• On the potential of AI (Artificial Intelligence) destroying us

    This is not our usual self-introspective topic, but Joe Montayre thinks it can spark some thought provoking discussions. Thank you Joe for suggesting the topic and for helping me RSVP the place! ;-) Suggested viewing before we meet (14 min video): https://youtu.be/8nt3edWLgIg What are your thoughts on the "intelligence explosion" mentioned by the speaker? How do we justify it morally? How should we prepare for the potential of super intelligent machines taking over? Where will the human race's role fall if these machines come into existence? If we received a message from an alien civilization which read, "People of Earth, we will arrive on your planet in 50 years. Get ready", what would you start doing differently? Let's think about it! To help in the planning and execution of our events, you can contribute on our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/thinkingwhiledrinking **Thank you to those that have become patrons - it really does mean a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • Thoughts on Happiness

    Downtown Cocktail Room

    Hello Thinkers! This topic was suggested by one of our newer members, Lexi. Thanks Lexi! I am posting 2 short videos this week on the topic. 1. Why ‘Happiness’ is a useless word – and an alternative (3 mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GocIobQ9MLs 2. The Secrets of Happiness – in 60 Seconds (1 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=49&v=NDNmC11vGYk Do you think it's possible to be fulfilled and – at the same time – be under pressure, suffering, overwhelmed and/or in a bad mood? What are your thoughts on the idea that making a difference is more interesting than happiness? What do you think are the secrets to happiness? Let's think about it! To help in the planning and execution of our events, you can contribute on our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/thinkingwhiledrinking **Thank you to those that have become patrons - it really does mean a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • How to Forgive

    Black Tap

    This will be our first event on the Strip, so let's see how it goes! I picked the Venetian because we won't have to pay for parking and this place has a nice patio area, view and burgers (reportedly)! This week's topic was suggested by Mo. Thank you, Mo! Suggested video before we meet (3.5 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-K5btaxEFY Why do you think it can sometimes be so hard to forgive? Do you agree with the video's two ideas that reportedly increase our chances of being able to forgive? Do you think it's possible to forgive and forget? Have you? This speaker suggests that forgiveness is worth it. What are your thoughts? Watch her 16-minute TED Talk for additional ideas on forgiveness. https://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_montana_the_real_risk_of_forgiveness_and_why_it_s_worth_it?language=en Let's think about it! To help in the planning and execution of our events, you can contribute on our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/thinkingwhiledrinking **Thank you to those that have become patrons - it really does mean a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • On Being Out of Touch With One's Feelings

    Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

    Another Sunday event! Suggested video before we meet: https://youtu.be/vRk7VFLH-aE Do you think “we” sometimes don’t know what “we” are feeling? If we have a Feeling Self and an Observer Self, do you think they miscommunicate? How so and why to you think they do? What feelings were acceptable and unacceptable for you to experience as a child? The video suggests that we avoid owning up to many feelings because it involves acknowledging a humiliating degree of fragility. Do you agree or disagree? Let's think about it! To help in the planning and execution of our events, you can contribute on our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/thinkingwhiledrinking **Thank you to those that have become patrons - it really does mean a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • The Power of Vulnerability

    PKWY Tavern District

    Hi everyone! Several people have requested that we have events on Sundays, so let's give this upcoming Sunday a shot. Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, and love. Since she has come up in many of our conversations, I decided we should watch one of her most popular TED talks. It's 20 minutes long, unlike our usual School of Life videos, but I'm confident it will keep you engaged. Suggested viewing before we meet (20 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7o How would you define vulnerability? Why does it take courage to be imperfect? Are you kind and compassionate towards yourself? What does it take to fully embrace vulnerability? What makes you feel vulnerable? Let's think about it! To help in the planning and execution of our events, you can contribute on our Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/thinkingwhiledrinking **Thank you to those that have become patrons - it really does mean a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • Spin-off Event: 13th Annual Lee’s Beer & Tequila Experience

    Thomas & Mack Center

    $25.00

    Lots of Meetups promoting this event, so I thought I would share the info. Unlimited beer and tequila tastings! (300+ handcrafted beers and 70 "of the finest" Tequilas) Live DJ, food for purchase, silent auction & more! All net proceeds will benefit Lee’s Helping Hand, a non-profit organization. Contact Mickie Choi: (702)[masked]. Mickie will be at the Box Office Downstairs. Look for the MeetUp Sign. Meetup Price: $25 (Cash/Venmo) • Venmo: https://venmo.com/Mickie-Choi Meetup Price: $26 (PayPal) • PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BND3LCECPAS5N • PayPal email: [masked] Reg Price: $70 at the door There's going to be A LOT of alcohol! Please drink responsibly if you are driving or consider ridesharing services (e.g. Uber/Lyft). Salud!

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  • Why we are all addicts

    Bad Beat Brewing

    Suggested video before we meet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f55QO2isoKM The video suggests defining addiction in a new way: the manic reliance on something, anything, that keeps our dark thoughts at bay. What “addictions” help us avoid the contents of our own mind? Which feelings might we be “covering up” with addictive behaviors? *Visit the TWD Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/thinkingwhiledrinking) designed to both support and help answer common questions about our group. Thank you!

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  • How Romanticism Ruined Love

    La Comida

    Suggested video before we meet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jltM5qYn25w The video suggests that romanticism has had a devastating impact on the ability of ordinary people to lead successful emotional lives. Do you believe in a passionate lifelong love story? Do you think that sex and love belong together? Should we choose a partner guided by feelings or by practical considerations? Is true love synonymous with accepting everything about someone? Let's talk about it! *Visit the TWD Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/thinkingwhiledrinking) designed to both support and help answer common questions about our group. Thank you!

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  • The Problem with our Phones

    Distill - A Local Bar

    Suggested viewing before we meet (5.5 min video): https://youtu.be/LDcm6twPEJA What are some of the hidden costs of having smartphones? Do you think that our phones contribute to self-avoidance; to us running away from self-knowledge? When have you consulted your phone rather than yourself? How have smartphones and technology helped us flourish and/or not? Let's talk about it! *Visit the TWD Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/thinkingwhiledrinking) designed to both support and help answer common questions about our group. Thank you!

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  • Losers and Tragic Heroes

    The Mob Museum

    Hello everyone! There's going to be a little twist to this week's Meetup. If you want to show up for the usual Meetup business (Thinking While Drinking), see you at 5:00PM at the Speakeasy (no entrance fee)! If you haven't visited the Mob Museum or would like to visit it again, please meet me at the box office at 2PM. There are group discounts for 10 or more people ($14 for locals). Here is the suggested video for this week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip97YDkvbtY - Where does responsibility for success and failure lie? - Is there success in failure? (and will we learn about any historical examples at the museum?) - Do you believe that things sometimes fail to reflect individual merit? - A good tragedy should, thought Aristotle, inspire both pity and fear. Do you agree or disagree? (any mob examples that come to mind?) See you on SUNDAY this time! Chao!

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