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Let's discuss the issue of privacy and surveillance in contemporary society. Currently the Smithsonian American Art Museum is exhibiting past and current work by Trevor Paglen. His work blurs the lines between art, science, and investigative journalism to construct unfamiliar and at times unsettling ways to see and interpret the world around us. Some of his photographs include — a classified military installation, a spy satellite, a tapped communications cable, a drone, an artificial intelligence. Visit the exhibit or view the following YouTubes to get you started:

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111 E Patrick St · Frederick, MD

Respond by: 9/26/2018

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What we're about

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song over hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." ---J.R.R. Tolkien.

This group is for anyone who craves the pleasure of high-quality conversation in a fun and relaxed setting, with plenty of food, drink, and music to set the mood.

We converse to learn. We listen first, speak second. We respect diverse viewpoints and recognize that we're likely to learn the most from those whose opinions and experiences differ from ours. We take inspiration from our conversations out into the world and try to make ourselves useful. We apply sound reasoning to sound facts. We especially crave fresh ideas, creative thinking, and positive attitudes. We love people who read! Not all of us drink the alcoholic stuff, but those of us who do drink don't do so to get drunk but simply to enjoy. We are mostly a QUIET group.

We accommodate the conversational styles of introverts and extroverts and everyone in between. This group will feature both daytime and evening meetings.

If you respect your fellow humans, are a kind and patient listener, have some creative ideas and a love of sound thinking--and if you crave the quiet company of like-minded folks--this is the meetup for you!

Q: Why "drinking" thinkers? Do I have to like booze to join?

A: We love you no matter what you drink! Coffee, tea, water, it's all good!

Q: Do I have to talk, or can I just listen?

A: No have-tos other than to treat each other with respect. Talk if you like, or just listen if you prefer!

Q: Your meetings have a theme--does that mean there's homework?

A: Sometimes there will be optional reading or viewing (links to TED talks and such) but never required.

Q: Can I bring my dog, ukelele, juggling clubs, or mother-in-law?

A: We'll try to schedule some sessions to accommodate these ideas and more!

Q: Can I suggest topics or moderate a meeting?

A: Yes, please!

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