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Aug 26, 2021

Scott and Karl discuss one of Plato’s earlier Socratic dialogues, Greater Hippias and Lesser Hippias. 

The dialogues are named after Hippias of Elis, an eminent sophist and contemporary of Plato. 

What is a sophist? According to Scott, “A sophist is someone who says what he needs to say in order to teach...

Aug 19, 2021

This week, Scott and Karl read one of Agatha Christie's greatest mystery novels, Murder on the Orient Express.

The novel features Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective known for his shrewd intuition or "little grey cells." While this scrupulous sleuth may be the epitome of refinement and intelligence, Scott points out...

Aug 12, 2021

Scott and Karl break with tradition to talk about the OGB seminar standard of conduct. 

As our members know, the seminar experience is really the backbone of the program. Written by Karl, these ground rules have been a great help in setting boundaries that lead to better discussions. 

The duo also dives into the role of...

Aug 5, 2021

Scott and Karl wrap up their discussion with special guest  Malachy Walsh, author of Socratic Scribbling.

If you don't know what goes into good writing, it may look like a mystical art form or exclusively for the gifted. Malachy argues that we can all use the socratic method to deal with the blank pages in our life,...

Aug 1, 2021

Scott and Karl are joined by special guest Malachy Walsh to talk about his new book, Socratic Scribbling.

As a retired advertising man, Malachy had to write on demand for 30 years. In Socratic Scribbling, he reveals secrets he learned from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintillion, Shakespeare, and other Great Writers and...