What we're about
Adelaide Lunchtime Seminar (ALS)
• ALS is a meetup where we explore questions around a topic, then have a friendly discussion. Topics themselves vary, depending upon our imagination and what seems interesting at the time. Topics may range from social to political, to technical, to scientific, to historical … and so on. Generally each particular meeting will be fairly focused in the form of a seminar among equals. Sometimes the discussion might be more free-wheeling. This group also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1668079356593059/
•The general rules of the game are that whoever turns up works together on a given topic.
•A topic and about 10 focus questions will be published before the meetup. Feel free to contribute other focus questions around the topic too. Focus questions are not intended to push one viewpoint! You can adopt any position you wish. We actually like friendly disagreement - it can lead to deeper understanding. Note: clearly not all of these questions can be properly covered in a meetup, but they give us a conscious choice about what to talk about while making the background context clearer. It is up to the people who come on the day to choose what aspects they would like to deal with.
•Seminar groups like this work best if people can add more than casual prejudice and opinion. Expertise is especially welcome. If you at least do a Google search on the topic before you turn up, then everyone gains.
•If you want to suggest a future Lunchtime Seminar topic, try to think of some focus questions to go with it too. Inventing focus questions clears the mind wonderfully.
2. Time and Venue
At the moment the Adelaide Lunchtime Seminar meets in The Cafe Delores, Charles St Plaza, 20 Charles St, Adelaide CBD. Recognize me from my black cap on the table or check a photo at http://thormay.net/image/Thor5january2015b-...; . This cafe is quiet, has lots of seats and is never crowded. A cup of tea will cost you about $3.
Meetups happen every second Monday from 12:15 pm to about 1:30 pm depending on demand (the timing is flexible).
For earlier members a little confused by name changes, Adelaide Lunchtime Seminar has gone through a series of formats and names in search of the most workable approach to thoughtful discussion. It began in Brisbane as 'Active Thinking'. In 2015 it moved to Adelaide with the same name. After a year successive changes were made to call it 'Question Everything!', then 'Eh, Why Do You Think Like That?', then 'Adelaide Question & Answer'. Meetup times tried have been Sunday afternoon in a pub, Monday evening in a pub, and now at lunchtime in The Cafe Delores, Charles St Plaza, 20 Charles St, Adelaide CBD.
A couple of American websites have recently emerged with a torrent of interesting topics, though typically oriented of course to American culture. Don’t just echo their questions, but they may give you a lead on the kinds of things many people find interesting:
a) Quora http://quora.com (This website can become addictive)
b) Change-my-view https://www.reddit.com/r/changemyview/
c) A list of sites similar to Quora.com http://alternativeto.net/software/quora/
d) A list of software that might be adapted to something like Quora.com http://alternativeto.net/software/coordino/
The organizer of Adelaide Lunchtime Seminar is Thor May; firstname.lastname@example.org.
He has published a lot of essays and papers at https://independent.academia.edu/ThorMay . If you need to find Thor at a venue, here is a link to his photo: http://thormay.net/image/Thor5january2015b-captioned.jpg (http://thormay.net/image/Thor5january2015b-captioned.jpg%C2%A0)
Thor has run other meetups built around questions and discussions. An index of all the topics covered by these is online at http://thormay.net/unwiseideas/DiscussionTopics/DiscussionIndex.htm