• There Is Always a Plan B

    The Underground at The Mob Museum

    Hi everyone! I'm back from my vacation and looking forward to this event as part of my birthday weekend celebration! I selected the speakeasy at the Mob Museum again because it's been one of my favorite spots, so far. Hope some of you frequent flyers agree. If you haven't been to the Mob Museum, this is a great opportunity to visit it before the Meetup. Suggested video before we meet (5 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFQLPURE8Ok What is/was your plan A in life? Have you given up on it? The video suggests that one of life’s most vital skills is that of developing a plan B. Do you agree or disagree? What does it take for us to flex our “plan B muscles”, to throw away plan As and begin anew? How do we cope? How have you found your way? 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 means a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • Why Do We Worry About Being Liked?

    Fiesta Mexicana Las Vegas

    Suggested viewings before we meet: (5 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCl8yd9HgCE Do we worry too much about being liked? Why do we want others to like us? How do you decide whether or not to like other people? 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 means a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • Why You Don't Need To Be Exceptional

    Sausagefest

    Suggested viewings before we meet: (7 min video): https://youtu.be/pvgfucVF5cU Are you relaxed about your status, a manic overachiever, or filled with shame because of your so-called mediocrity? Would you describe your life as "good enough" and "ordinary"? Why or why not? In your opinion, what makes a day, week, or year successful? Are you living your life to achieve others' expectations or your own expectations? 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 means a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • Why do we apologize so much?

    Goose Island Pub

    This topic was suggested by PJ (Steve). Thank you, Steve, for sprinkling some comedy to our event videos! Suggested viewings before we meet: (3 min video): https://vimeo.com/253499468 (4 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de7klebm7zs (1 min video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKPOeYZR_xo What factors in addition to culture and gender do you think influence people's tendency to over apologize? How does over apologizing negative impact people and/or relationships? Do you feel obligated to express forgiveness when you receive an apology? 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 means a lot and directly helps the group grow!**

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  • 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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