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Discussion: Transhumanism

We’re having our first discussion meeting of the semester on Thursday, September 16th, at 3:15 p.m. in Madison 201. We’ll be talking about tranhumanism (the movement in favor of improving human mentally and physically through advances in technology).

As usual, there will be free pizza and soda for all.  There’s a Facebook event for the discussion.  All are welcome to attend (invite your friends!). Directions to CCC are available here. A campus map is below; Madison is building 5.

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Movie Night #2: Fight Club

Icky SoapUPDATE: Rescheduled to March 12th!

For our next movie night, we’ll be watching Fight Club, David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel. We’ll follow this with a discussion of the movie. Here are the details:

  • Fight Club
  • 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26th March 12th
  • Camden County College
  • Madison Building, Room 107
  • free snacks & drinks
  • There’s a Facebook Event for it

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Movie Night #1: A Clockwork Orange

spare some cutters, me brother?We’re having our first movie night! Friday night we’ll be watching Stanley Kubrick’s classic film A Clockwork Orange.  We’ll follow this with a discussion of the movie.  Here are the details:

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29th
  • Camden County College
  • Madison Building, Room 107
  • free snacks & drinks

We’re also having our first discussion meeting of the semester on Wednesday, January 27th, at 1:00 in Madison 105. We’ll be watching & discussing one of Dan Gilbert’s TED Talks on the psychology of happiness. There’ll be free pizza at the discussion.

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No Faking: Praising Ignorance (2)

Recognizing the difference between ignorance and stupidity is a big step toward seeing that there is a positive side to ignorance. Stupidity is rightly seen as a bad thing. Ignorance, though, isn’t the same as stupidity, and so might not be such a bad thing.

Still, in most of our minds there is a natural connection between ignorance and stupidity. This is why many of us are embarrassed to be caught not knowing something.  Few of us want to hear someone laugh and say, “What do you mean you’ve never heard of  _______?!? HOW DUMB ARE YOU?”  So, instead of admitting our ignorance about something, we often pretend that we do know about it, and hope no one discovers our secret.

Faking it is very common.  To avoid looking bad, we pretend we know more than we really do.  Norm MacDonald admits to faking it:

While faking it is both natural and understandable, I believe it’s bad for several reasons.  Mainly, of course, it’s dishonest.  Owning up to our ignorance is simply more genuine.  But faking it is more intellectually damaging than other forms of dishonesty.  In a few upcoming posts, I’ll explain these other reasons to avoid faking it.

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Making the Video

Our first big project is to make the opening video for the club’s online video series.  In fact, we’re devoting our next meeting  to this project.  Here are some video ideas we came up with at the third meeting:

  • a video series of “lessons learned,” where a member tells a funny, embarrassing story about a mistake she’s made, and the lesson she learned from it (this could be done complete with reenactments, like the “Drunk History” series)
  • some short interviews with smart people on topics related to intellectual honesty
  • clips of powerful people (such as politicians or lawyers) being intellectually dishonest with our reactions to those clips
  • short commercials on the benefits of owning our ignorance

Mainly, the first video should be short and funny. Also, it should introduce both the club and the video series.  Suggest more video ideas here!

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TED Talks

Our 2nd meeting went pretty well! Despite the growing snowstorm, a lot of people made it. Thanks to everyone for showing up!

I’ve recapped a lot of the meeting in various posts on the Discussion Board of the club’s Facebook Group. I’ll also be putting up a recap of what we discussed here on this blog soon. For now, though, here’s one of those TED Talks that Rebecca brought up in the meeting. These things are great. You should watch neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor describe her “stroke of insight”:

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Join or Die

Interested in joining the “Owning Our Ignorance” club? I don’t know when we’re meeting yet, or how often, or where.

Still, we’d get to hang out! I suppose our aim would be to promote logical goods and fight logical evils.  Mostly, though, we would just have fun.

Leave a comment if you’re up for joining!

OH ALSO DON’T FORGET “WHY BAD?!?”

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