“Curious Souls Get Together” – 8th Meeting

Dear Friends,

We had our 8th meeting at the Publico Bar on Sunday December 1,2013.


We were quite numerous in our meeting. Considering that the number of chairs available were not sufficient, I can say that we were more than 55.

During the meeting, as I announced earlier, we watched the following TED Talks:

  1. Pamela Meyer : “How to spot a liar”
  2. Arthur Benjamin does mathemagic:
  3. Bunker Roy: “Learning from a barefoot movement”
  4. Derek Sivers: “How to start a movement”
  5. John Legend: “True colors” (music)

My friends Tolga Yanaşık and Özgür Çağlar Çelik moderated our discussions on two of the talks. I would like to thank them greatly for volunteering and for the work they put into it.

Tolga facilitated our discussions on the first video titled: “How to spot a liar”.

He made a fantastic work as he had interesting and very clever questions that engaged all members in the discussions. You can also guess that our discussions were often interrupted by loughter 🙂 as the subject was “lie” and we shared our own experiences on it.


Tolga, moderating our discussions on: “How to spot a liar.”

We then watched the amazing Math and Magic 🙂 performance of Arthur Benjamin who is also a math professor:

Despite that the video was a performance of magic and math,  and it seemed like there would be nothing much to discuss upon, it was quite amazing to see how extensive discussions it generated between us. We talked about the limits of our brains, whether with special training anybody could acquire these skills or not, whether such training should be a part of regular education or not, etc. It was also very interesting to note that some of our members didn’t agree that training on acquiring such a skill was relevant as they said that, after all we all have calculators and we do not need to calculate from our heads 🙂 There was also merit to what they said as well 🙂

The video that followed was that of Roy Bunker’s on “Barefoot movement”:

What a fastinating, mind opening, inspirational and humerous talk it was ! We all loved it! And so were our discussions! It was truely amazing to hear all the views expressed, all the  experiences shared and the lessons taken from this video.

At our meeting, such a nice variety – ranging from US, UK to Iran and Pakistan, Panama, Brazil to Austria and eventually Turkey -that normally one would expect very diverging views. Nevertheless, during our discussions on Barefoot Movement, I noticed that, despite all our differences, we were all at the same wavelenght (as we Turkish people say)  and that we all  talked with  the same language (and I do not mean English only :-)). What a fantastic “World Union” we had :-). I love you dear Curious Souls 🙂


We then went on to watch the short and humorous video on “How to start a movement”:

Özgür moderated our discussions on this  video and with his entertaining and insightful questions, our discussions became a very lively one. It was also interesting to note that the video lasted only for 3 minutes  but our discussions lasted much longer then that 🙂  Özgür even made us a suprise at the end ! As he is an active Qi Gong practitioner at the level of trainer – in addition to his acutal job, he gave us the secret to live a very long life and he made us all stand up and do Qi Gong together! It was a valuable initiation! Thank you Özgür.

Özgür facilitating our discussions on “How to start a movement”

Finally, the last video was like a present for us all ! A musical performance of John Legend at TED with the title “True Colors”:


I’m sure almost everybody heard this song before but the lyrics meant more to us that day (at least I can say it for myslef). They go as follows: 

  • “It’s sometimes hard to take courage,
  • in a world full of people;
  • You can lose sight of it all, 
  • and the darkness inside you,
  • can make you feel so small; 
  • but I see your true colors shining through;
  • I see your true colors, 
  • and that’s why I love you;
  • So don’t be afraid;
  • to let them show;
  • your true colors!
  • True colors are beautiful,
  • like a rainbow!”

I would like to thank you, dear Curious Souls, for participating in our meeting and I wish you all, beautiful days filled with true colors !

Kindest regards

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

Announcement – “Curious Souls Get Together” – 8th meeting !

Dear Curious Souls,

Are you ready for another enjoyable meeting? If you are, then I invite you all, to our 8th meeting that will be held on December 1,2013 Sunday, at the cozy PUBLICO Bar on Istiklal Street.


At this meeting, we will be watching very interesting, inspiring and entertaining  TED in a relaxed atmosphere,  and after each talk, we will have the opportunity to exchange our views on each topic.


So get ready to experience the fleurishing of diverse ideas, to expand our horizons and to grow together!

I hope to see you all at our meeting and I  am impatiently looking forward to our exchange of views.

With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

STARTS                : December 01, 2013, 14:00 PM
ENDS                    : December 01, 2013,18:00 PM
LOCATION            : PUBLICO  (Please see directions below)
ADDRESS             : Tünel Meydanı (End of Istiklal Street) No:186/A; Beyoğlu                                           ISTANBUL
MEETING POINT  : At the venue
ENTRANCE FEE  : None.(Everyone pays for his/her own food and drink.)


DIRECTIONS:  PUBLICO is situated at the end of Istiklal Street at Tunel Meydan (the Tunnel square). It is where the tram laine makes a right turn. If you are coming from Taksim direction, please take the metro and get off at Sishane stop. You need to walk from there which is very close. if you are coming from the Anatolian side however, you can either take the ferry to Karakoy and then the fenikular up to Tünel. When you exit, it is just a few meters away from Publico. Please take a look at the map below   and the directions to “Publico” with screen shots of the area.



Curious Souls Get Together” – 7th Meeting !

Dear Curious Souls,

Are you fascinated with new ideas and new ways of looking at life?
Do you have an insatiable desire to learn more?
Do you get immense pleasure in listening to inspirational stories of great minds?
And are you filled with appreciation for great talents?

In short, are you a “Curious Soul”?


If you are, then, I invite you, once again, to the cozy “Publico” Bar in Beyoglu on Istiklal street,  to our 7th meeting.

At this meeting, we will be watching again, very interesting, mind-stretching and entertaining TED talks; and after each talk, we will have the opportunity to express our own views.


As a change, I would like to introduce a theme for the meeting. I suggest our theme to be: “Architecture and its impact on our lives” which I think is a very good one as it has many angles, such as its impact on social life, inspiration, creativity and design processes, esthetical aspects, utopian projects, revolutionary techniques, sustainability, new material, life in megalopolis, how architecture of the 21st century will be, etc, and it is open to very rich discussions.


May I also request you to do some “homework” before you come to our meeting? Could you try to spare some time to have  some reading and browsing on the subject? This would be a very good opportunity – especially for those who are not experts on the subject, like me – to broaden our horisons. We can share this information in light of the very interesting TED Talks that I will prepare for us to watch together.

By the way, if you cannot do your “homework,” there is no need to worry :-)) Please do still come to our meeting – we do not have  reprimands.

So get ready to experience the fleurishing of diverse ideas, to expand our horizons and to grow together while at the same time, we pass a very enjoyable time together.

I hope to see you all at our meeting and I  am impatiently looking forward to it.
With my kindest regards.

Isil the Curious Soul 🙂

STARTS                : September 05, 2013, 7:30 pm
ENDS                     : September 05, 2013, 10:00 PM
LOCATION            : Publico (Lokal -Meydan)
ADDRESS             : Tünel Meydanı (End of Istiklal Street) No:186/A; Beyoğlu ISTANBUL
MEETING POINT  : At the venue
ENTRANCE FEE  : None.(Everyone pays for his/her own food and drink.)