• Conversation in Wagner Park - Topic Question Chosen by Popular Vote (Host: Yen)

    Enjoy a conversation in beautiful Wagner Park overlooking the Statute of Liberty — Greet old friends and meet new ones. 202 philosophical questions to consider: https://conversationstartersworld.com/philosophical-questions/ Previously proposed topic questions by participants. Ideas only. Actual discussion question will be chosen by popular vote. Bring a burning question that is on your mind. How can we better discern truth? What is the best moral system? What should our public schools teach our children? 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? *** We'll be using Christopher Phillips & Cecilia Chapa Phillips format, from http://www.philosopher.org "How do we decide on a question for discussion? How do we decide on a question for discussion? Ask the participants for questions. Encourage them to propose for Socratic discourse any question that is on their minds. Their questions don't at all have to be traditional ones. Read all the questions aloud to the participants, and then have two votes: The first time around, ask them to vote on any of the questions listed -- meaning they can vote more than once. But ask them to vote only for those questions that leave them feeling the least expert and the most curious and perplexed -- because we've found again and again that those questions that leave you feeling that the ground is shaking a little bit under your feet are those that are most worth interrogating Socratically (whereas, if you vote for a question in which you already think you know "the answer," it will be a very empty exercise). Then, vote a second time, on those two or three questions that were the top vote-getters during the first round. This time, the participants can only vote once (the facilitator does not vote -- if there's a tie, flip a coin to decide the winning question). Chose that question which gets the most votes."

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  • 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

  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND APPLE PIE- AN AMERICAN DREAM? (Host: Harry)

    We talk a lot here in the cradle of republicanism about the importance of equal opportunity, but do we take it seriously? What do we mean when we speak of 'Equal Opportunity'? Do we already have it, and if not how would we achieve it? In what way does the concept, if it does, obligate each of us to protect this human right for others, as well as for ourselves? What would systems thinking have to say about 'Equal Opportunity'? This meetup series is presently building a community around the many discussions we have already had, such as, on freedom, human nature, competition, democracy and many others, and everyone is encouraged to join us as we struggle with these difficult concepts in an effort to form a more perfect union and world. Don't miss it. SO, IS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL, AN OBLIGATION ON ALL?

  • Socrates Cafe in QUEENS

    Panera Bread

    If you arrive early, please procure the LARGER TABLE in the center of the Café by the fireplace for the group. Thanks. Please "BRING a QUESTION" ….. and if possible, your rationale as well. We follow The Socrates Café approach as outlined by Christopher Phillips. Inserted are a few websites that outline and introduce our meet-up format: http://www.philosopher.org/uploads/3/4/5/5/3455578/guidesocratescafe.pdf http://www.philosopher.org/ http://www.socratescafemn.org/scindex2.html http://www.philosopher.org/en/Socrates_Cafe.html I look forward to meeting everyone, experiencing your "question" and our process and the ensuing conversation/discussion. Please NOTE: When possible, please donate $3 at the meet-up to help defray the annual fees from Meetup.com. Thanks, jorge …..

  • Dr. Eugene Taylor's essay on "Jung before Freud, not Freud before Jung."

    Presenter : Roger Jeff Cunningham Abstract A review is first presented of the new Jung scholarship – that Jung is to be properly understood, not as a disciple of Freud, but as the twentieth century exponent of the symbolic hypothesis in the tradition of the late nineteenth century psychologies of transcendence. This is followed by an outline of the so‐called French‐Swiss‐English and American psychotherapeutic alliance, of which Jung was a part, and the cross‐cultural mediumistic psychology of the subconscious it promoted, chiefly through the works of William James, F. W. H. Myers, and Théodore Flournoy. Focusing on the experimental work of the Swiss‐American pathologist Adolph Meyer and the American neurologist Frederick Peterson, evidence is then produced to show that Jung, before Freud, was more important in American psychotherapeutic circles. His experimental researches into the association method and the psychogalvanic reflex, his study of mediums and connection to Swiss psychiatry had numerous unique alliances with the American scene, particularly because of their similar historical relation between psychology and religion. Therefore, to understand Jung, one must consider the archetypal significance which America held for Jung's own individuation process, as well as the Americanization of Jungian ideas that followed. here is the PDF file for the essay : http://www.academia.edu/1595302/Jung_before_Freud_not_Freud_before_Jung_the_reception_of_Jungs_work_in_American_psychoanalytic_circles_between_1904_and_1909 here's a wikipedia description on Dr. Eugene Taylor https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Taylor_(psychologist)

  • Politics Workshop (Host: Derek)

    IBM Public Atrium

    Let's talk about politics. What issues are most important to you? Bring a topic to share with the group. Your topic can be sourced from an article, podcast, book, video, news article, etc. Each member will have 5-10 minutes to summarize their chosen topic for the group. When summarizing, you will be asked to: 1) Define the political problem. 2) Suggest a political solution. After we get all summaries on the table, we'll prioritize order of discussion based on connections between topics. Bringing a topic isn't necessary-- if you'd just like to listen or offer feedback, that's fine too. We'll wrap up by trying to find solutions the whole group can agree to. 1:00 summary of ideas 2:00 group discussions 3:00 coffee chat For more events like this, sign up for the GAME B: Arena of Ideas meetup group: https://www.meetup.com/GAME-B-Arena-of-Ideas/

  • What’s Good? What’s Evil? Can they be defined objectively? [Host: Garrett]

