Stoa Nova: How to practice Stoicism in 9 easy exercises

Stoicism is a practical philosophy, so let’s practice! At this meeting we’ll explore nine simple exercises to make you a better Stoic. Some of them are to be done daily, some weekly, some occasionally. All of them will help you on your way to become a sage. Well, hopefully.

Suggested reading here.

When: Monday, 26 August 26 2019, at 6pm.

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Meetup: philosophy of hedonism

“Nature has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain, and pleasure. It is for them alone to point out what we ought to do, as well as to determine what we shall do,” according to Jeremy Bentham. Was he right? Should we be pursuing the greatest-good-for-the-greatest number? How should we understand pleasure? What about Epicurus who defined happiness as tranquility more than pleasure? Or is pleasure entirely the wrong way to think about a good life?

Hedonistic philosophy proposes that maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain are ultimately important in living a good life. This might be true to some extent, but whether they’re the *only* important elements is debatable. We’ll be discussing whether you should feel guilty about pursuing pleasure and more at the next Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe!

Suggested reading: here.

When: Monday, 12 August 2019, at 6pm.

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Meetup: Epic battles in practical ethics – Stoicism vs Epicureanism

Okay, folks, time to take on our cousins, the Epicureans! This meeting will explore the differences between Stoicism (Zeno there on the left in the photo) and Epicureanism (Epicurus on the right).

We’ll explore the two schools’ take on metaphysics (how the world hangs together, epistemology (theory of knowledge), and — of course — ethics (how to live in the world). I’ll be really disappointed if by the end of the discussion you will turn Epicurean, but of course I have no control over that, and it’s a dispreferred indifferent to me…

Suggested reading here, RSVP here.

When: Monday, July 29, at 6pm.

Meetup: ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Who is afraid of AI? Should we be? AI can make our lives more convenient and efficient, but there’s much to be concerned about from an ethical perspective – our privacy being the most obvious (are Alexa and Siri spying on us?) but also more subtle problems such as implicit biases in its designs that cements and creates injustices. For example, who should self driving cars save and sacrifice? Who should make those decisions? And as AI becomes more human-like, how should we treat them?

Suggested reading here, RSVP here.

When: Monday, June 17, at 6pm.

Meetup: Can Stoics be billionaires?

Seneca was, by modern standards, a billionaire. And yet, he claimed that great wealth gets in the way of practicing virtue. Some people say that modern billionaires like Jeff Bezos of Amazon use “Stoic techniques” to increase their wealth. But does that make them Stoic? What, exactly, is the relationship between wealth and Stoicism?

Suggested reading here, RSVP here.

When: Monday, June 3, at 6pm.

Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St., Manhattan.

Stoicism in a World out of Your Control

Join me at the gorgeous NoMad Assemblage location in New York City for an evening of practical spiritual exercises to help us gain perspective on common obstacles that we perceive daily.

When:Wed, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Assemblage NoMad, 114 E 25th St, New York, NY 10010

Please note: registration ($20) required, click here if interested.

​An ancient belief system made new, Stoicism teaches us how to accept the things we cannot change and how to live a good life. It helps us improve our outlook, increase our wellbeing, and thrive in the face of adversity. But how does one live like a Stoic? In this Olio, I will guide people through a series of spiritual exercises, each based on a common obstacle. Learn how to distinguish between things that you do and do not control, focus on the former, and achieve more peace of mind.

Based on the soon to be released A Handbook for New Stoics: How to Thrive in a World Out of Your Control—52 Week-by-Week Lessons.

The Assemblage is a custom-designed, flexible, and dedicated coworking space to support work, creativity and well-being. Their unique workspaces foster growth and innovation for businesses that align impact with capital. Their aim is to help ignite the collective imagination of what might be and to generate knowledge that expands the realm of the possible.

Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.

Meetup: Insults and toxic speech

What is offensive speech? What makes speech toxic? Where should we draw the line between criticism and insults? And between free speech and censorship? Come discuss what is offensive at our next philosophy cafe.

Suggested reading here, RSVP here.

When: Monday, May 20, at 6pm.

Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St., Manhattan.