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Meetup : #13 - Focusing

0 toonalfrink 28 February 2017 08:52PM

Discussion article for the meetup : #13 - Focusing

WHEN: 05 March 2017 03:13:37PM (+0100)

WHERE: Meester Treublaan 18, 1097 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you see yourself as a kind of robot, focusing is for you.

About 50 years ago, a guy named Carl Rogers was trying to fix psychotherapy. He studied different modalities (like freudian, behaviorist, etc), trying to find out which one was better. It turned out none of these therapies had better results than the others. Guess Freud was full of shit. But what did? There was one common factor among the group of clients that did recover. It was that when asked about their feelings, they did something like: "uhhh... not sure... I guess I feel... frustrated? No wait that's not exactly it. uh... maybe I feel unjustly inhibited? Nah... closer but that's not quite the thing either..." So Rogers took that thing and said: why don't we just try to teach that?

That thing is focusing. It's a way to query those deep subconscious beliefs that secretly impact everything you do in major ways. I (Toon) personally didn't really get the point of this, until I found out that pretty much everything that was wrong in my life was caused by not really being aware of my feelings. Now it's my favourite technique.

Don't be like Toon. Learn focusing.

Discussion article for the meetup : #13 - Focusing

Meetup : Amsterdam - Meetup #12 - Friendly AI

0 toonalfrink 15 February 2017 03:08PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Amsterdam - Meetup #12 - Friendly AI

WHEN: 19 February 2017 03:13:37PM (+0100)

WHERE: Meester Treublaan 18, 1097 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

AI timelines have shortened. This meetup is dedicated to brainstorming ways to save, well, our lives.

Discussion article for the meetup : Amsterdam - Meetup #12 - Friendly AI

Comment author: toonalfrink 19 January 2017 02:17:37PM 1 point [-]

Indeed, intuitions are fallible. Though beware of the other extreme: writing off your intuitions altogether and trying to live solely based on logic. I've seen various people in the LW sphere try this, and it doesn't quite work. In some cases, like nutrition or social life, there is a bottomless pit of complexity. Trying to provably 'solve' such problems will lead to a bottomless pit of thinking, stagnation, and depression.

Logic is not a magic hammer either.

Meetup : #10: Making a difference

0 toonalfrink 14 January 2017 05:29PM

Discussion article for the meetup : #10: Making a difference

WHEN: 22 January 2017 03:12:00PM (+0100)

WHERE: Meester Treublaan 18, Amsterdam, Netherlands

(apologies to Tim for choosing this week's subject without consulting him) This week's theme will be 80.000hours, which is an EA-affiliated research group in Oxford that is figuring out for us how to do the most possible good with your career. Spoiler: you can matter a lot, but it's counterintuitive. Are you studying to become a doctor to save lives? You will on average save 3 lives over your career. If you become a Google employee instead, and give half of your income to charity, you might save 2000. If you plan to come, you are kindly requested to read up on 80k's career guide (https://80000hours.org/career-guide/). Buckle up though: it can be quite a life-changing read.

Discussion article for the meetup : #10: Making a difference

Meetup : Meetup #9 - 2017 is prime

0 toonalfrink 01 January 2017 04:06PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #9 - 2017 is prime

WHEN: 08 January 2017 03:11:11PM (+0100)

WHERE: Meester Treublaan 18, 1097 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Part relaxed socializing, part rationalist dojo. Hang around at the coffee shop, having the most interesting conversations you'll have all week, occasionally interrupted by practicing and discussing the next big applied rationality technique.

In spirit of new year's resolutions we'll be discussing Hamming questions. Mathematician Richard Hamming was known to approach experts from other fields and ask “what are the important problems in your field, and why aren’t you working on them?”. The same question can be applied to personal life: “what are the important problems in your life, and what is stopping you from working on them?”.

See you on Sunday the 8th!

