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Meetup : London Meetup - Effective Altruism

0 kerspoon 27 August 2014 08:11PM

Discussion article for the meetup : London Meetup - Effective Altruism

WHEN: 31 August 2014 02:00:00PM (+0100)

WHERE: The Shakespeare Inn, Holborn, London

LessWrong London are having another awesome meetup and we would love for you to come!

Since I have recently attended the UK and the USA effective altruism summit (http://www.effectivealtruismsummit.com/) I thought that could be the topic of this event. I'll try and answer questions about it and say what went on when we gathered a load of charities together for a long weekend. I'm sure some people will want to split off and chat about other things and that is fine too.

The plan is to meet at The Shakespeare Inn, 200m from Holborn Underground at 2pm on Sunday 31th August. We will officially finish at 4pm but many people stay longer. We will have a bit of paper with the LessWrong logo on it so you can find us easily.

If you have any questions, or are thinking of coming, feel free to email me (james) at kerspoon+lw@gmail.com or call me on 07429552244. Otherwise, just turn up!

Hope to see you there, James

P.S err on the side of turning-up, we're friendly, and it's fun :)

Discussion article for the meetup : London Meetup - Effective Altruism

Meetup : Regular Moscow Meetup

0 Alexander230 27 August 2014 10:42AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Regular Moscow Meetup

WHEN: 31 August 2014 02:00:00PM (+0400)

WHERE: Russia, Moscow, ulitsa L'va Tolstogo 16

Here's our plan:

  • A talk about Symbolic self-completion theory.
  • A talk about Binaural beats.
  • Training game.
  • A talk about How to measure anything.
  • Debates on Poppers' protocol.
  • A talk about starships on afterparty.

Details and schedule: https://lesswrong-ru.hackpad.com/-31--lH91UOyf14O

Yudcoins, positive reinforcement and pizza will all be present. If you've been to our meetups, you know what I'm talking about, and if you didn't, the best way to find out is to come and see for yourself.

Info for newcomers:

We gather in the Yandex office, you need the first revolving door under the archway. Here is a guide how to get there: http://company.yandex.ru/contacts/redrose/ Call Slava at +7(926)313-96-42 if you're late.

We start at 14:00 and stay until at least 19-20. Please pay attention that we only gather near the entrance and then come inside.

Discussion article for the meetup : Regular Moscow Meetup

Meetup : Canberra: Akrasia-busters!

0 DanielFilan 27 August 2014 02:47AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Canberra: Akrasia-busters!

WHEN: 13 September 2014 06:00:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: 108 North Road, Acton, ACT

Alexa will give a talk about using rewards to fight akrasia. Where is it better to set up external rewards and where should we focus on intrinsic motivation? Techniques include making short-term actions feel related to long-term ones as well as actually being so, to increase motivation and reduce boredom and apathy, and using intrinsic motivation to stop worrying about whether an instrumental action will work instead of just doing it.

General meetup info:

If you use Facebook, please join our group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lwcanberra/

Structured meetups are held on the second Saturday and fourth Friday of each month from 6 pm until late in the CSIT building, room N101 (except for this meetup, which will be held in Bruce Hall).

Discussion article for the meetup : Canberra: Akrasia-busters!

Meetup : Atlanta August meetup - Media representations

0 Adele_L 26 August 2014 03:27AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta August meetup - Media representations

WHEN: 30 August 2014 07:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: 2388 Lawrenceville Hwy. Unit L. Decatur, GA 30033

Oge says:

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It’s another video night! Bret Victor is a Web designer who believes that thinkers and creators should have instant feedback when using their tools i.e. computers. http://worrydream.com/ Let’s watch a video of his titled, “Media for Thinking the Unthinkable” then have a discussion to share the different representations we use for comprehending the ineffable in our daily lives.

