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Philosophical Uncorking

February 12, 2023 at 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm CET

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A Neuropsychologist (PhD), Donald Frederick, and a Philosophy PhD researcher, Christophe Porot, are joining forces to share a new theory in a Salon that will explore the theoretical dimensions of the perspective and test it out by mutually uncorking and inviting anyone to join us.

The concept of uncorking is simple: it is the inverse of triggering. Being triggered is, conceptually, a response to an external stimulus that generates negative thoughts and emotions; being uncorked is a response to an external stimulus that generates a high volume of positive thoughts and emotions. In that sense, it is like uncorking a bottle of champagne and letting the mental bubbly flow in any direction.

There are, of course, some legitimate areas of debate around the concept. For instance, the Cartesian notion of responding to external stimuli as an explanation of conscious states can be critiqued by stoic informed philosophers and psychologists on the basis that it undermines our self authoring or collaborating role in responding to stimulus. In other words, it undermines intellectual freedom.

Is there a solution to this riddle?

The shared uncorking process will essentially revolve around encouraging those who attend to doubt their thoughts without doubting themselves. Some of the major questions like “who are you?” and “what is the meaning of existence?” may be played with to help ourselves and any attendees willing to uncork. The process will be launched through sharing intuitive reactions to the big ideas.

Come, uncork, and enjoy!


1) IPM Monthly Interview on Philosophical Uncorking (link coming)

2) SEP Article on Stoicism (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/stoicism/)

3) A Philosophy of Madness by Walter Kusters, chapter on Madness and Mysticism


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February 12, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm CET
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