The topic for this month is: "Does respect for authority hinder scientific progress? What is needed for science to flourish?"
In the book Megachange, The Economist contributor Geoffrey Carr forecasts that in a new age of innovation, it will be difficult for authoritarian societies to be successful in the sciences (see here under the heading "Galileo's children"). Using this as one example, we'd like to discuss the influence of cultural factors on scientific development.
Please note that we have changed the location for this month, and will be meeting at Yoyogi Park instead of Gonpachi. We'll meet at the Harajuku gate (the main gate) to the park, which is just a short walk from Harajuku and Meiji-jingumae stations.
A few notes:
1) At 3:05 we'll head into the park to find a place to sit, so please make sure to arrive on time and not be left behind!
2) Everything is "bring your own", including food, drinks and something to sit on.
3) Please keep your RSVP as up-to-date as possible, even if you're updating on the morning of the meeting.