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You are cordially invited to join us in thoughtful conversations on The 103 Greatest Ideas of all time. These conversations are organized around the major questions raised by thinkers throughout history. Change, Courage, Emotion, Evolution, Habit, Hapiness, History, Language, Love, Imagination, Mind, Science, Time, Virtue and Wisdom are some of the Great Ideas discussed so far based on cumulative 700+ live votes of thoughtful conversationalists that participated in the conversations so far. See below for the exciting ideas coming up for discussion.

These Meetups take place on Every Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm at Sony Atrium at 550 Madison Avenue -- 20 to 30 thoughtful conversationalists participate in these scintillating conversations.

No prior reading is necessary. Simply bring your life experience, and share your thoughts with others, hear their ideas, and engage in a thoughtful and courteous conversation--which is organized to maximize exchange of ideas. Feel free to arrive late or leave early.

Join us for the following upcoming conversations:

RSVP for Conversation on REASONING on Saturday July 1 @ 2pm

RSVP for Conversation on EDUCATION on Saturday July 8 @ 2pm

RSVP for Conversation on HONOR on Saturday July 15 @ 2pm

RSVP for Conversation on WILL on Saturday July 22 @ 2pm

RSVP for Conversation on PHILOSOPHY on Saturday July 29 @ 2pm

RSVP for Conversation on GOOD & EVIL on Saturday August 5 @ 2pm

The Great Books Project identified The 103 Great Ideas that thinkers from every field--philosophers, scientists, novelists, psychologists, economists--have written about in what they poetically call The Great Conversation. This Meetup uses their work as an inspiration to organize live conversations on the same great ideas among New Yorkers today.

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Author Appearance: Education in the Digital Age: How We Get There, Nadav Zeimer

Zeimer has shared a few links to many podcasts in which he was a guest on. The podcasts are relating to the themes of the book. The links to them are below. 1) https://dnacredits.com/listen 2) https://www.jumblethink.com/podcast/episodes/nadav-zeimer [masked] What skills are recession-proof? How should you prepare your high school student or an uncertain future? Learn why jobs are in decline and what will replace them Understand how digital media production will replace some standardized testing Gain insight into how digital technology trends such as decentralization and open source could collide to challenge the nation's largest corporations Study the history of economic trends and inquire into whether America is bound for totalitarian corporate rule or a drastic expansion of democratic values Explore the research on human bias and discover why anti-bias is crucial for economic growth Delve into the limits of artificial intelligence and how a digital native future inverts its role in society Question whether surveillance capitalism is something we should worry about Digital Platforms Are the Most Profitable Companies on the Planet, and Poised to Transform Education... A former software engineer, Principal Zeimer takes readers through an in-depth evaluation of how digital technology and economics are poised to transform education by examining the concept of academic capital.

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

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[masked] Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of “woman,” and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness. This long-awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French text that were cut in the first English translation. Vital and groundbreaking, Beauvoir’s pioneering and impressive text remains as pertinent today as it was back then, and will continue to provoke and inspire generations of men and women to come.

Author Appearance: Learn to Love: Guide to Healing by Thomas Jordan

Complete title is 'Learn to Love: Guide to Healing Your Disappointing Love Life' [masked] After 30 years of clinical research and treatment of patients with unhealthy love lives, Dr. Thomas Jordan has recognized that most people aren't actually in control of their own love lives. Why? Because most people don't know how to identify and change what they've learned from the love relationships in their lives. In Learn to Love: Guide to Healing Your Disappointing Love Life, you will learn how to make real—and lasting—improvements in your love life. Starting with the family into which we're born, we learn from all the love relationships in our lives, especially the unhealthy ones. Learn to Love will show you how these experiences help to form a psychological blueprint that controls the love life experiences we have as adults. If what you learned about love relationships was healthy, you'll replicate this and have a meaningful and satisfying love life. But if what you learned was unhealthy, chances are you'll continue to make the same love life mistakes over and over again. Learn to Love will show you how to unlearn this unhealthy learning and form the love relationships you've always wanted to have. The simple formula presented within the pages of this book has helped many of my patients begin taking control of their own love lives, as well as helping me improve my own love life. Learn to Love will help you learn how to take control of your love life.

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

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[masked] Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s one-volume history of America places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise? These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore wrestles with the state of American politics, the legacy of slavery, the persistence of inequality, and the nature of technological change. “A nation born in contradiction… will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history,” Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. With These Truths, Lepore has produced a book that will shape our view of American history for decades to come.

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The Price of Inequality by Joseph E. Stiglitz

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