Today I am starting a new group called the Society of Knowledge. I hope this group doesn’t turn into a company but this is something I really want to see happen.
Back in college, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, one of my favorite things I did was having intellectual discussions with my roommate Brian Riley, friends, and professors at bars downtown. We were able to talk about philosophy, psychology, politics, religion, and a whole range of discussions & debates around abstract ideas.
Since graduating and now living in Palo Alto, I feel I don’t have these kinds of discussions anymore. History in Silicon Valley consists of 1 week ago, nobody can even remember what life was like pre-iPhone, and everyone in the valley asks the question “what’s hot right now”.
There are not enough discussions around abstract knowledge, history, long term thinking, and big societal changes. There are not enough groups focused on the act of thinking as opposed to doing.
This is the group I want to create. I want to create a safe place for people in the broad field of technology to be able to come together and discuss all forms of intellectual ideas. I want to create a group that encourages people to truly think independently for themselves.
If you are interested in a group like this, join us here.
We’ll be keeping the first gathering in the SF Bay Area (first in Palo Alto then next probably in SF) to start with since I live and work out of here, but feel free to join the group and express interest if you live outside of the area too. You never know where this will go