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Unless I'm missing something glaring geopolitcally, the word Vietnam is misspelled as Veitnam several times.

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Prague meetup FB page says Monday, April 22nd.

Fix the date, please, and add the Less wrong link if you want RSVP there.

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What does it mean that the Channel Islands are listed separately to the UK? Is Scott finicky about the difference between Dependent Territories and the UK proper? Or is this a subtle signal of Norman revanchism?

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Why is it listed as “Europe (including UK)”? Europe is not the same as the European Union

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can we get stats on the number of participants at each meetup?

i wonder if one can derive the ACX-ness of a city by dividing the population with the number of participants by using the data

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Mar 30·edited Mar 30

Rhode Island is listed with a state heading of Providence instead of Rhode Island. It falls alphabetically the same place, and anyone who is looking for Rhode Island knows that Providence exists so chances of confusion are low, but I thought I’d mention it. :)

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Mar 30·edited Mar 30

Hope all interested locals can make it to the Hong Kong event. We had something like 12-13 attendees last year and it was great to meet some of the smart people in the ACX community. Don't be shy about RSVPing :-)

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Alex here, organizer for the Kansas City event. The start time posted here is 5a, but the actual start time is 5p.

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If anyone else was wondering about the secrecy re the Fort Meade meetup, it’s an army installation that houses the NSA and others.

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Anyone know about rationalist-adjacent coworking/body doubling events in the Norcal Bay Area? I'm trying to get some projects done this spring outside of normal work hours.

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Apr 1·edited Apr 1

Before I forget, I must note that the Newton meetup is NOT going to be at Farlow Park, because that's too far to the north (so too close to Cambridge/Boston). Instead, it's going to be at the *Newton Upper Falls Greenway*. I had resubmitted the meetup form and also emailed Skyler, but apparently he still published the old location anyways.

Here is the description I had put in my second submission:

"Mostly unstructured talking. Anywhere along the Upper Falls Greenway (between Easy St and the Charles River, paralleling Needham St) works, since I expect we'll be walking to and fro. However, newbies should show up **at the Easy St end** so we don't get lost. If there's demand for it we can also migrate to the footpath on the Needham side of the river as well (between Highland Ave and 2nd Ave). I plan on bringing my plush duck. I may or may not bring nametags. If I don't bring nametags, I'll ask everyone to introduce their names (internet names are ok for this meetup). Other types of people beyond rationalists (eg postrats, alignment researchers, predictors, EAs, etc.) are welcome!"

EDIT: noting that Skyler is the author this time, not Scott

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The San Jose link is pointing me to the LA rationality less wrong page.

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This is the Shanghai organiser. Skyler didn't mistype my email, I signed up for the wrong address, sorry!

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

Привет Александр , скажи ты вообще серьезен или так любишь языком почисать , могу тоже читать , я предпочитаю тратить время на купание в море , или поход по горам или амозонки как бы жизнь у всех одна в реалити хочу сказать многое ,но могу сказать кратко , в Кейптаун я хотела быть по приглашению с Elon Musk , но мне даже здрасти не сказали так как я написала в телеграм с вацапа вообще не берет трубку , мой контакт ты знаешь пожалуйста передай Elon Musk я его давно жду , пусть ответит я пишу уже везде , я нахожусь в маленьком городе Климовске до аэропорта ехать 40 минут

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

А еще я хотела узнать у тебя есть любовь к жизни ты симпатизируешь кому то или ты один в личке , ты выделяешь много своего времени здесь , а ведь можешь купаться в бассейне , я бы хотела видеть как ты плаваешь ,))) не стесняйся 5 океанов вокруг , а долбаные власти думают что мы не знаем как нам лучше , однако я еще миллиардер мои счета на банковском депозите

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

А так же я прошла 5 границ пешком и на электрике в 15 лет мы можешь ходить свободно с рождения

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

Не надо делать инвалидов на рабочем столе и в этой маленькой комнате , так как мое тело предпочитает купаться в океане или ходить по холмам и вообще нежиться на солнце или в постели с любимым

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

Снимете белые халаты и идите плавать

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Я уже в далеком измерении шлю вам приветик 🗽

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

Москва грязный город не предпочитаю тут находиться , так как швали много и проданные тела

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Начнем с того что культуры везде разные , теперь как выяснилось Москва вообще безкультурная хочет везде все и сразу , к моим сведениям добавлю что по сей день меня тошнит от этой местности , и библия не правильная даже в этом государстве , многое наворованное у них даже личности нет так как пошлятину никто не принимает

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Apr 2·edited Apr 2

история ковид уходит в глубокие корни , начнем с первой женщины ученная математик , далее акушер гинеколог принимая роды моет моет руки

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Я отказываюсь от российского гражданства , предпочитаю 🇺🇸

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OC ACXLW Sat April 6 Consciousness, Race, and Lived Experience

Hello Folks!

We are excited to announce the 60th Orange County ACX/LW meetup, happening this Saturday and most Saturdays after that.

Host: Michael Michalchik

Email: michaelmichalchik@gmail.com (For questions or requests)

Location: 1970 Port Laurent Place, 92660

(949) 375-2045

Date: Saturday, April 6 2024

Time 2 pm

Conversation Starters:

Your Book Review: Consciousness And The Brain: A review of Stanislas Dehaene's book "Consciousness and the Brain", which explores the cognitive neuroscience of consciousness. The book discusses the differences between conscious and unconscious processing, the neural signatures of consciousness, and theories of consciousness such as the Global Neuronal Workspace.

Text link: https://www.astralcodexten.com/p/your-book-review-consciousness-and

Audio link: https://podcastaddict.com/astral-codex-ten-podcast/episode/139738702

Questions for discussion:

a) According to Dehaene, what are the key differences between conscious and unconscious processing? What can the brain do without consciousness, and what requires consciousness?

b) How does Dehaene's approach to studying consciousness, which relies on subjective reports, differ from traditional methods in cognitive psychology? What are the strengths and limitations of this approach?

c) The book discusses several theories of consciousness, including the Global Neuronal Workspace, Integrated Information Theory, and the Multiple Drafts Model. How do these theories differ in their explanations of consciousness, and what evidence supports or challenges each theory?

How Should We Think About Race And "Lived Experience"?: An article discussing the complex relationship between race, genetics, and lived experience, using the case of Elizabeth Hoover, a professor who identified as Native American but was later found to have no Native American ancestry.

Text link: https://www.astralcodexten.com/p/how-should-we-think-about-race-and

Audio link: https://podcastaddict.com/astral-codex-ten-podcast/episode/172964727

Questions for discussion:

a) How does the case of Elizabeth Hoover challenge the idea that race is primarily a matter of "lived experience" rather than genetics? What are the implications of this case for how we define and think about racial identity?

b) The article discusses the potential problems with using genetics as the sole basis for determining racial identity, such as the risk of retroactively invalidating someone's life experiences and cultural contributions. What are the pros and cons of using genetics, lived experience, or a combination of factors to define race?

c) How might concerns about cultural appropriation, affirmative action, and the preservation of minority cultures influence how communities define and police racial boundaries? What are the potential unintended consequences of these practices, as illustrated by the Elizabeth Hoover case?

Walk & Talk: We usually have an hour-long walk and talk after the meeting starts. Two mini-malls with hot takeout food are readily accessible nearby. Search for Gelson's or Pavilions in the zip code 92660.

Share a Surprise: Tell the group about something unexpected that changed your perspective on the universe.

Future Direction Ideas: Contribute ideas for the group's future direction, including topics, meeting types, activities, etc.

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