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More is Less? - a conversation about our attachment to 'stuff'

The conversation for the night will centre around the topic of material accumulation including the ever-increasing phenomenon called 'hoarding.' How much is consumption and collection dominating our personal spaces? Is this is a consequence of primarily identifying as 'consumers?'

*As usual, throw up possible conversation topics in the comments!*

Mingling starts at 6:30

Topic intro starts at 7:15

Finish at 8:45

Bring something edible to share if you've got the time and the means. We'll have the coffee and tea brewing. 

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  • Tracy

    It would seem that people are brainwashed by companies to think that they need all this stuff. I have read that a very significant amount of what people buy is as an "image enhancer" (in other words, trying to not just keep up with the Jones's but to surpass them; to prove to society that they are a success)

    March 21, 2014

  • Tracy

    Why does everything happen at the same time. Unfortunately I can't come this time as I already have another appointment that night

    March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Less is more." -- Mies van der Rohe
    "Less is a bore." -- Robert Venturi
    (dueling architects)

    March 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think closely related to hoarding stuff is hoarding money, which translates to the ability to get more stuff in the future. How many millions is enough money for the business magnate?

    March 2, 2014

  • Josh W

    A quote (article link follows): “I don’t think of it as hoarding at all,” he says. “That implies greed, one of the medieval sins. It’s really an accumulation of stuff, and it happens because I have an eye for everything under history.” But, I ask, wouldn’t he admit his collecting has gotten out of hand? He thinks about it and responds, gently, “I have a problem de-acquisitioning things.”

    February 24, 2014

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