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We've hit our 25-person limit for the January 19 meetup so, in the interest of keeping our meetups small enough to allow everyone to participate, I'm creating this new meetup for January 25. It will be the same topic and the same program as we're doing on January 19.
If you're already registered for the January 19 meetup and want to switch to January 25, feel free. We may have a smaller group in the second get-together, which you may prefer. If you're registered for the January 19 meetup and decide instead to go to the January 25 meetup, please be sure to send a "not going" RSVP to the January 19 event so someone else can take your spot there.
On January 25, 2022 we will get back together to talk about the well-known fact that we and our team are right about political issues and the other side is composed of ignoramuses, or possibly evil people.
If you’re interested in getting a head start on this discussion, you may want to read one or both of:
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, by Kathryn Schulz
On Being Certain: Believing Your Are Right Even when You’re Not, by Robert Alan Burton
Note: You don’t have to read either one of these!! No required readings!! I mention these books just to allow those who are particularly interested in the subject to dig deeper. (And also to give you a hint that the title of this announcement and the paragraph above -- that our group is right and the other side is not -- may not be serious statements.)
I hope we’ll also have one or more people who would want to give us a report on their visit to “the other” as an open-minded anthropologist, as we discussed in our last Meetup. This “moral fieldwork,” as Jonathan Haidt calls it, gets to the heart of what this group is all about: engaging constructively with those who think differently from us. Yes, it may take us out of our comfort zones, but the rewards can be tremendous. If you want to do this, you might want to take a look at the message I posted on our group’s message board November 20 titled “Let’s do some moral fieldwork!” Or you can contact me directly, particularly if you have any questions, so we can talk about how you might want to take this on. Thank you to all who are adventurous enough to try it.
Once you register for the Meetup, make sure you have the Zoom link!! If not, please let me know as soon as possible so I can get it to you.