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* contact : [http://lesswrong.com/user/Axel/ Axel]
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[[File:lesswrongBXL.jpg|center|Picture taken during our April meetup]]
* venue : [http://www.naturalsciences.be/information/visitor/access Museum of Natural Sciences Rue Vautier 29 B-1000 Brussels]
 
* frequency : monthly (usually Saturday at noon)
 
* average attendance : 6 persons
 
** 11/02/2012 4; 17/03/2012 5; 16/04/2012 8
 
  
===Passed meetups===
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* WARNING: this page is definitely not regularly updated.
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* web page: [http://www.meetup.com/LWBrussels/ LessWrong Brussels]
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* contact : [http://lesswrong.com/user/Roxolan/ Roxolan] and [http://lesswrong.com/user/Axel/ Axel]
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* venue : [https://maps.google.be/maps?ie=UTF8&cid=14098970548282144033&q=La+Fleur+En+Papier+Dor%C3%A9&iwloc=A&gl=BE&hl=en La Fleur en Papier Doré, Rue des Alexiens 55, 1000 Brussels]
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* frequency : monthly (second Saturday of the month at 1am)
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* average attendance : 4-5 people
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===Sample Past meetups===
 
* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8qu/meetup_first_brussels_meetup/ 11th of February 2012]
 
* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8qu/meetup_first_brussels_meetup/ 11th of February 2012]
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** individual interests, individual situation (studies, work, ...), position with Less Wrong, shared some interesting book titles
 
* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/aic/meetup_brussels_meetup/ 17th of March 2012]
 
* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/aic/meetup_brussels_meetup/ 17th of March 2012]
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** how to handle personal crisis
 
* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/b47/meetup_brussels_meetup/ 16th of April 2012]
 
* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/b47/meetup_brussels_meetup/ 16th of April 2012]
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** difficulties of social interactions
 
* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/c36/meetup_brussels_meetup/ 19th of May 2012]
 
* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/c36/meetup_brussels_meetup/ 19th of May 2012]
 
** exercises, including the game "werewolves", to practice lessons learned on social behavior and group dynamics
 
** exercises, including the game "werewolves", to practice lessons learned on social behavior and group dynamics
*** skipped as we were not enough players
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*** "werewolves" skipped as we were not enough players
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**** recommendation to play equivalents online
 
** creative thinking puzzle a la Google interview
 
** creative thinking puzzle a la Google interview
 
** http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/c9u/logical_fallacies_poster_a_lesswrong_adaptation/
 
** http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/c9u/logical_fallacies_poster_a_lesswrong_adaptation/
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*** later that day [http://brussels.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/982/Seronsnous-la-dernire-gnration--mourir-de-vieillesse- Serons-nous la dernière génération à mourir de vieillesse ?]
 
*** later that day [http://brussels.skepticsinthepub.org/Event.aspx/982/Seronsnous-la-dernire-gnration--mourir-de-vieillesse- Serons-nous la dernière génération à mourir de vieillesse ?]
 
*** June 8th [http://ecco.vub.ac.be/?q=node/108 Who needs a worldview] at VUB
 
*** June 8th [http://ecco.vub.ac.be/?q=node/108 Who needs a worldview] at VUB
 
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* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/cvw/ 16th of June 2012]
===Upcoming meetup===
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** proposition by Fabien to discuss about his list of scenarii of personnal catastrophic events and his [http://fabien.benetou.fr/Slideshows/MemoryLossPES?action=slideshow MemoryLoss] as an example to recover from one such scenario
* the 16th of June 2012
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** answering http://www.quora.com/Does-embodiment-prevent-unbiased-moral-decisions
 
