This discussion group has been meeting in the Huntsville, Alabama area for over 25 years. Les & Carol have been active in the group for about 20 years and currently host the twice-monthly meetings in their home. Membership is by invitation only -- the house is only "so big!"
Clothing Matters: The Controversy Surrounding the Muslim Veil (Guest Speaker)
The Medical Economy (Guest Speaker)
Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other
The Best of TEDx 2016
How We View Climate Change is Influenced by our Political Affiliations
The Social Media Echo Chamber
All things food (agriculture policy, GMO, the new food pyramid, organic, etc.)
Is there a war on men and boys?
The European Migrant Crisis
The Russian Space Program in 2015 and Beyond (Guest Speaker Robert Kennedy)
An evening with Congressman Mo Brooks (Mo and Martha Brooks)
Inside the office of a District Attorney (Guest Speaker Melvin Lockett)
The Causes of Income Inequality in America
More to Life (Guest Speakers)
Unintended Consequences of Globalization
Steve Covey (Deep Space Industries) led a discussion about the economics of asteroid mining and providing space resources to commercial space users and industries.
Dr. Vaios Lappas from The University of Surrey spoke to the group about the economic situation in Europe and the division between Europe's northern and southern countries.
Dr. Irena Buksa from UAH spoke on "Russia Yesterday and Today"
Dr. Eric Smith from UAH spoke about "Mob Zombies, Alien Nations and Cities of the Undead: Monstrous Subjects and the Post-Millennial Nomos in I am Legend and District 9"
The Selfish Gene
The Fifth Amendment - Should you ever talk to the police?
The Future of Western Civilization
US National Security Policy and Nontraditional Threats -- guest speaker Dr. Kathy Hawk from the University of Alabama in Huntsville was our guest speaker.
The Ethics of Geoengineering -- Climate change is upon us. What can we really do about it? Robert Kennedy of Tetratech was our guest speaker in association with the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.
China - Personal Observations of a Rising World Power -- Reflections from some Stammtisch members of their recent trip to China
Will America Crumble from Addictions?
Death and Dying in America - How Americans view death and dying. Why do we ignore the subject until it is too late?
Fermi, Civilization and Baby Boomers -- An eclectic evening of discussing The Fermi Paradox, what makes a civilized society "civilized," and the nature of the Baby Boomer Generation (are they really a selfish generation?).
Occupy Wall Street
Outliers -- The group discussed OUTLIERS by Malcolm Gladwell. "The lives of outliers -- people whose achievements fall outside normal experience -- follow a peculiar and unexpected logic, and in uncovering that logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential."
Designer Drugs -- Biomedical expert Dan Carter presented an overview of albumin, the major protein of the circulatory system. An emphasis will be placed on his company’s work over the past several years in establishing its role in drug design (drug-binding/delivery at the atomic level) and how this work translated to new applications in cancer chemotherapy and a new class of anti-aging cosmeceuticals.
Don't Fail Me -- The group watched and then discussed the CNN documentary "Education in America: Don't Fail Me."
Things in Science That Don't Make Sense -- A discussion of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, The Pioneer Anomaly, The Expansion Rate of the Universe, The Changing Universal Constants, The Mars Viking Lander's Positive Test for Life on Mars, and the Wow! Signal received by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
Demographic Winter -- a dramatic new documentary -- is the first to explore the most overlooked crisis of our times: the rapid, worldwide decline in birth rates.
The Emergent Church, with Guest Speaker Houston Hodges
Homeschooling in America: Why More and More Families are Opting Out of Public Education, with Guest Speaker Larry Bond
The History of the Conflict Between Science & Religion
Book Report Nights
Green Energy, with Guest Speaker Robert Kennedy
Understanding the Financial Crisis of 2008
Civil Liberties Issues in Alabama, with a Guest Speaker from the ACLU
The Obama Presidency
Heaven on Earth - The Rise, Fall and Possible Rebirth of Socialism
Health Care Reform
The Tea Party Movement, with Guest Speaker Christie Carden
Men's Brains, Women's Brains
The Future of Food
Eyewitness Testimony, with Guest Speaker Jeffrey Neuschatz
"A table in a beer parlor reserved for a group of regulars taking part in social discussion; a group of people gathering at such a table"