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May 2013 meeting -- Tokyo Socrates Cafe

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.

-The Organizers

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  • Daniel W.

    Thank you very much to Mike and Karthik for arranging this meetup. I enjoyed it very much.

    May 28, 2013

  • Angelo L.

    It was great to have a science-related person on the group and everybody contributed to the discussion in a very cooperative way, being good listeners and kind speakers.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Rachel R.

    Will be there in about 3 min, let me know if you move

    May 26, 2013

  • Colin

    I was waitlisted and just now (Sunday 2pm), confirmed.But it's too late for me to make it on time. I hope someone else can make it in my place.

    May 26, 2013

  • sonny

    Something came up last minute, don't think will be able to make it.

    May 26, 2013

  • KANA

    Can't make it today :( Sorry about that.

    May 26, 2013

  • Asuka

    Sorry for last minute changes. something urgent came up, can not make it today..! Hope on of waiting list can take my seat. Enjoy discussion in nature!

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can not make it now. opefully someone can take the space still

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    May 25, 2013

  • makiii

    sorry. seems that i will be sick in bed for a couple of days.hope to join the next one.

    May 25, 2013

  • Karen

    Can't make it this time!

    May 25, 2013

  • Eri I.

    I have to work on Sunday so can't make it:(

    May 21, 2013

  • sonny

    Is there any pre-requisite for joining the talk sessions, read articles, books, etc ?

    May 13, 2013

    • Mike

      Nothing in general, but sometimes we post things that one may want to look at for a specific topic (such as this month).

      May 14, 2013

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