Hello everybody in the Duuuu, howdy!
My name is Mike and I am the organizer of the Chengdu Fun Conversations and Book Chat Group. I’m very honored and psyched to welcome you all to our amazingly nerdy Meetup group that does nothing but spectacularly fun things. Sounds about right? Then let’s read on!
The idea is that we believe people like us probably exist in no-tiny-numbers, we mean people who are not particularly into drinking, partying , etc. but are more on the quiet side, maybe even a little bit socially awkward.. yet still we want to go out there and make awesome friends while having a great time. Sadly it seems that there are so few options nowadays in town for lovely people like us.. or perhaps we are just simply too scared to even go out and try.. So how about this.. let’s take matters into our own hands right now and get some fun activities going before AI takes over the world eventually and spoil all possibilities for a fun time (do forgive my desperately bad humor)? That way at least now we get a chance to come together and have a blast while we still can … so here are some of the fun activities that we like to happy-happy-dooo:
We get together regularly and have fantastic discussions about fun topics that interest us. Usually before we meet up we would decide on 2 – 3 topics in our WeChat group in advance so that we know what we will be so excitingly talking about when we meet. And during the event, upon finishing the pre-determined topics we then usually follow it up with a “Topic Box” discussion. Here is how it goes: each of us write down a breathtakingly awesome topic that comes to our mind on a piece of paper, fold it, and put it inside a box, next we’ll have one person grab the box and shake it to randomize the papers, and finally each of us take a paper out and read the topic that’s written on it, and we can discuss it if it sounds pretentiously cool enough to the group. “That is rad! Let’s talk about this!”
Ok, so after the splendidly awesome topic discussions are all said and done, we then like to give the event a strong finish with one or two boring.. excuse me..I mean interesting games, such as Uno, 100 push-ups and 200 jumping jacks per person (just kidding), a round of chess, a mini-book chat, movie chat, culture share, travel share, Mandarin practice or something electrifyingly exhilarating like that.. you know what I’m talking about.. fun fun fun stuff! And please always feel free to share your own game ideas or activity ideas with us here and we are open to trying new things all the time.
A bit more about topic discussions, the following are some topic ideas that we like to get inspirations from for our events, but please don’t hesitate to suggest other topics that you’re interested in discussing and we’ll be sure to give them a go as well. “Learning has no limits” is our super cool motto and we will always appreciate your input!
– What is the funniest name you have actually heard used in the real world?
– What is something that is really popular now, but in 5 years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by?
– In 40 years what will people be nostalgic for?
– What would be the coolest animal to scale up to the size of a horse?
– What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever worn?
– What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?
– What is the funniest joke you know by heart?
– What’s the best Wi-Fi name you’ve seen?
– What two totally normal things become really weird if you do them back to back?
– What’s the most imaginative insult you can come up with?
– What’s the best inside joke you’ve been a part of?
– If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them?
– What would you name your boat if you had one?
– Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?
– What is the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
– What’s the closest thing to real magic?
– What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done?
– What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?
– What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?
– If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
– What ridiculous thing has someone tricked you into doing or believing?
– If you were given a one-minute ad slot during the Super Bowl that you couldn’t sell, what would you fill it with?
– What are some fun ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”?
– What is reality?
– What is consciousness?
– Can robots be conscious?
– What is morality?
– For what reason does time exist?
– What is the meaning of the existence of our universe?
– What defines you? / How do you know that you are you?
– Why is there something rather than nothing?
– What is the meaning of life?
– Is there an objective truth, or is truth merely relative to our subconscious bias?
– Where is the line between art and not art?
– Why do we dream?
– Does a person’s name influence the person they become?
– What should be the goal of humanity?
– What actions in your life will have the longest reaching consequences? How long will those effects be felt?
– If a child somehow survived and grew up in the wilderness without any human contact, how “human” would they be without the influence of society and culture?
– If you could teach everyone in the world one concept, what concept would have the biggest positive impact on humanity?
– What benefits does art provide society?
– What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
– Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
– Which of your beliefs are justified and which ones aren’t?
– What is the most important goal every person should have?
– Is it better to be a big fish in a small pond or a small fish in a big pond?
– Can human nature be changed? Should it be changed?
– What two questions would you ask to get the most information about who a person truly is?
– Why do we judge ourselves by our intentions but judge others by their actions?
– Does knowledge have intrinsic value or does it need to have a practical use to have value?
– Is math something that humans created or something we discovered?
– If every neuron in a human was accurately simulated in a computer, would it result in human consciousness?
– Is it possible that some animals are self-aware and think about their ability to think?
– How much does language affect our thinking?
– Can rational thought exist without language?
– Is it possible for humans to create something completely novel and new that is based on nothing that previously existed? Or is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas?
– Are intelligence and happiness tied together in any way? If you are highly intelligent, is it more likely that you’ll be more, or less happy?
– Different people and different organisms perceive reality in vastly different ways. With that in mind, what is real and what is just our perception of reality? Or does every organism live in its own personal reality?
– Is justice a human construct or is it independent of humans?
– Can morality ever be objective or is it always subjective? If it can be objective, in what instances? If it’s always subjective, how do we decide whose concept of morality is correct?
– At what point is a technologically enhanced human not a human anymore?
– What scientific breakthrough would have the biggest effect on humanity?
– If emotions are the product of biochemical reactions, then in the future we will be theoretically able to control them. If we could control emotions through technology, should we?
A bit more about our book chat, in a nutshell it’s about everyone introducing to the group a good book (either fiction or non-fiction) and then together we have a great discussion about it. We either include the book chat into our regular events (which makes it a mini-book chat) or have special book chat events that dedicate the whole event to chatting about books. In any case we aim to have a meaningful conversation about good books and learn from each other.
Finally let’s talk about event logistics, like the event venue and registration related stuff..Most of our super duper fun events are held in the Yi Guan Miao 衣冠庙 area, in an apartment full of dorky and cute posters. You can take Subway line 3 and get off at “衣冠庙” station. In order to ensure that no more than 10 participants attend each event (otherwise it’d probably be too many people simultaneously), we will provide you with the detailed venue address after you have registered to attend an upcoming event.
To register for an event, please add my WeChat: mikex7 (please make sure to indicate: “Fun Conversations and Book Chat” when sending the contact request) and let me know your name and which event you’re interested in attending. You will be given the detailed venue address and invited to join our WeChat group upon registration. Please note that when registering to attend each of our events, we will charge you in advance an event fee of 20 RMB (which includes a drink at the event) to cover costs associated with organizing and running this Meetup group. This event fee can be paid via WeChat’s “red packet” or fund transfer feature. And sorry, we don’t provide any alcoholic drinks here, just in case any of you might be wondering.
So let’s kick the tires and light the fires already, goose-bumpingly nerdy style!March 29, 2019 at 6:06 pm #56171
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