Past Meetup

Groupthink & Herd Behavior - hosted by SB Philosophy & Critical Thinking

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Fujitsu meeting room

1240 Arques Avenue · Sunnyvale, ca

How to find us

Fujitsu is at 1240 Arques Ave, near Lawrence & Central in Sunnyvale. Look for the entrance with 3 flag poles in front of it. Once inside, go to the room immediately behind the reception desk. If you arrive late, you'll see our # posted on the door

Location image of event venue


In conjunction with the Humanist Community, South Bay Philosophy & Critical Thinking is proud to announce a new topic for the 2nd Thursday in March. This month, they'll be Groupthink and Herd Behavior.

What is groupthink?
What is herd behavior?
In what ways can groupthink and herd behavior be beneficial?
In what ways can groupthink and herd behavior be detrimental?
What are some good examples (or case studies) of groupthink or herd behavior?
Why are some people more predisposed to groupthink or herd behavior than others?
Is there an evolutionary advantage to participate in groupthink or herd behavior?

Herd Behavior

Come with an open mind, and be willing to question your assumptions and not just to defend them. We want to be suspicious of our own confirmation bias. It would be good to do some searching for evidence to support the other side of the debate, before the meeting. How reliable is the information on either side? Why do people have such strong opinions when the evidence seems so inconclusive? Come and challenge yourself at this meeting of SBPCT.

Please note our new meeting place. We are now meeting in the front conference room at Fujitsu - 1240 E Arques Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085. It is very near the intersection of Lawrence Expressway and Central Expressway in Sunnyvale near the border with Santa Clara. The main entrance has three flag poles in front of it. This is the only door that will be open at that time. The room is immediately behind the receptionist desk. If you arrive late you might need to call one of us, and we will put the cell number on the door.

So get your thinking caps on, and plan to exercise your thinking skills with other critical thinkers. We look forward to seeing you on the 14th!

Note: This meetup can also be found on the South Bay Philosophy & Critical Thinking meetup page at