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 (5)

Rationality Reading Group

Sanitas Brewing

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 run with a brief "What is Rationality" primer for anyone who needs it, and then discuss the reading. 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're getting back to the practical today with some posts on instrumental rationality. This series of posts, called "Hammertime", is a popular distillation of some rationalist methods that many people have found helpful. We'll read the first few posts (links below), and talk about how we can put them into practice in the coming weeks. This might be helpful as the world grows darker and colder and we retreat to a more socially distanced world. If people like it, we can continue the series. November 16: Hammertime parts 0-4. "Hammers and Nails" through "Design". The linked posts are in order, so you can advance to the next one by clicking the links at the bottom of each posts instead of coming back here. Hammertime 0: Hammers and Nails. https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/QzBuuNEqJGQFeWM4f Bug Hunt https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/rFjhz5Ks685xHbMXW Yoda Timers: https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/vpvKEj7shuk8h5Eet TAPs https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/ESnzpoCJrAfwAzpMB Design: https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/HHjn3r8n7bJp6Q5HE

Rationality Reading Group

Sanitas Brewing

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. Meeting at Sanitas brewing tonight, as per usual. Reading for Oct 5: Some posts from Scott Alexander on industrialization, happiness, culture, and freedom. The first three are short, and study the kinds of outcomes that social changes/interventions can achieve. The final one is about as long as the first three put together, and portrays "Western Civilization" as an impersonal optimizing process through the metaphor of demonic summoning. If you're short on time, I recommend you just read "How the West Was Won". https://slatestarcodex.com/2016/03/23/the-price-of-glee-in-china/ https://slatestarcodex.com/2016/07/20/things-probably-matter/ https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/10/society-is-fixed-biology-is-mutable/ https://slatestarcodex.com/2016/07/25/how-the-west-was-won/

Rationality Reading Group

Sanitas Brewing

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 run with a brief "What is Rationality" primer for anyone who needs it, and then discuss the reading. 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're getting back to the practical today with some posts on instrumental rationality. This series of posts, called "Hammertime", is a popular distillation of some rationalist methods that many people have found helpful. We'll read the first few posts (links below), and talk about how we can put them into practice in the coming weeks. This might be helpful as the world grows darker and colder and we retreat to a more socially distanced world. If people like it, we can continue the series. November 16: Hammertime parts 0-4. "Hammers and Nails" through "Design". The linked posts are in order, so you can advance to the next one by clicking the links at the bottom of each posts instead of coming back here. Hammertime 0: Hammers and Nails. https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/QzBuuNEqJGQFeWM4f Bug Hunt https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/rFjhz5Ks685xHbMXW Yoda Timers: https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/vpvKEj7shuk8h5Eet TAPs https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/ESnzpoCJrAfwAzpMB Design: https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAftSuTGvj/p/HHjn3r8n7bJp6Q5HE

Rationality Reading Group

Sanitas Brewing

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. Meeting at Sanitas brewing tonight, as per usual. Reading for Oct 5: Some posts from Scott Alexander on industrialization, happiness, culture, and freedom. The first three are short, and study the kinds of outcomes that social changes/interventions can achieve. The final one is about as long as the first three put together, and portrays "Western Civilization" as an impersonal optimizing process through the metaphor of demonic summoning. If you're short on time, I recommend you just read "How the West Was Won". https://slatestarcodex.com/2016/03/23/the-price-of-glee-in-china/ https://slatestarcodex.com/2016/07/20/things-probably-matter/ https://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/10/society-is-fixed-biology-is-mutable/ https://slatestarcodex.com/2016/07/25/how-the-west-was-won/

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Rationality Reading Group

Sanitas Brewing

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