The Amateur Society: What Does 2018 Have In Store?

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 12/11, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

This will be our final open call for 2017, bringing an end to our first full year of podcast production! We have covered a wide variety of topic this year, thinking about definitions and worldview implications along the whitewater rapids of politics, technology, philosophy, economics, cryptocurrency, psychology, and spirituality. This has been a remarkable year for many different reasons. Tonight we will recap some of the core themes that we have seen develop and look ahead to what 2018 may have in store. If 2017 is any sort of reliable guide, then it’s anyone’s guess.

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

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The Amateur Society: The Divergent Worlds Of Artificial Intelligence

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 12/04, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Tonight we are moving back into the realm of technology to again cover what’s happening in the field of artificial intelligence. First, let’s try to unpack what we actually mean when we use that term. Second, let’s look at some real world happenings and forecasts in this critical area of technology and life. Last, let’s examine what our worldviews have to say about the topic. There is a great deal of nuance and complexity in this subject, so we’re going to have a non-technical, high level conversation so that all can participate.

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: The Art Of Listening

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 11/27, at 9:00pm eastern time via Skype [DIFFERENT START TIME]. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

The importance of listening is an idea that has been repeated so much that it is now a cliche and a common trope for observational comedians discussing relationships. Nonetheless, we can – and must – understand that there is great value, insight, and wisdom in the tried and true sayings. Let’s take a closer look at listening. What does it mean to listen? What makes someone a “good listener”? How much of listening is actually verbal and sound based? Is listening enough to help us solve problems and make better decisions? What do various worldviews say about listening?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 9:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: How Important Is Being Thankful?

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 11/20, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Thanksgiving is this week, bringing with it the usual entourage of family, overeating, and early Christmas decorations.  This is a great opportunity to spend some time thinking about the dynamic of thankfulness. What does it mean to be thankful? How can demonstrations of thankfulness differ? Why should we value thankfulness? What can take place if we aren’t thankful? Can we be too thankful in certain situations? How important is being thankful?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: What Happened To Leadership?

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 11/13, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Leadership was once a primary aim of individuals and societies. Now it seems to be relegated to stale-coffee-smelling business conferences filled with tired buzzwords that match the unshakeable feeling that the mildew smell is only being overpowered by the industrial strength cleaning supplies that must be applied between dusk and dawn every day. What happened to leadership? What has filled the void left behind by its absence? Where are the leaders worth following? Can anyone become a leader?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm!

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Navigating Danger

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 11/06, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

Danger is real. Danger is powerful. Danger is undeniable. The line between chaos and order is almost invisibly thin at some points. So what do we do? Do we even understand danger? Is it possible for the comfortable decision to be the most dangerous? Can we eliminate danger by our choices, or are we simply choosing among the dangers we will face. Danger is real. What are you going to do about it?

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm.

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: The Reality Of Pure Evil

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 10/30, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com. These weekly meetings can be found on Spreaker, YouTube, and on iTunes via the Podcast app.

The bankrupt philosophy of postmodernism notwithstanding, pain is real. So is evil. Everything isn’t just subjective experience subject to an infinite variety of interpretation. We spend so much of our lives fleeing from these things that we don’t necessarily understand what they are. A properly constructed worldview cannot fail to address these topics. Let’s examine the sobering nature of our reality by asking clarifying and provocative questions. If we don’t challenge ourselves at this time, then we will end up being overwhelmed when forced to confront these realities in an unavoidable way.

Join us for another engaging and informative conversation tonight at 8:00pm.

God bless,

Steven