The purpose of these asynchronous virtual gatherings is to provide a safe place for a multi-generational/alternative perspectives dialogue. Getting into our “Like-Thinkers Silos” , as we call them, does not appear to effect much change.
Kira Corser will lead the first discussions starting in February. This activity will give us the opportunity to get to know each other, work on our learning curves and build our community. Kira will be talking about Human Rights and Climate Change.
Book/Film Inquiry Group
Starts in February. We will read a book for two months and discuss the writing and the topic, but more importantly, reflect on how these (hopefully) new ideas inform our practice. These book discussions will not focus on critiquing the work as a piece of literature. If there is anything that bores me, it is a book club meeting that starts out with someone saying ”I liked it “ or “ I did not like it” and then everyone comes out swinging in defense of their position! Please send us reading recommendations.
Member Suggestions for a book:
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire Discusses our nationwide willingness to embrace a factual relativity. Kurt Anderson
Leonardo Di Vinci The most famous intersection of art and science. Walter Isaacson
The Blazing World Siri Hustvedt
Member Suggestions for a film:
Artists need to encourage viewers to embrace cognitive dissonance. What does this mean? Why is it so difficult and why is it so important?
Cognitive Dissonance occurs when what you believe to be true is in direct conflict with what you see to be true. It happens when you realize that your truth is A truth- not THE truth.
In order to learn and remember, you generally have to physically “break” an old memory and put it together with a new one – a new synthesis. Learning occurs on top of old learning. It’s a physico-chemical process of creation. You don’t get what you had before. So most memories don’t stay the same for very long. They change.
Brains are not collections of facts laced together into permanent storage, like DVDs. Memories are remade on the fly. Select Dialogue and drop down window Discussion Forum. Click here to raise your voice.