Chicago Rationality

Welcome to the homepage for the Chicago Rationality meet-up group. Our group includes people interested in Rationality, Effective Altruism, and more. Many people find us through weird corners of the internet like LessWrong, Slate Star Codex/Astral Codex Ten, Overcoming Bias,  Marginal Revolution, and other Rationalist-adjacent sites.

If you’re interested in hanging out in real life with other people interested in these kinds of ideas, attend our next meet-up! We typically do one “topical” meet-up per month focused on a specific reading suggested by a group member and one “social” meet-up per month with no particular agenda.

It’s ok to come if you’re not sure if you’ll fit in, if you’re not the “typical” kind of person who would attend a meet-up like this, or you’re just kind of intimidated by coming to a new social event. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions as well: info@chicagorationality.com

If you’d like to be notified of upcoming meet-ups and social events, please fill out the form below and you’ll be added to our mailing list. We usually send out emails a few times per month.

CALENDAR

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MEETUP TOPICS

December 2018 Meetup: Instrumental Rationality

Instrumental/Applied rationality review. Review the first 4 posts from this sequence and review how to apply them. Discussion of what you’ve found useful from them. : https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAft%E2%80%A6/p/QzBuuNEqJGQFeWM4f https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAft%E2%80%A6/p/rFjhz5Ks685xHbMXW https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAft%E2%80%A6/p/vpvKEj7shuk8h5Eet https://www.lesswrong.com/s/qRxTKm7DAft%E2%80%A6/p/ESnzpoCJrAfwAzpMB

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October 2018 Meetup: Inadequate Equilibria

#1. Meta discussion on a reading about the rationality community itself. see, e.g., this blogpost: https://srconstantin.github.io/2017/08/08/the-craft-is-not-the-community.html #2. Discussion on a reading of fairly general interest regarding rationality (e.g., https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/yPLr2tnXbiFXkMWvk/an-equilibrium-of-no-free-energy among obviously many others) #3. Discussion of a more topical post, applying rationality to current events or concerns. (e.g., https://slatestarcodex.com/2018/09/06/acc-entry-should-childhood-vaccination-be-mandatory/ among

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Links and REsources

Looking for more internet to read? Curious about what Rationality groups talk about? Want to go go to other meetups in Chicago? Here are some helpful links: