What we're about

Applied rationality is a movement that uses cognitive science to improve human thinking.

Most humans have cognitive biases that prevent us from making the best decisions and accomplishing our goals. Just hearing about these biases might not fix them.

Our goal is to actually change our habits of mind, so that our thinking is more rational and optimal. We think it's best to do this together! We're here to build a community of effective, rational, awesome people.

For more resources, check out the Center for Applied Rationality: http://rationality.org

Upcoming events (4+)

Rationality Reading Group

Needs a location

Let’s meet and talk about Rationality topics! We get together on the first and third Monday of each month to chat about rationality. It's a fun time with lots of laughter, practical tips for achieving your goals and thinking without bias, and plenty of good-natured philosophical argument. We can start with a brief "What is Rationality" primer for anyone who needs it, and then discuss the reading.

Look in the comments for each meetings readings, links, and/or topics. I generally post them the day before or the day of.

Generally, the reading each session will consist of a few short essays available online, and will take you 30min-2hrs depending on your reading speed. If you can, try to do (or at least start or skim) the readings for each meeting. They serve as a good jumping off point for discussion, and we can get deeper into the ideas if everybody has the same context. But we usually don't talk about them for more than 20 minutes or so, so if you're interested and haven't read, come anyway! We would much rather have you attend without having read, than stay home because you didn't do it.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Tonight's reading is two articles from Conrad Bastable about economics. At least one of them is a series, so if people like these, we can keep going with the series. They're also longer than we usually read. If you only have time to read one, I suggest "The Bermuda Triangle of Wealth", since I suspect we'll end up talking about that one more.

"The Bermuda Triangle of Wealth" is about how, despite income and inflation statistics seeming to say everything is fine (or was before the pandemic), college education still seems to suck up every dollar a middle class family can make.
https://www.conradbastable.com/essays/the-bermuda-triangle-of-wealth

"The Full Stack of Society" is a series about techniques that whole countries generate wealth; this first article in the series is about feudalism.
https://www.conradbastable.com/essays/the-full-stack-of-society-can-you-make-a-whole-society-wealthier

Rationality Reading Group

Needs a location

Let’s meet and talk about Rationality topics! We get together on the first and third Monday of each month to chat about rationality. It's a fun time with lots of laughter, practical tips for achieving your goals and thinking without bias, and plenty of good-natured philosophical argument. We can start with a brief "What is Rationality" primer for anyone who needs it, and then discuss the reading.

Look in the comments for each meetings readings, links, and/or topics.

Generally, the reading each session will consist of a few short essays available online, and will take you 30min-2hrs depending on your reading speed. We ask that people do (or at least start or skim) the readings for each meeting, since the readings are a good focal point for discussion, and we can get deeper into the ideas if everybody has the same context. However, if you're interested and you haven't read, come anyway! We would much rather have you attend without having read, than stay home because you didn't do it.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Rationality Reading Group

Needs a location

Let’s meet and talk about Rationality topics! We get together on the first and third Monday of each month to chat about rationality. It's a fun time with lots of laughter, practical tips for achieving your goals and thinking without bias, and plenty of good-natured philosophical argument. We can start with a brief "What is Rationality" primer for anyone who needs it, and then discuss the reading.

Look in the comments for each meetings readings, links, and/or topics. I generally post them the day before or the day of.

Generally, the reading each session will consist of a few short essays available online, and will take you 30min-2hrs depending on your reading speed. If you can, try to do (or at least start or skim) the readings for each meeting. They serve as a good jumping off point for discussion, and we can get deeper into the ideas if everybody has the same context. But we usually don't talk about them for more than 20 minutes or so, so if you're interested and haven't read, come anyway! We would much rather have you attend without having read, than stay home because you didn't do it.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Tonight's reading is two articles from Conrad Bastable about economics. At least one of them is a series, so if people like these, we can keep going with the series. They're also longer than we usually read. If you only have time to read one, I suggest "The Bermuda Triangle of Wealth", since I suspect we'll end up talking about that one more.

"The Bermuda Triangle of Wealth" is about how, despite income and inflation statistics seeming to say everything is fine (or was before the pandemic), college education still seems to suck up every dollar a middle class family can make.
https://www.conradbastable.com/essays/the-bermuda-triangle-of-wealth

"The Full Stack of Society" is a series about techniques that whole countries generate wealth; this first article in the series is about feudalism.
https://www.conradbastable.com/essays/the-full-stack-of-society-can-you-make-a-whole-society-wealthier

Rationality Reading Group

Needs a location

Let’s meet and talk about Rationality topics! We get together on the first and third Monday of each month to chat about rationality. It's a fun time with lots of laughter, practical tips for achieving your goals and thinking without bias, and plenty of good-natured philosophical argument. We can start with a brief "What is Rationality" primer for anyone who needs it, and then discuss the reading.

Look in the comments for each meetings readings, links, and/or topics.

Generally, the reading each session will consist of a few short essays available online, and will take you 30min-2hrs depending on your reading speed. We ask that people do (or at least start or skim) the readings for each meeting, since the readings are a good focal point for discussion, and we can get deeper into the ideas if everybody has the same context. However, if you're interested and you haven't read, come anyway! We would much rather have you attend without having read, than stay home because you didn't do it.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

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