• A Conversation - Until when are we under the influence of our parents?

    We may think of ourselves as independent grown-ups making decisions for ourselves, acting on our own behalf but... How much of ourselves is, in fact, a direct replication of our upbringing? In this 2-hour discussion, we will explore this topic, sharing points of views. **Please note, in the following the term "parent" is used to describe the significant adults/caregivers in your upbringing.** ------====== o0o ======------ Suggested questions and starting points >> Do you have a personality trait or habit you would say is directly inherited from your parents? Like in: "I am so & so - my mom was the same". >> Did you ever catch yourself having behaviors or repeating patterns from your upbringing although you were convinced to be acting out of your own mind? >> Can the following be considered being under our parent's influence? >>> Living in their shadow >>> (Still) Holding a grudge >>> being in awe or great admiration >>> Clashing with family tradition >> Can we achieve total personal independence? That is having a mind of our own based solely on our personal experience and reasoning, clear of previous influence? ------====== o0o ======------ Looking forward to a rewarding conversation with you all. Bring guests and friends. Your host's take on how to fix up the bad influences in your upbringing >> The blog post - http://bit.ly/lbm_pp >> The free PDF - http://bit.ly/free-lbm-pdf-personal-practice Great thanks to WeWork, who generously lend us the room for our informal gathering

  • The Radiometric Revolution: John F. Marra on his book "Hot Carbon"

    In "Hot Carbon: Carbon-14 and a Revolution in Science," John F. Marra tells the story of the radioactive isotope used to date organic materials, with research applications ranging from archeology to oceanography to climatology. Marra weaves together the workings of the many disciplines that employ carbon-14 dating with gripping tales of the individuals who pioneered its possibilities, and describes the concrete applications of carbon-14 to the study of all the stuff of life on earth, from climate science’s understanding of change over time to his own work on oceanic photosynthesis with microscopic phytoplankton. His engaging narrative encompasses nuclear testing, the peopling of the Americas, elephant poaching, and the flax plants used for the linen in the Shroud of Turin. This will be a hybrid presentation, mixing slides with readings from the book! Copies of "Hot Carbon" will be available for purchase! John F. Marra is professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center at Brooklyn College. He was previously a research scientist and associate director of the Division of Biology and Paleoenvironment at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Brooklyn Commons features a wide selection of coffee, food, desserts, beer, and wine. http://thecommonsbrooklyn.org This is a co-listing of a New York City Skeptics event. https://www.meetup.com/The-NYCSkeptics-Meetup-Group/events/263018882/

  • Skeptics: The Radiometric Revolution: John F. Marra on his book "Hot Carbon"

    In "Hot Carbon: Carbon-14 and a Revolution in Science," John F. Marra tells the story of the radioactive isotope used to date organic materials, with research applications ranging from archeology to oceanography to climatology. Marra weaves together the workings of the many disciplines that employ carbon-14 dating with gripping tales of the individuals who pioneered its possibilities, and describes the concrete applications of carbon-14 to the study of all the stuff of life on earth, from climate science’s understanding of change over time to his own work on oceanic photosynthesis with microscopic phytoplankton. His engaging narrative encompasses nuclear testing, the peopling of the Americas, elephant poaching, and the flax plants used for the linen in the Shroud of Turin. This will be a hybrid presentation, mixing slides with readings from the book! Copies of "Hot Carbon" will be available for purchase! John F. Marra is professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center at Brooklyn College. He was previously a research scientist and associate director of the Division of Biology and Paleoenvironment at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Brooklyn Commons features a wide selection of coffee, food, desserts, beer, and wine. http://thecommonsbrooklyn.org This is a co-listing of an event by the Skeptics Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/The-NYCSkeptics-Meetup-Group/events/263018882/

  • Let's Get Happier! ( : Whole Foods in Tribeca @ 270 Greenwich St./ Warren St.

