What we're about

We meet online and where possible in person for for lively conversation on a selected variety of topics. A thoughtful exchange of views and personal perspectives on the human experience. An opportunity to have an enjoyable and enriching discussion with open-minded people who like to listen as much as they like to talk.

Est. March 2005

Upcoming events (1)

"I. M." 📚Book club 📚 ["The Molecule of More" by D. Lieberman and M. Long]

Totsuka Regional Center

¥100

------About the Book club-----

This will be a relaxed discussion and exchange of ideas about the book. If you have questions or did not fully understand the content, you can bring the inquiries and we all can have a friendly chat about them.

Here there are no "I am right", or "You are wrong" answers, just open minds. Agnostics when we don't know enough to have an informed opinion and comprehensive when we don't share them. We try to see the world from different perspectives, even when those are counterintuitive. We gather to try to understand ✅, not to make anyone understand❌.

ー➡️To cover the cost of the venue we will ask for 100 yen to join ⬅️ー

For January we will be discussing: "The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity―and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race" Please take a look at the end for an abstract of the book.

------Details of the event-----

- 1:00PM
The venue opens. Please come directly to the Totsuka Chiiki center (戸塚地域センター). Conference room number 1 (会議室1)in the 5th floor (5階)

-1:10 PM
Depending on the number of people, we will split into small groups to start the discussion. A list with the subtitles of the book and possible questions will be provided, but feel free to start the conversation as you like.

-2:00 PM
We will mix the groups and share our thoughts with different persons

-2:30 PM
Let's discuss altogether the conclusions that we got from each other (or maybe there will be more questions than answers!)

The limit of the persons is stipulated by the capacity of the room so we can manage better the discussion and everyone can participate and have a voice, so, if you are unable to attend, please change your RSPV so others can join instead.

Let's talk about dopamine!

NOTE: If you are interested in attending this bookclub but you are unable to afford it due to a particular financial situation, please send a direct message to the organizer. We will figure things out :)

========================Abstract======================

# The Molecule of More

Why are we obsessed with the things we want only to be bored when we get them?

Why is addiction perfectly logical to an addict?

Why does love change so quickly from passion to indifference?

Why are some people die-hard liberals and others hardcore conservatives?

Why are we always hopeful for solutions even in the darkest times—and so good at figuring them out?

The answer is found in a single chemical in your brain: dopamine. Dopamine ensured the survival of early man. Thousands of years later, it is the source of our most basic behaviors and cultural ideas—and progress itself.
Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more—more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things, it is undeterred by emotion, fear, or morality. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or that drives a satisfied spouse to risk it all for the thrill of someone new. Simply put, it is why we seek and succeed; it is why we discover and prosper. Yet, at the same time, it’s why we gamble and squander.
From dopamine’s point of view, it’s not the having that matters. It’s getting something—anything—that’s new. From this understanding—the difference between possessing something versus anticipating it—we can understand in a revolutionary new way why we behave as we do in love, business, addiction, politics, religion—and we can even predict those behaviors in ourselves and others.
In The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity—and will Determine the Fate of the Human Race, George Washington University professor and psychiatrist Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, and Georgetown University lecturer Michael E. Long present a potentially life-changing proposal: Much of human life has an unconsidered component that explains an array of behaviors previously thought to be unrelated, including why winners cheat, why geniuses often suffer with mental illness, why nearly all diets fail, and why the brains of liberals and conservatives really are different.

Past events (236)

"I. M." 📖 Book club 📖 ["Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari]

Totsuka Regional Center

¥100