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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 : 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

Meetup : Melbourne Social Meeetup: March

0 Maelin 21 March 2017 09:17AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Melbourne Social Meeetup: March

WHEN: 24 March 2017 06:30:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: The Bull and Bear Tavern, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Come along for this month's Social Meetup, now on the exciting new schedule of the fourth Friday of the month!

FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/463034997361085/

Social meetups are informal get-togethers where we chat about topics of interest and have a couple of drinks together.

WHEN? Friday March 24, 18:30 until late. Don't worry about being on time, though - it's fine to rock up whenever.

WHERE? The Bull & Bear Tavern, on Flinders Lane (just a short walk from Flinders St Station).

FOOD? The B&B does reasonable traditional pub food and we usually share a few plates of wedges. For those who stay late, we often go for a late night meal at around 11pm

CONTACT? Any issues on the night, call or text Richard on 0421231789

Discussion article for the meetup : Melbourne Social Meeetup: March

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

0 Alexander230 19 March 2017 01:51PM

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

WHEN: 29 March 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

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