    A Conversation About Happiness (Host: George) Let's Get Happier! ( : Whole Foods in Tribeca @ 270 Greenwich St./ Warren St. 5pm-7:00pm We'll be joined by members of the Happiness and Goodness Club, Manhattan and White Plains. Check for more RSVPs here - https://www.meetup.com/The-Happiness-and-Goodness-Club-Manhattan-and-White-Plains/ Get ready to get happier simply by talking about happiness! The theory behind these events comes from a classic psychology study showing that by simply talking regularly about happiness we can become much happier. While we'll depart from them however much we may wish, like by talking about gratitude, acts of kindness, meditation and other happiness techniques, the following list of 14 topics will serve as a backdrop for our discussions. 1. Keep busy and be more active 2. Spend more time socializing 3. Be productive at meaningful work 4. Get better organized and plan things out 5. Stop worrying 6. Lower your expectations and aspirations 7. Develop positive, optimistic thinking 8. Become present oriented 9. Develop an outgoing, social personality 10. Work on a healthy personality 11. Be yourself 12. Eliminate negative feelings and problems 13. Close relationships are the number one source of happiness 14. Put happiness as your most important priority. Here's some background on the research our group is based on. In 1980 three New Zealand researchers found that after eight 2-hour conversation sessions about happiness over four weeks, their subjects reported a 22 percent increase in their happiness. Continuing their twice-weekly sessions, by the sixteenth week they reported being 42 percent happier. Our list of topics comes from Fort Myers, Florida psychologist Michael Fordyce's "14 Fundamentals of Happiness." In 1977, Fordyce pioneered the science of happiness-increase with the world's first experiment designed to boost individual happiness. That's the group. It's important that our events be fun! So with that in mind, let's get serious about ramping up our enjoyment of life! Resources: For those interested in learning about the major findings from social science research about happiness, and becoming happier, here are links to several excellent peer-reviewed articles that can be downloaded as pdf files for free. (Note: Although these classic articles are somewhat dated, decades of research on happiness reveal that findings on happiness tend to be extremely stable over time.) Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change (http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.335.9655&rep=rep1&type=pdf) By S Lyubomirsky, KM Sheldon and D Schkade, 2005. 21 pages In Pursuit of Happiness: Empirical Answers to Philosophical Questions (http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/%7Eediener/Documents/Kesebir-Diener_2008.pdf) By P Kesebir and E Diener, 2008. 9 pages. Subjective Well-Being: Three Decades of Progress (http://internal.psychology.illinois.edu/%7Eediener/Documents/Diener-Suh-Lucas-Smith_1999.pdf) By E Diener, EM Suh, RE Lucas and HL Smith, 1999. 27 pages

  • Free Workshop - Meditation for rational people

    Ever wonder if rational people like yourself could bypass the mumbo-jumbo associated with spiritual practice and get to the point? How does that work and how do we make it happen? If so, this workshop is for you. Here is what coming up -- A brief introduction to the Simplified Brain Theory to understand what is going on -- How meditation works in the brain -- 17+ practical tips anyone can apply anywhere -- The 6 main meditation positions No previous experience required - Simply bring your thirst for knowledge and genuine curiosity. Looking forward to seeing you there Thank you Georges Cannot make it? Download the free PDF summary http://bit.ly/free-lbm-pdf-meditation-hacks

  • (ADI: Host)Discover your hidden obstacles

    404 5th Ave

    Please be sure to sign up on the Eventbrite page to be guaranteed seating. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-your-hidden-obstacles-tickets-68494748637 We typically operate on a daily default routine and this event gives you an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on how close you are to living the life of your dreams. Some of the challenges you could be facing are: You have a lot of passion but feel stuck Not expressing your ideas for fear of looking stupid Inability to make firm decisions for fear of making mistakes Have a great idea for an app or a business, but everything seems to distract you Struggling to inspire your team at work In this workshop, you will about learn the seven levels of energy framework developed by IPEC, a premier institute in NY. It is a tested formula for over twenty years that has helped many executives turnaround their companies to maximize profits. A famous book Energy Leadership by Bruce Schneider has also been written about this framework. After being trained by IPEC on this framework for about a year, I became an effective leader at work and transformed myself into an award-winning speaker and coach. See below for case studies on this framework: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/energyleadership/resources/resources+tools+research+and+report/CaseStudiesEL2009.pdf Outcomes of the event: Understanding the root cause behind the challenges you are facing Use the framework to come up with many solutions to overcome your challenges Come up with concrete action items to increase your leadership influence This is not a seminar or a presentation to show you the success formula. It is a self-discovery process to help you find out your own answers. After all, who knows better than you about your own life? Due to the size of the room, seating is limited to 5 people. Unless you are sure to attend, please do not sign up.

