The Vienna Circle was a group of mathematicians, physicists, economists and philosophers alike who met to disscus epistemology and philosophy of science. This lead to a powerful movement called Logical Positivism which dispelled metaphysics, aesthetics and ethics from science as niether right nor wrong – of no value what so ever.
Based on the Vienna Circle, but taken well out of context and set in ancient Japan. A collection of yojimbo (bodygaurd), ninja, ronin (masterless samurai) and farmers – analog to the real members, who meet in secret to talk skeptically about spirituality. Portrayed as pro-industrial natural philosophers.