Conversation vs Debate

Nov 30

Conversation vs Debate

SAM HARRIS puts it all out there to prove the point that conversation is more valuable than debate. Those of you who have hosted or attended one, that’s what SATURDAY SALONs are all about. The first few minutes of this clip pertain to this important point. The remainder of the clip is valuable for Sam Harris’ honest self-reflection and how difficult true...

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Sexual Harassment

Nov 29

Sexual Harassment

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN RAPE and looking down someone’s blouse lies the murky waters of sexual harassment. Every man in America has to be looking back at his life, wondering if he has every done anything that could be construed as inappropriate or legally actionable. Just turn on the news. One after the other, powerful men are falling like ten pins, knocked down by...

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Face-to-Face is Better

Nov 28

Face-to-Face is Better

INSTINCTIVELY, WE KNOW that talking to someone face-to-face is the best way to discuss difficult issues, which is one reason why I created Saturday Salons. But it’s always gratifying when science backs me up. Juliana Schroeder of the University of California at Berkeley and faculty at the University of Chicago conducted several experiments exposing volunteers...

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Should Kids Play with Robots?

Nov 27

Should Kids Play with Robots?

SEEMS AN INNOCUOUS ACTIVITY – kids play with other inanimate objects. They talk to their stuffed animals, rock their dolls, build forts, pretend to be moms, dads, warriors, and super heroes. How are robots any different? Toss this question into the hat at your next SATURDAY SALON and you’ll get some interesting answers. Every other toy a child has depends...

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Time or Money?

Nov 16

Time or Money?

MONEY IS MORE TABOO THAN SEX when it comes to what we’re willing to talk about. Try breaking down the barriers and opening up the discussion on this tender topic at your next Saturday Salon by throwing one of these questions into the hat. Who knows? You may change the way you think about resources and how we allocate them. Do you think you spend too much...

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Inauguration Saturday Salons

Nov 14

Inauguration Saturday Salons

AMERICANS ARE EITHER DANCING IN THE STREETS, or marching down them. It is no secret we are deeply divided. You either think we’re losing all the ground we gained in the last 50 years:  women’s rights, immigration, trade, and beginning to protect the environment, or you think it’s about damn time someone said they were going to bring back...

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The Luxury of Luxury

Aug 14

The Luxury of Luxury

MANY CHILDREN ARE HOMELESS AND HUNGRY in our nation. Knowing this, is it morally ethical for us to host big, expensive weddings for our children, go on vacation, or even go to a movie or buy new shoes? Where do we draw the line? What is our social responsibility to other human beings? Do we have the luxury of luxury?             Throw this question into...

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