(General content note: A lot of my thinking has really changed since the old days of this blog. There’s some weird, mean, and polemic stuff in there.)
[New? Start here: https://meditationstuff.wordpress.com/articles/]
So, this Saturday, 31 January 2015, connect to a Google Hangout and spend some time with smart, interesting, friendly people. I’m not selling anything; it’s not actually a “Meditation Stuff (TM)” hangout; it’s better than that: a few of us in Chicago (Illinois, USA) have been meeting weekly for months, and now we’re experimenting with including more people, locally or remotely. Ideally, a few of you readers will show up and keep coming back.
Some of the videos that I’ve been posting lately have been opportunistically recorded from these sessions, but they aren’t reflective of the majority of the time spent. Nobody’s “teaching” anything, unless the others are idly interested, and the conversation flows randomly and naturally, from abstract to personal.
You’ll be right at home if you’re running bits and pieces of these memeplexes in your brain: LessWrong, Ribbonfarm, Integral Theory, pragmatic dharma, Slate Star Codex, MetaFilter, Unequally Yoked, human biodiversity, Effective Altruism, phenomenology, evolutionary psychology, economics, lean startup, ego development, BDSM, physiology, neuroscience, and lots more. You’ll also be right at home if you’re a non-dogmatic, long-term, reflective, thoughtful, opinionated meditator.
(Oh, also, there are no good memeplexes around the reflective, felt, deliberate experience of intimacy, romantic attachment, belonging, mutual understanding, etc., etc., etc., vis-à-vis evolutionary psychology, sociology, human biodiversity, prenatal endocrinology, nurture, adult development, and neuroscience. So, if you’re interested in that stuff, there’s that, too.)
Anyway, don’t be intimidated by any of that above. I can’t speak for anyone else who shows up, but I’m a moron. If you’re smart, hungry (for freedom, knowledge, and/or intimacy), opinionated, and open-minded, please join us.
The hangout is scheduled for 10:15 (AM) CST (UTC-6, daylight savings) on 31 January 2015. Click the link below for hopefully a conversion to your local time:
To get an email invite to the hangout, you MUST RSVP in the box below. (Actually, I may post a general link, but don’t count on it.)
Please include your email address (double check). If you’re local or visiting, let me know and I’ll send you physical directions; it’s a ten minute walk from the Loop.
(You can also include preferred future hangout times–include your country/timezone!–and topics which you want to initiate anonymously, which I can read at the beginning of the hangout, if you don’t want to voice them yourself. Also, let me know if you have any questions or concerns. “I only feel comfortable participating if…”)
I may add your email to a big list, but I will never share your email address, and I’m a real person, and you can ask me to delete your email from my records. Your email may be visible to other people in the Google interface, so choose your email address carefully if that’s a concern to you. You can leave your video off in the hangout. If you want me to read some of your submitted topics that you’d like to anonymously initiate, I won’t de-anonymize you unless, like, it’ll prevent violence and destruction or something.
Ok! Put in your email, double-check it and hit send! (You can submit the form multiple times if you want to add more later.)
Any issues day of (and I am expecting technical and bandwidth issues this first time), please watch twitter and/or tweet me.