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1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

August 2019

Aug
27

Cafe Inquiry

Tuesday, August 27 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

This month's discussion topic: Artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence can be considered to describe programs or algorithms that mimic the human mind. This could take the form of recall of information (memory), achieving an objective (problem-solving), generating a model of the world (analyzing), or understanding and mimicking interactions (social intelligence). The famous "Turing Test" is a model of artificial intelligence proposed in its formative years that defined an intelligence as successful if it modeled human interactions in a way that could…

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July 2019

Jul
30

Cafe Inquiry

Tuesday, July 30 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

This month's discussion topic: public discourse People widely agree that public discourse is difficult, and that bringing together people from differing ideological perspectives may be more difficult. Internet comments, for instance, have illustrated the extent to which misunderstandings and bad-faith arguments lead to the online flame wars. These exchanges seem to actually push people apart on ideological positions, rather than give people a chance to find more common ground. Classic Greek argumentation had clearly defined rules for argumentation, but was…

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June 2019

Jun
25

Cafe Inquiry

Tuesday, June 25 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

Sorry for the late topic notice. This month's discussion topic is: Personal identity Personal identity is broadly speaking, an individual's conception of self. How do you know you are the same person you were as a child? Is it because you remember yourself growing within the same body you have now? Or is it because you perceive that you have the same mind? Some argue that personal identity is innate to a person. Very early in childhood, many people already…

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May 2019

May
28

Cafe Inquiry

Tuesday, May 28 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

This month's discussion topic is: Brexit Brexit is political shorthand for the policy goal of taking Britain out of the European Union. Two years ago, voters in Britain chose 52 to 48 to leave the European Union. However, since that time the British Parliament has been unable to agree on the specific terms of the separation. In some of the worst defeats in history, the British Parliament overwhelmingly rejected Brexit agreements negotiated by Prime Minister May. Because the Parliament has…

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April 2019

Apr
30

Cafe Inquiry

Tuesday, April 30 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

This month's discussion topic: Humanitarian intervention Humanitarian intervention, generally, is the use of force against a nation to end human rights violations. Humanitarian intervention, however, is controversial. State sovereignty is a defining principle of modern international law, and the principle of humanitarian intervention offers an exception to broadly understood power of nation-states to govern their internal affairs. Humanitarian intervention is, arguably, a duty that we owe to others. The most well-known standard for humanitarian intervention after World War II has…

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March 2019

Mar
26

Cafe

Tuesday, March 26 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

This month's discussion topic is: Culture and language Language is, arguably, a distinctly human invention. Human language allows speakers to express thoughts in sentences comprising subjects, verbs and objects—such as ‘I kicked the ball’—and recognizing past, present and future tenses. Non-human communication, in contrast, is limited to immediate needs. Most ape sign language, for example, is concerned with requests for food. The complexity of language has allowed humans as a species to transmit information, work collectively, and organize social relationships.…

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February 2019

Feb
26

Cafe Inquiry

Tuesday, February 26 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

This month's discussion topic is: immigration. The United States is a nation of immigrants. Almost everyone living in the U.S. is descended from people who hopped in a ship or plane and came here for a better life. In some ways we have exulted in this identity, and celebrated the ingenuity, drive, and ambition of immigrants. The plaque at the base of the statute of liberty, for example, states "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to…

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Feb
23

Skepticism in the Age of Fake News with John Cook

Saturday, February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

***MUST RSVP TO ATTEND: http://sks.to/CFIDCTalk*** Fake News. President Trump repeats the mantra regularly and uses it as a weapon against the media. It seems like it's everywhere these days. Social media inundates us with information 24/7 and we only have so much time in the day to check the information we're getting so what do we do? John Cook is going to explain how to apply skepticism in a way that'll help you cut through the noise and save you…

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January 2019

Jan
29

Café Inquiry

Tuesday, January 29 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 US

This month's discussion topic is: immigration. The United States is a nation of immigrants. Almost everyone living in the U.S. is descended from people who hopped in a ship or plane and came here for a better life. In some ways we have exulted in this identity, and celebrated the ingenuity, drive, and ambition of immigrants. The plaque at the base of the statute of liberty, for example, states "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to…

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