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Comment author: blashimov 13 March 2012 03:06:33AM 4 points [-]

Hello Everyone,

I heard about this site during my time at Yale as an undergrad, I am now a PhD student at Rice University in Environmental Engineering. I noticed the meetup for Houston seems to have died in May, if that turns out to be true I would like to start one. I am enjoying HPMOR immensely. I am very interested in raising the sanity waterline, and I am something of a policy wonk. I tend to follow separation of church and state issues, as well as science policy/creationism in the classrooms especially. I did read the intro on partisanship in the forums.

Comment author: Cog 30 April 2012 11:04:55PM 0 points [-]

Hey Blashimov,

I don't even know if you are still paying attention to LW, but I just found this response. Yes, there is some semblance of a LW group in Houston, mostly focused around the Rice/Med center area, unsurprisingly. Right now, we're on temporary hiatus. There are three regular members, including myself. We have been going over ET Jayne's "The Logic of Science", but our collective workloads have gone up recently, and we were no longer able to put in the effort required to get something out of it. Hopefully we will get started back again in the summer when we all have more time.

It also looks like there will be a club focused on the singularity and surrounding issues at Rice soon. There are a dozen or so people interested in learning neural networks, computational biology/neuroscience, bayesian stat, etc. I plan to help with that a lot, and it's a good possibility that a Houston LW group might be tightly integrated with that group. One of our problems was lack of people, and this would be a good pool to draw from. I'll send you more information about it if you want.

Comment author: blashimov 16 October 2012 09:03:14PM 0 points [-]

Could I get that more information, if more is to be had? I am a gad student, and somewhat disconnected from the undergrad social networks.