"Great people talk about IDEAS. Average people talk about THINGS. Small people talk about OTHER PEOPLE." --Tobias S. Gibson
Are you tired of repetitive, maddeningly superficial "small talk"? Does endless talk about sports figures and celebrities bore you out of your wits? Would you prefer instead to discuss the ideas that shaped history?
If you answered "yes", you are cordially invited a Pasadena discussion group. This meet-up will be an intellectual oasis, a refuge for those who wish to escape the ubiquitous small talk and gossip about celebrities. Here we’ll discuss not people or things, but the ideas – powerful ideas that shaped our thinking, our life and the world we live in. There have been deep thinkers throughout history – how do their ideas still affect us? Were there any good ideas in the past that have been undeservedly forgotten? Were there any bad ideas that changed the world for the worst, and, if yes, how can we resist their influence?
We will discuss a variety of topics here. At the end of every meeting, we'll brainstorm about the topic of our next meeting. You are invited to join us and add your two cents to the wealth of discussion.
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According to H.L. Mencken, Puritanism is defined as “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Hippolyte Taine, a 19th century French historian, said "...
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February 15 · 1:30 PM
The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
At the brainstorming session of our November meeting, we were trying to choose two possible roads to go down: either to spend 2015 discussing the Era of Enlightenment... Learn more
December 7, 2014 · 5:30 PM
Discuss John Locke/Thomas Hobbes over dinner
We will be discussing John Locke and Thomas Hobbes over dinner. It will be an informal conversation.
November 2, 2014 · 1:30 PM
The Scientific Revolution
IMPORTANT: THE DATE FOR THIS MEETUP WILL BE NOVEMBER 2ND. THIS IS A DEPARTURE FROM OUR TRADITION OF MEETING ON THE SECOND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS... Learn more
September 21, 2014 · 1:30 PM
Martin Luther and The Reformation
Finally, we are having a discussion topic I have looked forward to for some time: The Reformation, with the stress on Martin Luther.
In our previous meeting, we... Learn more
July 20, 2014 · 1:30 PM
The institution of papacy – its first 1500 years
This time, by popular demand, we’ll discuss the institution of papacy during its first millennia and a half of existence and how it influenced the world. For better or... Learn more
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