Berlin Salon-The Psychology of Games
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Berlin Salon-The Psychology of Games

“There is about world-class athletes carving out exemptions from physical laws a transcendent beauty that makes manifest God in man.” 

-David Foster Wallace, String Theory
 

 In 3000 BCE Mesopotamia people played a game called the Game of Twenty Squares.During the Roman Empire Epislyros, a type of handball, and knucklebones were popular. Chinese chess was played during the Tang Dynasty, and the game of polo was passed from Persia to the Byzantine Empire. For thousands of years and in every cultural context, humans have felt the need to invent and play games. Why are games so satisfying and important to people? What is their function? How do they influence social structures? When do games become unifying, productive, obsessive, dangerous? In this salon we will question the psychology and philosophy of sports and games, detaching ourselves from their observation or practice, and considering on a more abstract level both the beauty and absurdity of why humans choose to hit balls through nets or move stones across boards!

Please join The Public Sphere at Norn's townhouse for salon conversation in the company of new friends.

RSVP required: justinek@publicspheresalons.com 

 

Image Attribution: Paul Cézanne [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Barcelona Salon-The Psychology of Games
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Barcelona Salon-The Psychology of Games

“There is about world-class athletes carving out exemptions from physical laws a transcendent beauty that makes manifest God in man.” 

-David Foster Wallace, String Theory
 

 In 3000 BCE Mesopotamia people played a game called the Game of Twenty Squares.During the Roman Empire Epislyros, a type of handball, and knucklebones were popular. Chinese chess was played during the Tang Dynasty, and the game of polo was passed from Persia to the Byzantine Empire. For thousands of years and in every cultural context, humans have felt the need to invent and play games. Why are games so satisfying and important to people? What is their function? How do they influence social structures? When do games become unifying, productive, obsessive, dangerous? In this salon we will question the psychology and philosophy of sports and games, detaching ourselves from their observation or practice, and considering on a more abstract level both the beauty and absurdity of why humans choose to hit balls through nets or move stones across boards!

Please join The Public Sphere at Norn's townhouse for salon conversation in the company of new friends.

RSVP required: justinek@publicspheresalons.com 

 

Image Attribution: Paul Cézanne [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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San Francisco Salon -The Psychology of Games
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

San Francisco Salon -The Psychology of Games

 

“There is about world-class athletes carving out exemptions from physical laws a transcendent beauty that makes manifest God in man.” 

-David Foster Wallace, String Theory
 

 In 3000 BCE Mesopotamia people played a game called the Game of Twenty Squares. During the Roman Empire Epislyros, a type of handball, and knucklebones were popular. Chinese chess was played during the Tang Dynasty, and the game of polo was passed from Persia to the Byzantine Empire. For thousands of years and in every cultural context, humans have felt the need to invent and play games. Why are games so satisfying and important to people? What is their function? How do they influence social structures? When do games become unifying, productive, obsessive, dangerous? In this salon we will question the psychology and philosophy of sports and games, detaching ourselves from their observation or practice, and considering on a more abstract level both the beauty and absurdity of why humans choose to hit balls through nets or move stones across boards!

Please join The Public Sphere at Norn's townhouse for salon conversation in the company of new friends.

RSVP required: justinek@publicspheresalons.com 

 

Image Attribution: Paul Cézanne [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Barcelona Salon- EUREKA! ΕΎΡΗΚΑ -THE NATURE OF DISCOVERY
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Barcelona Salon- EUREKA! ΕΎΡΗΚΑ -THE NATURE OF DISCOVERY

 

One day, the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes stepped into his bath when he saw that the water level rose. He realized then, that the volume of water displaced must equal the volume of the submerged body. It is said that he exclaimed Eureka! And ran outside naked in the excitement of his discovery.

New knowledge can take us by surprise, coming to us when we least expect it. We might be washing the dishes when we solve a mathematical problem, daydreaming when we conceive of the subject matter for our next novel, planting flowers when we unveil a hidden mystery of the universe that we had been blinded to before. In this salon we will consider the nature of discovery and the conditions that inspire the moment when we celebrate a particularly exciting new idea.

Please join The Public Sphere at Norn's townhouse for salon conversation in the company of new friends.

RSVP required: justinek@publicspheresalons.com 

 

 

 

 

Image attribution: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c2/Archimede_bain.jpg

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San Franciso Salon-  Eureka! Εύρηκα -The Nature of Discovery
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

San Franciso Salon- Eureka! Εύρηκα -The Nature of Discovery

One day, the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes stepped into his bath when he saw that the water level rose. He realized then, that the volume of water displaced must equal the volume of the submerged body. It is said that he exclaimed Eureka! And ran outside naked in the excitement of his discovery.

New knowledge can take us by surprise, coming to us when we least expect it. We might be washing the dishes when we solve a mathematical problem, daydreaming when we conceive of the subject matter for our next novel, planting flowers when we unveil a hidden mystery of the universe that we had been blinded to before. In this salon we will consider the nature of discovery and the conditions that inspire the moment when we celebrate a particularly exciting new idea.

Please join The Public Sphere at Norn's townhouse for salon conversation in the company of new friends.

RSVP required: justinek@publicspheresalons.com 

 

 

 

 

Image attribution: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c2/Archimede_bain.jpg

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Berlin Salon- Eureka! Εύρηκα -The Nature of Discovery
Feb
10
2:30 PM14:30

Berlin Salon- Eureka! Εύρηκα -The Nature of Discovery

 

One day, the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes stepped into his bath when he saw that the water level rose. He realized then, that the volume of water displaced must equal the volume of the submerged body. It is said that he exclaimed Eureka! And ran outside naked in the excitement of his discovery.

New knowledge can take us by surprise, coming to us when we least expect it. We might be washing the dishes when we solve a mathematical problem, daydreaming when we conceive of the subject matter for our next novel, planting flowers when we unveil a hidden mystery of the universe that we had been blinded to before. In this salon we will consider the nature of discovery and the conditions that inspire the moment when we celebrate a particularly exciting new idea.

Please join The Public Sphere at Norn's townhouse for salon conversation in the company of new friends.

RSVP required: justinek@publicspheresalons.com 

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