City Philosophers Get Steamedupovercoffee; First Birthday for Philosophy Cafe and Still Going Strong

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Byline: REBECCA LYNCH Rebecca.Lynch@qt.com.au

FRENCH philosopher Rene Descartes could not have put it better when he opined aI drink, therefore I ama.

Well, that's not exactly what he said, but regulars at an Ipswich cafe have certainly been musing over the meaning of life while sipping cappuccinos.

The ARTalk Philosophy Cafe is celebrating its first birthday this month and has proved a big hit among Ipswich's more thoughtful residents.

The brainchild of The Swich Contemporary Art Space Project director Gilbert Burgh, it has grown in popularity and spread its feelers over three local cafes over the year.

The cafe invites local residents interested in philosophy and art to discuss a set topic at each meeting, over coffee and cake at either Bon Laneway, Cactus Espresso Bar or Deann's Coffee House.

The group has debated topics such as images of women in the media, art and global disasters, and environmental sustainability.

Organiser Mr Burgh said ARTalk was a Queensland first.

aIt's the only public philosophy cafe in Queensland,a Mr Burgh said. …