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Citizens for Science - Mornington Peninsula Pages

For the benefit of those not familiar with our meetings;

This is an opportunity to mix and share your thoughts and ideas in a relaxed friendly atmosphere with a group of friends who share an interest in skepticism as the basis of philosophical enquiry.

We aim to develop our critical thinking through the articulation of ideas relating to ethics, epistemology, science and logic.
We do not strive for consensus but agree to differ in these instances, and seek harmony in our diversity of ideas and concepts.
There are no sacred cows, however we respect everybody’s right to hold and express an opinion.
We make sure everyone has the opportunity to speak, and encourage quieter participants to contribute to the dialogue.
If you anticipate that you may find a subject to be personally offensive we prefer that you exclude yourself from that conversation.

We each play two roles, that of listener and speaker.

Listen to what is said, and look for flaws in the speakers argument.
• Be an active and engaged listener, respecting the ideas of each participant.
• Question the perspectives offered by others and examine any perceived logical inconsistencies, without making them feel uncomfortable.
• If you don’t understand a statement, ask the speaker to articulate their idea in a simpler manner.
• Ensure you stimulate the dialogue; feel free to offer a different way of expressing an idea, or concept. Play devils advocate.
• Be aware of how your own prejudices are influencing how you respond.

Speaker; the burden of proof rests with you, to validate your position.
• Present your ideas as simply and as clearly as you are able. (Use Ockham ’s razor or KISS)
• Support your ideas with cogent, well-constructed, reasoned views.
• Present your ideas without fear, regardless of how you think they will be received.
• Use humour where you can.
• Be receptive to unexpected and unfamiliar responses.
• Be self critical, look for flaws in your own argument.
• Do not suppress dialogue by bringing it to an artificial closure, unless there a group concensus to do so.

The 6.30pm start time is to allow time for socializing, so feel free to bring some food and wine to share.

The aim is to start the discussion or presentation by 7.30pm so that we can wrap up by 9.30pm.

We are all volunteers and as we don’t have any ‘fairy’s’ to come in and set up or clean up afterwards your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

A meeting is considered a success when participants leave with more questions than they had at the beginning.

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