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2019/10/26 第130回例会TOPIC

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TOPIC 1 What would happen if you didn’t sleep?

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-would-happen-if-you-didn-t-sleep-claudia-aguirre#watch

Q1 What do you do when you can’t sleep?
Q2 How many hours do you usually sleep?
Q3 Have you ever stayed awake all night? In what kind of situations, did you stay awake?
Q4 Have you had any experience where you couldn’t perform your work well due to lack of sleep?
Q5 What are some ways you can get more nightly sleep?

 
TOPIC 2  Japanese children need exposure to English outside the classroom, too.
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190801/p2a/00m/0na/016000c

Q1 Please remember when you were in junior high school or high school. Did you like studying English? Could you understand your English classes?
Q2 Did you have any writing or speaking classes?
Q3 What kind of improvement do you think is needed in English education in Japan?
Q4 Do you think only teachers are responsible for English education?

Q5 How do you think we can expand opportunities for schoolchildren to get familiar with English outside the classroom?

 

2019/09/28 第129回例会TOPIC

Topic1Yuval Noah Harari “What explains the rise of humans?” 
Q1. How much do you agree with the speaker’s idea that we can cooperate flexibly with countless numbers of strangers, because we alone, of all the animals on the planet, can create and believe fictions?
Q2. When and why did you stop believing in Santa?
Q3. What do you think is the most powerful fiction in human society?
Q4. What do you think explains the rise of humans in addition to fiction?

Topic2Paul Graham “KEEP YOUR IDENTITY SMALL”
http://www.paulgraham.com/identity.html
 
Q1. Do you agree with the speaker’s idea that you can have a fruitful discussion about a topic only if it doesn’t engage the identities of any of the participants?
Q2. Are you good at ‘‘keeping your identity small”? Please explain how good or bad your identity control is.
Q3. Do you think people should have some expertise to have opinion? Why do you think so?
Q4. What’s your identity? (e.g. work, music, family) Why do you think so?

2019/09/14 第128回例会TOPIC

1st TOPIC: Simple hacks for life with Parkinson’s

https://www.ted.com/talks/mileha soneji simple hacks for life with parkinson s

Q1. In addition to Parkinson’s disease, under what conditions can the no-spill cup designed by the speaker be helpful? Would you like to actually use the no-spill cup?

Q2. Why do you think the speaker simply printed a staircase on the floor, instead of using a projection or a Google Glass?

Q3. Do you have any episode in which you or someone you know broke complex problems into smaller problems and found simple solutions to them? What are advantages of using that kind of problem-solving method?

Q4. Give an example of a simple but effective solution, e.g. mosquito nets to prevent diseases such as malaria.

Q5. The speaker believes that having empathy and being able to put yourself in another person’s shoes is what makes for great design. Do you agree with her idea? Do you want to introduce the idea at work even for things other than design?

2nd TOPIC: Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

https://www.ted.com/talks/guy winch the case for emotional hygiene/details

Q1. Have you ever thought about emotional hygiene? Do you take care of your emotions and your minds with the same diligence you take care of your body?

Q2. According to the speaker, chronic loneliness increases our likelihood of an early death by 14 percent. Have you ever had physical symptoms such as appetite changes, fatigue, or nausea that seemed to be caused by an emotional pain?

Q3. Two out of the three toddlers believed they could not succeed in making the cute doggie pop out. What made a difference between these two kids and the other kid? Is there anything you would like to do for the two toddlers if you were their parent?

Q4. Do you tend to ruminate about an upsetting event? How are you feeling after ruminating?

Q5. The speaker says that studies tell us even a two-minute distraction is sufficient to break the urge to ruminate in that moment. What do you usually do in order to stop ruminating?

 

2019/08/31 第127回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 : A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time

Q1. Do you have a good relationship with your family?
Q2. Did your family take many pictures when you were a child?
Q3. Share in your group one of your best childhood memories.
Q4. Do you usually take pictures with your friends, partner, or family?
Q5. If you have a child, would you like to take the same photo at the same place every year? If your answer is yes, where and how would you like to take those pictures?

 

TOPIC 2 : The refugee crisis is test of our character

Q1. Do you know anything about refugees?
Q2. What kind of image do you have of refugees?
Q3. What are the four solutions for the refugee crisis? Do you agree with them all?
Q4. How long is the average length of time that people are kept in refugee status? Is it longer or shorter than you imagined?
Q5. Some countries refuse the entry of refugees. Do you think Japan should accept refugees?

 

2019/08/17 第126回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1 Inside the mind of a master procrastinator?

Q1. Are you a procrastinator or a rational decision-maker?

Q2. What is the difference between a procrastinator and a rational decision-maker?

Q3. Are you willing to do things that are harder and less pleasant? (=rational decision-maker)

Q4. If you are a procrastinator, are you not to getting actual happiness because it’s a ‘dark play ground’?

Q5. Do you have panic attacks, when you have deadlines?

Q6. The speaker says that everyone is a procrastinator, how do you cope with projects that have no deadline?

 

TOPIC2 How to see past your own perspective and find truth

Q1.Do you think a vast knowledge means deep understanding? (Please give an example.)

Q2.On which topic do you have a deep understanding? How did you come to know that so well?

Q3.What kind of topic do you want to study the most and the least now? Explain why.

Q4.Plase share your experience about changing your perspective/values. What was your feeling then and now?

