What we're about

Intellectual Café is a group of well-read, open-minded individuals who enjoy to get together, chat, and debate. There is no limit in the coverage of issues: from philosophy, to psychology, to sociology, to politics, to history and to the environmental issues. We've got it all covered. If there is an issue worth reading, contemplating, and debating about, the issue is relevant to our group. As a member, you are more than welcome to submit ideas to discuss, debate, or read about. All members can suggest meetups and can host those meetups in which they serve as the moderator and/or the subject matter expert. Being an intellectual is cool in this group and we'd love to get to know you!

Get involved: we'd love to have as many as possible members who are willing to host events. After hosting a successful event, you're more than welcome to become one of the group's Event Organizers, if you so wish. To get started, simply send a message to the group's organizer and explain what kind of event you'd like to host.

Cost: Membership in this group and our events are free. You will pay for your own drinks/food at the meetup location.

RSVPs: Every member is expected to respect their RSVP for each event and keep it up to date. Two instances of disrespect of the RSVP will lead to the member being removed from the group.

Upcoming events (2)

JBP series: 12 Rules for Life - Rule 1

Online event

This is a series of discussions about Jordan B. Peterson's book 12 Rules for Life: an antidote to chaos. You can get it here: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0797XNVYZ/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_3nhHFbNGM3JK3 This series aims at discussing what the rules mean in the context of recent events. Covid19 is changing the world and for some people, it means a trip to the underworld. How can Dr. Peterson's teachings help us through this? Each meeting will concentrate on one chapter of the book, so we will start with chapter 1: Rule 1 / Stand up straight with your shoulders back

American "Free Markets": can regulations make them free again? (online event)

Details We will be discussing the film The Big Short, a chronicle based on a real group of investors who bet against the U.S. mortgage market during the time of the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007. We will also be discussing several articles which not only touch upon the great recession, but also regulations in general, as well as the apparent rise of an oligopoly in the United States. The goal of this meetup is to explore to what extent America has become an oligopoly, the role of government regulations, and the potential consequences of the status quo. The film: The Big Short https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/ https://play.google.com/store/search?q=The%20Big%20Short&c=movies https://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/the-big-short/id1061320456 https://whatsnewonnetflix.com/canada/631/the-big-short-2015#:~:text=Yes%2C%20The%20Big%20Short%20is,streaming%20on%20September%204%2C%202019. The articles: The Causes of the Subprime Mortgage Crisis By Kimberly Amadeo https://www.thebalance.com/what-caused-the-subprime-mortgage-crisis-3305696#:~:text=The%20ultimate%20cause%20of%20the,who%20couldn't%20afford%20loans. The U.S. Only Pretends to Have Free Markets By Thomas Philippon, Professor of finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/europe-not-america-home-free-market/600859/ Why the U.S. economy isn’t as competitive and free as you think By Martin Wolf https://www.ft.com/content/97be3f2c-00b1-11ea-b7bc-f3fa4e77dd47 Details of the online event: Due to recent updates regarding COVID-19, this event will be offered online. The online platform we will be using is "Google Hangouts," which is free. It is available as an app, or an extension to Google Chrome. Unfortunately only 10 people can participate at a time, which means that at this point, some of us will not get to attend. I apologize for this inconvenience. We are all doing our best to adapt to the ever-changing reality of the pandemic. How Google Hangouts works: Once the app is downloaded, or the extension is added to Chrome, you can join the meeting through a link that will be provided in the comment section of the Meetup event roughly 15 minutes before the beginning of the event on November 15th, (at about 5:45 PM.) When the link is available in the Meetup event comment section, simply click on it and you should be provided with access to the discussion. Download links for Google Hangouts app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hangouts/id643496868 Downloading Google Chrome Hangouts extension: https://hangouts.google.com/ Nature of our discussions/debates: • Opinions expressed are encouraged to be backed by facts wherever possible; • Members should gracefully take criticism of their opinion and not take the criticism personally; • Members should show willingness to provide more facts and explanations in support of their opinion if this is requested by any other participant; • Organizer acts as a moderator as well as a participant in the discussion. Group's policy on RSVPs: • Every member is expected to respect their RSVP for each event and keep it up to date. Two instances of disrespect of the RSVP will lead to the member being removed from the group; • If a person can no longer attend, they must change their RSVP to No as soon as possible.

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