The Amateur Society: What Is The Meaning Of Life?

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 02/19, 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 will ask a perennial question: what is the meaning of life? While in some ways this has become a cliche, our answer to this one question will be directly or indirectly responsible for a significant portion of our worldviews and lives. We cannot afford to let this question go unexamined. In this discussion we will lay the groundwork necessary to begin understanding what an answer would look like and what it would imply about the everyday decisions that we make.

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

God bless,

Steven

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The Amateur Society: Confirmation Bias

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 02/12, 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.

To a divided America it seems as if there is no longer any agreement on what happens from day to day let alone how it should be interpreted. Every event catalyzes multiple different sets of surrounding conclusions. We are living through a type of societal confirmation bias that is largely unprecedented. What is confirmation bias? How does it affect our thinking? Is there an effective way to understand and to escape its clutches? Will we ever move past this heightened phase, or is confirmation bias in this elevated form here to stay?

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

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: What Is Artificial Intelligence?

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 02/05, 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 turn to another buzzword from technology, artificial intelligence. What do we mean what we use the term artificial intelligence? What is an algorithm? What is the current state of affairs in the AI landscape? Where will future developments take us? What role do humans play in the process? Let’s break down this extremely complicated topic into terms that everyone can understand so that we can be more prepared to deal with the hyperbolic claims we come across on a regular basis.

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

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: The State Of The Union

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 01/29, 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.

With the 2018 State of the Union address imminent and expectations mounting, let’s take a moment to review the high level dynamics and trends that are in play. What will become of the now infamous 4 page summary memo? How has the landscape changed with McCabe out at the FBI? How does the economy factor in? What will President Trump focus on? Are any unexpected surprises waiting for us?

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

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: How To Win Any Debate

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 01/22, 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.

How do you prove that your rational faculties are reliable? What standards of evidence and proof are sufficient to establish a claim? What about the requirement that a claim must be falsifiable in order to be valid? Believe it or not these abstract, philosophical questions actually play an important – albeit usually silent – role in the dynamic and often combative conversations that take place between individuals and groups in our society. Let’s investigate how we can unpack several of these core questions of ideas in order to understand how to ask precise questions that almost all people are completely unprepared to address.

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

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: Privacy, Blockchain, And Truth Bombs

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 01/15, 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.

With the release of the latest Project Veritas revealing that direct messages on Twitter are captured by the company, the issue of privacy is being discussed once again. We have commented about the importance of transparency, but privacy is of equal if not greater importance. There are mechanisms that are both being built and currently available that claim to offer additional privacy. How effective are these measures? How does the blockchain fit in? What is the impact of various truth bombs on privacy? Will there be additional significant revelations in the weeks and months to come?

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

God bless,

Steven

The Amateur Society: The Dawn Of 2018

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 01/08, 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.

In our first open call of 2018 we will begin by reviewing the mission, purpose, and philosophy of The Amateur Society for new amateurs! The remainder of the show will cover topics of interest and trends for 2018 that we expect to unfold throughout the year. Last year we made many predictions about events in a variety of arenas, but this year we will focus less on timelines and arbitrary benchmarks. Instead we will focus more on systems, processes, and key values that we see impacting both priorities and properties of impactful decisions. What this year has in store is anyone’s guess, but the smart money is on it being another wild ride.

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

God bless,

Steven