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Meetup June 17th 2022 - Sequences & Double Crux


June 6, 2022

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When and where?

We will meet on Friday, June 17th 2022 at 18:00 pm CEST (German time) at the end of the bridge in the Stadtgarten in Freiburg. Afterwards we will sit with picnic blankets somewhere in the park, so even if you are late you can try finding us. We will carry a cardboard sign saying “www.rationality-freiburg.de” . The meetup will finish at 20:00 pm CEST and we may go to get dinner afterwards. In case of very bad weather we will look for an alternative venue, so please watch this site for updates or get in touch beforehand so we can reach out.


Karlssteg, Stadtgarten, Freiburg

Karlssteg, Stadtgarten, Freiburg (source)

What will we do?

We will discuss the first three posts from the sequence Fake Beliefs 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 game of double crux. Double crux is an exercise done in pairs where the goal is first to find an issue where you have a disagreement and then identify the fundamental root cause of that disagreement. It’s not about confrontation or discussing the issue, but collaborating to find that crux that is making you disagree. For example two people might disagree on wearing sandals with socks. After some collaborating they find that the crux of their disagreement is how much importance they assign to following tacit social norms. They could then dig even deeper why these social norms are important or why they feel important. As preparation you can think of a few controversial beliefs you may have, so that it will be quick to find a source of disagreement with your randomly assigned partner.

There will be snacks and drinks.

What is this about?

Rationality Freiburg is a meeting place for LessWrong or SCC readers as well as other people interested in Rationality. Rationality is the desire to see the world as it is, in particular using empirical sciences as well as the development of tools for reaching personal goals.

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

Feel free to just turn up, but if you want to reach out or RSVP that would be even better info@rationality-freiburg.de .

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!