How do we make and enact better decisions?
In the early 1970s, a retailer, projecting their growth forward into the future, began construction on a 108 story office building in downtown Chicago. It was never fully used by the company and large portions were vacant throughout the 1980s.* Today, the 103rd floor of the tower has a good demonstration of the difference between alief** and belief, as you can look straight down 1353 feet through a glass ledge.
The time, money, and effort put into that building could have been used instead to improve lives though effective charity, or simply been used to improve the retailer's marketing instead. While most decisions that we make in our everyday lives do not have that much impact, what we believe about the world (epistemic rationality), and how we interact with it (instrumental rationality)***, can have a large impact on our lives.
This Meetup group is for all those in the Chicago area who want to improve their thinking and deciding, with particular interest to the Less Wrong community blog.
**An overview of aliefs is at http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Alief
Aspiring Rationalists in Chicago
Harper Memorial library
1116 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637 room 145, Chicago, IL
The first meeting of the rationality training group will be at one o'clock on Sunday April 5th, in room 145 of Harper Memorial Library at the University of Chicago. My...
March 14 · 3:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality party
The last chapter of the Epic Fanfic, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality will be posted on Saturday March 14th (pi day). To celebrate, we're holding an HP:MoR... Learn more
May 31, 2014 · 3:00 PM
This Saturday, we'll be playing a personal calibration game. From the LW wiki: "One person reads the question aloud, and everyone writes down their 50% and 90%... Learn more
April 5, 2014 · 3:00 PM
Biweekly Meeting: Seeing with Fresh Eyes
This week, we'll be focusing on the highlighted entries in the Seeing with Fresh Eyes sequence:
• Cached Thoughts
• We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think
• Hold... Learn more
February 22, 2014 · 3:00 PM
Costs of Rationality
Instrumental and epistemic rationality don't always go together perfectly. Sometimes, knowing the truth can hinder us in our goals. We'll be discussing some of the... Learn more
February 8, 2014 · 3:00 PM
This is an regular meeting planned for every other week to discuss the group's progress and ideas for possible future meetups.
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