What we’re about
Weekly discussions based on short mind-bending podcasts we listen to in advance. Originally inspired by (but never officially connected with) Radio National's "All in the Mind" broadcast/podcast. There is now a loose connection with a radio station of strange, contemplative music and spoken word with the same name as this group.
Some topics are opportunities for us to waffle on in good company while others explore advances in psychology/psychaitry/neuroscence. Choose the week which suits your approach.
We are open to hypothesis and sharing how our experiences compare however for neuroscience topics there is respect for facts and science for the more technical topics. Bad science is fair game for criticism if it does not adhere to standards. While criticism is OK within the group, at the risk of triggering each other occasionally, a bellicose attitude is discouraged.
Having said that, often it is the way we discuss rather than what we discuss which is the attraction of this group. The process rather than the product.
This month "pirola" is the magic word which you will need to know to join our meetup group.
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- Religion as Poetry vs DogmaAT HOME THAI CUISINE , Glebe
A repeat of last month's topic because much of the discussion took the "Why Religion?" topic literally, ignoring the point of the podcast which was about the poetry of Early Christianity. I have changed the topic this time to make it clear.
A companion topic for our recent celebration of Carl Sagan. This interview is with Elaine Pagels, a famous scholar of the long-lost gnostic gospels found in 1945. They reveal that Christianity was a lot more like other Eastern religions, focused on stories rather than dogma, on a poetic approach to understanding life and experiencing the numinous directly within oneself and with connection to the cosmos (Carl Sagan-like) rather than fealty to organised religion.
The podcast starts with her personal history which is interesting enough but for the meetup please make sure you listen between the 16 minute mark and 34 minutes.