23. April 2017
(Editor’s note: At a recent meeting, the question was asked whether globalization has been a good thing for all the people of the world if it just served the very wealthy corporations. More specifically, we addressed the question of whether globalization has worked to raise the living standards of “the East” even if it has meant that jobs and living standards of “the West” get lowered. One of our members, Justin Lin offered some initial observations and then followed up in an email...
02. March 2016
This past weekend Hungry Minds had a lively and interesting debate on GMOs. Walking away from the meeting, what I found most intriguing was the nature of the discussion and the very obviously different approaches the attendees took to the subject. To me, it spoke to what it means to have a hungry mind and to what this group really tries to foster in all of its discussions. The central issue, I believe, has to do with what it means to inquire about a subject. It is exceedingly difficult in...
29. November 2015
We can't all be experts in everything – this idea marked my philosophical starting point as I launched headlong into Will Storr's 2014 book The Unpersuadables: Adventures with the Enemies of Science. It is inherent to human temporal finitude that even the very best of those lucky enough to have received advanced education will have only enough time to become experts in a few areas, if any at all. As individuals, a necessary consequence of our inevitable participation in more activities than...
13. November 2015
This is my analysis of some links that Tess posted in the discussion for the Higher Powers event. See: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/is-scientific-materialism-almost-certainly-false/ Horgan has a chip on his shoulders about science, and he'll say anything to discredit science, without much regard to the validity of his arguments. I'm quite capable of explaining why Horgan is full of shit. Unfortunately, it's tedious. He emits a lie, half truth or logical fallacy approximately...
31. July 2015
On the KW Hungry Mind Meetup discussions about art, Andres commented that “Art is something ...that when you look at it...gives you a kind of..pleasure. That remains....that makes wonder...that makes you smile...that earns its spot on your wall or floor each and every time you see it. Much like your crush does.” The part about art giving a kind of pleasure and makes one wonder resonated with me and indeed made me wonder of its meaning. Extending that a bit further, I think art can come from...
04. July 2015
I spent the last few days hanging out with two delightful five-year-old twin brothers who also happened to be some of the most vocal gender police patrolmen that I have ever seen. They repeatedly told me what boys like and what girls like, what they each look like, what they can wear, how they sound and what they do. I found it pretty amusing, having read Cordelia Fine’s book that is up for discussion in this week’s debate and then seeing such perfect examples of what she describes. I also...
30. March 2015
[Note from Tess: Carol's first attendance was at our "Happiness Is..." meeting on March 22. She sent me this review of her experience and said I was free to do what I wish with it. So here it is.] The things I found most refreshing about the group were it's diversity and sense of camaraderie within it's freeing contrasting discussion. Such wondrous variation of thought, ideas, educational level, age range, cultural background, gender, and belief system etc. (there again, the great 'etc'!) :-)...
24. March 2015
Throughout this past week's debate on happiness, a set of printed off pictures were passed around the group. Each attendee was asked to indicate if they thought that what was presented in the picture is something that makes them happy (by a checkmark), or it isn't a part of their happiness (by an X), or that it is key to their happiness (by a star). Here are the results with some commentary.
23. March 2015
Everyone’s got something to say about happiness – among the many conclusions that were drawn throughout the recent meeting of the discussion group KW Hungry Minds this must be among the least controversial. Conversational accessibility and (slightly) warmer weather combined to catalyze an explosion of attendance at the largest Hungry Minds meet-up yet. At least 20 of us huddled around a structure of tables in an especially Crabby Joe’s to talk about the concept and conditions of happiness.
22. February 2015
It has been an interesting couple of weeks week on the news and social media front. While finally subsiding over the past couple of days, there has been an absolute storm of vaccination related items, most of which appear to contain little discussion of the issue itself but are long on emotion and political ends. This is NOT an article to advocate for or against vaccination itself, but rather to point out the concern for the manner in which this discussion has turned. I am going to pick a few...

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