What we're about

We can define transhumanism as "simplified humanism" (http://yudkowsky.net/singularity/simplified/). Humanism might strive for intelligence, unless your IQ is already 150. Strive for survival, unless you've already lived to a "ripe" old age of 100. Strive for happiness. Unless you're already happy. Humanism says there is a "good enough".

Transhumanism says fuck that. It wants unlimited intelligence, unlimited life and unlimited happiness. Why would we ever stop making things better?

And we really can make things better. There's no law that technological progress has to stop somewhere. The fundamental laws of this world don't seem to forbid us from living forever. All we have to do is figure out how to do it.

Some of us are doing that, and we would like to support that. We find that the most fitting piece of social technology for that is a Mastermind group. There will be a regular meetup, and in this meetup we will exchange ideas and support each other in our efforts to become superhuman.

Activities might include the following:
- Hamming circles, which is a rationality technique where a group of people work on one person's greatest bottleneck
- Bonding activities from Authentic Relating, to help form friendships between people that are working on this stuff
- Presentations, by participants, on important transhumanist subjects
- Anything that might help us move each other forward, both personally and professionally.

We also have a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/2378301925587072/)

Upcoming events (5+)

Meetup - Hamming circles & Youtube party

Kruistochtstraat

€5.00

Hamming Circles: Richard Hamming was a successful mathematician. During lunch time, he would sit down with people from other departments. He would ask: "What is the most important problem in your field? What problem would give you the most traction if you solved it?" He would be given an answer. Infamously he would reply: "so why aren't you working on that?" This anecdote inspired the Berkeley-based Center For Applied Rationality (CFAR) to develop a technique they call Hamming circles. You simply sit down with a group of 3-5 people and share (one of) your biggest bottleneck(s) with them. Then you spend 10 minutes brainstorming and attacking the problem together. This can be a professional bottleneck, or it can be a very personal one. You might want to focus on figuring out how to hire better people, or you might focus on fixing your social anxiety. There are no restrictions. We just focus on the needs at hand. You can see it as a ritualized way of asking for help, an immensely powerful move that we're often too proud or shy to do. Youtube party (experimental): Navigating our mission can be overwhelming. There is much to learn and there is no well-curated index of everything that we need to know. The only way to stay up to date with the latest developments is to be embedded in a social network of people that share your interest and share the information about it that they deem most relevant. One of our motivations to start this meetup is to create such a network. This Youtube party will be an attempt to get the ball rolling. (Why video? Because it's hard to read as a group and stay at the same pace) Do you have any good videos that you think teach something that is relevant to transhumanism? Make sure you have them in mind! Schedule: 15:00 - 16:00 Welcome 16:00 - 17:00 Hamming circles 17:00 - 18:00 Youtube party 19:00 Dinner & casual hangout (optional) 22:00 Close

Meetup - Hamming circles & Youtube party

Kruistochtstraat

€5.00

Hamming Circles: Richard Hamming was a successful mathematician. During lunch time, he would sit down with people from other departments. He would ask: "What is the most important problem in your field? What problem would give you the most traction if you solved it?" He would be given an answer. Infamously he would reply: "so why aren't you working on that?" This anecdote inspired the Berkeley-based Center For Applied Rationality (CFAR) to develop a technique they call Hamming circles. You simply sit down with a group of 3-5 people and share (one of) your biggest bottleneck(s) with them. Then you spend 10 minutes brainstorming and attacking the problem together. This can be a professional bottleneck, or it can be a very personal one. You might want to focus on figuring out how to hire better people, or you might focus on fixing your social anxiety. There are no restrictions. We just focus on the needs at hand. You can see it as a ritualized way of asking for help, an immensely powerful move that we're often too proud or shy to do. Youtube party (experimental): Navigating our mission can be overwhelming. There is much to learn and there is no well-curated index of everything that we need to know. The only way to stay up to date with the latest developments is to be embedded in a social network of people that share your interest and share the information about it that they deem most relevant. One of our motivations to start this meetup is to create such a network. This Youtube party will be an attempt to get the ball rolling. (Why video? Because it's hard to read as a group and stay at the same pace) Do you have any good videos that you think teach something that is relevant to transhumanism? Make sure you have them in mind! Schedule: 15:00 - 16:00 Welcome 16:00 - 17:00 Hamming circles 17:00 - 18:00 Youtube party 19:00 Dinner & casual hangout (optional) 22:00 Close

Meetup - Hamming circles & Youtube party

Kruistochtstraat

€5.00

Hamming Circles: Richard Hamming was a successful mathematician. During lunch time, he would sit down with people from other departments. He would ask: "What is the most important problem in your field? What problem would give you the most traction if you solved it?" He would be given an answer. Infamously he would reply: "so why aren't you working on that?" This anecdote inspired the Berkeley-based Center For Applied Rationality (CFAR) to develop a technique they call Hamming circles. You simply sit down with a group of 3-5 people and share (one of) your biggest bottleneck(s) with them. Then you spend 10 minutes brainstorming and attacking the problem together. This can be a professional bottleneck, or it can be a very personal one. You might want to focus on figuring out how to hire better people, or you might focus on fixing your social anxiety. There are no restrictions. We just focus on the needs at hand. You can see it as a ritualized way of asking for help, an immensely powerful move that we're often too proud or shy to do. Youtube party (experimental): Navigating our mission can be overwhelming. There is much to learn and there is no well-curated index of everything that we need to know. The only way to stay up to date with the latest developments is to be embedded in a social network of people that share your interest and share the information about it that they deem most relevant. One of our motivations to start this meetup is to create such a network. This Youtube party will be an attempt to get the ball rolling. (Why video? Because it's hard to read as a group and stay at the same pace) Do you have any good videos that you think teach something that is relevant to transhumanism? Make sure you have them in mind! Schedule: 15:00 - 16:00 Welcome 16:00 - 17:00 Hamming circles 17:00 - 18:00 Youtube party 19:00 Dinner & casual hangout (optional) 22:00 Close

Meetup - Hamming circles & Youtube party

Kruistochtstraat

€5.00

Hamming Circles: Richard Hamming was a successful mathematician. During lunch time, he would sit down with people from other departments. He would ask: "What is the most important problem in your field? What problem would give you the most traction if you solved it?" He would be given an answer. Infamously he would reply: "so why aren't you working on that?" This anecdote inspired the Berkeley-based Center For Applied Rationality (CFAR) to develop a technique they call Hamming circles. You simply sit down with a group of 3-5 people and share (one of) your biggest bottleneck(s) with them. Then you spend 10 minutes brainstorming and attacking the problem together. This can be a professional bottleneck, or it can be a very personal one. You might want to focus on figuring out how to hire better people, or you might focus on fixing your social anxiety. There are no restrictions. We just focus on the needs at hand. You can see it as a ritualized way of asking for help, an immensely powerful move that we're often too proud or shy to do. Youtube party (experimental): Navigating our mission can be overwhelming. There is much to learn and there is no well-curated index of everything that we need to know. The only way to stay up to date with the latest developments is to be embedded in a social network of people that share your interest and share the information about it that they deem most relevant. One of our motivations to start this meetup is to create such a network. This Youtube party will be an attempt to get the ball rolling. (Why video? Because it's hard to read as a group and stay at the same pace) Do you have any good videos that you think teach something that is relevant to transhumanism? Make sure you have them in mind! Schedule: 15:00 - 16:00 Welcome 16:00 - 17:00 Hamming circles 17:00 - 18:00 Youtube party 19:00 Dinner & casual hangout (optional) 22:00 Close

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