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Project Hufflepuff: Planting the Flag

35 Raemon 03 April 2017 06:37PM

This is the first in a series of posts about improving group dynamics within the rationality community. (The previous "checking for interest post" is here).

 

The Berkeley Hufflepuff Unconference is on April 28th. RSVPing on this Facebook Event is helpful, as is filling out this form.

Project Hufflepuff: Planting the Flag


"Clever kids in Ravenclaw, evil kids in Slytherin, wannabe heroes in Gryffindor, and everyone who does the actual work in Hufflepuff.”

- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Chapter 9


“It is a common misconception that the best rationalists are Sorted into Ravenclaw, leaving none for other Houses. This is not so; being Sorted into Ravenclaw indicates that your strongest virtue is curiosity, wondering and desiring to know the true answer. And this is not the only virtue a rationalist needs. Sometimes you have to work hard on a problem, and stick to it for a while. Sometimes you need a clever plan for finding out. And sometimes what you need more than anything else to see an answer, is the courage to face it…

- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Chapter 45

 

I’m a Ravenclaw and Slytherin by nature. I like being clever. I like pursuing ambitious goals. But over the past few years, I’ve been cultivating the skills and attitudes of Hufflepuff, by choice.


I think those skills are woefully under-appreciated in the Rationality Community. The problem cuts across many dimensions

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European Community Weekend 2017

15 DreamFlasher 02 February 2017 07:17PM

We are excited to announce this year's European LessWrong Community Weekend. For the fourth time, rationalists from all over Europe (and some from outside Europe) are gathering in Berlin to socialize, have fun, exchange knowledge and skills, and have interesting discussions.

The event takes place September 1st to September 3rd and, like last year, it will be held in the beautiful Jugendherberge Wannsee which contains a large room for central events, several seminar rooms, and lots of comfortable spaces inside and out to socialize or relax.

This is primarily a community-driven event. That means that while there will be a keynote and pre-planned content, the bulk of the schedule will be filled by the participants. There will be space to give talks, short or long, provide workshops, or just gather some people to do an activity together. In previous years we had the talks, lightning talks and workshops you would expect, as well as lighter activities such as 7-minute-workouts, an improv acting workshop, swimming in the lake and a workshop on modular origami. Of course there will also be time to reconnect with friends and form new connections with other aspiring rationalists.

Some valuable information

Most of the talks and discussions will be held in English, so you do not need to be able to speak German to attend.

The ticket price of €150 includes accommodation for two nights, on-site meals and snacks, and a welcome lunch on Friday at 12:00.

The event wraps up Sunday afternoon around 15:00. In the days after the weekend, participants are invited to stay in Berlin a little longer to explore the city, go bouldering, play frisbee, etc. While this is not part of the official event, we will coordinate couch-surfing opportunities to avoid the need for hotels.

To sign up, fill out this form.

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If you have any questions, please email us at lwcw.europe@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you there,
The Community Weekend organizers and LessWrong Deutschland e.V.

Meetup : Reading with discipline, reconstruction and mnemonics

1 pepe_prime 02 April 2017 08:24PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Reading with discipline, reconstruction and mnemonics

WHEN: 21 April 2017 05:45:00PM (+0200)

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

We'll go through how to complete large or difficult reading tasks, how to efficiently memorize and understand the contents, and how to maintain the memory afterwards. We'll go through a few tried and true methods and hold a few exercises. Bring at least one text (technical manual, poetry, fiction) that you want to remember well and a notebook.

Format: We meet and start hanging out at 5:45, but don't officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:00 to accomodate stragglers. We often go out for dinner after the meetup.

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://druthe.rs/dockets/-KcCvpn97vUhg3tQRrKn

Discussion article for the meetup : Reading with discipline, reconstruction and mnemonics

Meetup : MIRIx workshop on Logical Induction

1 Marko 15 March 2017 05:54PM

Discussion article for the meetup : MIRIx workshop on Logical Induction

WHEN: 01 April 2017 08:30:00AM (+0100)

WHERE: Universität Zürich Irchel, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland

In the first MIRIx Zurich workshop, we study Logical Induction, based on the paper

https://intelligence.org/files/LogicalInduction.pdf

I will give a non-technical introduction to the main ideas, then we study the mathematical concepts needed to understand Logical Induction in detail. If we progress quickly, we may have time to get started on some original research too.