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #9 - 2017 is prime

In response to New LW Meetup: Kyiv
Comment author: toonalfrink 26 December 2016 03:55:59PM 0 points [-]

The Amsterdam meetup isn't listed here. How do we get on the list?

Meetup : Meetup #8 - Reversed stupidity is not intelligence

0 toonalfrink 05 December 2016 07:59PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #8 - Reversed stupidity is not intelligence

WHEN: 11 December 2016 03:11:11PM (+0100)

WHERE: Meester Treublaan 18, 1097 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Part relaxed socializing, part rationalist dojo. Hang around at the coffee shop, having the most interesting conversations you'll have all week, occasionally interrupted by practicing and discussing the next big applied rationality technique.

See you on Sunday the 11th!

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #8 - Reversed stupidity is not intelligence

Meetup : Meetup #7 - Becoming Less Wrong

0 toonalfrink 21 November 2016 04:50PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #7 - Becoming Less Wrong

WHEN: 27 November 2016 03:13:37PM (-0500)

WHERE: Meester Treublaan 18, 1097 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

We actually didn't get around to our LessWrong discussion last time, so lets try again on Sunday the 27th!

To recap: we want to try discussing some Less Wrong blog posts. Two of the three below are selected from the 'How to actually change your mind' sequence. Changing your mind in view of new evidence is thé core skill of epistemic rationality. If there's one thing cognitive research has taught us, it's that we're rightfully calling it a skill: it's hard, it has to be practiced, and it's important.

The first one tackles the misconception that rationality and emotions are opposites. Toon will also elaborate on this briefly during the meeting.

On rationality and emotions: http://lesswrong.com/lw/hp/feeling_rational/

On completing patterns: http://lesswrong.com/lw/k5/cached_thoughts/ On rationalisation: http://lesswrong.com/lw/ju/rationalization/

In addition, everyone is encouraged to read around if they feel like it!

See you on Sunday!

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #7 - Becoming Less Wrong

Meetup : Meetup #6 - Still Amsterdam!

0 toonalfrink 08 November 2016 06:02PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #6 - Still Amsterdam!

WHEN: 13 November 2016 03:10:00PM (+0100)

WHERE: Meester Treublaan 18, 1097 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ready for another meetup? Last time was a terrific success, so we want to build on that (also EAGx Oxford is in two weeks, and noone wants to wait three weeks).

So, next meeting will be coming Sunday, at Coffee Company nearby Amsterdam Amstel Station.

This time - besides having fun - we want to try discussing some Less Wrong blog posts (also fun, really!). The four below are selected from the 'How to actually change your mind' sequence. Changing your mind in view of new evidence is thé core skill of epistemic rationality. If there's one thing cognitive research has taught us, it's that we're rightfully calling it a skill: it's hard, it has to be practiced, and it's important.

On cutting your losses: http://lesswrong.com/lw/i9/the_importance_of_saying_oops/ On completing patterns: http://lesswrong.com/lw/k5/cached_thoughts/ On rationalisation: http://lesswrong.com/lw/ju/rationalization/ On post-hoc justifications: http://lesswrong.com/lw/kq/fake_justification/

In addition, everyone is encouraged to read around if they feel like it!

See you on Sunday!

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #6 - Still Amsterdam!

Meetup : Meetup #5 - Amsterdam edition!

0 toonalfrink 28 October 2016 05:55PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #5 - Amsterdam edition!

WHEN: 06 November 2016 04:10:00PM (+0200)

WHERE: Meester Treublaan 18, 1097 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

As promised, this meetup will be in Amsterdam. We'll meet at the Coffee Company nearby Amsterdam Amstel Station.

As our activity, we'll practice some techniques taught at the Center for Applied Rationality. Don't worry if you don't know any: Toon and Tim will prepare to teach some.

Join us for some coffee/tea (or not), and let's have a great afternoon!

P.S. Suggestions are welcome as usual!

Discussion article for the meetup : Meetup #5 - Amsterdam edition!

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