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Discussion article for the meetup : Atlanta August meetup - Media representations

Knightian uncertainty: a rejection of the MMEU rule

19 So8res 26 August 2014 03:03AM

Recently, I found myself in a conversation with someone advocating the use of Knightian uncertainty. He (who I'm anonymizing as Sir Percy) made suggestions that are useful to most bounded reasoners, and which can be integrated into a Bayesian framework. He also claimed preferences that depend upon his Knightian uncertainty and that he's not an expected utility maximizer. Further, he claimed that Bayesian reasoning cannot capture his preferences. Specifically, Sir Percy said he maximizes minimum expected utility given his Knightian uncertainty, using what I will refer to as the "MMEU rule" to make decisions.

In my previous post, I showed that Bayesian expected utility maximizers can exhibit behavior in accordance with his preferences. Two such reasoners, Paranoid Perry and Cautious Caul, were explored. These hypothetical agents demonstrate that it is possible for Bayesians to be "ambiguity averse", e.g. to avoid certain types of uncertainty.

But Perry and Caul are unnatural agents using strange priors. Is this because we are twisting the Bayesian framework to represent behavior it is ill-suited to emulate? Or does the strangeness of Perry and Caul merely reveal a strangeness in the MMEU rule?

In this post, I'll argue the latter: maximization of minimum expected utility is not a good decision rule, for the same reason that Perry and Caul seem irrational. My rejection of the MMEU rule will follow from my rejections of Perry and Caul.

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Meetup : Any one interested in Milwaukee meetup?

0 zerotimer 24 August 2014 04:19AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Any one interested in Milwaukee meetup?

WHEN: 06 September 2014 05:00:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: Rock Bottom, 740 N Plankinton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

We can discuss the options for meetup place and date but is anyone here interested in milwaukee meetup. I dont think it has happened before.

Discussion article for the meetup : Any one interested in Milwaukee meetup?

Meetup : Urbana-Champaign: Reconstituting

1 Manfred 23 August 2014 04:19AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Urbana-Champaign: Reconstituting

WHEN: 31 August 2014 02:00:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 206 S. Cedar St, 61801

In the puddles and pools formed by the fall rains, meetup groups that seemed dead end their arid hibernation and emerge from the earth.

Come join us for the first meetup of the new school year. Board games and light discussion are likely. A starter topic: increasing exposure to positive black swans.

Google group

Discussion article for the meetup : Urbana-Champaign: Reconstituting

Weekly LW Meetups

1 FrankAdamek 22 August 2014 03:37PM

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Museums Meetup

0 RobinZ 22 August 2014 04:17AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Museums Meetup

WHEN: 24 August 2014 03:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: National Portrait Gallery

We will be congregating between 3:00 and 3:30 in the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery (8th and F Sts or 8th and G Sts NW, go straight past the information desk from either entrance), and heading out after that to look at exhibits. Those present will decide on museums to visit (possibly including the National Portrait Gallery itself) and inform anyone joining belatedly of location and direction of travel via the lesswrong-dc Google Group.

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Museums Meetup

Meetup : September Rationality Dojo - Fixed and Growth Mindset

0 MelbourneLW 19 August 2014 07:52AM

Discussion article for the meetup : September Rationality Dojo - Fixed and Growth Mindset

WHEN: 07 September 2014 03:30:00PM (+1000)

WHERE: Ross House Association, 247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

[ATTN: Please remember the new location for the dojos: the Jenny Florence Room, Level 3, Ross House at 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

3:30pm start / arrival - formal dojo activities will commence at 4:00pm.]

The Less Wrong Sunday Rationality Dojos are crafted to be serious self-improvement sessions for those committed to the Art of Rationality and personal growth. Each month a community member will run a session involving a presentation of content, discussion, and exercises.

Continuing the succession of immensely successful dojos, Helen will run a session on fixed and growth mindset.

As always, we will review the personal goals we committed to at the previous Dojo (I will have done X by the next Dojo). Scott Fowler recorded the commitments, if you didn't make it but would like to add your own goal to the records, send him a message (shokwave.sf@gmail.com).

The Dojo is likely to run for 2-3 hours, after which some people will get dinner together.

If you have any trouble finding the venue or getting in, call Louise on 0419 192 367.

If you would like to present at a future Dojo or suggest a topic, please fill it in on the Rationality Dojo Roster: http://is.gd/dojoroster

Discussion article for the meetup : September Rationality Dojo - Fixed and Growth Mindset

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