 

2019/08/03 第125回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 : Do animals have language? – Michele Bishop

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/do-animals-have-language-michele-bishop

 

1. Do you like animals? Have you ever had any pet or do you own a pet?

2. What do you think are some of the differences between human beings and animals?

3. Why do you think human beings use languages?

4. Which is more difficult to learn as a second language, English or Japanese?

5. If it was possible, which animal would you want to be?

 

TOPIC 2 : What to do when your kids won’t listen to reason

http://time.com/4437764/what-to-do-when-your-kids-wont-listen-to-reason/

1. Were you a good kid or a bad kid? Share your memory.

2. Why do you think empathy is important when you are talking to kids?

3. Let’s practice in the role-play as follows;

 (1) In your group, choose one KID, one PARENT and several ADVISERS.

 (2) KID and PARENT are supposed to do the role-plays based on the following situations;

[ Situation A ]

At the supermarket, KID asks PARENT to buy him some candies, but PARENT refuses. KID starts to cry. PARENT gets angry and scolds KID without listening to what the KID has to say.

[ Situation B ]

KID beat his friend at school because the friend said something bad about him. However, without listening to the KID’s excuse, PARENT scolds KID.

[ Situaion C ]

KID didn’t keep his promise of doing the homework by deadline. Without asking the KID why, PARENT gets angry.

 (3) After observing the above role-plays, ADVISERS are supposed to make comments on what was bad and what to do to improve the situations.

 (4) KID and PARENT try the role-play once again. Now PARENT is supposed to show empathy to persuade KID to listen to reason.

4. How can you apply this technique in your life? At home or in your workplace? Share your opinion.

5. In addition to empathy, can you think of any other important things in communication?

2019/07/20 第124回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1 : What I learned from 100 days of rejection

Q1. Do you often praise people around you or get praise? Which points do you want to be praised the most by others?

Q2. Did you have any unforgettable lessons at school when you were a student? Please share your those memories.

Q3. What did you want to be in the future when you were a kid? Could you achieve it or not? If not, do you still have the same dream?

Q4. Have you ever searched for advice on Google to solve your problems or worries? Could you find useful advice or answers?

Q5. Have you ever tried to overcome your weak points? How did you do that?

 

TOPIC2 : Your body language may shape who you are

Q1. Are you good at predicting others’ true intentions by their body languages? Do you understand what kind of body language you use when you talk?

 

Q2. When you communicate with others online, do you use emoticons or emoji? Why or why not?

Do you think the use of emoticons influence your impression of the message?

Do you think the way we use emoticons or emoji differs by gender or generation?

 

Q3. The speaker said, we can feel happy even when we force ourselves to laugh. Do you have any experience doing some non-verbal behavior to make you feel positive or have confidence?

 

Q4. How did you get over stressful events like job hunting?

 

Q5. Do you believe jinx is effective or not? If you have some jinx, please share them.

 

2019/07/06 第123回例会TOPIC

Topic1 The life cycle of a t-shirt – Angel Chang

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-life-cycle-of-a-t-shirt-angel-chang

Q1 Do you have favorite T-shirt?  What is it like?

Q2 Have you ever thought how and where the average t-shirt is made?

Q3 Are you willing to pay more for your clothing if it has less impact on the environment and the people who work to create it?

Q4 What is making t-shirts environmental impact?

Q5 What are some ways to decrease the environmental impact of your fashion?

 

Topic2   What makes muscles grow? – Jeffrey Siegel

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-makes-muscles-grow-jeffrey-siegel

Q1 How much exercise do you do?

Q2 Do you believe in this TED’s last statement, “It is with muscles as it is with life.  Meaningful growth requires challenge and stress”?

Q3 What makes muscles grow?

Q4 On Earth, the pull of gravity creates a constant force that muscles must overcome to generate movement. Considering how muscle size relates to resistance, and how the body adapts to demands placed upon it, what would happen to our muscles if the force of gravity suddenly doubled? (Hint: consider astronauts in space)

Q5 Why do some cultures value large muscles?

 

2019/06/22 第122回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 How honest are you?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/persian/features/6-minute-english/ep-170727

Q1 How honest are you? Please share an episode about how honest you are.
Q2 Have you ever used an honesty box? Have you ever cheated when using it?
Q3 Do you think honesty boxes ensure a high recovery rate?
Q4 Philip Graves says being dishonest is part of our ‘psychological make up’. Do you agree with this?

Topic 2 Helping others makes us happier but it matters how we do it

Q1 Do you think helping others makes us happier?
Q2 Have you ever joined a volunteer activity or given money to charity? Did you feel happy?
Q3 How do you think we should help others?
Q4 Do you agree with “Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness”?

2019/06/08 第121回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 lessons on decision-making from a poker champion

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Q1. What is your favorite card game? Why do you like it?

Q2. Do you have an experience related to Liv’s statement : “our egos love to downplay the luck factor when we’re winning”? If not, do you agree?

Q3. Do you usually think in numbers, and are you good at logical thinking? Why do you think so?

Q4. Do you tend to follow your intuition or not? Please try to give a personal example.

 

Topic2 Shopify shares soar after tech company pivots to a profit

https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/shopify-earnings-1.5117004

Q1Which do you like better, buying something you want in a shop or on the net? Why?

Q2Do you like shopping? Please share your favorite store. Why do you like that one?

Q3What is your best buy in recent years? Please tell us how wonderful it is.

Q4If you started an Ecommerce Business, what products would you want to sell? Please try to think and explain your business strategy.