fellow New Yorkers: 'Nobody Helped Me,’" and "I Was Attacked on the Train. No One Helped Me. And I’m not sure I would have helped me, either.”

Many of us will be reading this article by Steven Pinker, which offers some ideas about how to talk about moral development issues and, along the way, discusses several interesting moral dilemmas, including this one:

Julie is traveling in France on summer vacation from college with her brother Mark. One night they decide that it would be interesting and fun if they tried making love. Julie was already taking birth-control pills, but Mark uses a condom, too, just to be safe. They both enjoy the sex but decide not to do it again. They keep the night as a special secret, which makes them feel closer to each other. What do you think about that -- was it O.K. for them to make love?

We'll also likely muse a bit on Kohlberg and Gilligan's influential theories of moral development, which include Heinz's dilemma, a now-classic quandary that Kohlberg used to assess moral development:

A woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to produce. He paid $200 for the radium and charged $2,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman's husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money, but he could only get together about $1,000 which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said: “No, I discovered the drug and I'm going to make money from it.” So Heinz got desperate and broke into the man's store to steal the drug for his wife. Should Heinz have broken into the laboratory to steal the drug for his wife? Why or why not?

If you want to join us, please email me at for directions to the meeting. Because the event is always hosted at a private residence, please tell me some tidbit about yourself in your note. If you can't attend this session, but would like to be on the Master List to keep up on future Salons, let me know when you write. Otherwise, make clear that you're RSVPing if you want to come this time.

For all that, it's worth saying that the Salons are fairly loose in structure. Though we mostly tend to keep on topic, we don't always. And although conversation is usually based on the articles, not everyone reads them. So if you're curious, but shy, don't worry, just tap out a brief note to get involved. We're a friendly bunch, always on the look out for more clever Mefites and their friends.

Hope to see you there!

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