EDIT: Beerscussion was a great success! We’re going to make this a monthly occurrence. Check out our the Facebook Beerscussion group page for upcoming events!
When I lived in Bowling Green, OH I had a most beautiful thing: a group of friends from diverse backgrounds who enjoyed getting together to discuss ideas over beer. While “diverse” in academia typically means getting together scientists from slightly different areas of the same field (ecologists AND evolutionary biologists?!), this group was ACTUALLY diverse. They gave me a new perspective on my research, and exposed me to ideas in other fields that I would not have heard about otherwise. I’d love to create a similar community in my new home (Santa Barbara, CA).
To this end, Zach and I have created BEERSCUSSION.
We hope to gather together members of the Santa Barbara academic (or industrial) community to discuss new ideas over beer (or soda, juice, water, etc). Our first meeting will be at Dargan’s Pub on Wednesday, February 23rd at 7:30PM. If it goes well and people are interested, we’ll make this a semi-regular thing.
One main rule: Come with an open, but critical mind. If someone’s background is in a field about which you’re not particularly impressed, suppress that bias. Provide constructive criticism, but give them a chance to convince you of the merit of their ideas.