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Meetup : LW Sydney Pub Meetup - November

0 Elo 17 November 2017 08:14PM

Discussion article for the meetup : LW Sydney Pub Meetup - November

WHEN: 22 November 2017 11:00:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 565 george st, sydney

The time of this meetup is 6pm on Thursday the 23rd. The time may appear wrong, don't show up at strange times.

We are on level 2.

For this month bring along a suggestion of a book you want more people to read. Come along to our regular monthly pub meetup to talk all things math, science, technology, engineering, thinking, growth, reasoning and beliefs. If you are an aspiring rationalist, a nerd, geek, scientist or just a quiet thinker - we can't wait to meet you to share ideas, discuss, debate, learn and grow together. If you are interested in our rationality dojos, ask us about them in person. See you there! Also, while you are at it - bring a friend along too! We usually get ~15 attendees through various advertising avenues. +61438481143 if you are lost. https://www.facebook.com/events/128440701157304/ https://www.meetup.com/rationalists_of_sydney/events/245096223/

Discussion article for the meetup : LW Sydney Pub Meetup - November

Meetup : Denver Area LW December Meetup

0 PonchoPal 17 November 2017 03:56AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Denver Area LW December Meetup

WHEN: 05 December 2017 07:00:00PM (-0700)

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, but if you want other food or drink, you'll have to arrange for it yourself. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed in this space, due to a Colorado law. There are multiple restaurants nearby if you want to pick up food on your way, or have it delivered. 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 group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/969594296461197/ Or the meetup.com page: https://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Rationality/events/bmzkhnywqbhb/

(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 December Meetup

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

0 RobinZ 15 November 2017 02:39AM

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

WHEN: 19 November 2017 03:30:00PM (-0500)

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.

(Note: Contrary to the previous meetup announcement, there will be no meetup on November 26th, as attendance during Thanksgiving weekend is generally scant.)

Upcoming meetups:

  • Nov. 26: No meetup (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec. 3: Hobbies
  • Dec. 10: Availability Heuristic

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

Meetup : Stuck in a loop - Melbourne November Rationality Dojo

0 Chriswaterguy 15 November 2017 02:25AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Stuck in a loop - Melbourne November Rationality Dojo

WHEN: 19 November 2017 03:30:00PM (+1100)

WHERE: parliament gardens, Melbourne

* Note the different venue: Parliament Gardens. *

THIS MONTH: "Stuck in a loop"

What you do when you find your thoughts, or an argument, going in circles or not getting anywhere?

As a launching point we'll use the CFAR Rationality Checklist section 4, which specifically mentions concrete predictions, experimental tests and tabooing problem words. This section is copied at the bottom, and the full checklist can be found at http://www.rationality.org/resources/rationality-checklist.

Format: * A (lightly facilitated) group discussion which may draw on content in the Less Wrong Sequences and top books in relevant fields. We draw on psychology research and rationality techniques, with practical application inspired by (for example) the CFAR workshops. * We end with an exercise to practise the application of the principles we have discussed, to help us be wiser in future.

Reading and thinking ahead of the meetup is encouraged but not required.

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: This month we will meet in Parliament Gardens, east of the CBD, corner of Nicholson St and Albert St. https://goo.gl/maps/N5Ezoi4yb162. That's just north of Parliament House and just opposite the Nicholson St exit from Parliament Station. Look for us in a shady spot, away from the central water display (because that's pretty but noisy). The Gardens are small, but if you have trouble finding us, call one of us, e.g. Chris on 0439 471 632. (We may or may not see FB/Messenger messages.)

WHO ARE WE AND WHY DO WE MEET? The Less Wrong Melbourne Rationality Dojos are a chance to polish our 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.


READING: Rationality Checklist section 4:

What you do when you find your thoughts, or an argument, going in circles or not getting anywhere

I try to find a concrete prediction that the different beliefs, or different people, definitely disagree about, just to make sure the disagreement is real/empirical.

Example: (from Val) Someone was worried that rationality training might be "fake", and I asked if they could think of a particular prediction they'd make about the results of running the rationality units, that was different from mine, given that it was "fake".

I try to come up with an experimental test, whose possible results would either satisfy me (if it's an internal argument) or that my friends can agree on (if it's a group discussion).

Example: This is how we settled the running argument over what to call the Center for Applied Rationality—Julia went out and tested alternate names on around 120 people.

If I find my thoughts circling around a particular word, I try to taboo the word, i.e., think without using that word or any of its synonyms or equivalent concepts. (E.g. wondering whether you're "smart enough", whether your partner is "inconsiderate", or if you're "trying to do the right thing".)

Example: (from Anna) Advised someone to stop spending so much time wondering if they or other people were justified; was told that they were trying to do the right thing; and asked them to taboo the word 'trying' and talk about how their thought-patterns were actually behaving.

Discussion article for the meetup : Stuck in a loop - Melbourne November Rationality Dojo

Meetup : Cambridge (MA) Less Wrong meetup

0 jimrandomh 15 November 2017 12:06AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Cambridge (MA) Less Wrong meetup

WHEN: 19 November 2017 03:30:00PM (-0500)

WHERE: 21 Milton St, Somerville, MA 02144-3010

NEW LOCATION: This meetup is at 21 Milton St, Somerville. LW meetups now rotate between several different houses. LW meetups happen every other Sunday.

A suggested discussion topic for this meetup is Civilizational Inadequacy, Eliezer's economic model and recent blogpost series on when it is reasonable and when it's not reasonable to expect to do better than everyone else.

Discussion article for the meetup : Cambridge (MA) Less Wrong meetup

Meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Group Debugging

0 rocurley 13 November 2017 03:54PM

Discussion article for the meetup : San Francisco Meetup: Group Debugging

WHEN: 13 November 2017 06:15:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 855 Brannan St San Francisco, CA 94103

We’ll be meeting to solve each other’s problems!

Here’s how it works: we’ll have everyone brainstorm silently for a few minutes, then go around and summarize what problems we might like to work on; then people can break up into smaller conversations according to problems they think they could be most helpful with.

For help getting into the building, please call (or text, with a likely-somewhat-slower response rate): 203-503-7508 (general meetup info at 301-458-0764).

Format:

We meet and start hanging out at 6:15, but don’t officially start doing the meetup topic until 6:45-7:00 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: Group Debugging

Meetup : Role playing game based on HPMOR in Moscow

0 Alexander230 13 November 2017 10:02AM

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

WHEN: 23 December 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/WLU4p3

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