What we're about

"I like this idea!"

In this group we discuss relatively short online and printed reading material, such as essays from The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review and Slate, Aeon and Psyche, and books of essays. We talk about their ideas and whether we can use them. We might apply them as individuals and/or together as a group, and we might spend more than one month on a given topic in order to go into it deeper. Here, for example, you can see the free online Aeon site:

https://aeon.co/essays

We are currently meeting via Zoom. When we meet in person, there's a small fee for each meeting -- typically between $4 and $12 per meeting, depending on the number of attendees. This cost is to cover the fees that Meetup charges me to organize the meetings.

Here's a list of the subjects of some of our past meetings:

o Slow thought
o Shame
o Integral Theory
o How acting (many different types) affects our brains and our sense of self
o Full-Spectrum Mindfulness
o Our existence in time
o How to be an Epicurean
o Mind-body meditation
o Non-violent communication
o Modesty and thinking freely
o Spending time in nature
o Complications in ageism
o Does creativity require originality?
o Functions of laughter

Upcoming events (5)

“Distanced Self-Talk” vs Destructive Mind Chatter

Online event

“Distanced Self-talk” vs Destructive Mind Chatter

For our April 24 meetup, we're reading this article from Nautilus:

https://nautil.us/issue/98/mind/how-to-quiet-your-mind-chatter

We usually start with short intro's about ourselves and brief statements of why/if the reading material interested us. Our reading material has been mostly articles and essays, has generally centered on matters of the mind, and has come from sources that facilitate intellectual discussion -- for example, selections from publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Scientist, Slate, The Paris Review, The Economist, The New York Review of books, from online sites such as Nautilus, Aeon, and Psyche, and from collections of essays in various books.

We spend most of our time divided between (1) talking about the ideas in the reading material and (2) telling each other how the concepts apply to our lives. We concentrate mostly on (1) during the first half of our meeting to be sure we get in a good discussion of the subject.

After or during our discussion, we decide if we want to stick with the current topic for a while or to switch to a new one.

Currently we meet via Zoom. When we meet in person, there's a small fee for this group -- between $4 and $12 per meeting, depending on the number of attendees.

FYI, here is a list of the subjects of some of our meetings:

o Slow thought
o Shame
o Integral Theory
o How acting (many different types) affects our brains and our sense of self
o Full Spectrum Mindfulness
o Our existence in time
o How to be an Epicurean
o Mind-body meditation
o Non-violent communication
o Modesty and thinking freely
o Spending time in nature
o Complications in ageism
o Does creativity require originality?
o Functions of laughter
o (1) Collective cultural attention & memory, (2) 2021 Science/tech breakthroughs
o “Distanced self-talk” vs destructive mind chatter

Discuss the ideas in an essay, book or site, and consider how they apply to us

We usually start with short intro's about ourselves and brief statements of why/if the reading material interested us. Our reading material has been mostly articles and essays, has generally centered on matters of the mind, and has come from sources that facilitate intellectual discussion -- for example, selections from from free online sites such as Aeon and Psyche, from publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, The Paris Review, The New York Review of books, and from collections of essays in various books.

We spend most of our time divided between (1) talking about the ideas in the reading material and (2) telling each other how the concepts apply to our lives. We concentrate mostly on (1) during the first half of our meeting to be sure we get in a good discussion of the subject.

After or during our discussion, we decide if we want to stick with the current topic for a while or to switch to a new one.

Currently we meet via Zoom. When we meet in person, there's a small fee for this group -- between $4 and $12 per meeting, depending on the number of attendees.

FYI, here is a list of the subjects of some of our past meetings:

o Slow thought
o Shame
o Integral Theory
o How acting (many different types) affects our brains and our sense of self
o Full Spectrum Mindfulness
o Our existence in time
o How to be an Epicurean
o Mind-body meditation
o Non-violent communication
o Modesty and thinking freely
o Spending time in nature
o Complications in ageism
o Does creativity require originality?
o Functions of laughter

Discuss the ideas in an essay, book or site, and consider how they apply to us

We usually start with short intro's about ourselves and brief statements of why/if the reading material interested us. Our reading material has been mostly articles and essays, has generally centered on matters of the mind, and has come from sources that facilitate intellectual discussion -- for example, selections from from free online sites such as Aeon and Psyche, from publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, The Paris Review, The New York Review of books, and from collections of essays in various books.

We spend most of our time divided between (1) talking about the ideas in the reading material and (2) telling each other how the concepts apply to our lives. We concentrate mostly on (1) during the first half of our meeting to be sure we get in a good discussion of the subject.

After or during our discussion, we decide if we want to stick with the current topic for a while or to switch to a new one.

Currently we meet via Zoom. When we meet in person, there's a small fee for this group -- between $4 and $12 per meeting, depending on the number of attendees.

FYI, here is a list of the subjects of some of our past meetings:

o Slow thought
o Shame
o Integral Theory
o How acting (many different types) affects our brains and our sense of self
o Full Spectrum Mindfulness
o Our existence in time
o How to be an Epicurean
o Mind-body meditation
o Non-violent communication
o Modesty and thinking freely
o Spending time in nature
o Complications in ageism
o Does creativity require originality?
o Functions of laughter

Discuss the ideas in an essay, book or site, and consider how they apply to us

We usually start with short intro's about ourselves and brief statements of why/if the reading material interested us. Our reading material has been mostly articles and essays, has generally centered on matters of the mind, and has come from sources that facilitate intellectual discussion -- for example, selections from from free online sites such as Aeon and Psyche, from publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Slate, The Paris Review, The New York Review of books, and from collections of essays in various books.

We spend most of our time divided between (1) talking about the ideas in the reading material and (2) telling each other how the concepts apply to our lives. We concentrate mostly on (1) during the first half of our meeting to be sure we get in a good discussion of the subject.

After or during our discussion, we decide if we want to stick with the current topic for a while or to switch to a new one.

Currently we meet via Zoom. When we meet in person, there's a small fee for this group -- between $4 and $12 per meeting, depending on the number of attendees.

FYI, here is a list of the subjects of some of our past meetings:

o Slow thought
o Shame
o Integral Theory
o How acting (many different types) affects our brains and our sense of self
o Full Spectrum Mindfulness
o Our existence in time
o How to be an Epicurean
o Mind-body meditation
o Non-violent communication
o Modesty and thinking freely
o Spending time in nature
o Complications in ageism
o Does creativity require originality?
o Functions of laughter

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