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LW 2.0 Open Beta Live

21 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 : 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 : LW Sao Paulo: Rationality and fun!

1 leohmarruda 12 September 2017 11:58PM

Discussion article for the meetup : LW Sao Paulo: Rationality and fun!

WHEN: 16 September 2017 02:00:26PM (-0300)

WHERE: Rua Antônio Carlos, 452 - Consolação - SP São Paulo, Brazil

We'll be talking about having fun and enjoying life!

Newcomers are welcome as usual.

Boardgames are likely to happen.

Discussion article for the meetup : LW Sao Paulo: Rationality and fun!

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 : 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

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