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2020/02/15 第138回例会TOPIC


TOPIC 1 Nike Vaporfly

https://www.businessinsider.com/nike-vaporfly-shoe-ban-decision-2020-1

Q1 Do you think Nike Vaporfly is a form of technology doping that confers an unfair advantage?
Q2 If the Vaporfly is banned, do you think the results already recorded with the shoes should be official?
Q3 World Athletics’ current rules say running shoes have to be “reasonably available” to everyone and can’t confer any “unfair assistance or advantage.” How do you draw the line between reasonable and unreasonable and between fair and unfair?
Q4 Should the Vaporfly be banned? Please discuss from the position of athletes, the National Track and Field Association, and Nike.

 

TOPIC 2 Imagine 2030’s world to generate innovative ideas

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2020/01/02/editorials/imagine-2030s-world-generate-innovative-ideas/#.Xi7vD0f7TIU

Q1 Please talk about the next 10 years of your future in your group.
Q2 Please choose one topic and talk about what it will be like in the next 10 years. Any topic is OK. For example, your work, Japan, language, education, ESCO and so on.

2020/02/01 第137回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1 3 ways the brain creates meaning

Q1: Are you good at having discussions? Why do you think so?

Q2: Do you often use images to clarify what you’re trying to communicate in a business meeting?

Q3: What do you pay attention to when having a discussion? Why is that?

Q4: Please talk about the most beneficial meeting you have ever experienced.


TOPIC2 The genius of the London Tube Map

Q1: Do you like generating new ideas or not?

Q2: Which do you prefer to ride, train or bus? Why is that?

Q3: What do you think is the best UI (User interface) as far as you know? → wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_interface

Q4: Do you believe it is important to think in a cross-disciplinary way? Why do you feel so?

2020/01/18 第136回例会TOPIC

TOPIC 1: Why you will fail to have a great career

https://www.ted.com/talks/larry_smith why you will fail to have a great career/transcript

Q1. Is your job stressful or very hard for you?

Q2. What kind of career do you want to have in the future in your job? What do you do to achieve such a career?

Q3. Do you have passion in your job? Is your job the one you have dreamed of?

Q4. Have you ever given up on your career because it is troublesome or you thought you are not talented?

Q5. What do you want to achieve even though it would be hard?

 TOPIC 2: How to build (and rebuild) trust

https://www.ted.com/talks/frances_frei how to build and rebuild trust

Q1. Who do you trust the most? Why do you think so? How have you built such a relationship with them?

Q2. There are many incidents for which a company can lose their trust from consumers. What kind of incidents disappoints you or causes you to lose trust for a company?

Q3. What are the important factors to make a trusting relationship?

Q4. Have you ever broken trusted relationships with others? If yes, why did it happen? How did you rebuild the relationship again?

Q5. Is there anything you do to be trusted by others?

2020/01/04 第135回例会TOPIC

TOPIC1 : The brain in love

https://www.ted.com/talks/helen fisher studies the brain in love

Q1. Do you think ‘love is blind’? If your friend were to fall blindly in love, would you support him/her or would you advise them to be realistic?

Q2. If you were to fall in love, what changes do you think will occur? For example, will you make the effort to be more attractive / appealing?  Will you go on a diet?  Will you think of them all day?

Q3. Do you agree with the idea that women are good at finding the right words more rapidly and that men tend to ‘get rid of what they regard as extraneous, focus on what they do, and move in a more step-by-step thinking pattern’?

Do you think there are any differences between the way men and women relate?  Are there any differences in their thinking patterns or their abilities?

Q4. When choosing a partner what do you consider to be important: their physical appearance or their social status with regards to education or income?

Would your standards change if you were choosing a boyfriend/girlfriend or a marriage partner?

 

TOPIC2 : Why our screens makes us less happy

https://www.ted.com/talks/adam alter why our screens make us less happy?

Q1.What do you think about Jobs limiting his children’s use of technology? What do you think is the reason? Do you think you should be limiting your use of technology?

Q2.What is the most important time of day for you?

Q3.If smart phones disappeared from the world after tomorrow, what would you do instead of using them?

Q4.How does the internet enrich and impoverish your daily life and the world economy?

Q5. How does the moment of women into job market and an aging world population have on the effect of love? Share your ideas in your group.

 

 

2019/12/21 第134回例会TOPIC

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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?

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How can you change someone’s mind? / Hugo Mercier
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58jHhNzUHm4

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?

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?