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About "Conversations New York"

Imagine…

Hundreds of New Yorkers coming together in small groups of neighbors

and fellow citizens to discuss topics of intensive interest…

Hosted at no cost and at convenient locations and times…

Aided by simple guiding principles…

Inspired by the city’s grand tradition of robust conversation…

Our vision is to inspire, organize, publicize, facilitate and celebrate a renaissance of healthy dialogue in New York City.

Our Mission:

1. Encourage and support interesting and important conversations among New Yorkers at the grass-roots level,

2. Establish simple, affordable, and sustainable infrastructure to foster such conversations throughout the city year-round.

3. Add to the worldwide image of New York as a metropolis where culture and intellect thrive among the people.

4. Maintain conversations with a human face by discussing topics in-person.

Note: For access to all CNY-sponsored events, go to www.conversationsnewyork.com (http://www.conversationsnewyork.com/) and subscribe to our blog,

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Join our network:

"NYC Socrates Cafe" (http://www.meetup.com/NYCSocratesCafe)

"NYC Myers Briggs Personality Typing Meetup" (http://www.meetup.com/MBTIxMeetup)

"TED Talk Inspired Meetups" (http://www.meetup.com/TED-Inspired-Meetup)

"Conversations New York" (http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York)

"Applied Psychology NYC" (http://www.meetup.com/psychology-NYC)

Upcoming events (4+)

Free Bryant Park Movie "The Godfather Part II" (Host: Yen)

Needs a location

Free Bryant Park movies are back! https://youtu.be/qSHNQ77upc4 Bryant Park webcam
(Please re-confirm your RSVP by noon on the day of the meetup. Thank you.)

BRING PROOF OF IMMUNIZATION. MASK ARE REQUIRED WITHIN 6 FT. CONTACT TRACING RESPONSIBILITIES (IF NECESSARY). Health & safety are a shared responsibility. Thank you.

Please assess the risks for your circumstances and the others you come in contact with routinely. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-alert-levels.page

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SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS

August 15
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Robert Duvall
MOVIE NIGHT GUIDELINES AND HELPFUL TIPS:

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Alcohol is not permitted.

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FTI: Panel on Consciousness

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This event is brought to you by the Free Thinker Institute (FTI), a not-for-profit looking to support and empower personal development for its members. The FTI focuses on transformational development for anyone interested, both personally and professionally, organizing a free event every Tuesday to discuss ways to transform wisdom into practical applications that benefit our lives, covering topics widely ranging from professional subjects to spiritual ones.

Format:
Panel Discussion accepting questions and comments from the viewers/ participants

What we’ll talk about:
Consciousness is a topic that has eluded a clear understanding of even our vast amounts of scientific knowledge of the current time. This panel of educators and innovators will talk about consciousness from a variety of perspectives, and we welcome your questions and comments with your perspectives as well. Some questions the panel will share their perspectives on will likely include:

  1. How do you define consciousness?
  2. What is the source / root cause of consciousness?
  3. How does consciousness operate / function?
  4. Can technology help (or hurt) us in experiencing consciousness?

Join us for what promises to be an exciting discussion on what’s known and what we hypothesize may become accepted with time about consciousness.

Panelists:
Garrett Lang, Dr. Krishnesh Mehta, Herb Klitzner & Himanshu Bharadwaj.

A little about our panelists

Garrett Lang
an entrepreneur whose hobby is writing and discussing practical philosophy who somehow finds the time to be the executive director of The Free Thinker Institute (freethinkerinstitute.org).

Dr. Krishnesh Mehta
The founder of BrainOtkarsh: Body mind spirit lab (https://www.meetup.com/brainotkarsh-body-mind-spirit-lab), an expert in science and spirituality, and a TEDx speaker and a seasoned FTI event host.

Herb Klitzner
Retired from technical field after a long career in IT and technical writing, Herb is currently writing a book about the future of personal technology and human values.

Himanshu Bharadwaj
A product designer (​​https://www.joyful.design/) and a meditation teacher. Himanshu is a digital nerd with the mind of a Himalayan yogi.

