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INTELLIGENCE

  • Jun 2, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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Intelligence --

Your parents declare you have it, professors declare you don't. Everyone declares they know how much everyone else has and there is no real way to measure it.

Some say it a function of reason and some of emotion.

We will meet to discuss these and other aspects of what is intelligence.

I cannot say this will make you smart but am confident this will in fact make you smartER....but is smart the same as intelligent?

 

We meet in the awe inspiring Kogod courtyard of the National Portrait gallery to discuss topics that sometimes predetermined or selected by those attending. The discussion is open and candid with no need for formal background in the subject or in Philosophy. The goal is to have an opportunity to hear the perspective of others and relate to it rather than oppose it.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    One of our very best discussions! Very well structured and moderated with an eye toward participation on the one hand and civility on the other. Lots of great ideas to digest!

    2 · June 2, 2013

    • Steven

      Do you recall you point in regard to these from yesterday Ronnie?

      June 3, 2013

    • Jeffrey

      Ronnie, I was just playing around a bit. The Roman Church (ie the Catholics) violently stamped out the"heretical"­ Gnostics as soon as they had the power to do so. This is probably the reason why the sacred texts were hidden in the first place and it is ironic they stayed hidden until they were miraculously? "unhidden" only during our age of religious tolerance. I was having martinis with a friend of mine in Manhattan last summer and this friend revealed he is writing a musical opera based on those texts. I am afraid his interpretation of them is as loopy as Dan Brown's but in truth the texts are supposed to be comprehensible only to a "chosen" few. I had no idea the texts discussed the "law of attraction" you referred to which shows that the ancients saw some of the same strange workings in the universe that we moderns do. This is why I am looking forward to you leading your discussion.

      June 3, 2013

  • Steven

    Check it out I was quoted today in a Harvard Business Review Blog post by Amy Gallo

    http://blogs.hbr.org/hmu/2013/06/what-to-do-when-an-employee-cries-at-work.html

    June 3, 2013

  • Steven

    I thank everyone for showing and take little credit for any success here but give it to Aleksey for his introduction and the insightful thoughts of each of you. Thank you Dee for your excellent suggestion for our self confessions of our own intelligence, a truly unique and perhaps bonding exercise.

    I do hope each of you will return throughout this summer as the list you gave me is an outstanding one worthy of the greatest of minds and sure to support many lively discussions.

    I will be setting up the next meetup on Technology and post some other matters for your review tomorrow.

    Again thank you.

    Steve

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Steven

    I might be a few minutes late due to metro delays[masked]

    June 2, 2013

  • Farhana

    Intelligence - one of my favorite topics and was eager to participate in the discussion and listen to others. Sorry, I won't be able to attend the meeting. The topic I hope continues on for the next meeting. Farhana

    June 1, 2013

    • Steven

      Do you mean that we continue to be intelligent for succeeding meetings? Doubtful, but I speak only for myself :)

      June 2, 2013

    • Farhana

      As long as there is no harm. :)

      June 2, 2013

  • Steven

    This is a high RSVP compared to many so I would like to lay out a few things for our new participants.

    First of all we are here to share our perspectives and to learn from others. As such consider this a brainstorming session where there are no bad ideas.

    The best discussions have been where people continue ideas one from the other like passing it like a baton in a relay. That does not mean we cannot counter a proposition but rather we consider all sides together playing it out, examining it like a scientist. And please challenge yourself to take a viewpoint other than your own.

    We all like to talk so I will ask everyone be aware that we like everyone to contribute so do not monopolize the discussion. I will be there as a secondary limit on this.

    The rule is if someone is talking, someone else can raise their hand so that means wrap up and pass the baton please?

    Enjoying each other and having fun is optional, respect and courtesy are mandatory.

    June 2, 2013

  • George V.

    Unfortunately I can't attend, I have to work, hope someone else can take my spot.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to my first Philosophy Cafe meeting!

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Steven

    Usually I call time at 5:00 Lynn but it is not unusual for discussions to carry on. It all depends on those that show and the topic at hand.

    This might be a large group and my role will be to make sure the group hears from each of you.

    We have prepared a short introduction to this fascinating topic and encourage others to bring your favorite interpretations.

    I hope you each enjoy this half as much as I always do. Personally I benefit from listening to you not you listening to me.

    My cell number is[masked] if anyone has trouble finding us.

    Steve

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long do these discussions typically last? I have to leave by 16:00

    May 30, 2013

  • Steven

    Parking is very tough to find on the street but there are a number of parking garages in the surrounding blocks. The National Portrait Gallery is right next to the Verizon Center which is at Galley Place / China town stop on the Red Line. The 9th and G exit is literally at the base of the museum and you can walk right up.

    There is a decent cafe inside with food, snacks and beer and wine.

    We usually pull a couple of tables together unless when it is busy when we will grab a spot in one of the corners of the courtyard. I usually display a couple of small 8 1/2 X 11 folded signs so you have to look carefully. Also note there are usually other meetup groups meeting there at the same time.

    May 30, 2013

  • Steven

    Under the menu above "More" I uploaded a file of types of intelligence by Howard Gardner, "Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences" (1983) for your consideration.

    May 27, 2013

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