2019/12/21 第134回例会TOPICを発表します!(大阪)


A monkey economy as irrational as ours / Laurie Santos
https://www.ted.com/talks/laurie santos a monkey economy as irrational as ours

1 : Do you prefer to take risks or play it safe? Give some examples.
2 : Do you think Homo sapiens are smart? Why or why not?
3 : Why do you think both apes and humans took similar actions in the given situations?
4 : Do you think that Homo sapiens can overcome their stupidity in the future, ( such as eliminating wars and crimes from the earth ) ?
5 : Are you good at controlling your own behavior? Is there anything you cannot stop doing although you understand it does no good to you?
6 : Can you name any animal that takes smart actions?

How can you change someone’s mind? / Hugo Mercier

1 : What kind of methods do you use to change other people’s minds?
2 : Do you easily get persuaded by others or not? Give some examples.
3 : Do you think logic is always effective when persuading someone?
4 : Give some examples of specific persons who you felt were difficult to persuade.
5 : Can you think of any social problem that is based on many people’s misunderstandings?
6 : What is the most effective way for other people to change your mind?

2019/12/07 第133回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1:Why we get mad — and why it’s healthy

Q1 Have you gotten mad recently? When and why did you get mad ?

Q2 Are you good at controlling your emotions? How do you control your anger when you suddenly get mad?

Q3 What is the one thing that the speaker wants us to remember ?

Q4 Have you ever felt mad or irritated when your sports team loses, people chew too loudly or people walk too slowly? Are there any other specific situations that easily get you mad?

Q5 Do you regard your anger as a problem?


TOPIC2:A lesson on looking

Q1 At first glance, what did you think the piece of bleached Honduras mahogany was?

Q2 Are you good at looking at things carefully?

Q3 What is 4A?

Q4 Do you think visual intelligence could be useful in our lives?

Q5 When you visit an art museum, in what way do you look at exhibitions? (Do you just look, imagine a story or look for something missing?)


2019/11/23 第132回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1 Five things you’d never expect to buy at a convenience store, but are actually popular
http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/five things youd never expect to buy at a convenience store but are actually popular

Q1. Do you take advantage of a convenience store? How often do you go to a convenience store? Why?

Q2. What are the 5 things in the article? Have you ever bought them? When and why did you buy them?

Q3. Why do you think convenience stores sell things which you’d never expect to buy? What can you not buy at a convenience store?

Q4. Have you ever gone shopping at a convenience store in foreign countries? Do they have any differences? Please share your experiences.

Q5. Have you ever seen anything interesting sold in convenience stores around the world? Please tell us.


TOPIC 2  Why some of us don’t have one true calling
https://www.ted.com/talks/emilie wapnick why some of us don_t have one true calling/transcript

Q1. When you were a kid, what did you want to be in the future? Has it come true or not?

Q2. Is there anything you had strongly dreamed about but you gave up?

Q3. What was your major at university? Why did you choose it?

Q4. If you could change your job, what kind job would you want to do?

Q5. What do you have passion and interest in now?


2019/11/09 第131回例会TOPIC

Topic 1 Naomi Osaka: Noodle company apologises for ‘white-washing’

https://www.bbc.com/news/world asia 46972920

Q1 Do you know Osaka Naomi and Nishikori Kei?
Q2 What do you think watching Nissin’s TV commercials?
Q3 About one in every 50 babies born in Japan are mixed race like Osaka. “Hafu” is the Japanese word for mixed race. Does the “hafu” face prejudice in Japan?
Q4 The company, which sponsors the Japanese tennis team, apologized as the row escalated, saying “We accept that we are not sensitive enough and will pay more attention to diversity issues in the future.” Why did the company “whitewash” Osaka in a manga drawing?
Q5 Is Japan a country which is -even now- extremely homogenous?

Topic 2 How playing sports benefits your body

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how playing sports benefits your body and your brain leah lagos and jaspal ricky singh

Q1 Do you play or watch any sports?
Q2 Why might learning to accept defeat be beneficial in the long run? What do athletes learn after suffering a tough loss?
Q3 In addition to building a new friendship, what are some other benefits of the communal experience of being on a team?
Q4 Playing sports, or exercise in general, increases endorphins. What do increased endorphins offer?
Q5 What do you expect from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games?

2019/10/26 第130回例会TOPIC

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


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.

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?

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



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


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?