|Work Club Sydney|
Our lives are so often filled with superficial talk, from office chitchat to commentaries on last night’s television. How can we have conversations that inspire us to think in new ways, that stimulate our curiosity and that prompt us to say things we’ve never said before? A Night of Better Conversation has been designed to help us enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things that really matter in life, inspired by the ideas of great thinkers and philosophers.
The night will be broken into theory and practice. You will begin by learning a specific technique for better conversation and then invited to practice the technique with other people.
At The School of Life, we prefer to understand conversation not in terms of tactical strategies for achieving our wants (whether it be seduction or making money) but as the primary way we engage in relationships and can thereby enhance our existence. We aim to take a fresh look at conversation, enabling us each to assess the lenses we have brought to it in the past and to discover fruitful ways to develop our conversation.
A Night of Better Conversation is a chance to engage with minds moulded by forces different to our own, and to go beyond our comfort zone by taking risks in what we are willing to share.
This event is presented by The School of Life in collaboration with Florence Guild. RSVPs are essential as attendance is limited.
Tim Dean is a philosopher and science writer. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on evolution and morality, and has an interest in ethics, the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and moral psychology. He is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals’ Award for his writing on philosophy in New Philosopher, Acuity Magazine, Cosmos, ABC’s The Drum and on Channel 10’s The Project.