Context: I'm a student who is in a philosophical discussion group which meets weekly and discusses readings and thoughts about a particular topic. It's hosted by an organization so I don't have control over who is in my group. The group has 4 people and a facilitator, who is also a student. We had our second meeting today.
Problem: There is one person in the group who kind of just ... says nonsense? He will participate frequently in the discussion by giving an extended comment about something. It might take about 30 seconds for him to finish his comment. He talks very confidently and uses a lot of rhetorical questions in his comments, but there is some missing piece. It's not just that I don't understand how his comment connected to the flow of the conversation, but at the end I am left genuinely confused about what he has said.
This makes the conversations a lot less enjoyable for me as he participates a decent amount. It disrupts the flow and after he is finished there is always kind of an awkward pause as no one knows how to build off his comment.
Question: Is there anything you recommend that I do about this? Are there any interpersonal or conversational tricks I can employ to mitigate or deal with the issue? In general, what can I do to cope with this behaviour?
Please help. Thank you