What is Bitcoin?


Oct. 9, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Part 2: Bitcoin. Far more than an investment strategy, Bitoin is a technology that may represent a transformation in human relationships. Discussion will be based on The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous.
What is Bitcoin?2022-09-14T04:12:21+00:00

What is Money?


Sept 25, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Part1: 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.
What is Money?2022-09-14T04:11:28+00:00

Modern Uses of Ancient Ideas: Confucius 孔夫子


August 28, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan
Confucianism, 儒家, has been at the center of Chinese thought--as well as Korea, Japan, and Vietnam--for almost two thousand years. After an hiatus of several decades in the 20th century, Confucian thought is now experiencing a renewed interest.
Modern Uses of Ancient Ideas: Confucius 孔夫子2022-09-13T15:05:20+00:00

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.
Kafka: Alienation, Transformation, Obligation2022-09-13T14:59:10+00:00

Metaphors: The Building Blocks of Thought


June 26, 2022. Tainan, Taiwan.
Since the 1980s linguists, most notably George Lakoff at the University California at Berkeley, have explored how almost every feature of language is a metaphor.
Metaphors: The Building Blocks of Thought2022-09-13T15:11:00+00:00

Epistemology: The Foundations of Knowledge


July 30, 2021. Tainan, Taiwan.
We are inundated with claims about the world. Are they true? Can a person be believed? How can an opinion or belief be turned into knowledge? But first, we need to explore some basics, many of which are introduced in elementary algebra and geometry classes.
Epistemology: The Foundations of Knowledge2022-09-13T15:07:25+00:00

Pronunciation Practice


August 28, 2021. Tainan, Taiwan
We will practice and discuss pronunciation using IPA. While the primary focus will be on improving Mandarin and English, the IPA approach is applicable to all languages and accents.
Pronunciation Practice

National Identity


June 18, 2021. Tainan, Taiwan
While national identity is a complex topic, the rhetoric is generally built on two fundamental principles that are often in conflict, historic determination and self-determination.
National Identity2022-07-09T00:13:08+00:00

Existentialism and Firebelly


March 10, 2021. Tainan, Taiwan.
Existentialism had dominated both philosophy and art since the beginning of the 20th century. We will discuss how existentialism is expressed in the novel Firebelly.
Existentialism and Firebelly2022-07-09T00:32:34+00:00
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