Join the most interesting conversations on the internet.
Interintellect Salons are relaxed, evening-length, moderated discussions in video calls that anyone can join.
During an ii Salon you will be given a short reading list and some pointers, and invited to take part in an open-ended, facilitated, friendly and diverse exchange about a specific topic.
ii Salons are hosted by popular members of our growing community of young intellectuals and the global curious: we talk about philosophy and science, education and literature, technology and psychology, history and the future together. We look forward to talking with you!
Upcoming ii Salons:
Wine Rituals: Theater, Stories, and Celebration of Life
Patricia Hurducas guides us through wine rituals, and stories from Greek mythology to the fine dining restaurant experience
ii Wine Salon. Tuesday December 1 - 8 pm London
The Origin of Life: Understanding our Place in the Universe
Caleb Meredith explores the fundamentals of life: how did we get here, are we alone in the universe, and what IS life?
ii Salon. Tuesday December 1 - 7 pm New York
Loneliness vs Solitude: Is There a Good Way to Be Alone?
Anna Gát examines being alone by choice or out of necessity, and whether solitude can be productive and enriching
ii Salon. Wednesday December 2 - 8 pm London
Hedonism: Ingress to Inspiration or Road to Ruin?
Bryan Kam continues his exploration of indulgence and self-denial: in this Part 2 he'll look at the pursuit of pleasure drawing on philosophers like Epicurus and artists like Coleridge or Fitzgerald
ii Salon. Thursday December 3 - 7 pm London
Flourishing: To Love, to Learn, to Play?
Joined by the leaders of the Universal Enlightenment Forum, Donald Frederick explores the foundations of flourishing
ii Salon. Friday December 4 - 8 pm London
Tuning into the Visceral: Awareness Through Movement
Brian Toh investigates forms of knowledge inaccessible to the linguistic mind which can only be expressed via movement
ii Salon. Saturday December 5 - 8:30 pm Mumbai
Psychoanalysis is Dead: Long Live Psychoanalysis
Dr. Gena Gorlin asks whether traditional psychoanalysis is dead and what the future of psychoanalysis will look like
ii Salon. Saturday December 5 - 5 pm London
Write Your Year Review for 2020
Swathy Prithivi leads a workshop reflecting and writing a personal review of this unexpected, cathartic year together
ii Workshop Salon. Sunday December 6 - 7 pm London
Visual Intelligence & Art: Learning to See
Patricia Hurducas draws on Amy E. Herman to explore the relationship between visual intelligence and art
ii Salon. Tuesday December 8 - 8 pm London
Redirection! Navigating Detours from Traffic Jams to Life Plans
Anna Gát leads a discussion about useful frameworks for changing one's course, or mind - and what to do when we feel stuck
ii Salon. Wednesday December 9 - 8 pm London
Writing About Love: the Art of a Great Love Letter
Rick Benger explores love letters: a joy to receive, a joy to give, mighty difficult to write
ii Salon. Thursday December 10 - 7 pm London
Siblings: Our First Foils, Our Forever Friends
ii Salon. Friday December 11 - 8 pm London
It’s a Trap! Being Honest About Work
Daniel Golliher urges us to discuss our jobs openly and honestly - as well as what we might do with the truths we arrive at
ii Salon. Saturday December 12 - 8 pm London
ii Salons are always live, free for our Host community, and not recorded. Apply for a student discount here.
2019 vs 2020
"For me, the ii is the number one place on the Internet to find your intellectual soul mates to play with ideas, narratives, share experiences, and become more human, all in the span of 3 hours. It's a place where we can engage in authentic conversations about anything and if the topic isn't discussed as often we can even create a Salon about it ourselves.”
“Interintellect enfolds like a journey that takes you on a path of discovery and exploration with fellow seekers. The best part is that everyone comes from a place of acceptance and openness where even the quietest person finds his/her voice. It’s one of the best things that has happened to me in 2020.”
“Salons engage at the level of ideas, but we share our own stories to bring the richness of our own lived experiences to co-create a tapestry that makes us realize we could be friends even if we live thousands of miles away from each other. It captures an experience that isn't usually found on social media but is found in evening and late-night conversations with close friends.”
“The ii has given me a forum to explore and challenge my own ideas, through listening to others. It's been a solace for continuing to expand my worldview, when so much of the world is currently restricted.”
“The most delightful thing about the ii for me is how every interaction I've had in within it has been nourishing, energizing. Knowing that it exists is something that makes me more optimistic and hopeful about the world, and about the future. That there are good people coming together in good-faith to try and understand each other, learn from each other, challenge each other – wasn't that what we were supposed to be doing all along?”
“In this bubble of welcome and trust, some of the most incredible conversations happen.”
“I found the ii during quarantine when I was craving conversation beyond news and current events. I simultaneously feel intimidated by the genius and passion of my fellow interintellects and encouraged to explore and ask questions.”
“The Interintellect has been a life raft in a tumultuous time. The wholehearted conversations taking place here are a model for what discourse on the Internet ought to look like.”
“Interintellect members seem to share some of that edge-dwelling quality along with an inherent drive to understand.”
"Interintellect is a travel agency for the mind. And in a locked down world, we desperately need meaningful travel."
“A diverse community united by a thirst for experience. Members of the Interintellect seek knowledge, art, friendship, and conversation, and are eager to cross borders and shatter convention to experience everything beautiful in life.”
“Being intellectually strong and powerful is so important in this new age of information and possibility, and I can finally feel like I can work on intellectual things and have a "weird" audience that cares and moreover an audience that reliably nurtures and encourages it.”
“I feel the happiest after attending a Salon, particularly one where I made a particular connection with an attendee and made a new friend or connected with someone in there to collaborate on something.”
“I love ending my day with the ii, catching up on news and friends while blocking out the rage culture of the broader internet.”
“The Interintellect is a tavern at the crossroads: people from very different places with very different stories mingle and share ideas freely. People who would otherwise never meet discover they were exactly who they were looking for.”
“Twitter could be the platform for global discussions and debates. International conferences could serve as an opportunity for personal intellectual growth. Your senior work colleagues could be your mentors and tutors to assist you in figuring out the best moves for your future. Yet none of the above achieve their aims as meticulously as the Interintellect does! The ii became a truly unique network of curious intellectuals, who are not just looking for a new audience to share their thoughts with. They are looking for new inspiration, new ideas, and new connections to grow and enable others to grow. This makes all the discussions, debates, and mentorship a lot more stimulating and enjoyable than through all the other platforms combined!”
“I feel less intellectually lonely because of the Interintellect. It's the place where I can explore my deep thoughts like what the moon smells like or obscure aspects of positive psychology.”
“Interintellect has grown into an incredibly warm, open and cognitively stimulating community where every topic can be discussed with respect and civility.”
“Intellectual life is better as a team sport — the joys of solo thinking and imagining are doubled by connection, surprise, serendipity and shared experience.”
“An absolutely hyper-colorful arrangement of thinkers, tinkerers, doers, builders, scientists and philosophers, all working together in both lockstep and counter-melody, in order to form a collective, where ideas, fears, thoughts, hopes and dreams can be shared, reflected upon, reupholstered, and displayed, with civility and empathy, and of course, intellect.”
“To me, it's a bit of an intellectual haven, unique and lovely and positive-sum.”
Anna Gát - Founder, CEO
Evaric Weicksel - Events
Lujza Juhász - Community Support