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** discussing meta-externalities and order them by risk
===To consider===
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*** ponder why has not been used in research via Future of Humanity Institute or Long Now Foundation
* can be used during any upcoming meetup
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* the [http://lesswrong.com/meetups/bf 14th of July 2012]
** agenda
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** Axel's Bayes game
*** the [http://agi-conf.org/2012/call-for-papers/ AGI Safety and Impacts] conference part of the 5th Conference on Artificial General Intelligence
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*** (add desc for pic) [[File:BXL_July2012-game1.jpg|thumb|Axel's, game picture 1]]
**** Fabien, aka [http://lesswrong.com/user/Utopiah/ Utopiah], is planning to go
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*** (add desc for pic) [[File:BXL_July2012-game2.jpg|thumb|Axel's, game picture 2]]
** some material to explore
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*** (add desc for pic) [[File:BXL_July2012-game3.jpg|thumb|Axel's, game picture 3]]
*** [http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470586958.html The Intelligence Paradox: Why the Intelligent Choice Isn't Always the Smart One], Wiley April 2012
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** Just world theory
*** [http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/18/0956797611432178 The Foreign-Language Effect], Psychological Science April 2012
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** Technocracy vs. Democracy
*** [http://www.springer.com/philosophy/epistemology+and+philosophy+of+science/book/978-94-007-1432-8 Handbook of Risk Theory] Springer 2012
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* the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/dqe/meetup_brussels_meetup/ 11th of August 2012]
*** [http://www.minervaproject.com The Minerva Project] self-described as an online equivalent of Ivy League
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** iterated version of Axels' Bayes game
*** [http://ecco.vub.ac.be/?q=node/151 Worldviews and religiosity: a non-theististic perspective on human experience, meaning and purpose] ECCO 2011
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*** now actually had to use the formula few times
*** [http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470447982.html Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am], Wiley 2009
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** actuarial science
** proposal and trial of a weekly individual and anonymous vote on the objectives for our local Meetup in general
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*** http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/a3c/pooling_resources_for_valuable_actuarial/
*** thus influencing the activities for the next meetup
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** some ranting against religion
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** some discussions on physics
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* [http://lesswrong.com/meetups/di September 15th] Rue des Alexiens 55 1000 Bruxelles at 12:00
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** learning tennis, update on probabilities, system 1&2, venn diagram explanation
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*** (add desc for pic) [[File:BXL_September2012-1.jpg|thumb|brief game]]
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** monthly iteration of Axel's game
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*** (add desc for pic) [[File:BXL_September2012-2.jpg|thumb|Bayes' formula]]
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*** (add desc for pic) [[File:BXL_September2012-3.jpg|thumb|clarification by the game master]]
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*** (add desc for pic) [[File:BXL_September2012-4.jpg|thumb|focus and decisions]]
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* the 13th of October 2012
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** Hunters in nature preserves
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** The biology of hard substances in animals
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** Dangerous substances
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** The seemingly (?) pervasive stereotype of notherners being more industrious and southerners more lazy within many European countries
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* the 24th of November 2012
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** Unusually invigorating discussion on hindsight bias and Kahneman's "thinking fast and slow".
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* The 15th of December 2012
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** Visit from a real [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryonics cryonicist].
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** Life in lake Vostok?
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* The 5th of January 2013
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** The mating behaviour of butterflies
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** Spoil tips (mijnterril / steenberg)
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** Kenia
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** charity
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** A vastly improved version of Axel's Bayes game
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* The 16th of February 2013
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** Planning for a recruitment campaign at the local university
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** Trying out Hugo's arguing game. It proves very effective at getting interesting conversations going, if nothing else.
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** Topics discussed in the game include the value of space exploration, whether voting should be mandatory, and the most likely pathway to rogue drones destroying humanity (still pretty unlikely).
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* The 16t of March 2013
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** Welcoming newcomers.
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** Playing the arguing game some more. Topics discussed: intellectual property on artistic works, whether anyone should lose their right to vote, positive discrimination, school uniforms, the legalization of drugs and prostitution.
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** Transhumanism and immortality.
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* The 20th of April 2013
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** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbolic_geometry#Visualizing_hyperbolic_geometry Hyperbolic space]
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** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gut_flora Gut bacteria]
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** If a "base universe" runs on many-worlds QM, and inside this universe other QM universes are being simulated. To save on computational resources, only one "many-worlds-branch" of every simulated universe is actually calculated. Does this influence the anthropic probability of being in the base universe vs. a simulated universe?
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** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation The Drake equation] and its disturbing implications.

Latest revision as of 23:16, 18 June 2015

Picture taken during our April meetup

Sample Past meetups

  • the 11th of February 2012
    • individual interests, individual situation (studies, work, ...), position with Less Wrong, shared some interesting book titles
  • the 17th of March 2012
    • how to handle personal crisis
  • the 16th of April 2012
    • difficulties of social interactions
  • the 19th of May 2012
  • the 16th of June 2012
  • the 14th of July 2012
    • Axel's Bayes game
      • (add desc for pic)
        Axel's, game picture 1
      • (add desc for pic)
        Axel's, game picture 2
      • (add desc for pic)
        Axel's, game picture 3
    • Just world theory
    • Technocracy vs. Democracy
  • the 11th of August 2012
  • September 15th Rue des Alexiens 55 1000 Bruxelles at 12:00
    • learning tennis, update on probabilities, system 1&2, venn diagram explanation
      • (add desc for pic)
        brief game
    • monthly iteration of Axel's game
      • (add desc for pic)
        Bayes' formula
      • (add desc for pic)
        clarification by the game master
      • (add desc for pic)
        focus and decisions
  • the 13th of October 2012
    • Hunters in nature preserves
    • The biology of hard substances in animals
    • Dangerous substances
    • The seemingly (?) pervasive stereotype of notherners being more industrious and southerners more lazy within many European countries
  • the 24th of November 2012
    • Unusually invigorating discussion on hindsight bias and Kahneman's "thinking fast and slow".
  • The 15th of December 2012
    • Visit from a real cryonicist.
    • Life in lake Vostok?
  • The 5th of January 2013
    • The mating behaviour of butterflies
    • Spoil tips (mijnterril / steenberg)
    • Kenia
    • charity
    • A vastly improved version of Axel's Bayes game
  • The 16th of February 2013
    • Planning for a recruitment campaign at the local university
    • Trying out Hugo's arguing game. It proves very effective at getting interesting conversations going, if nothing else.
    • Topics discussed in the game include the value of space exploration, whether voting should be mandatory, and the most likely pathway to rogue drones destroying humanity (still pretty unlikely).
  • The 16t of March 2013
    • Welcoming newcomers.
    • Playing the arguing game some more. Topics discussed: intellectual property on artistic works, whether anyone should lose their right to vote, positive discrimination, school uniforms, the legalization of drugs and prostitution.
    • Transhumanism and immortality.
  • The 20th of April 2013
    • Hyperbolic space
    • Gut bacteria
    • If a "base universe" runs on many-worlds QM, and inside this universe other QM universes are being simulated. To save on computational resources, only one "many-worlds-branch" of every simulated universe is actually calculated. Does this influence the anthropic probability of being in the base universe vs. a simulated universe?
    • The Drake equation and its disturbing implications.