In his book Socrates Caf?, Christopher Phillips describes a series of discussions he holds with elementary school students, prison inmates, and every kind of person in-between.He also describes his methodology and gives a great deal of descriptions of his interactions and impressions.For this assignment, you will gather a group of people and hold your own Socrates Caf?. The guidelines are listed below. This will be an opportunity for you to delve deeper into questions of interests and, perhaps, develop new conclusions. Above all, this assignment will be an opportunity to develop your listening skills (important for critical thinking skills), synthesizing skills (often used for summarizing and reporting about an event or an idea), and analytical skills (used in all essay assignments for this class).1. You will find a group of at least three people* (other than yourself) to meet with you and discuss your question of interest. See list of questions below for suggestions.2. You will need some way to transcribe the conversation word for word. Unless you are a professional court reporter, you cannot rely on cryptic notes or your memory to remember details of the conversation.3. After you have held your own Socrates Caf?, you will transcribe the conversation verbatim. See my transcription as an example.4. Using your transcription as a starting point, you will describe your own experiment with the Socrates Caf?. You may use methods that Phillips employs or others that you develop. You should be able to give your readers a vivid account of your interaction without evaluating it.5. You will write a conclusion of your experimentation with this method. Consider the following questions. What did you learn by focusing on questions rather than answers? How involved were your participants? Did the conversation stumble along with your frequent interruption or was the conversation free-flowing and difficult to conclude? Were your participants willing to change or modify their positions or did they remain constant in their beliefs? Did you find yourself surprised at their responses or were they aligned with your expectations? How might you compare your Socrates Caf? from those of Phillips?? What conclusions did you reach about your topic after your conversation?Potential Questions for Discussion*1. What is intuition?2. Should parents be selfless?3. Do appearances matter?4. How do you define smart?5. What makes someone a good person?6. Do people become more mature with time or with more experiences?7. Do people really learn from someone else?s mistakes?8. What habits to you signal an intelligent person?9. Do all experiences teach us something?10. Why do people feel resentment?11. Is it truly possible to be different?12. Why do people do things that are bad for them?13. What is maturity?14. Can people change?15. Or another question that you develop and is approved by the instructor.
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