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Meetup September 16th - Overton Gymnastics

Start: Friday, September 16, 2022 6:00 pm
End: Friday, September 16, 2022 8:00 pm
Location: coworking freiburg (directly above McDonald's), Kaiser-Joseph-Str. 254, 79098 Freiburg (Map, Coordinates: 47.99372, 7.84877)
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IMPORTANT Please note that due to the rain the event location has changed! We will monitor the e-mail for at least the first 20 minutes so please write if you can’t find the place info@rationality-freiburg.de


You are worried you have nothing to contribute? No worries! Everyone is welcome!

We will decide on using German or English as the main language depending on the people who turn up. Just come, we will figure it out!

coworking freiburg entrance

coworking freiburg (source)

What will we do?

We will discuss three posts from the sequence Noticing Confusion of Book I: Map and Territory of “The Sequences”, a standard compendium of the Rationality community.

It would be ideal if you read this beforehand and note your thoughts and questions, but feel free to turn up even if that is not the case! We will summarize each post.

Afterwards we will play a round of Overton Gymnastics. The goal of this exercise is becoming more comfortable sharing controversial opinions and tolerating other people’s beliefs without starting a discussion.

Overton Gymnastics is named after the Overton window, a concept from political science which describes the set of opinions that are acceptable in public discourse.

One person will share a controversial opinion that they hold, the other participants will ensure they understand that person’s position very well, culminating in an ITT (Ideological Turing Test) i.e. a convincing summary of the first person’s opinion. Then the next participant shares a controversial opinion of their own. No discussions allowed.

There will be snacks and drinks.

Afterwards we will go and have dinner (and you may engage in the discussions you were holding back 😉).

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