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Meetup : Washington, D.C.: What If

0 RobinZ 16 October 2017 09:04PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: What If

WHEN: 22 October 2017 03:30:00PM (-0400)

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

We will be meeting in the courtyard to discuss hypothetical scenarios.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Oct. 29: Fun & Games
  • Nov. 5: Argument from Final Consequences

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: What If

Meetup : [Montreal] Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Final Event

0 MathieuRoy 16 October 2017 03:27AM

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Final Event

WHEN: 16 October 2017 06:15:00AM (-0400)

WHERE: Montreal

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/342508759494937/

We're leaving from the Macroscope (810 Avenue Duluth E) at 6:15 and will pass by Les Échelles at 6:30 in order to be on top of Mont Royal for the sunrise which will be at 7:12. You can either join us at the Macroscope or at the top.

A text on the last virtue of rationality will be read once at the top of Mont Royal.

You're welcome afterward at the Macroscope for a community breakfast.

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

Discussion article for the meetup : [Montreal] Sunrise on top of Mont Royal: Final Event

Meetup : Felicidade e psicologia positiva

1 leohmarruda 13 October 2017 07:34PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Felicidade e psicologia positiva

WHEN: 14 October 2017 02:00:00PM (-0300)

WHERE: Rua Antônio Carlos 452, são paulo

Encontro mensal de racionalistas, novatos são bem vindos!

Conversaremos um pouco sobre felicidade e psicologia positiva.

Discussion article for the meetup : Felicidade e psicologia positiva

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: History

0 RobinZ 12 October 2017 03:22AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: History

WHEN: 15 October 2017 03:30:00PM (-0400)

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

We will be meeting in the courtyard to talk about history and history-related topics.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Oct. 22: What If
  • Oct. 29: Fun & Games

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: History

Meetup : Moscow LW meetup in "Nauchka" library

0 Alexander230 10 October 2017 08:04AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Moscow LW meetup in "Nauchka" library

WHEN: 20 October 2017 08:00:00PM (+0300)

WHERE: Москва, ул. Дубининская, 20

Welcome to the next Moscow LW meetup in "Nauchka" library!

Our plan:

  • A talk about predictions and calibration.
  • Fallacymania game.
  • Tower of Chaos game.

Details about Fallacymania and Tower of Chaos and game materials can be found here: https://goo.gl/Mz2i94

Meetup details are here: https://goo.gl/uQ2LrN

Come to "Nauchka", ul.Dubininskaya, 20. Entrance through the Central children library #14. Nearest metro station is Paveletskaya. Map is here: http://nauchka.ru/contacts/

Meetup begins at 20:00, the length is 2 hours.

Discussion article for the meetup : Moscow LW meetup in "Nauchka" library

Meetup : Denver Area LW November Meetup

0 PonchoPal 09 October 2017 08:33PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW November Meetup

WHEN: 07 November 2017 08:00:00PM (-0600)

WHERE: 5151 East Yale Circle, Denver, CO

Join us to socialize and discuss Rationalist topics! We often have semi-separate groups divided by topic. Individuals are encouraged to move between small-group discussions as their interest dictates.

Hot drinks (chai, cider, coffee, tea, hot chocolate) will be on offer. Some people bring food for themselves or to share, but there's no obligation either way. There are multiple restaurants nearby if you want to pick up food on your way, or have it delivered and there is a kitchen and bbq grill for you to use if you bring food that needs cooking.

If you have questions, comment here, or on our Facebook or Meetup group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/969594296461197/ https://www.meetup.com/Denver-Rationality/

(Some people usually RSVP on meetup.com and some prefer to RSVP on Facebook. Some people do both. So neither guest list will have everyone on it.)

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW November Meetup

Meetup : "Handling inner conflicts." Rationality dojo this Sunday.

0 Chriswaterguy 09 October 2017 07:24AM

Discussion article for the meetup : "Handling inner conflicts." Rationality dojo this Sunday.

WHEN: 15 October 2017 03:30:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: Henley Club, Melbourne

3:30pm this Sunday 15 Oct at the Henley Club. The discussions have been good recently – hope you can join us.

THIS MONTH: Handling inner conflicts: when our rational and irrational parts pull in different directions.

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. See section 3 of http://www.rationality.org/resources/rationality-checklist – "Handling inner conflicts; when different parts of you are pulling in different directions, you want different things that seem incompatible; responses to stress"

For reference, the relevant headings from the CFAR document: I notice when I and my brain seem to believe different things (a belief-vs-anticipation divergence), and when this happens I pause and ask which of us is right. When facing a difficult decision, I try to reframe it in a way that will reduce, or at least switch around, the biases that might be influencing it. When facing a difficult decision, I check which considerations are consequentialist - which considerations are actually about future consequences.

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 keen to learn.

Discussion article for the meetup : "Handling inner conflicts." Rationality dojo this Sunday.

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Fun & Games

0 RobinZ 05 October 2017 12:06AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Fun & Games

WHEN: 08 October 2017 03:30:00PM (-0400)

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

We will be meeting in the courtyard to hang out, play games, and engage in fun conversation.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Oct. 15: History
  • Oct. 22: What If

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Fun & Games

Meetup : Stockholm book club: Superintelligence chapter 11

0 pepe_prime 04 October 2017 11:40AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Stockholm book club: Superintelligence chapter 11

WHEN: 20 October 2017 05:45:00PM (+0200)

WHERE: Lindstedtsvägen 3, room 1537, SE-114 28 Stockholm, Sverige

11 Multipolar scenarios p. 159 Of horses and men p. 160 Wages and unemployment p. 160 Capital and welfare p. 161 The Malthusian principle in a historical perspective p. 163 Population growth and investment p. 164 Life in an algorithmic economy p. 166 Voluntary slavery, casual death p. 167 Would maximally efficient work be fun? p. 169 Unconscious outsourcers? p. 172 Evolution is not necessarily up p. 173 Post-transition formation of a singleton? p. 176 A second transition p. 177 Superorganisms and scale economies p. 178 Unification by treaty p. 180

Format: We meet and start hanging out at 5:45, but don't officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:00 to accommodate stragglers.

How to find us: The meetup is at a KTH academic building and the room is on the 5th floor, two stairs up.

Influence future meetups:

Times - http://www.when2meet.com/?5723551-cJBhD

Topics - https://poll.ly/#/Lak9l0qQ

Discussion article for the meetup : Stockholm book club: Superintelligence chapter 11

Meetup : Stockholm book club: Superintelligence chapter 10

0 pepe_prime 04 October 2017 11:37AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Stockholm book club: Superintelligence chapter 10

WHEN: 13 October 2017 05:45:00PM (+0200)

WHERE: Lindstedtsvägen 3, room 1537, SE-114 28 Stockholm, Sverige

10 Oracles, genies, sovereigns, tools p. 145 Oracles p. 145 Genies and sovereigns p. 148 Tool-AIs p. 151 Comparison p. 155

Format: We meet and start hanging out at 5:45, but don't officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:00 to accommodate stragglers.

How to find us: The meetup is at a KTH academic building and the room is on the 5th floor, two stairs up.

Influence future meetups:

Times - http://www.when2meet.com/?5723551-cJBhD

Topics - https://poll.ly/#/Lak9l0qQ

Discussion article for the meetup : Stockholm book club: Superintelligence chapter 10

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