    I’d argue most people want to do good -- and even feel like they are. However some of us probably see some of these people as actually doing evil. That inspires the question, is there a way to define good and evil objectively such that any rational person would agree on the definition? I’ve taken a crack at this, and I’d love to discuss my attempt and/or anyone else’s attempt to objectively define good and evil… In this discussion we will attempt to shoot holes in whatever proposals are proposed, and see if the originators of those proposals can patch them up to make them stronger, and see if together we can come up with a universal way to objectively define good and evil. Here’s my proposal for objective morals: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oBJqfPHOqAtf1LjbIGiyhwAhmOVfk5co1pkBNggr9q8/edit

  • The Emergence of a Glolbal Citizen: A Worldwide Movement

    Details With the rise of 21st century nationalism here and abroad, how do we combat radical inequality, climate change, extreme poverty, gender inequality, and seemingly endless war? A growing worldwide movement has begun. It works to find global solutions to these and other pressing issues. What does it mean to be a Global Citizen? How do we accept shared responsibility for the state of the world? As Hugh Evans puts it: “Those of us who look beyond our borders are on the right side of history.” In our June meeting we will view a 17-minute video featuring Australian humanitarian Hugh Evans. Evans is the co-founder of both The Oaktree Foundation and Global Citizen, the Global Poverty Project, a community education group that aims to increase awareness of, and action towards fighting extreme poverty. He has received domestic and international accolades for his work in promoting youth advocacy and volunteerism in order to reduce extreme poverty in developing countries. He was 2015 Billboard Magazine's Humanitarian of the Year. Evans started a movement that mobilizes "global citizens," people who self-identify first and foremost not as members of a state, nation, or tribe but as members of the human race. In this uplifting and personal talk, he describes how this new understanding of our place in the world is galvanizing people to take action. "These are ultimately global issues," Evans says, "and they can only be solved by global citizens demanding global solutions from their leaders." 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. Note that because this meeting is being held in a restaurant, food and adult beverage of your choice will be available for purchase.

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  • Truth, Integrity, and Happiness - TEDTalk Discussion & Workshop! (Wed. 7/10)

    Wednesday, July 10th from 6-8:15pm! Christine Carter's "The Power of Truth Telling" - https://youtu.be/Cgywq8sQxMo A Pragmatic Workshop of TRUTH - a Multi-Meetup Professional & Personal Development Workshop “The truth shall set you free.” We each relate to truth differently. Some relate to truth primarily as a spectrum; others as black and white. Some believe there is no one truth; others believe it’s all true, and each to his or her own. We defend it, we distort it, we hold and share it, etc. What immediate associations do you make with the word “Truth?” What about "Integrity?" What are the relationships between speaking & living your truth, living integrally, and happiness? What does pretending and lying (e.g. all white lies) do to you/for you in the short and long terms? This Wednesday, we will explore these questions in addition to: sharing research on these links, communally viewing and discussing Christine Carter's TEDTalk, breaking out into circles to workshop 2-3 of the following questions (your group will decide which ones), followed by each circle presenting the gems from their discussions in a large harvest format to close. Buffet dinner social directly after our event! As some of these questions are extra personal, if you'd feel more comfortable, you may opt to use others in your life to share your perspective: - What does living outside of integrity do to you, and/or others you know closely? How does this experience contrast to living and speaking your truth? - Do you mostly relate to truth as an absolute, a relative, both? When do you find yourself owning up to what's true for you? When do you shy away? - What does it feel like personally to be received when there's zero pretending on both sides, neither trying to garner favor from the other? - Who comes to mind as a pillar of truth in your current communities, in neighborhood you grew up in, or in past history? What is/was special about these person(s)? - In what ways do you people please? What are the effects on your overall energy, your clarity of self (personal identity), closeness in relationships, other? - What truths do you find yourself and others reserving/suppressing actively at work and in personal relationships? Emotions, thoughts, political/religious beliefs, interests, something else? - How much effort do you put into sharing what’s true for you? Why or why not? Are you most likely to share your truth by way of writing, speaking, styling a certain way, or some other way(s)? 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 115 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10006 The event will span the entire 6-8:15pm 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 6:10-6:30pm: Christine Carter's TEDTalk on big screen 6:30-7:55pm: Workshopping as large circle and in smaller circles 7:55-8:10pm: Closing take-aways and shares before heading out for dinner social 8:15pm: We’ll keep the warm energy going at Open Market (6 min walk from WeWork). Nice buffet and market with plenty of quick dinner/snack options. 15 William St, New York, NY 10005 Look forward to meeting, and seeing everybody soon!!! :-)

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  • Let's have a conversation - About The Need to Belong

    Inspired by Sebastian Junger and his book Tribe, this conversation is about the human need to gather, associate with others and form solid bonds with one another. Let's talk about our need to belong and discuss solutions to adapt our nature to the demands of modern society. Suggested questions and starting points -- What in our psychology and physiology creates that need to belong? -- What importance belonging or identifying to a group has in forming our own identity? -- How do we balance the need of personal survival and the commitment to the group -- Do we need a war or a disaster to become selfless and generous or can we create this state of mind on a regular basis? -- How can we maintain strong bonds within a group/tribe while avoiding discrimination toward those who do not belong to our group or tribe? In this 2-hour discussion, we will explore this topic, sharing points of views. Looking forward to a rewarding conversation with you all. Bring guests and friends. Your host's take on the human need for connection and how to cultivate it http://bit.ly/lbm-connection-practice Great thanks to WeWork, who generously lend us the room for our informal gathering

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