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Open Discussion

Dec. 4, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Bring in a topic you would like to discuss. Start with a brief overview or description of the idea. Then ask a few provocative questions to begin the conversation. 

Ideas of Beauty

Date: TBD
Are sensual pleasures, 快感, and aesthetic beauty, 美感, the same? Is beauty objective or just a matter of taste? Does beauty require judgment? What are the differences between the aesthetics of East and West?

Free Will and Determinism

Nov. 20, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Does the past predict the future? Does free will alter the physical world? These ideas, discussed and debated for thousands of years, remain relevant, especially in the area of jurisprudence and artificial intelligence.

Hokkien Consonants

IPA Chart for Hokkien (Taiwanese) consonants with IPA, Zhuyin, Pe̍h-ōe-jī, Tâi-lô

Hokkien Vowels

IPA Chart for Hokkien (Taiwanese) vowels with IPA, Zhuyin, Pe̍h-ōe-jī, Tâi-lô

Open Discussion

Nov. 6, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
The world is filled with answers--just ask Google. A greater challenge is often finding the right questions, the kind that can be used like tools to prise open the unknown.

What is Bitcoin?

Oct. 23, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Far more than an investment strategy, Bitcoin is a technology that may represent a transformation in human relationships. Discussion will be based on The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous.

The Austrian School of Economics: Foundations

Oct 9, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Underlying Ammous' work is the philosophy of the Austrian School of Economics, an a priori, deductive method. Before moving into Bitcoin, we will explore their assumptions and methods.
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