To get familiar with our past events, feel free to check out our Youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmixGB9GdrptyEWovEj80zg

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdumvqD0pGdwrfItiS7nD_nDTjsYcjOz6
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We publish our event recordings on our Youtube channel to offer our help to anyone who would like to but can’t attend the meeting, so we need to give this clause. If you don’t want to be recorded, just remain on mute and keep your video off. Here’s our legal notice: For valuable consideration received, by joining this event I hereby grant Free Thinker Institute and its legal representatives and assigns, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish any and all Zoom recordings for trade, advertising and any other commercial purpose, and to alter the same without any restriction. I hereby release Free Thinker Institute and its legal representatives and assigns from all claims and liability related to said video recordings.

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US Open Fan Week - Walk and Talk Flushing Meadow Park (Host: Yen)

Needs a location

AUG 23 AT 10 AM – AUG 28 AT 4 PM

## US Open Fan Week

US Open Fan Week is back and better than ever. From Tuesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 28 take advantage of FREE admission to the grounds to witness the US Open Qualifying tournament as well as a variety of tennis, family and music entertainment!
8/23 - US Open Legends Match
8/25 - Flavors of the Open
8/26 - Chase Soundcheck Concert
8/27 - Arthur Ashe Kids' Day
8/23 - 8/26 - US Open Qualifying Tournament
https://www.usopen.org/en_US/about/us_open_fan_week.html

(Please re-confirm your RSVP by noon on the day of the meetup. Thank you.)

BRING PROOF OF IMMUNIZATION. MASK ARE REQUIRED WITHIN 6 FT. CONTACT TRACING RESPONSIBILITIES (IF NECESSARY). Health & safety are a shared responsibility. Thank you.

Please assess the risks for your circumstances and the others you come in contact with routinely. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-alert-levels.page

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FTI: On justice and fairness

Link visible for attendees

This event is brought to you by the Free Thinker Institute (FTI), a not-for-profit looking to support and empower personal development for its members. The FTI focuses on transformational development for anyone interested, both personally and professionally, organizing a free event every Tuesday to discuss ways to transform wisdom into practical applications that benefit our lives, covering topics widely ranging from professional subjects to spiritual ones.

Format: I will present a position, and then together we will challenge my assumptions and logic, and potentially form a new position together where we try to get the best ideas from everyone who attends.

Host: Garrett Lang

The stoics included “justice” as one of their four virtues. I see fairness as a synonym with justice, but perhaps a softer said one so I prefer it. I’d argue our sense of “fairness” is hard wired in us, and that this is a good thing. When we see straight, we know what’s fair and unfair. Sometimes people choose what’s unfair, but I’m going to make the argument that being fair is always the better option. You will sleep better at night, and you will build more meaningful and trusting relationships by always treating others fairly. The first three intentions are aimed at helping you see truth clearly - 1. To seek truth and be the best version of yourself, 2. To be transparent about what you believe so others can correct you if you’re wrong, and be open minded to new ideas that will make you more right, 3. To hone your critical thinking skills so you can rely on them to tell you what’s fact vs. fiction. The 4th intention is about fairness, but we describe it as maximizing happiness and minimizing harm for those you can influence, which to me seems like a good recipe for fairness. I welcome everyone’s feedback on whether they agree with this or have a better way of describing what they think is fair. I look forward to a fruitful conversation with you all as always!

A little about our host:

Garrett is a programmer turned award-winning software inventor turned entrepreneur (platerate.com is his company). His hobby is writing and discussing practical philosophy, and he does life coaching on request to help people live happy, moral lives. He is also the executive director of The Free Thinker Institute (freethinkerinstitute.org), which aims to create a community that helps members increase happiness and decrease harm for themselves and those they can influence.

To get familiar with our past events, feel free to check out our Youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmixGB9GdrptyEWovEj80zg

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdumvqD0pGdwrfItiS7nD_nDTjsYcjOz6
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We publish our event recordings on our Youtube channel to offer our help to anyone who would like to but can’t attend the meeting, so we need to give this clause. If you don’t want to be recorded, just remain on mute and keep your video off. Here’s our legal notice: For valuable consideration received, by joining this event I hereby grant Free Thinker Institute and its legal representatives and assigns, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish any and all Zoom recordings for trade, advertising and any other commercial purpose, and to alter the same without any restriction. I hereby release Free Thinker Institute and its legal representatives and assigns from all claims and liability related to said video recordings.

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