This group is for anyone who has an interest in ideas or individuals related to the Intellectual Dark Web such as Jordan Peterson, Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, Christina Hoff Sommers, Dave Rubin, Sam Harris and more.
The purpose of the group is to bring together people in the Chicago area who are interested in open, honest and respectful discourse, with an emphasis on topics relating to freedom of speech and political correctness.
Together, we aim to foster a community of individuals with varying perspectives on politics, religion and morality, who all value open, honest discussion of said topics, thus creating an intellectual and social outlet for all freethinking individuals in the Chicago area.
Where Are All the Optimists? Steven Pinker is giving a 90 minute talk about all the reasons we should be optimistic about humanity and the world in 2019. I've got my ticket already, can't wait! If enough folks are interested we can host a discussion somewhere nearby after his talk.
You can follow this link to purchase a ticket:
For our first book club meeting, we'll be reading The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukainoff and Jonathan Haidt. The book is showing up on a number of Best of 2018 lists and even has a month-long backlog on Amazon!
I'll post a link to my notes from the book and some discussion points about a week before the meeting. Here's the synopsis:
Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen?
First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.
Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction.
This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines.