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Meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part D, Mysterious Answers

0 OpenThreadGuy 12 April 2015 08:01AM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part D, Mysterious Answers

WHEN: 22 April 2015 07:00:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will be in the back room if possible.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: We are in the middle of a weekly discussion of Rationality: From AI to Zombies. We read one part each week, for 26 weeks. You are welcome to join us even if you have not done the reading. However, the reading is very good, and it is free, and you should read it. We will be discussing roughly one part per week for a total of 26 weeks.

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required, nor is the reading required, only strongly recommended.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part D, Mysterious Answers

Meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part C, Noticing Confusion

1 OpenThreadGuy 03 April 2015 07:51AM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part C, Noticing Confusion

WHEN: 08 April 2015 07:00:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will probably be in the back room.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: We will be discussing Part C of Rationality: From AI to Zombies. You are welcome to join us even if you have not done the reading. However, the reading is very good, and it is free, and you should read it. We will be discussing roughly one part per week for a total of 26 weeks.

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required, nor is the reading required, only strongly recommended.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part C, Noticing Confusion

Meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part B, Fake Beliefs

1 OpenThreadGuy 27 March 2015 08:28AM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part B, Fake Beliefs

WHEN: 01 April 2015 07:00:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will be in the back room if possible.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: We will be discussing Part B of Rationality: From AI to Zombies. You are welcome to join us even if you have not done the reading. However, the reading is very good, and it is free, and you should read it. We will be discussing roughly one part per week for a total of 26 weeks.

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required, nor yet is the reading required, only strongly recommended. This meetup is not an April Fools' joke. It will actually happen. No, seriously.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—R:AZ Part B, Fake Beliefs

Meetup : West LA—Sphexishness and Meta-Sphexishness

1 OpenThreadGuy 13 February 2015 02:41AM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—Sphexishness and Meta-Sphexishness

WHEN: 18 February 2015 07:00:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will be in the back room if possible.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: How we keep repeating that anecdote of the digger wasp's sphexish foolishness, repeating the same behavior over and over, never realizing it is accomplishing nothing. We repeat this anecdote over and over, over and over again, never realizing that it is a misleading intuition pump.

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required; this will be generally accessible.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—Sphexishness and Meta-Sphexishness

Meetup : West LA—Keep Your Identity Small

1 OpenThreadGuy 16 January 2015 03:51AM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—Keep Your Identity Small

WHEN: 21 January 2015 07:00:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will be in the back room if possible.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: We often repeat the mantra "Keep your identity small," and for good reason. What is that reason? Well, maybe you should show up to this meetup and find out. Or read the recommended reading. You know, either way. Preferably both

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required; this will be generally accessible. And remember, keep your secret identity small.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—Keep Your Identity Small

Meetup : West LA—What Is FAI?

2 OpenThreadGuy 01 January 2015 05:35PM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—What Is FAI?

WHEN: 07 January 2015 07:00:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will be in the back room if possible.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: Though it is not relevant to rationality and is very easy to think wrongly about if you have not studied the art, Friendly AI is often discussed by rationalists, for historical reasons involving the founder of Less Wrong and a spearhead FAI theorist being the same person. Friendly AI is not a technical term, so it should be easy to explain what it basically is.

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required; this will be generally accessible.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—What Is FAI?

Meetup : West LA—DUMP STAT

1 OpenThreadGuy 07 December 2014 05:32AM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—DUMP STAT

WHEN: 10 December 2014 07:00:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will be in the back room if possible.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: Contra Heinlein, humans in large populations ought to specialize. This means sacrificing jack-of-all for expertise in one domain. But which things are best to sacrifice? Which things do you already do that you should do less of? What should your dump stats be?

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required; this will be generally accessible.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—DUMP STAT

Meetup : West LA—The Relativity of Wrong

1 OpenThreadGuy 21 November 2014 01:48PM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—The Relativity of Wrong

WHEN: 26 November 2014 07:00:00PM (-0800)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will be in the back room if possible.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: Human ignorance is vast, so human knowledge is often understated. The domains of our ignorance keep getting smaller and further away from the decimal point. We will be discussing Isaac Asimov's important essay The Relativity of Wrong.

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required; this will be generally accessible. In fact, this is a 101-level topic, only a touch more advanced than basic map and territory. While I'm at it, I want to mention that a few of us habitually show up early, so you should feel free to.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—The Relativity of Wrong

In response to A List of Nuances
Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 November 2014 07:08:35AM 2 points [-]

Motte-and-bailey seems like it should be under What You Mean vs. What You Think You Mean

Comment author: OpenThreadGuy 13 November 2014 01:05:00PM *  1 point [-]

I agree that it makes sense there.

The reason I put it where it is, is: belief-edifice-memeplex-paradigm-framework-system-movement-whatevers have members who say different things. Some members say things that are more like a motte and others say things that are more like a bailey. Even if the individual members consistently claim one or the other, this looks suspiciously like a group responding to incentives by committing the fallacy.

Meetup : West LA—The Worst Argument in the World

1 OpenThreadGuy 26 September 2014 04:24AM

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—The Worst Argument in the World

WHEN: 01 October 2014 07:00:00PM (-0700)

WHERE: 11066 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

How to Find Us: Go into this Del Taco. We will be in the back room if possible.

Parking is free in the lot out front or on the street nearby.

Discussion: Last week, I included a link to the Worst Argument in the World essay, not because it was relevant to last week's topic, but because I thought it was something that people should read. This week, I realized what I should have done instead. The three recommended readings are all rewrites of the same essay, but since the first one is the best, you don't need to read the others unless you didn't understand it or something.

Recommended Reading:

No prior exposure to Less Wrong is required; this will be generally accessible.

Discussion article for the meetup : West LA—The Worst Argument in the World

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