“Three Fork”: conversation beyond the norm

Last Wednesday was the pilot launch of “Three Fork”, a cafe/bar that aims to stimulate “Free Thought”, conversation beyond the norm. The plan: Three D’s Drinks 730pm Dinner 8pm (& TED Talk) Discussion 830pm The night couldn’t have been more successful. Over Drinks the nine people who were selectively and spontaneously invited about an hour before the event, informal introduced themselves standing/sitting around the bar. Next everyone was encouraged to help themselves to the slow cooked lamb hotpot and take a seat to watch A Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor – a TV/TED Dinner: Then started the best bit of the night: Discussions. It started as a group – one person making a comment, then another adding to their thoughts. Sometimes in agreeance, sometimes in conflict, either way we bounced off each other to challenge and develop ideas. A major theme was the tension between the left and the right sides of the brain, and the pattern of tension that one can see in politics, economics, spirituality, career and personality. Let me try to map out these patterns: LEFT side of body/politics (right side of brain) RIGHT side of body/politics (left side of brain) Artists/music/hippies Maths/business/suits All-is-one All-is-many Spiritual Material Collective Individual Goo Prickles Conformity Conflict Structure Agency Present Past and Future Peace in ST; Violence in LT Violence in ST; Peace in LT IDEM/Sameness IPSE/Selfhood As Jill described: the right side of the brain (controlling the left side of your body), sees everything as energy and connected the left side of the brain on the other hand (controlling the right side of your body), sees your body as a being made of matter that is separate from the entities and environment around it I find it easier to think of the right side of the brain as Left and the left side as Right because of the pattern that I see in society: the right-brain-dominant people are often the artists, Collectivist, the Left of politics, seeing the connections, the spirituality of life itself, and the need to care for others and the planet; the left-brain-dominant are often the MBA’s running the world, Individualist, is the Right of politics, preferring religions that are about rules and books, seeing things as separate, different, numbers to be counted. Today there seems to be a big disconnection between the Right and the Left, especially in the political sense. The Left in politics sees the Right as violent, materialistic, individualists to the cost of the wider society and environment. And the Right in politics sees the Left as hippy comms who are self-indulgent and without long term visions for security and realistic futures. Of course this is terribly generalistic and simplified to the extreme, but a useful continuum of left to right, collectivist to individualist, goo to prickles, from which we can map the tensions and dynamics. Alan Watts describes two personality types: the “Prickles” as those who see atoms, differences, and conflicts. the “Goo” as those who see waves, similarities and … Continue reading “Three Fork”: conversation beyond the norm