What we're about
Active Thinkers For & Against
1. This Adelaide meetup is about thinking and big ideas. The organizer has wide interests himself, but has found in the past that social interest topics rather than more specialized scientific or technical topics attract wider participation. The quality of the discussion depends on (and varies) with whoever happens to turn up. Everyone is expected to take an active part.
Simple opinions are often lazy. The organizer of Active Thinkers For & Against (Thor) hopes to find people who will put a little time and mental energy into exploring all sorts of challenging ideas. For him this is a kind of sport. People with curious minds who can see both sides of an argument and are genial enough to agree to disagree sometimes are especially welcome. In fact, expect to be challenged occasionally to offer an argument against your own preferred viewpoint ^_^ . If your background is not Australian, this cultural style might be a bit confusing at first. Don’t be offended by open disagreement. It takes all kinds of people to make the world go around.
Please go through the remarks and some links in the 'comments' section of each topic before you come (scroll down the meetup web page). Reading links are added over the two weeks before we meet. You are welcome to add links too. It becomes a better discussion if everyone has researched a little background information first.
You can see a list of previous topics discussed at http://thormay.net/unwiseideas/DiscussionTopics/DiscussionIndex.htm (This is in old form html at the moment, so hard to read on a small screen). This group also has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1668079356593059/
2. Time and Venue
Active Thinkers may run as either an online Zoom meetup, or as a cafe meetup. Most recently Zoom meetups have run on Tuesday evenings, 6pm to 8 pm. Cafe meetings, when we have them, have been in the Cafe Brunelli, Rundle St, Adelaide CBD, Any cafe meetup will probably be on Monday evenings, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This is negotiable according to attendee preferences and available venues.
The meetup asks for a $2 donation. That helps to pay meetup.com in New York for a website subscription of about A$160 every 6 months. Either bring a $2 coin (for a café meetup) or you can transfer $2 to my account using Pay ID. To send money you just need my mobile number: 0479 154 831. (Every Australian bank has a Pay ID phone app to download).
See you soon, Thor
https://independent.academia.edu/ThorMay [.. about 150 articles by Thor]
https://youtu.be/OmGVsC7OshA [5 minute video of Thor teaching English in China, 2010]