What we're about

Are you fascinated by the Big Ideas that shaped the development and history of mankind, and continue to do so? Are you interested in exploring these ideas with both like and divergent minded people?

Are you intrigued by the relationships between different themes that chart the history of mankind?

Do you enjoy sharing, debating and learning from the ideas of others? Are you willing to challenge your personal frameworks based on the contribution of others?

ARE YOU RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS, THEIR OPINIONS AND IDEAS?

Then, please join your fellow Open Minds in communal engagement with yours.

And hey, while the topics may be serious, it is also about fun, laughter, social connection and developing friendships!

At this stage we will have a formal monthly meetup, on a weeknight, with the option of informal meetups in-between. I'm sure that in many cases we will scratch the surface, and it will be good to explore further.

IMPORTANT: Your presence is in itself a contribution, even though you may choose not to voice your thoughts - which is your right.

VERY IMPORTANT: We will not tolerate any prejudice based on race, creed, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity

Upcoming events (3)

Human Intelligence - What is it really?

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Intelligence is usually associated with Human Intelligence, though there are other forms such as Artificial Intelligence that will be a topic of its own. Wikipedia defines Human Intelligence as: Human intelligence is the intellectual prowess of humans, which is marked by complex cognitive feats and high levels of motivation and self-awareness. Through their intelligence, humans possess the cognitive abilities to learn, form concepts, understand, apply logic, and reason, including the capacities to recognize patterns, comprehend ideas, plan, solve problems, make decisions, retain information, and use language to communicate. Intelligence enables humans to experience and think. End of definition Although relatively straight forward, there are many questions that arise: • Is everyone intelligent? • What are the different types of intelligence? • Emotional intelligence - what is it? • Spiritual intelligence - what is it? • Intelligence vs Wisdom? • Is intelligence a worthwhile human value? Should those with less intelligence be valued less in terms of human dignity? • Do cultural and religious (incl atheistic) paradigms have an impact? • Should intelligence attributed to other species? • What does evolution tell us about intelligence? is intelligence hereditary? Are there other perspectives that shed a different light on the subject? Please research the topic and enrich the content of our discussion. Join us for a convivial evening of intellectual discussion that feeds body and mind. Meet & greet @ 18h45 Meeting starts @ 19h00

Democracy in Action - South African Style?

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The 2019 National and Provincial elections are now past. Let us direct our searchlight on the following aspects of democracy in South Africa: • What are the different types of democracy? • Is there a 'perfect democracy'? • How does South African democracy compare? • How did political parties conduct themselves in the run up to the election? Did their behaviour transgress accepted norms? • Is there a possibility of a coalition government in SA? • What are the prospects for David Mabuza as President of the Republic, with Julius Malema as his deputy? Are there other perspectives that shed a different light on the subject? Please research the topic and enrich the content of our discussion. Join us for a convivial evening of intellectual discussion that feeds body and mind. Meet & greet @ 18h45 Meeting starts @ 19h00

What is Normal?

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Normal - "a setting on a washing machine, dishwasher, hairdryer, etc." as in a sense of the 'general'. When applied to human behaviour it is called 'normality'. And normality uses the word 'normal' in its definition. Are there other perspectives that shed a different light on the subject? Please research the topic and enrich the content of our discussion. Join us for a convivial evening of intellectual discussion that feeds body and mind. Meet & greet @ 18h45 Meeting starts @ 19h00

Past events (9)

Free Will - Real or Illusory?

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