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Tumbling Our Ignorance

At our latest meeting, we decided to set up a tumblr for the club.  It makes this whole normal-sized ‘blog’ thing seem pretty clunky.

In other news, we’re planning on starting up a discussion-based podcast, Plus, we decided to focus our do-gooding efforts on charity watchdogs like GiveWell and a campaign to promote effective charities.

Lastly, here are our March events:

-Free Will discussion: 3:30 p.m.  on Monday, March 7th in Madison 105
Inception movie night: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10th in Madison 107
-Legitimacy of Government discussion: 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22nd in Madison 105
Paper Man movie night: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th in Madison 107

Ignorance is My Totem

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Club Pictures

We took some photos at the discussion meeting on taboos. Here they are!

come for the free pizza, stay for the naughty talk

that chapstick deserves to be tagged

Catie tweeted about it!

NOM NOM NOM

Sam the Facilitator

kool and the gang

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3rd Meeting Recap

We had a great 3rd meeting last Sunday. Mostly we brainstormed about the club again (although a healthy portion of the meeting was devoted to surviving the inevitable zombie apocalypse). Thanks to “Spanish Project” Ashley, “RPG” Chris, “I ❤ Thom” Danielle, “Pro Bum” Dom, “Zombie” Justin, “Sir Laughs-a-lot” Kyle, “Hand Raising” Ringgo, “Finally Made It” Steph, and “Electricity” Valerie for coming up with some great ideas!  We’re really starting to figure out what this club is all about.  Our new ideas included:

  • topics for discussion nights (my favorites: a 60’s night to discuss the impact of the counterculture movement, and a discussion of our ignorance of other cultures)
  • ways to promote intellectual honesty (my favorite: creating a video series to put online)
  • other smart people to invite as club guests (my favorites: Thom Yorke, and, more realistically, an expert on folklore)

Other new ideas are posted over at the club’s Facebook Discussion Board.

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2nd Meeting Recap

In case the Blizzard of 2009 kept you from our 2nd club meeting, here’s a recap.  Mostly, we discussed what the club should do. As a club devoted to having fun and promoting intellectual honesty, we broke down potential club goals into three categories: meetings, activism, and fun. Thanks to Abi, Amber, Ashley, Bora, John, Kyle, Ray, Rebecca, and Wes for showing up and offering the following great suggestions!

Meetings
One popular idea for our semi-regular club meetings was holding discussion nights.  Each night could focus on one specific topic that we want to know more about.  Suggested topics included: physics; anime; movies; music; books; video games; politics; and the economy.  We also talked about a Misconception Night: some of us who are semi-experts on a topic could lead a discussion and set the record straight on common misconceptions about that topic.  Suggest more discussion topics here!

Another good suggestion was to invite smart people to lead discussions or give talks.  Ashley knew a historian at a museum, Bora knew a former general, and Amber knew a U.S. states expert–all cool-sounding smart people we could invite.  I’m going to try to contact several nearby professors who focus on stuff related to intellectual honesty, ignorance, close-mindedness, etcSuggest other smart people here!

Activism
We then discussed ways to promote intellectual honesty outside the group.  In general, we want to let others know about the value of reasoning and being intellectually honest, and call out powerful people on their blatant intellectual dishonesty.

Some suggestions included: writing letters to politicians or lawyers; writing letters to the editor of newspapers; writing op-eds; start petitions; creating publications, like a magazine or newsletter, either online or printed; and creating videos or podcasts calling politicians on their intellectual dishonesty.  These ideas were a little more iffy. I’d like to know which suggestions you like AND which you don’t like.  Tell us what you think here!

Fun
We can get away with a lot of fun activities in the name of raising awareness for our club goals.  We had a bunch of suggestions for fun!

Suggested fun “Ignorance Awareness” stuff included: board game night (Trivial Pursuit?); movie night; TED talk night; book release or movie release parties; house party; formal night (The Ignorance Prom!); beach party; potluck dinner; open mic night; Def Jam poetry; drum circle; bowling; skating; trip to an amusement park; trip to the zoo; trip to the Palmyra Cove Nature Park; field trip to a themed cafe (like the Jekyll & Hyde Club in New York City); and Weird NJ outings (where we can be our own MonsterQuest or Mythbusters).  Suggest more fun activities here!

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Our next meeting will be in a few weeks (I’ll let us all know the specific time & location soon).  We’ll try to start planning some of this, and maybe get some organizational/logistic stuff accomplished, too.

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