1. The existence of aliens. C’mon. Everyone loves this topic! I mean, the movie ET was popular for a reason, right? Okay, well, maybe not everyone loved the movie because of the alien concept. Maybe they just thought ET was cute.
But regardless, everyone seems to have an opinion about whether or not aliens exist. After stating your opinions, you should both give reasoning and arguments for why you think you’re right.
2. Alien abduction. While this is in the same generic category as the existence of aliens, it’s not exactly the same. But I suppose at least one of you would have to believe in aliens to even start this conversation.
There are people out there who claim to have been abducted by aliens. And quite frankly, their stories are pretty convincing. You might want to Google this one first so you have a lot of material to add to this intellectual conversation.
3. Political affiliations. I know everyone says to stay away from talking about politics. But really people, you can’t get away from it! Anyone who is on social media knows that people love spewing their political ideologies all over the place.
But, in order to have an intellectual conversation about politics, both people have to be objective and empathetic… especially if they disagree. But it can be quite enlightening and interesting to talk about this topic.
4. Personality types. Are you familiar with the Myers-Briggs 16 Personality Types? If not, do some research on it. I’m sure you know what extroverts and introverts are, but there are also many different variations on it.
And some people are even both an introvert and extrovert at the same time. Those people are called ambiverts. There are a lot of interesting aspects to personality traits that can be discussed in an intellectual conversation.
5. Trivia. Okay, I’m terrible at trivia. I loathe Trivial Pursuit because I never know ANY of the answers. But, I do love listening to people who know a lot of trivia. It’s really interesting to sit and talk about random pieces of information that are fascinating.
You could even get a trivia book to brush up on all the facts and sit with the other person and go through it. That will spark some intellectual conversation for sure.
6. The Afterlife. This intellectual conversation could be really fascinating, or it could be a train wreck – depending on who you are talking to. If you’re talking to a devout Catholic *or devout person of any religion*, they won’t want to debate the possibility of whether it exists or what it looks like.
On the other hand, if you’re talking to an atheist, they might also be pretty firm in their convictions. But it can be a great intellectual conversation if both people are open-minded and want to explore other possible views.
7. Reincarnation. A subset of the “afterlife” conversation is the topic of reincarnation. I know the United States is a predominantly Christian country, so it is a controversial subject. But again, if both of you are open-minded and like to explore a lot of different ideas, this is a fun intellectual conversation to have.
Maybe you have had past life memories. Or maybe it’s just fun to talk about which era of human history would have been the most fun to live in. There are a lot of different ways you can take this intellectual conversation.