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.

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.

What is Money?

Sept 25, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Money. We earn it, save it, need it, and want more of it. But what is it? Before discussing Bitcoin, we need to understand the paper in our wallets. Discussion based on The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous.

Modern Uses of Ancient Ideas: Confucius 孔夫子

August 28, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Confucius, 孔子, and Confucianism, 儒家, has been at the center of Asian thought for almost two thousand years. After a hiatus of several decades in the 20th century, Confucian thought is now experiencing a renewed interest.

Kafka: Alienation, Transformation, Obligation

July 24, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
This classic work has been in print in scores of languages for over 100 years. While the story has a simple plot--Gregor Samsa awakens one morning to discover he is an insert--the meaning is infused with major issues of modernity.
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