“Do you think people are aware enough of how media outlets manipulate our decisions?”
The Greek drilling engineer looked me squarely in the eyes. I replied “I don’t think they are, but it depends on the demography”
He looked at me and smiled. “I didn’t think other people thought about these issues.”
We were both thrilled and amazed. There are more people that think? There are more passionate geeks :)!
Better yet, there are people discussing them! We were discussing them! Of course, like many others, all of us had read and discussed articles online. But talking about them in real life. That was a whole new experience.
Like most engaged intelligent neticizens, we’ve all read and discussed articles online. But talking about them in real life. That’s a whole new experience.
Next to me a dialogue about game theory arised. Another debate concerning the fossil fuel bubble reached its apex.
This was amazing!
I had so much fun discussing all these subjects. This was easily the best nights of my life.
A wide scope of subjects was touched upon. A whole night of talking, a few beers and a lot of laughter. My multi-interested brain was overflowing with dopamine. Just because the eight of us were sitting in a poorly lit Dutch pub and discussing the world.
This is my filosofy club!
A dear friend of mine had gathered us. He had created a group of open minded individuals.
To discuss everything that tickled our intellect! Since that evening we meet monthly. Effectively enjoying dozens of mini TED-talks a night. This is not another mastermind group pitch. Nope! What I am talking about is a discussion group.
A group where you can talk about difficult, nerdy and interesting subjects. A group of smart passionate people. All eager to share and learn. Currently, our fellowship contains a lawyer, an architect, a few engineers, a doctor and an anthropologist. Open for growth and diversity.
So what does this human stewing pot discuss?
– How information can travel faster than light through quantum entanglement
– The effect of right wing politics on terrorism threats in Europe
– Why art has shifted more to expression than perfection of crafts
– How the shadow of the collectice ego affects cultures
– And whether Rick and Morty is insane or genius
– And much much more
One of the best perks; you can quote books and scientific articles. Without being frowned upon or laughed at. We listen and learn. Fascinating arguments arise naturally. It is a group where we can hypothesize, argue and laugh.
An activity that triggers your multipotential brain in many ways.
The invigorating impulses
You can share and learn about subjects you are interested in. As well learn of new fields. Ones you didn’t even know existed! Better yet, you do it face to face. I met a few amazing new friends this way! And so can you.
It is one thing to discuss over the interwebs. It is something else entirely IRL. Looking people in the eyes, telling them you disagree. You may not be swayed by arguments. But you learn how it is to voice your own opinion. Especially over complicated matters.
You learn to be disagreed with. Experiencing people arguing with your ideas. Developing greater understanding and empathy. As well as building some resilience. The intelectual resistance is good. You can be offended, and you actually learn from the experience.
Having a recurring meeting stimulates to explore more interests. Reading more, you undertaking more, thinking more. So you have a cool meetup next time. It’s very constructive ‘peer pressure’. This activity can actually get you a job.
I recently was talking to a startup founder. He asked me what I did in my spare time. Next to the regular list of sports, going out and surfing the digital waves. I told him about the discussion group.
His eyes lit up. “a thinker” “someone who grows besides his occupation”. I got offered an interview at the spot. It’s an interesting edge on the competition.
I want one, with an extra order of fries!
So you might think. How the heck do I initiate a group like that? Is it difficult?
Nope! Super easy! First, think about the kind of people you want to join. I’d suggest passionate, intelligent, open minded people.
You probably have a friend or two who fit this description. They too have friends who fit the bill. Network a bit and create a group and organize a meeting.
Stuck because of lack of open minded friends? Go to facebook. Post your intentions to your extensive list of acquaintances. Or visit a forum you frequent. See if someone in the vicinity is interested! Alternatively, create an event at meetup.com.
Important though, set the right expectations. Explain your intentions in advance. And again at the start of a meeting. You are having a group discussion over varying subjects, where people listen, respect each other.
Set a date and arrange the right setting.
Go for drinks in a quiet pub. Offer to cook a meal at your place. Or enjoy the sun in the park. Whatever, as long as you have a space to talk extensively!
We always define a theme in advance. To have a starting point. The conversation will meander naturally from there.
I hope I have motivated you to gather a group of interesting friends. To gather and start sharing knowledge and opinions! Share, learn and meet. It is honestly one of the most stimulating things to do!
Love to hear from you guys what you think about this. Drop me a line in the comments.