What we're about

We're a community of curious people who enjoy meaningful conversations, having fun and feeding our brains with topics like science, philosophy, and mindfulness. Events include science and philosophy lectures, post-lecture cocktails, podcast discussion groups, campfires, mindfulness events, "share your passion" nights and more.

We value Curiosity, Objectivity, Authenticity, Open communication, Free expression, Community, Sense of humor and Fun. If you value the same, join us at an event!

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Upcoming events (5+)

Nerd Night SF at Rickshaw Stop [$13]

Rickshaw Stop

This event is produced by Nerd Night SF. You can buy tickets for the event here: https://bit.ly/2Jqh7sR The plan is to meet up at Rickshaw Shop, have a few drinks and get our nerd on! Wear your glasses if you got em! --- What is Nerd Night SF? Nerd Nite SF is a monthly lecture-in-bar series where nerds get together to hear short presentations and drink. Talks include everything from science to history to game design to, well, anything that could be considered nerdy! Be there and be square! http://sf.nerdnite.com/ --- Facebook: If you’re not yet allergic to facebook, feel free to join us there too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindfoodsf/ Support: If you’re really digging MFSF events, feel free to show some love: https://www.patreon.com/mindfoodsf

Mind Food Podcast Club: Sam Harris & Shane Parrish - Mental Models

This week's location: Spark Social SF This week's episode: https://samharris.org/podcasts/155-mental-models/ --- What's this week's podcast about? In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Shane Parrish about some of the mental models that should guide our thinking and behavior. Shane Parrish is the host of The Knowledge Project podcast and the founder of Farnam Street blog, which aims to help others develop an understanding of how the world works, make better decisions, and live a better life. Shane was previously a cybersecurity expert at Canada’s top intelligence agency, Communications Security Establishment, a division of Canada’s Defense Department. https://samharris.org/podcasts/155-mental-models/ --- What's a podcast club? It's like a book club for podcasts. Each week we discuss a long-form discussion podcast from podcasters like Sam Harris and Joe Rogan. We start off as a large group and spend part of the time chatting in smaller groups. Our conversations are very casual and open and we encourage everyone to speak freely, respectfully and concisely. Ultimately, the idea is to help each other think a little differently and learn a thing or two. Afterward, some of us usually go out for dinner and drinks. Our meetings generally follow this format: - Meet and mingle - Intros and initial thoughts - 2 rounds of small group discussions - Closing thoughts and takeaways - Grab food/drink somewhere nearby --- Vote: Suggest or vote on a future podcast to discuss here: https://bit.ly/2Kh9iGP Facebook: If you’re not yet allergic to facebook, feel free to continue the discussion online: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindfoodsf/ Support: If you’re really digging MFSF events, feel free to show some love: https://www.patreon.com/mindfoodsf

Psychology Salon: What makes us human? - Robert Sapolsky

This week’s location: Manny’s (In the back room) This week’s content: (Please watch or listen prior to the event) - Video version: https://bit.ly/2xRhlCO - Podcast version: https://apple.co/2JYF4Xp --- What is Psychology Salon? Psychology Salon is a discussion group focused on understanding our crazy brains. Prior to each gathering, we all watch/listen to a video or podcast related to human psychology then meet up on Sunday to discuss. We start off as a large group and spend part of the time chatting in smaller groups. Our conversations are very casual and open and we encourage everyone to speak freely, respectfully and concisely. Ultimately, the idea is to help each other think a little differently and learn a thing or two. Afterward, some of us usually go out for dinner and drinks. --- Whats this weeks discussion about? This week we’ll discuss a video/podcast lecture given by Robert Sapolsky on "What makes us human?” In this lecture, Sapolsky jovially explores human behavior and how we are the same as, and different from, other animals. This video is produced by the Leakey Foundation and The Bay Area Science Festival. Robert Sapolsky is a world-renowned neuroscientist and a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University. He is the author of several bestselling books including Behave, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers and A Primate's Memoir. This week’s content: (Please watch or listen prior to the event) - Video version: https://bit.ly/2xRhlCO - Podcast version: https://apple.co/2JYF4Xp --- More info on the Leakey Foundation: https://leakeyfoundation.org/ More info on the Bay Area Science Fest: http://www.bayareasciencefestival.org/

Mind Food Podcast Club: Sam Harris & Jared Diamond - Rise & Fall [$10]

Event fee: $10. Cash, venmo or paypal (See payment details below) This week's location: 251 Rhode Island: https://bit.ly/30sBCKV This week's episode: https://samharris.org/podcasts/161-rise-fall/ --- What's this week's podcast about? In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Jared Diamond about the rise and fall of civilizations. They discuss political polarization, disparities in civilizational progress, the prospect that there may be biological differences between populations, the precariousness of democracy in the US, the lack of a strong political center, immigration policy, and other topics. Jared Diamond is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among his many awards are the U.S. National Medal of Science, Japan’s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of the international best-selling books Guns, Germs, and Steel; Collapse; Why Is Sex Fun?; The World until Yesterday, and The Third Chimpanzee. He is also the presenter of a TV documentary series based on three of those books. His newest book is Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. This week's episode: https://samharris.org/podcasts/161-rise-fall/ --- What's a podcast club? It's like a book club for podcasts. Each week we discuss a long-form discussion podcast from podcasters like Sam Harris and Joe Rogan. We start off as a large group and spend part of the time chatting in smaller groups. Our conversations are very casual and open and we encourage everyone to speak freely, respectfully and concisely. Ultimately, the idea is to help each other think a little differently and learn a thing or two. Afterward, some of us usually go out for dinner and drinks. Our meetings generally follow this format: - Meet and mingle - Intros and initial thoughts - 2 rounds of small group discussions - Closing thoughts and takeaways - Grab food/drink somewhere nearby --- Payment details: We're asking for $10 starting this event. We'd love to keep this event free but we'd also like to grow the community and offer more events, and that takes a little $$. You can find payment details below. If you currently don't have the means to contribute monetarily, no problem at all. Just shoot me (Brandon) a podcast recommendation and we're all good. Thank you in advance! - Cash: Just pay at the event - Venmo: @brandon-upchurch - Paypal: paypal.me/MindFoodSF --- Vote: Suggest or vote on a future podcast to discuss here: https://bit.ly/2Kh9iGP Facebook: If you’re not yet allergic to facebook, feel free to continue the discussion online: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindfoodsf/

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