(Note: Also see the NEW google group: https://meditationstuff.wordpress.com/google-group/ )
Last updated: 11 June 2015. CONFIRMED–>The next hangout link will get tweeted this SATURDAY, at 11:15 AM-ish, Chicago, IL, USA time. Click the link below for hopefully a conversion to your local time:
PLEASE NOTE: FINDING A GOOD LOCAL LOCATION IS A WORK IN PROGRESS, AND THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE MAY BE INTERMITTENTLY ONLINE OR MAY CANCEL AT THE LAST MINUTE. SORRY ABOUT THIS; WE’RE WORKING ON IT.
(Next update is always 12-72 hours before the next meetup, and the next meetup, so far, has been almost every single Saturday.)
TL;DR: come hang out weekly by clicking on a google hangout link that I tweet out right beforehand. It’s very informal, so you can click the link within 2.5 hours after I tweet it and probably still catch us. You’re welcome to join us. Please reach out beforehand if you have any questions.
- Sometimes acoustics have necessitated mic muting, and messed-up nonverbal cues make everything harder, but the ideal is always for remote people to be 100% a part of the conversation: interrupt, interject, suggest topics, ask for the camera to get moved around more, etc., etc. If noise levels are low and the connection latency is having a good day, this works really well. (It’s also fine to mute yourself and just listen, by the way.)
- First-timers, don’t freak out if you connect and you’re the only remote person facing down multiple Chicago-local people. People in different time zones have been coming and going at different times, chatting for 15-90 minutes and heading out, so the number of simultaneous remotes can rise and fall. 😀
“I think we’re aiming for intense and technical but also laid-back, friendly, informal, and sometimes personal. Not “Meditation Stuff (TM),” just people hanging out.”
If this is a crappy time for you, please reach out to suggest other times. It will vary a bit as our in-person schedules change, and we’ll try to accommodate other timezones.
About once per week, me and some friends meet in person to talk about anything and everything:
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. [*]