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Meet Up: Psycology of memorization, Thiel Fellow James Koppel, and games

beoShaffer 07 November 2012 07:26PM

WHEN: 24 November 2012 02:30:00PM (-0600)

WHERE: St.Louis Mo

I'm planing to do a quick presentation with optional exercises on the psychology of memorization with an emphasis on learning names. Some of this, like srs, should be review for regular LW readers, but I hope to add some new stuff as well. I'll also bring some games as a backup/extra activity. Feel free to bring some of your own if you're interested in that angle. The "How to Run a Less Wrong Meetup" booklet says people who are only passing through town can really jumpstart a meetup. I bring this up because Thiel Fellow and Singularity summit speaker James Koppel will be attending, but won't be at (m)any future meetups(he's from STL but no longer live in the area). Based on the booklet's suggestion to set time by fiat and what works for me and Jimmy I've already set the time, but am less sure about location. Kaldi's Coffee house( http://www.yelp.com/biz/kaldis-coffeehouse-saint-louis-2#query:Coffee%20Shop ) fits almost all the qualities the booklet suggests and I remember liking it. Unfortunately, its not in a very central location, and I'm currently at an out of state college so I don't have up to date info beyond whats on yelp. I looked at the yelp listings for STL coffee shops that are "good with groups" and cheap ( http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=Coffee+Shop&find_loc=Saint+Louis%2C+MO#attrs=RestaurantsGoodForGroups,RestaurantsPriceRange2.1 ). The first few all looked at least passible to me, but I'd like input from people currently in STL. I'm particularly lacking in knowledge about how large most of these places are and which ones people can get transport to. cross-posted from Meetup.com

Comments (3)

Comment author: JayDugger 10 November 2012 04:03:47AM 1 point [-]

I grew up in the Saint Louis area, and I lived there until 2008.

Despite St. Louis's recent improvements in public transportation, driving will work best. If you fly to attend, you might arrive at the St. Louis Downtown Airport--which lies across the state line in Illinois. You will probably arrive at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. In both cases, plan to drive to your destination. If you stay more than twenty-four hours, a rented car will serve you best.

Comment author: beoShaffer 10 November 2012 05:03:31AM *  0 points [-]

Was this meant to be a reply to CAE_Jones? Either way you're definitely right. I've arranged transportation for me and the two people I know IRL who will be attending, and for this particular meetup, if I know in advance, I can probably convince our ride to pick up an extra passenger or two. But in general you need to get a car to navigate St.Louis.

Comment author: CAE_Jones 08 November 2012 07:43:00AM 0 points [-]

I want to get to one of the St Louis meetups at some point (since they're probably the only ones I could actually get to), though I'd need to fly in and would need a way to get to the actual location. I doubt I'll be able to make this one, but I'll be watching it anyway in case this changes.