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Interested in topics such as philosophy, history, psychology, political science, technology, science, etc.? We get together for a couple of hours or so over dinner to discuss topics that the group decides on. 

As your host, I reserve a restaurant in Walnut Creek that is affordable, not too noisy (relatively speaking) and has enough room to accommodate an 8 - 10 person table.

Since I make dinner reservations based on the number of RSVPs, please make sure that you can attend before signing up for this meetup.

The format of each dinner is in large part open-ended. Once everyone has been seated and we've ordered dinner, we start discussing topics based on a topics list that has been formulated before the meetup and / or based on what the group decides to discuss on the fly.

NOTE: At Dragon 2000, we order family style. Here's a link to the restaurant's menu: http://www.dragon2k.com/mainmenu.html. The restaurant doesn't accommodate separate checks for the number of people we have, so please bring cash. 

We look forward to meeting you!

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  • Elizabeth

    I always have such a great time at this meeting. I smile for days afterward!

    April 18, 2014

  • John Del G.

    Lawrence, you'll have to excuse for tonight. I thought I'll be feeling better this afternoon, but I still don't feel good. Sorry for the late advise.

    April 17, 2014

    • Lawrence

      Sorry, John, to hear that you aren't feeling well. I hope you feel better soon. I look forward to seeing you next time.

      April 17, 2014

  • Vivian

    I read Rifkin's article last night. I'm all about transparency, so I will admit to you all that I have only the most tenuous grasp on the concepts. Nevertheless, I was feeling pretty good about being (for once!) at least a tiny bit prepared for our conversation. Then tonight I encountered Larry's commentary, and I realize just how befuddled I will be tomorrow night --- Larry, I don't even know what the last four sentences mean! But no matter, I will happily listen to all of you, and I ask only that you take it slow, provide some examples along the way, and are patient with my questions. :-) See you tomorrow!

    April 16, 2014

  • Larry F

    Some of Jeremy Rifkin’s ideas are interesting if often skewed toward idealistic but less probable outcomes. The marginal cost of Digital goods IS close to zero, but physical goods like food are subject to totally different variables. Rifkin lists many encouraging trends toward a more Collaborative Commons. However there will always be a need for the resource allocation mechanism of an EFFICIENT market system based on real relative costs,
    The global financial meltdown in 2008 exposed a market distorted by predatory financial firms gaming the system with hi-tech, hi-complexety scams. High Frequency Trading is the latest (read "Flash Boys")
    Tuesday, the President of Goldman Sachs urged changes to the way the market is structured. Perhaps he was jolted when Knight Capital went belly-up after it lost $460 million in just 45 minutes when its computerized trading system ran amuck. Goldman may resist short-term looting in order to repair the house of cards before it crashes on their heads.

    April 16, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    I found this article so enlightening! This is something I have been pondering for some time without knowing it was a "thing". Looking forward to delving into this topic over some sea bass. My mind is opened to so many new ideas thanks to this group!

    April 9, 2014

    • Lawrence

      Excellent. I'm glad you liked the article.

      April 10, 2014

  • Lawrence

    A potential topic idea...

    Here's an excerpt from a book entitled The Zero Marginal Cost Society, by author Jeremy Rifkin: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeremy-rifkin/collaborative-commons-zero-marginal-cost-society_b_5064767.html

    The subject of the book ties together economics, technology and (indirectly) psychology, so I thought it would elicit some interesting dialog at our group, especially given what we have discussed recently.

    I read another book by Rifkin years ago entitled The End of Work, which I found quite interesting. Admittedly, I haven't had a chance to read The Zero Marginal Cost Society yet, but I think the excerpt provides enough of the book's main idea, that we could still discuss it without having first read the book.

    April 7, 2014

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