Cafe Q offers menus for thoughtful conversations. Each menu set has a theme and a set of questions that explore variations on that theme. Cafe Q can be used for group conversations, speaking practice, and as writing prompts.
Most importantly Cafe Q provides a structure for developing critical thinking skills through inquiry based learning. Asking questions of ourselves and finding the value of the answers we have for each other.
Cafe Q Conversations: Meaning
Meaning is meaningless. Nothing has to mean anything. Language shows us that. The sounds ‘water,’ ‘nuoc,’ ‘agua,’ ‘mizu’ all name the same thing in different languages. But if you do not speak those languages, the sounds mean nothing to you. Even if you are very, very thirsty.
We create meaning. ‘Water‘ means water because English speaking people agree on what that sound should represent. People who do not speak English don’t know that sound, they have a different sound they use, maybe even a different idea. Language helps us share what we know with each other. We can learn each other’s languages and see the world again in a whole new way. Let these questions challenge you: How do you know what you know?