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ACX Meetups Everywhere - Spring 2023

Start: Friday, April 28, 2023 6:00 pm
End: Friday, April 28, 2023 8:30 pm
Location: Haus des Engagements, Rehlingstraße 9 (inner courtyard), 79100 Freiburg (Map, Coordinates: 47.98934, 7.83945)
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Select one or two SSC (Slate Star Codex) or ACX (Astral Codex Ten) posts that you particularly enjoy so you can give a short summary to other participants.

If you need inspiration check the SSC top posts.

What will we do?

We will discuss a few of the posts in small groups.

Then we will do a “Small Identity” exercise.

Our identity is a very interesting phenomenon. We seem to carry an idea in our head about who we are, what kind of person we are and what that means about us. Identity is both valuable and dangerous at various times. Identity comes from our history and our experiences. It is both our scars and the ideas we would die on a hill for.

In some senses the identity of being “righteous person” might net you all kinds of rewards and guidance in situations where you have to decide to “do the right thing”… BUUT it might also lead you to kill people in the name of your religion.

Paul Graham says, “keep your identity small”. The book “Transform yourself” includes some guidance to change your identity or your beliefs about yourself. The main exercise is from Psychiatrist Irvin Yalom but is a mix of those resources and a few more.

This exercise is to help us to be comfortable shedding things that are part of our identity. If they are no longer useful.

It is hard to think clearly about parts of your identity. To grow, you must change. Let things go when they don’t work for you.

The idea for the exercise and the above description are from Eliot, who organizes meetups and workshops in Sydney, Australia.


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!

This meetup will be hosted by Omar.

There will be snacks and drinks.

We will go and get dinner after the meetup. Anyone who has time is welcome to join.


Learn more about us.

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