Do you like science and the natural world? Do you enjoy quiet, pleasant, small-group conversation?
Please join us if you truly enjoy discussing all types of science: biology, chemistry, astronomy, geology, ecology, meteorology, horticulture, physics, epidemiology, marine science, nanotechnology, mathematics (the queen of the sciences!) , neuroscience, computer science, scientific technology, medicine and related arts, engineering, etc.
To accommodate both early risers and folk who prefer evening gatherings, we occasionally meet in the early morning or in the early evening. But to accommodate the vast majority of members who it seems are both part lark and part owl, we generally meet for late-morning coffee...or brunch...or afternoon tea.
All meetings are free, but you must purchase a refreshment in order to support the commercial establishments in which we meet. This is only fair. The people who work in these places are earning their living and they should be compensated for their space and their time with our patronage.
Our group is comprised of individuals eager to discuss real science by using language and concepts that render the topics accessible and interesting to people who already have some science literacy and would like to acquire more.
Conversations center on whatever science anyone wants to discuss that day, although sometimes we do have a pre-determined topic for discussion. Feel free to draw inspiration from Science News on the web, NPR's Science Friday or Radio Lab, or the NYT science section in addition to any professional journals you follow.
Attendees are required to RSVP.
Please note that to participate in this Meetup having a background in one of the sciences is very helpful and having the ability to acquire knowledge and to think critically is essential. Courtesy, friendliness, and participation without pecuniary self-interest are assumed.
If you think it would be fun to have a thoughtful exchange of information and ideas about science and the natural world, please come willing to talk, listen, think, teach, and learn!
Why I Started This Group
In order to explain why I started this Meetup, I borrow from the last two paragraphs of the first chapter of Issac Asimov's 1972 "Guide to Science" because Dr. Asimov stated my reasons better than I ever could.
"Yet modern science need not be so complete a mystery to non-scientists. Much could be accomplished toward bridging the gap if scientists accepted the responsibility of communication--explaining their own fields of work as simply and to as many as possible--and if non-scientists, for their part, accepted the responsibility of listening...."
Dr. Asimov continues, "....[No] one can really feel at home in the modern world and judge the nature of its problems--and the possible solutions to those problems--[without having] some intelligent notion of what science is up to. But beyond this...science brings...a deeper appreciation of the wonderful potentialities and achievements of the human mind."
And so it is that I hope our group will be comprised of seasoned scientists, dedicated amateurs, and earnest students who each labor to deepen and broaden their scientific understanding and their ability to talk about it.
May we learn to converse about science for the responsibility it is, and also for the pleasure it brings.
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