  • From Me to We - Core Values, Cultures, & Impact. TEDTalk Discussion & Workshop!

    Tuesday, August 13th from 6-8pm! Bob Keiller's "Doing Core Values" - https://youtu.be/ulWkN0k0MVE An Evening Deep Dive on Core Values - a Multi-Meetup Professional & Personal Development Workshop What are the values at your CORE that enable you to be and do your best? Which values would inspire you and your company to raise the game in-house, AND also have the potency to inspire your customers to more substantive action? How might shifts in your cultures translate in terms of total impact and the quality that you offer? Whether you own a company, work for one, parent, volunteer, are retired or seeking your next gig, all of us can engage more effectively with our communities, teams, and groups by keeping our core values in mind and heart, and better ourselves in the process. This Tuesday, we will have the pleasure of deep diving core values. We'll first screen Bob Keiller's TEDTalk on the big screen and discuss as a group, be given exercises to reach your personal core values set, then break out into circles to workshop a couple of the Q's below (your group will decide which ones). We'll close with each circle presenting the gems from their discussions in a large harvest format. Our dinner social will follow directly with your fellow growth enthusiasts. Questions for our break out circles, among many others we'll explore together on Tuesday: 1) Just how important is knowing/intuiting a person/group/organization’s core values before establishing trust and engaging in long-term relationship? Do you feel you identify these values in others sometimes, often, all the time? Consciously or subconsciously? 2) Discuss your personal core values as well of that of organizations you’ve worked for/nonprofits/business partner(s)/significant other(s), etc. How well did they convey these values to you and to what degree were you connected with them? How do/have these values provide a healthy or unhealthy platform to do business/live by? 3) From what you’ve heard, seen, or experienced, what organizations/cultures/parties owe their outstanding track records to consistently operating from their core values? In what ways do these cultures inspire and motivate you to action? 4) Roleplay scenario: You are each on the board of a company and are meeting to discuss strategies for your customers and employees to connect with and Do the core values you’ve decided on. What are some strategies that could get the company’s core values internalized and externalized effectively? How do we get them translated into action? Note: No proselytizing in any shape or form will be accepted in this and other workshops we hold. Where there are differences in opinion, please respect. Location: WeWork South Williamsburg, 109 S 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 The event will span the entire 6-8pm time allotted to us by our gracious venue, WeWork, and will go like this: 6-6:10pm: Check-in, grab a seat, and greet your neighbors 6:10-6:25pm: Bob Keiller's TEDTalk on big screen 6:30-7:45pm: Workshopping as large circle and in smaller circles 7:45-8pm: Closing take-aways and shares before heading out for dinner social 8pm: We’ll keep the warm energy going at a nearby restaurant we'll quickly decide on as a group. Look forward to meeting, and seeing everybody soon!!! :-)

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  • Friday Conversations in Bryant Park - Socrates Salon (Host: Ron Gross)

    Bryant Park Fountain Terrace

    Hosted by Conversations New York (www.conversationsnewyork.com). FREE, but please be sure to register by Wed. Aug. 7th to assure a seat. Join us to share your thoughts, experiences and insights about meaningful topics -- in Manhattan's most beautiful Park! Together with new friends, you'll choose the topics for the evening by popular vote. This regularly-occurring event -- has been called "the most exciting participatory in the City" by travel guru Arthur Frommer (Frommer's Travel Guides). It's the Thoughtful New Yorker's way to segue from the rigors of the work-week to the full enjoyment of the weekend! We welcome and celebrate the diversity of our beloved city as "the capital of the country of people not like you." Bring your supper if you like -- and possibly a treat to share with others in your group. If the weather is inclement, we will convene in the Bank of American atrium, on the corner of 6th Avenue and 42nd St. To jump-start your thinking about a topic you'd enjoy exploring, here are some provocative philosophical questions to consider: https://conversationstartersworld.com/philosophical-questions/ How do you judge other people? What makes for a just society? How can we become happier? What does "Home" mean to you? What is Friendship...and Love? How can we better discern truth? What is the best moral system? Is there such thing as a soul-mate? What happened to the traditional family? What conventional wisdom is now obsolete? Is self-interest bad? Is altruism better?

