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Friday, February 16, 2018

Young Philosophers Throw Down

Alex Arbisman and Vyjayanti Munagala, presidents of Philosophy Club.

Alex Arbisman and Vyjayanti Munagala, presidents of Philosophy Club.

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of life? The meaning of the things around us? The meaning of why we do the things we do? Over the past couple of months, several students have been pondering the answers to these questions at an event known as philosophy throwdown.

At a local coffee shop in downtown Redwood City, students from San Mateo High are discussing philosophy. Many of us have heard of philosophy, but we don’t really know what it is. Well then, let’s have Merriam Webster explain it for us. “Philosophy is the study of ideas, knowledge, truth, the nature and the meaning of life.” Basically, it’s the study of the human experience. Why do we or do we not believe in God? Why do we tend to follow rules? What makes us feel happy or sad? These are many of the numerous questions that philosophy discusses.

At philosophy throwdown, people of various ages come to discuss these questions. For four hours each month, people from all over the peninsula sit in this coffee shop with their bottled teas and hot lattes, sharing and voicing their thoughts on philosophy. “I love the fact that we’ve developed a very diverse community of World War 2 veterans to high school students” said Vyjayanti Munagala, a senior at San Mateo who is a regular at philosophy throwdown.

Religion, human emotions, art, racism, war, and homosexuality are some popular topics discussed. “It is a great way to look at things from a different angle” said Alex Arbisman, a  SMHS senior and one of the founders of the new Philosophy Club at San Mateo.

The philosophy throwdown has inspired these students to bring their interest in philosophy to San Mateo High. This year Vyjayanti Munagala and Alex Arbisman, along with several others, founded ‘Philosophy Club’. The club’s purpose is to share other people’s opinions and experiences of philosophy. They hope to inspire greater interest.

The club meets in Mr. Pirie’s room every Monday and are looking to expand their group. If you are interested in learning and discussing more about humans and how we function in this world, Philosophy Club is where you want to be. As one of the greatest philosophers, Socrates, said “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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