discussion format for skeptic group meetings
- Our local skeptic group has been searching for a discussion format for its
meetings. At first, anyone who could get his or foot in the door was
allowed to speak. This resulted in domination on the part of a vociferous
Recently, we appointed an official to keep a list of those who want to
speak. A person wishing to be on that list silently raises a hand, and the
official nods to indicate that the person's hand was acknowledged. The
disadvantage here is that the person's comment may no longer be immediately
relevant by the time we arrive at the person's name on the list.
We have been looking for a model, but we can't find one. How about
university classes? No good. There is little to discuss, because most of
the students are only interested in right answers to write down on the next
exam. When a student raises a hand, it's usually to ask about the next exam.
Sunday School? Are you kidding! The usual topic is on how nice it is to
be nice. How much discussion can you create about that?
Business meetings? Hardly! How much discussion can you create about
If any of you have found a satisfactory discussion format for skeptic group
meetings, please write back.
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- Thomas Robertson wrote:
> From: Thomas Robertson <pentatonika@...>
> Our local skeptic group has been searching for a discussion format for its
> meetings. At first, anyone who could get his or foot in the door was
> allowed to speak. This resulted in domination on the part of a vociferous
we have a number of members who have spoken, we also have gotten local
professors, we had a symposium of media representatives, I just gave a
talk on nut cases in cyberspace. We also have had some proponents of
fringe theories. Another idea is to have an open discussion forum. I
agree that business stuff is boring. It still is hard to keep finding
interesting things. The following url gives our past meetings:
Eric Krieg eric@...