Dose of Gross on CONVERSATION

The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say next, rather than about what others are saying now.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

From: Ron Gross, Founder/Director, Conversations New York

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As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction.

Stan Getz

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University Seminar on May 15th with Adam Alter, author of IRRESISTIBLE.

The Columbia University Seminars on
Innovation in Education
Ethics, Moral Education, and Society

The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

Speaker: Prof. Adam Alter
Associate Professor, Stern School of Business, New York University

Monday, May 15, 2017, 7-9 PM, Faculty House, Columbia University

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Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked explores why so many people today are addicted to technology-driven behaviors (social media, emailing, work, videogames etc.), and how we might address such behavioral addictions. Irresistible will be published later this month. Please see recent NY Times interview with Prof. Alter:
Professor Alter is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, which examines how features of the world shape our thoughts and feelings beyond our control. He has also written for the New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, Huffington Post, and Popular Science.
He is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department.

Professor Alter’s research focuses on judgment and decision-making and social psychology, with a particular interest in the sometimes surprising effects of subtle cues in the environment on human cognition and behavior. His research has been published in, among other journals, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.Professor Alter’s studies have been featured on CNBC, PBS and BBC Radio, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist and Newsweek.

Professor Alter received his B.Sc. (Honors Class 1, University Medal) in Psychology from the University of New South Wales and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University, where he held the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Dissertation Fellowship and a Fellowship in the Woodrow Wilson Society of Scholars.

Dinner: To augment the fellowship among members, you are invited to join other members for dinner at Faculty House at 5:45 PM. Dinner at Faculty House, a varied hot buffet (including wine), is $30, which must be paid for by check made out to Columbia University with “dinner” and seminar 585 or 511 noted in the memo line. Checks will be collected by the Rapporteur at the beginning of the meal. If you intend to join us for dinner you must let us know via email in advance, byMay 10.

Directions: Please see attached map and directions.

“NATURE: What Does It Mean to YOU?” — April 19, 6-8 pm, Adelphi Manhattan Center


What does it mean to YOU?

Solace? Resource? Menace? Cure? Inspiration?

Monthly Conversations New York Socrates Salon hosted by Ron Gross

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6:00 sharp (please arrive by 5:45) – 8:00
Adelphi University’s Manhattan Center
75 Varick Street , 2ND floor

To reserve a place, please register by RSVP to GrossAssoc
Government-issued ID required for entry to building, please.

Please come to share your experiences, knowledge, and wisdom, as we look forward to EARTH DAY on Sat., April 22.

What is one of your most significant experiences with Nature?

Are experiences in Nature part of your summer plans?

How do you feel and think about Nature?

Does Nature have special meanings for you – of beauty, purpose, or….? (“Sermons in stones, books in the running brooks.”)
In what ways do we need Nature – and vice versa? (Carbon footprints…)
Is Nature just “out there” – or does in interpenetrate us?
Is responsiveness to Nature one of our “Multiple Inteliigences”? (“Biophilia”)


or be prepared to talk about it, or to read a favorite text about Nature.

Optional Readings: THE NATURE FIX: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, by Florence Williams; YOUR BRAIN ON NATURE: The Science of Nature’s Influence on Your Health, Happiness, and Vitality, by Eva Selhub.

Subways: #1 to Canal (building is on same block); A, C. or E to Canal; J, N, Q, R, W, Z or #6 to Canal.
All these Canal Street stations are within walking distance of the building. Bus: M20 stops at the front door.

Excellent take-out can be purchased at THE MILL, www.THEMILLTOGO.COM,
located next to the building, and brought to the meeting.

Conversations New York ( is a community of volunteers which has promoted more and better conversations among New Yorkers by such activities as quarterly CONVERSATION DAYS, these monthly Conversations, an on-line calendar featuring 1,000 conversations a year, and the first national symposium on The Power of Conversation, held at Columbia University.
To receive further information about this session and ensuing ones,
please send an e-mail to Ron Gross at grossassoc

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