  • After all, What is DEMOCRACY? (PART THREE)

    590 Madison Ave

    As pointed out before, most of us appear to take the meaning of Democracy for granted, and consequently we tend to end-up in a confused state (of talking past each other) when deeply embedded in our political discussions. Since this will be Part Three of our discussion on Democracy and since we had such a good and serious discussion the last two times, we will less likely fall into this trap. Yet, we need to take another, deeper dive by continuing our practice of thinking about Democracy. It is also requested that you watch on Youtube the short eight and a half (8-1/2) minute video from 1988 entitled ‘Noam Chomsky on Democracy’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljaXy1t0I44 before coming, in order to further enhance our deep dive into this important discussion, and since we will not be able to show the clip this time, while at the meeting. On the other hand, individuals who did not make Parts One or Two should nevertheless feel comfortable attending this session, since a lot of what was said last time will no doubt be repeated. Like the last two times, a series of proposed democracy assumptions (to be questioned/challenged of course) has been provided below in an effort to help us anchor our common understanding of democracy. Although we may not come to full agreement as to what democracy is and means, we should at least be clear on what we, as individuals, mean by the use of the term. In any case, let us honestly do our best to come closer on our meaning of democracy, in the name of Platonic truth seeking. Looking forward to seeing you there! HERE ARE SOME DEMOCRACY ASSUMPTIONS Democracy assumes individuals to have a degree of freedom and uniqueness, with intrinsic worth and creativity, and therefore not wholly products of the social environment, or biology. Democracy assumes the right of all social members to equally participate in determining the community’s future. Democracy assumes a higher degree of cooperation among community members (consensus building) over a competitive, winner-take-all approach to decision making. Democracy assumes a full set of rights that protects the minority from the majority. Democracy assumes equal opportunity for all members of the community. Democracy assumes individual and social equality of all members of the community. Democracy assumes rule-of-law based on the above assumptions. Democracy assumes fairly equal power relations between social individuals. Please think about these assumptions and we will discuss them on Friday August 9, 2019 For those who wish, we will have dinner afterwards.

  • Social Media and the Threat to Democracy

    Moonstruck Diner

    Are free and fair elections a thing of the past? Democracy is not guaranteed and it is not inevitable. In this massive, global, online experiment that we are living through, is social media technology the handmaiden to authoritarianism that is on the rise across the world? Is the same technology that was used to connect people now driving us apart? One of the most perplexing events in recent times is the UK's agonizingly close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Investigative reporting has tracked a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters – a tactic used in the subsequent 2016 US presidential election. In our August meeting we will view a 19-minute Ted Talk https://www.ted.com/talks/carole_cadwalladr_facebook_s_role_in_brexit_and_the_threat_to_democracy featuring British Journalist Carole Cadwalladr, a reporter for the Guardian and Observer in the United Kingdom. Cadwalladr reports that multiple crimes took place on Facebook during the Brexit referendum, unleashing a “firehose of disinformation.” She notes that Brexit is what happens to a western democracy when a hundred years of electoral laws are disrupted by technology. She maintains that the UK’s democracy is broken, that their election laws are out of date in the face of these new forms of misinformation. We have to know the truth if we are to have a free and fair election ever again. In an investigation into Cambridge Analytica, which she shared with the New York Times, Cadwalladr has uncovered multiple crimes committed during the European referendum and evidence of Russian interference in Brexit. Her past work has won a Polk Award and the Orwell Prize for political journalism, and she was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for National Reporting in 2019. The video will be followed by a discussion and sharing of ideas led by Ron Rubin. Your ideas and participation are welcome. As usual, we will meet from 6 to 9 PM upstairs at the Moonstruck Restaurant located at 449 Third Avenue at the Southeast corner of East 31st Street, New York. Please bring friends and family; have dinner at 6, if you can, but all are welcome anytime. We will start the video at 7:00 PM to allow time for discussion after.

  • Impromtu meetup this afternoon on "Symbols of Transformation."

    Brandon, a member of Jung meetup group, and I will meet at 4 pm to talk about volume 5, "Symbols of Transformation." If interested and you're around, try joining us !! We'll have a guiness or two, discuss Jung's propositions and perhaps explore how this publication divorced and differentiated Jung from Freud. Maybe even get into the Miller Fantasies. I was at The Quays once. It's a cozy pub scarcely populated with locals and the music is good and not loud. Perfect for conversing. We'll probably be done by 6 pm.