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Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - November 2017

0 luminosity 21 September 2017 09:42AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - November 2017

WHEN: 05 November 2017 03:00:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

The rationality dojo is a two hour event where we do hands on practical work to improve our lives, as opposed to socialising, debating or dicussing rationality related topics. Join us for a chance to polish your planning, motivational and other rationality skills. Social dinner afterwards.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - November 2017

Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - October 2017

0 luminosity 21 September 2017 09:41AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - October 2017

WHEN: 01 October 2017 03:00:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

The rationality dojo is a two hour event where we do hands on practical work to improve our lives, as opposed to socialising, debating or dicussing rationality related topics. Join us for a chance to polish your planning, motivational and other rationality skills. Social dinner afterwards.

Discussion article for the meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - October 2017

LW 2.0 Open Beta Live

15 Vaniver 21 September 2017 01:15AM

The LW 2.0 Open Beta is now live; this means you can create an account, start reading and posting, and tell us what you think.

Four points:

1) In case you're just tuning in, I took up the mantle of revitalizing LW through improving its codebase some time ago, and only made small amounts of progress until Oliver Habryka joined the project and put full-time engineering effort into it. He deserves the credit for the new design, and you can read about his strategic approach here.

2) If you want to use your current LW account on LW2.0, we didn't import the old passwords, and so you'll have to use the reset password functionality. If your LW account isn't tied to a current email, send a PM to habryka on lesswrong and he'll update the user account details on lesserwrong. He's also working on improving the site and sleeping and things like that, so don't expect an immediate response.

3) During the open beta there will be a green message in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This is called Intercom, and is how you can tell us about issues with the site and ask other questions.

4) The open beta will end with a vote of users with over a thousand karma on whether we should switch the lesswrong.com URL to point to the new code and database. If this succeeds, all the activity from the open beta and the live site will be merged together. If the vote fails, we expect to archive LW until another team comes along to revive it. We currently don't have a date set, but this will be announced a week in advance.

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Comic Books

0 RobinZ 20 September 2017 10:30PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Comic Books

WHEN: 24 September 2017 03:30:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture

We will be meeting in the courtyard to discuss comic books and their place in culture.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Oct. 1: Fun & Games
  • Oct. 8: History

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Comic Books

Meetup : Denver Area LW October Meetup

0 PonchoPal 19 September 2017 12:48AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW October Meetup

WHEN: 03 October 2017 07:00:00PM (-0600)

WHERE: 5151 E Yale Cir, Denver, CO

Come discuss rationalist topics with us! Meetups are typically very casual, but sometimes have suggested topics. We will likely do a potluck sort of thing this month, on account of us no longer meeting at a restaurant, but don't feel any pressure to bring anything if you just want to come feel out the space. The meeting room opens up to a big patio on the East side of the building, so look for that for the entrance.

You can find more information on Meetup or Facebook:

https://www.meetup.com/Denver-Rationality/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/969594296461197/

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW October Meetup

Meetup : Peking University Meetup 北京大学会面

0 Oriane 17 September 2017 12:09PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Peking University Meetup 北京大学会面

WHEN: 24 September 2017 01:00:00PM (+0800)

WHERE: Beijing

Let's see if there is interest for a general meetup in Beijing. I will be at Paradiso Coffee (泊星的咖啡馆) on Peking University campus. If you are not a student and need someone to let you pass the gate, please message me on wechat (orianegaillard). If you are not available but are interested in a meetup some other time, please also message me.

Discussion article for the meetup : Peking University Meetup 北京大学会面

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Group Debugging

0 rocurley 15 September 2017 05:59AM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Group Debugging

WHEN: 18 September 2017 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1769 15th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3333, United States

We’ll be meeting to solve each other’s problems!

Here’s how it works: we’ll have everyone brainstorm silently for a few minutes, then go around and summarize what problems we might like to work on; then people can break up into smaller conversations according to problems they think they could be most helpful with.

For help getting into the building, please call (or text, with a likely-somewhat-slower response rate): 301-458-0764.

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7 to accommodate stragglers. Usually there is a food order that goes out before we start the meetup topic.

About these meetups:

The mission of the SF LessWrong meetup is to provide a fun, low-key social space with some structured interaction, where new and non-new community members can mingle and have interesting conversations. Everyone is welcome.

We explicitly encourage people to split off from the main conversation or diverge from the topic if that would be more fun for them (moving side conversations into a separate part of the space if appropriate). Meetup topics are here as a tool to facilitate fun interaction, and we certainly don’t want them to inhibit it.

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Group Debugging

Meetup : Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Humility (8/12)

0 MathieuRoy 15 September 2017 05:42AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Humility (8/12)

WHEN: 18 September 2017 05:30:00AM (-0400)

WHERE: Mont Royal, Montreal

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/338263239954916/

I haven't been posting all this series of events on LessWrong, but we're often going to see the sunrise from the top of Mont Royal on Mondays, and read one of the 12 virtues of rationality.

Next Monday, we'll leave from the Macroscope, a Rationalist Sharehouse (810 Avenue Duluth E), at 5:30 and will pass by Les Échelles (3655 St-Laurent) at 5:40 in order to be on top of Mont Royal for the sunrise which will be at 6:37. You can either join us at the Macroscope, at Les Échelles, or at the top.

