Proposed Topics / Meet Ups

Below is a list of proposed events / topics. If you would like to add to this list, then please contact us. We are open to discussing any interesting topics ranging from philosophy, politics, history, art, science, technology, or indeed anything deemed interesting.

  • Time perception: Why does time seem to move quicker as we age? (How can we slow it down?)
  • Should we all be vegan? (Is it ok if I eat your pet?)
  • Can brain trauma (head injury) ever have a positive effect?
  • Memory – how does it work? Is there such a thing as a perfect memory? Is that even a good thing?
  • Rights – what are they?
  • Political Correctness – has it gone mad?
  • Andy Warhol
  • Do aliens exist? (The Drake Equation; Fermi Paradox)
  • Does evil exist?
  • Human need
  • Gender: Are the terms male and female still valid?
  • Geoengineering
  • Artificial Intelligence (big data / big brother) (bots + nudge theory + social media)
  • Are ghosts real?
  • Atheism / Is there a God?
  • Is politics truly everywhere?
  • Persuasion
  • Morality
  • Consciousness
  • The Rise of Populism
  • How did dogs become man’s (woman’s) best friend? Evolution.
  • Post-Brexit scenarios
  • Reasoning
  • Learning
  • Can a sane person live in an insane society?
  • Is giving a patient a placebo without them knowing, ethical?
  • Why do we say “I know in my heart of hearts”? What IS the heart in this context? Is there a historical reason, or another reason?
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Activity: Learn / Play Go (ancient Chinese board game)
  • Activity: Introductory acting class (half day)
  • Activity: Play Chess (Here’s a good online chess tutorial in the meantime. Contact Mike or James if you want a game)
  • Activity: Scrabble
  • Activity: Learn how to solve a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
  • Activity: Learn how to write a short computer program
  • Activity: Learn ukulele
  • Activity: Blind wine-tasting (guess which wines we are drinking from selected cards)
  • Activity: Go to the opera
  • Activity: Go to see a ballet
  • Activity: Go to see a good play (theatre)
  • Activity: Watch the film The Man Who Knew Infinity about mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan
  • An exploration of critical thinking (Learn to think more clearly)
  • Statistics: Causation versus Correlation
  • Gender equality (feminism / meninism / equity?)
  • Are left and right simplistic and outdated political terms?
  • Is artistic beauty universal? Is it learned?
  • What are emotions?
  • Exceptional talent: Nature or nurture?
  • How do cryptocurrencies work? What is bitcoin?
  • Are we in a simulation?
    • Alternative: Could the Earth be an experiment by superior beings? If it is an experiment what do you think their initial findings might be?
    • Also, check out the zoo hypothesis
  • Is the technological singularity possible / likely?
  • Immortality: Will it one day be possible? If we were immortal, how would it change us?
  • Is it worth sacrificing our privacy to fight terrorism?
  • Are mental health diagnoses universal?
  • Activity: Learn basic meditation / mindfulness
  • Transhumanism
  • Does a blame culture lead to a dangerous medical profession?
  • Does therapy work?
  • Have you taken the psychopath test? What do the results mean?
  • Film: Hamlet (1996 version). Private viewing, then discuss.
  • Mythbusters? Are rich people mean?
  • What makes a good life?
  • Why are Good People Divided by Politics and Religion? (Jonathan Haidt)
  • Should the Royal Family be abolished?
  • Bad Science (Book)
  • Bad Pharma (Book)
  • Parenting: Safety versus Risk
  • Will our civilisation end prematurely? If so, how? (societal collapse).
  • Why do we have a sense of humour? (Example humour: Four Candles – Two Ronnies)
  • Mindfulness (McMindfulness?)
  • Should we legalise (some / all) street drugs? (Professor David Nutt)
  • Are humans selfish or cooperative?
  • Why do some people believe in conspiracy theories?
  • Time travel
  • Neurology (Book: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; Video: Three clues to understanding your brain by VS Ramachandran)
  • Differences between men and women
  • Is our view of intelligence in the west limiting?
  • Universal basic income (UBI) – Elon Musk believes we’ll need UBI when AI takes huge numbers of jobs
  • Has education kept up with our changing society?
  • Safe spaces in universities (healthy or harmful?)
  • Ayn Rand (How do her theories work in reality?)
  • Global warming
  • Antibiotic resistance

Previous Topic Ideas (Meetups)

  • What is the self? (This was held sometime in 2017 in the Hen & Chickens in Abergavenny)
  • Fairness (This was held sometime in 2017 in the Hen & Chickens in Abergavenny)