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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 : LW Sao Paulo - Meetup de janeiro

2 leohmarruda 18 January 2017 12:12AM

Discussion article for the meetup : LW Sao Paulo - Meetup de janeiro

WHEN: 28 January 2017 02:00:00PM (-0200)

WHERE: Rua Antônio Carlos, 452. São Paulo, Brazil

Encontro mensal de racionalistas, novatos são bem vindos! Teremos algumas lições de racionalidade prática, discussões diversas e jogos de tabuleiro no final.

Vanilla café - 2o andar

Discussion article for the meetup : LW Sao Paulo - Meetup de janeiro

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: Meta

0 rocurley 26 March 2017 05:40PM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Meta

WHEN: 27 March 2017 06:15:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 1045 Mission St., SF

It's been a while since we've reflected on questions like: What is this meetup for? What are we getting out of it, and what do we want to get out of it? How could we do better? What are new formats or topics we could try?

This meetup will be partly collection of feedback, partly brainstorming, and partly putting together concrete plans for the future. (And as usual, I expect there will be some casual conversations, too.)

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: Meta

Meetup : Baltimore / UMBC Meetup - general discussion

0 iarwain1 26 March 2017 01:27PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Baltimore / UMBC Meetup - general discussion

WHEN: 26 March 2017 08:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: Performing Arts and Humanities Bldg 4th floor, 1000 Hilltop Cir, Baltimore, MD 21250

No parking restrictions on weekends, so park wherever you want.

Discussion article for the meetup : Baltimore / UMBC Meetup - general discussion

Meetup : Sydney Rationality Dojo - April 2017

0 luminosity 25 March 2017 01:02AM

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

WHEN: 02 April 2017 04:00:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: 10 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

Join us from 4 - 6 to sharpen your planning, motivation and other rationality skills. Afterwards there'll be a social dinner for those who want to stick around.

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

Meetup : Washington, D.C.: Mini Talks

0 RobinZ 22 March 2017 08:51PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Mini Talks

WHEN: 26 March 2017 03:30:00PM (-0400)

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

This week, we will be taking turns delivering short lectures on random topics.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Apr. 2: Great Filter
  • Apr. 9: Fun & Games
  • Apr. 16: AI Risk/Safety

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington, D.C.: Mini Talks

Meetup : Role playing game based on HPMOR in Moscow

0 Alexander230 21 March 2017 09:26PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Role playing game based on HPMOR in Moscow

WHEN: 15 April 2017 03:00:00PM (+0300)

WHERE: Большая Дорогомиловская, 5к2

Welcome to our custom made role playing game "Hogwarts and methods of rationality", inspired by HPMOR story! It will be intellectual role playing game with rationality-based minigames. You can read more detailed announce and description here: https://goo.gl/Y8oUND

Discussion article for the meetup : Role playing game based on HPMOR in Moscow

Meetup : Moscow LW meetup in "Nauchka" library

0 Alexander230 21 March 2017 08:54PM

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

WHEN: 07 April 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 CFAR rationality skills checklist.
  • Fallacymania game.
  • Tower of Chaos game.

Details about Fallacymania and Tower of Chaos and game materials can be found here: http://lesswrong.com/lw/oco/custom_games_that_involve_skills_related_to/

Meetup schedule is here: https://lesswrong-ru.hackpad.com/-7-2017-j5coH55igc4

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/ . If you are lost, call Sasha at +7-905-527-30-82.

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

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

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