We seek brain-aching, adrenalin-rushing, higher-level, small-group discussion on philosophy, psychology, politics, science and culture (but not faith-based positions). We seek fascinating online talks or pieces of writing to share and discuss. Discussion leaders post details of the topic for discussion and also keep the dialogue on track. We meet at quiet venues in inner Melbourne close to public transport. If higher-level brain ache appeals to you, please join us! And please feel free to organise your own meetup for the group. Also let Lola know if you are interested in participating in a brain-ache writers' peer group to provide feedback on pieces.
Brain-ache discussions run along community-of-inquiry lines. The idea of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) is to gather your questions; settle on our starting question; and track it mercilessly until it runs out of puff. It is legitimate to go off on a new or related track as long as the group is happy to go along for the ride.

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PS inactive memberships automatically lapse after two months

NOTES on the CoI approach

Perhaps the most difficult thing about the entire Community-of-Inquiry (CoI) process is question formulation. Productive questions for a CoI are:
• not readily answerable by reasoning or research, yet amenable to reasoning and evidence (as distinct from faith positions, which defy reasoning);
• contentious (there are plausible competing hypotheses about them);
• such that we care about the answer.

What is the point of the community of inquiry and how do we know that we’re meeting it?
• Did the discussion have a clear focus, that is, did we know what we were talking about?
• Did we stick to the point or wander all over the place?
• Did we build on one another’s ideas?
• Did we develop new understandings or ways of looking at the issue at hand?
• Did we make progress with (any of) the questions we set for ourselves?

Ref Laurance Splitter et al., Places for Thinking: Resource Manual (ACER, 1998), 20; L. Splitter and Ann Sharp, Teaching for Better Thinking (ACER, 1995). 

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