A short text on Humility, one of the 12 virtues of rationality, will be read once at the top of Mont Royal.

This can be a good opportunity to put your coming week into perspective.

For any questions, you may reach Mati at 438-886-0994.

Source of the texts: "Twelve Virtues of Rationality" by Eliezer Yudkowsky http://yudkowsky.net/rational/virtues/

Discussion article for the meetup : Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Humility (8/12)

Meetup : Rationalist Retreat (Northeast America - Equinox 2017)

0 MathieuRoy 15 September 2017 05:35AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Rationalist Retreat (Northeast America - Equinox 2017)

WHEN: 29 September 2017 02:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: 1368 River Rd, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846-3826, United States

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1614831155205823/

Hey! Let's do a Rationalist Retreat for Northeast America, and bring together rationalists from Montreal, Boston, New York, Ottawa, Toronto, and anywhere else people are willing to travel from! It's a good opportunity to get to know each other, and just have a good time.

We've made a tentative schedule, but we can decide in group what we want to do. If you can only join us for 1 day, that's fine as well.

If you have games, physical activities, rituals, workshops or other things to propose, please do so.

Friday

14:00+ Arrival at Bear Slide, NY 1368 River Rd, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846-3826, United States

Meeting each other. Potluck (please label non-vegan food). Fire.

Canadians might want to arrive at the border early (12:00 ish) or late (21:00 ish) to avoid a 0.5-1 hour waiting.

Saturday (Still at Bear Slide, NY)

Morning: Hiking Hiking at Berry Pond (very close to campsite) http://www.lglc.org/preserves/berry-pond/

Early Afternoon : Sports / Games (physical activities) Suggestions: 1-2-3 for me, kick the can, person hunt, capture the flag, etc.

Late Afternoon / Early Evening: Board Games Social Deduction Games: a fake artist goes to New York (with stick on the ground), (live-action) werewolf, two rooms and a boom, etc. Rationalist Games: clicker, paranoid debating, etc.

Evening: Jam & Dance Bring your instruments

Sunday

Afternoon: Apple picking At Apple Jack’s Orchard, near Plattsburg Departure around 12:00 from the camp site https://www.applejackorchards.com/


Things you might want to bring: -passport (for Canadians) -water -food -camping equipment: flashlight, sleeping bag, tent, etc.

Before the event, we will contact participants to give more information such as phone number to reach in case you don't find the place, etc. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions (mathieu.roy.37@gmail.com or Facebook).

Note: If the event doesn’t reach at least 10 participants (which seems unlikely), the event will be canceled.

Discussion article for the meetup : Rationalist Retreat (Northeast America - Equinox 2017)

Meetup : September Rationality Dojo: Questioning and analyzing beliefs

0 Chriswaterguy 13 September 2017 07:21AM

Discussion article for the meetup : September Rationality Dojo: Questioning and analyzing beliefs

WHEN: 17 September 2017 03:30:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: Henley Club, Melbourne

Questioning and analyzing beliefs, after they come to your attention.

Drawing on psychology research, and practical application inspired by the CFAR workshops, we discuss how to improve the accuracy of our view of the world and create habits to achieve our goals.

The next section of the CFAR rationality checklist is "Questioning and analyzing beliefs (after they come to your attention)." See http://www.rationality.org/resources/rationality-checklist

This will be a lightly facilitated group discussion, followed by an exercise in (attempted) rational thought, so wear your thinking caps. As always, we may draw on the content in the Less Wrong Sequences and top books in relevant fields. If you'd like to think ahead - and sound smarter ;-) - see section 2 of http://www.rationality.org/resources/rationality-checklist

The starting point for discussion is a list of skills and habits suggested by CFAR. The next section is "Questioning and analyzing beliefs (after they come to your attention)." Are these effective ways to analyse our beliefs? Do you practise these habits?

  • I notice when I'm not being curious.

  • I look for the actual, historical causes of my beliefs, emotions, and habits; and when doing so, I can suppress my mind's search for justifications, or set aside justifications that weren't the actual, historical causes of my thoughts.

  • I try to think of a concrete example that I can use to follow abstract arguments or proof steps.

  • When I'm trying to distinguish between two (or more) hypotheses using a piece of evidence, I visualize the world where hypothesis #1 holds, and try to consider the prior probability I'd have assigned to the evidence in that world, then visualize the world where hypothesis #2 holds; and see if the evidence seems more likely or more specifically predicted in one world than the other

  • I try to consciously assess prior probabilities and compare them to the apparent strength of evidence.

  • When I encounter evidence that's insufficient to make me "change my mind" (substantially change beliefs/policies), but is still more likely to occur in world X than world Y, I try to update my probabilities at least a little.

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:

The Henley Club Level 1, 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne CBD https://goo.gl/maps/vmFL6JeKQSD2

It's down a lane (off Little Bourke, near Elizabeth) and one flight up a stairwell. If you have trouble, text or call Adam on 0412 064 542.

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 open to learn.

Discussion article for the meetup : September Rationality Dojo: Questioning and analyzing beliefs

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