Discussion article for the meetup : MIRIx workshop on Logical Induction

Meetup : Sequences Reading Group

1 DreamFlasher 01 February 2017 10:01AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Sequences Reading Group

WHEN: 23 February 2017 07:15:00PM (+0100)

WHERE: Berlin

We meet about monthly to read the sequences posts. We focus on extracting insights from the LessWrong sequences and applying them to improve our rationality.

We read together and then discuss, no preparation necessary. Each session is independent, as the blog posts are independent, any time is a great time to join.

This group is mainly coordinated via meetup.com: https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/LessWrong-Rationality-Meetup-Berlin/

Discussion article for the meetup : Sequences Reading Group

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

0 rocurley 21 April 2017 03:13AM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Projects

WHEN: 24 April 2017 06:15:00PM (-0700)

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

We’ll be meeting to work on projects!

Near the beginning, we’ll go around and talk about what we’ll be working on, then do a couple of pomodoros. At some point we’ll break into general conversations and socializing.

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: Projects

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Slate Star Codex

0 RobinZ 20 April 2017 02:57PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Slate Star Codex

WHEN: 23 April 2017 03:30:00PM (-0400)

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

This week, we will be meeting in the courtyard to discuss the blog Slate Star Codex and essays therefrom.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Apr. 30: Fun & Games
  • May 7: Regression to the Mean

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Slate Star Codex

Meetup : Chicago Applied Rationality Training

0 mingyuan 20 April 2017 01:32PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Chicago Applied Rationality Training

WHEN: 23 April 2017 01:00:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: Harper Memorial Library Room 148, 1116 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

The Chicago rationality group meets every Sunday from 1-3 PM in Room 148 of Harper Memorial Library. Though we meet on the University of Chicago campus, anyone is welcome to attend.

More applied rationality training this Sunday! At this week's meeting I'll be teaching Factoring, which is fun and easy and super useful! Don't worry if you missed the last meeting; I can get newcomers caught up during the lesson.

If you are planning to come to this week's meeting, please take ten or so minutes to build a 'bugs list' - a list of problems in your life that we'll target with the applied rationality techniques. The generic prompt is "Everything would be perfect in my life, and I would be the best possible version of myself, except that… [bug].”

Request to be added to our Google Group if you're interested in rationality-related events in the Chicago area and I'll approve you!

Discussion article for the meetup : Chicago Applied Rationality Training

Meetup : Games in Kocherga club: Fallacymania, Tower of Chaos, Scientific Discovery

0 Alexander230 18 April 2017 09:46PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Games in Kocherga club: Fallacymania, Tower of Chaos, Scientific Discovery

WHEN: 26 April 2017 07:40:00PM (+0300)

WHERE: Moscow, B.Dorogomilovskaya, 5-2

Welcome to Moscow LW community makeshift games! In that games, some rationality skills are involved, so you can practise while you playing!

  • Fallacymania: it is a game where you guess logical fallacies in arguments, or practise using logical fallacies yourself (depending on team in which you will be).

  • Tower of Chaos: funny game with guessing the rules of human placement on a Twister mat.

  • Scientific Discovery: modified version of Zendo with simultaneous turns for all players.

Details about the games: http://goo.gl/Mz2i94

Come to antikafe "Kocherga", ul.B.Dorogomilovskaya, 5-2. The map is here: http://kocherga-club.ru/#contacts . Nearest metro station is Kievskaya. If you are lost, call Sasha at +7-905-527-30-82.

Games begin at 19:40, the length is 3 hours.

Discussion article for the meetup : Games in Kocherga club: Fallacymania, Tower of Chaos, Scientific Discovery

Meetup : Denver Area LW May Meetup

0 PonchoPal 18 April 2017 08:13PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW May Meetup

WHEN: 02 May 2017 07:00:00PM (-0600)

WHERE: 4955 South Ulster Street #103, Denver, CO

Casual meetup at the usual time and place. We typically meet in the back room, unless the weather is nice enough to be outside.

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW May Meetup

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