Rationality Reading Group

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Every 1st Monday of the month

The Rayback Collective

2775 Valmont Rd · Boulder, CO

How to find us

We usually sit in the Southwest corner if possible, or in one of the couch circles along the west wall. Look for our sign on the table, made from a manila folder.

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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"

Mar 18: Ch. [masked], "Belief in Intelligence" through "Artificial Addition"

April 1: Ch[masked], "Terminal Values and Instrumental Values" through "Lost Purposes"