What we're about

Hey gang,
If you recognise any of these terms this meetup is definitely the place for you, you can stop reading and join this meetup and come to the next event:
Less Wrong
Effective Altruism (EA)
SlateStarCodex
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

If you don't recognise any of those terms but are still interested, this is a community project/meetup group that discusses Rationality and EA.

What's Rationality? It's a philosophy that tells you to do the thing that gets you the best results, and understand the world as well as possible. As an example, when we see someone else kick a vending machine for no visible reason, we assume they are "an angry person" because humans make quick judgements on people like that with incomplete information. Being aware of these mistakes in our thinking and attempting to overcome them is a really key part of rationality.

What's EA? It's making the most change in the world with the resources we have. Using a charity example, say you want to give money to a charity that reduces death. Looking at the evidence, the Against Malaria Foundation saves the most lives per £ given to them of any charity, so you should give them your money.

We also talk about being the best version of ourselves, improving the lives of others, changing the world and discussing the world. We generally are just doing social meetups at the moment but are always looking for new things to do.

If you can't wait until the next meetup, and fancy some reading, we'd recommend the below:

https://www.readthesequences.com/
https://www.lesswrong.com/codex
https://www.lesswrong.com/hpmor

https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/DB6wbyrMugYMK5o6a/correspondence-bias - I stole the vending machine example from here.

Upcoming events (3)

Rationality Café #11: Research debt

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

"Programmers talk about technical debt: there are ways to write software that are faster in the short run but problematic in the long run. Managers talk about institutional debt: institutions can grow quickly at the cost of bad practices creeping in. Both are easy to accumulate but hard to get rid of. Research can also have debt. It comes in several forms: - Poor Exposition - Undigested Ideas - Bad abstractions and notation - Noise" Basic reading: https://distill.pub/2017/research-debt Please bring along any resources you know of for explaining complex ideas in well presented or intuitive manner! E.g. "Better explained" (mostly undergraduate mathematics) https://betterexplained.com/ "Quantum computing for the very curious" https://quantum.country/qcvc

EA Bristol May 2019 Social

The Apple

Come along for an informal discussion and social to while away a Thursday evening in good company. Newcomers always welcome! Have a look at the links below for introductory material if you're not sure what EA is about, or come along and have a chat with one of our friendly regulars. ---- How can we make the world a better place? Which charities do the most good? What are the biggest risks facing humanity and what can we do about it? Effective Altruism is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to determining the most effective ways to improve the world. You can find out more about Effective Altruism at the following pages: https://www.effectivealtruism.org/ - Main Effective Altruism page https://whatiseffectivealtruism.com/ - The Effective Altruism FAQ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effective_altruism - Wikipedia page https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/ - Leading EA organisation based in Oxford https://ea-foundation.org/ - Think tank and project incubator working at the intersection of ethics and science https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ - Help the world by donating 10% of your income to the most effective charities https://80000hours.org/ - How to use your career to help the world most effectively http://effective-altruism.com/ - Effective Altruism Forum

EA Bristol June 2019 Social

The Ostrich

Come along for an informal discussion and social to while away a Thursday evening in good company. Newcomers always welcome! Have a look at the links below for introductory material if you're not sure what EA is about, or come along and have a chat with one of our friendly regulars. ---- How can we make the world a better place? Which charities do the most good? What are the biggest risks facing humanity and what can we do about it? Effective Altruism is a philosophy and social movement that applies evidence and reason to determining the most effective ways to improve the world. You can find out more about Effective Altruism at the following pages: https://www.effectivealtruism.org/ - Main Effective Altruism page https://whatiseffectivealtruism.com/ - The Effective Altruism FAQ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effective_altruism - Wikipedia page https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/ - Leading EA organisation based in Oxford https://ea-foundation.org/ - Think tank and project incubator working at the intersection of ethics and science https://www.givingwhatwecan.org/ - Help the world by donating 10% of your income to the most effective charities https://80000hours.org/ - How to use your career to help the world most effectively http://effective-altruism.com/ - Effective Altruism Forum

Past events (12)

EA Bristol Apr 2019 Social

The Lansdown

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