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

The Rayback Collective

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'll start 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 45min-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 currently working our way through "Rationality: AI to Zombies" by Eliezer Yudkowsky, which is available as a pay-what-you-want eBook and also online. This is the planned schedule for the next few meetups: Mar 4: Ch. [masked], "Fake Optimization Criteria" through "Though Art Godshatter" https://www.readthesequences.com/Fake-Optimization-Criteria Mar 18: Ch. [masked], "Belief in Intelligence" through "Artificial Addition" https://www.readthesequences.com/Belief-In-Intelligence April 1: Ch[masked], "Terminal Values and Instrumental Values" through "Lost Purposes" https://www.readthesequences.com/Terminal-Values-And-Instrumental-Values

Rationality Reading Group

The Rayback Collective

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'll start 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 45min-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 currently working our way through "Rationality: AI to Zombies" by Eliezer Yudkowsky, which is available as a pay-what-you-want eBook and also online. This is the planned schedule for the next few meetups: Mar 4: Ch. [masked], "Fake Optimization Criteria" through "Though Art Godshatter" https://www.readthesequences.com/Fake-Optimization-Criteria Mar 18: Ch. [masked], "Belief in Intelligence" through "Artificial Addition" https://www.readthesequences.com/Belief-In-Intelligence April 1: Ch[masked], "Terminal Values and Instrumental Values" through "Lost Purposes" https://www.readthesequences.com/Terminal-Values-And-Instrumental-Values

Rationality Reading Group (Casual spot)

The Rayback Collective

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 currently working our way through "Rationality: AI to Zombies" by Eliezer Yudkowsky. The next few meetings will me about words, names, categories, and how to be better at thinking about them! This is the planned schedule for the next few meetups: April 15:[masked], "The Parable of the Dagger" through "Disguised Queries" (153, the Parable of the Dagger, is optional because it's confusing.) https://www.readthesequences.com/The-Parable-Of-Hemlock May 6:[masked], "Neural Categories" through "Taboo Your Words" https://www.readthesequences.com/Neural-Categories May 20:[masked], "Replace the Symbol with the Substance" through "Where to Draw the Boundary?" https://www.readthesequences.com/Replace-The-Symbol-With-The-Substance June 3:[masked], "Entropy, and Short Codes" through "37 Ways Words can be Wrong" https://www.readthesequences.com/Entropy-And-Short-Codes

Rationality Reading Group

The Rayback Collective

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'll start 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 45min-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 currently working our way through "Rationality: AI to Zombies" by Eliezer Yudkowsky, which is available as a pay-what-you-want eBook and also online. This is the planned schedule for the next few meetups: Mar 4: Ch. [masked], "Fake Optimization Criteria" through "Though Art Godshatter" https://www.readthesequences.com/Fake-Optimization-Criteria Mar 18: Ch. [masked], "Belief in Intelligence" through "Artificial Addition" https://www.readthesequences.com/Belief-In-Intelligence April 1: Ch[masked], "Terminal Values and Instrumental Values" through "Lost Purposes" https://www.readthesequences.com/Terminal-Values-And-Instrumental-Values

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Rationality Reading Group (Casual spot)

The Rayback Collective

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