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Columbus Rationality MEGA-MEETUP!

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Pre-Register HERE! (just RSVPing to this meetup page isn't enough, though you're welcome to do that too! We currently only have EIGHT spots left of 50):  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ca7UXT7tMMLXjJdHohpKtvoW_re30O3T9gLv1CrbMHY/viewform 

Pre-registration CLOSES on OCTOBER 4. This is the last day to either pre-register, or to cancel your pre-registration. If you discover you can not come, please cancel your pre-registration so that someone else may attend.

Iff we have seats available on the day of, they will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The following sessions include small group discussions and Q&A (NOT just lectures the whole time!)


SCHEDULE: Workshop begins at 3:30p. We will need to arrange chairs and such after the HCCO monthly program, and will begin right after that.

3:45-4:00pm  Introduction- Erica Edelman 
Who We Are and What We Do.

4:00-4:45pm Down the Rabbit Hole: Magic as Psychic Entertainment -Jack Strauss
Magician/Mentalist Jack Strauss will present a stage act as a psychic entertainer. Afterwards, there will be a sit-down talkback with the audience. Topics will be determined by audience questions and may include: ethics of performing on stage with a psychic persona, psychology of deception, techniques of cold reading, etc. The only topic off the table will be the specifics of how the act you just saw is performed.

4:45-5:30pm Defense Against the Dark Arts: The Ethics and Psychology of Persuasion- Jesse Galef
How do we convince other people of what's true? What tactics work and don't work? What rhetorical or psychological strategies can we practice to make ourselves better at it? How can we make ourselves less likely to be seduced by the Dark Arts of others? And of course, what's the ethics of all of this? Are all forms of persuasion ethical? How can we make those distinctions?

5:30-6:15pm Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- Rita Messer
Effective Self-Help: Cognitive tricks for understanding and making your emotions work for you.

6:15-7:00pm PIZZA! Please bring cash for the jar! (Will probably be about $2/slice)

7:00-7:45pm Rationality – a synergy of Western and Eastern approaches- Don Sutterfield
In the western tradition (European / American), rationality is understood primarily from the perspective of the individual. In the eastern tradition, (China, Japan etc.) the fundamental framing of goals is less individualistic, given the more communitarian sense of identity that is a key component in “eastern” thought. In the eastern tradition, while not labeled as such, “rationality” takes as its subjects 1- the deconstruction of the concept and constant experience of individuality “the illusion of self”, and 2- the improvement of one’s systems of response to experiences be they negative, or positive. (Mindfulness).

7:45pm-8:30pm Effective Altruism- Elissa Caffery Fleming
Ever wonder how you can do the most good with your life? Is it rational to give to charity, and which ones? Lots of smart people have spent a lot of time working on those problems, and you might be surprised at what they've come up with!

8:30-9:15pm Applications of Models in Everyday Life- Eric Huff
What does it mean to think about the world using models? This is a style of thinking that's especially developed and formalized in science, but is really useful for everyday reasoning as well. I'll explain what I mean by a model, talk about the differences  between commonly-understood Bayesian reasoning and model-checking, and give some examples pulled from my research and from everyday experience.

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  • Robert H.

    Wow! This was amazing and wonderful! We'll be talking about it non stop for weeks to come. Thank you so much Erica and everyone else who so hard to make this happen.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Derrick

    Erica, this looks like a lot of great activities. We need to talk as soon as possible about your set up needs given that there is another program scheduled for earlier the same day in the conference room.

    September 29, 2013

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