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Meetup : Melbourne Dojo: Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

0 Post author: Chriswaterguy 08 December 2017 07:11AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Melbourne Dojo: Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

WHEN: 17 December 2017 06:08:13PM (+1100)

WHERE: parliament gardens, Melbourne

THIS MONTH: Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

Drawing on psychology research and rationality techniques, with practical application inspired by the CFAR workshops, we discuss how to better live in integrity with what we value and/or believe, when we seem to be at war with ourselves. We'll also discuss how to create useful habits relevant to this goal.

This will be a lightly facilitated group discussion. As always, we may draw on content in the Less Wrong Sequences and top books in relevant fields. Reading and thinking ahead of the meetup is encouraged.

The reading material is at the bottom - please check it out!

BRING: * An inquiring mind, and observations you may have on the topic. * Perhaps a snack or drink to share. (Bonus points for healthy choices.) * Interested friends.

WHEN: 3:30pm to 6:30pm (and then optional dinner). Come early to catch up, and the meeting proper begins at 4pm sharp. At about 6:30pm some of us generally head for dinner nearby, and you are welcome to join us.

WHERE: We'll meet outside (weather permitting) in Parliament Gardens. There'll be an update if there's any change, or you can call 0439 471 632 (Chris) to confirm.

WHO ARE WE AND WHY DO WE MEET? The Less Wrong Melbourne Rationality Dojos are a chance to polish your planning, motivational, critical thinking and other rationality skills. We welcome new members who are interested in exploring rationality. We're "aspiring rationalists" and always keen to learn.

READING MATERIAL (from CFAR’s rationality checklist): Bonus rationality points for reading this before you come ;-).

Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

I consciously think about information-value when deciding whether to try something new, or investigate something that I'm doubtful about. Example: (from Eliezer) Ordering a $20 exercise ball to see if sitting on it would improve my alertness and/or back muscle strain. Example: (from Eliezer) After several months of procrastination, and due to Anna nagging me about the value of information, finally trying out what happens when I write with a paired partner; and finding that my writing productivity went up by a factor of four, literally, measured in words per day.

I quantify consequences—how often, how long, how intense. Example: (from Anna) When we had Julia take on the task of figuring out the Center's name, I worried that a certain person would be offended by not being in control of the loop, and had to consciously evaluate how improbable this was, how little he'd probably be offended, and how short the offense would probably last, to get my brain to stop worrying. Example: Someone switching careers is afraid of what a parent will think, and has to consciously evaluate how much emotional pain the parent will experience, for how long before they acclimate, to realize that this shouldn't be a dominant consideration.

Discussion article for the meetup : Melbourne Dojo: Noticing and flagging behaviors (habits, strategies) for review and revision

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