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Let's Talk About: Science

This meetup has been rescheduled from 12/14 to 12/21. PLEASE CHANGE YOUR RSVPs ACCORDINGLY.

Our next meetup will focus on Science.

We will meet upstairs in the public space at 875 3rd avenue. Please make sure you go to the right building. There is another public atrium a block north of 875 3rd avenue that several people have gone to by mistake. 

The meetup runs as follows

1) The moderator selects one subject for discussion and a date for the meeting. Subjects can be as ephemeral as "love," "god," and "purpose," or as grounded as "politics," "environmentalism," and "family." 

2) At the meetup, people are encouraged to propose a question related to the subject. The moderator will collect all of the questions in a list. Questions may also be proposed ahead of time online on the event page.

3) The group will then vote on the questions. In the first round of voting, each individual may vote for as many questions as they like. The top three will then go to a second round, where each individual may vote just once. 

4) The question with the most votes is then discussed. Often, the discussion starts with a narrowing of the question, as it can be challenging to devise a question that can possibly be answered by a small group in just a couple of hours' discussion.

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  • Yen

    Thought-provoking discussion on the strengths and limitations of science.

    How has technology changed social norms and/or perceptions about traditional wisdom?

    January 17, 2014

  • Bronislaw

    Quite good

    2 · December 21, 2013

    • Bronislaw

      I really did. However I am not sure whether I will make the next one because I'll be leaving for Europe.

      December 23, 2013

    • Bryan

      Well I hope you can make it in. If not - have a great time in Europe!

      December 23, 2013

  • Phil

    How are uninformed but conscientious members of the public able to judge the validity of scientific pronouncements - and their importance - in an age of too much information and rampant spin?

    3 · December 20, 2013

  • Rob M.

    Looks like i wont be able to get there til around 2pm :(

    December 13, 2013

    • Bryan

      No worries - thank you for the heads up! Since you'll miss the question proposal and vote stage, if you have any you'd like to submit feel free to do so ahead of time, here.

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • Barbara E.

    Are scientific breakthroughs kept from release until influential special interest groups decide they have become economically/socially feasible? Think cutting edge telecom technology that AT&T spoon fed to the public until the divestiture, alternative energy solutions patents that were purchased by oil companies and shelved, medical treatments that are released in other countries but not the USA.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Yen

    What are the differences between physical science and social science?

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Christopher P.

    Can the Scientific Method be improved upon? When should science be able to dictate direction of societal norms? Why does science intimidate more than it illuminates (not for everyone, but it seems to be mysticism is usually the winner in cultural molding)? Should society be able to declare discoveries from scientific research public domain, and should there be a profit driven incentive for it? Just some ideas.

    2 · November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    SCientific reasoning is the basis or ratoional thought,

    November 9, 2013

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