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[[File:lesswrongBXL.jpg|center|Picture taken during our April meetup]]
 
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* WARNING: this page is definitely not regularly updated.
* contact : [http://lesswrong.com/user/Axel/ Axel]
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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]
 
* 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]
 
* 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]
* frequency : monthly (usually Saturday at noon)
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* frequency : monthly (second Saturday of the month at 1am)
* average attendance : 5 persons
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* average attendance : 4-5 people
* NEW we now use a mailing list to communicate within the group, subscribe [http://groups.google.com/group/lesswrong-brussels here]
 
  
===Past meetups===
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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]
 
** individual interests, individual situation (studies, work, ...), position with Less Wrong, shared some interesting book titles
 
** individual interests, individual situation (studies, work, ...), position with Less Wrong, shared some interesting book titles
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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?
 
** 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?
 
** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation The Drake equation] and its disturbing implications.
 
** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation The Drake equation] and its disturbing implications.
 
===Upcoming meetup===
 
* 13th of June 2013, 1pm
 
 
 
===To consider===
 
* can be used during any upcoming meetup
 
** some material to explore
 
*** [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
 
*** [http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/18/0956797611432178 The Foreign-Language Effect], Psychological Science April 2012
 
*** [http://www.springer.com/philosophy/epistemology+and+philosophy+of+science/book/978-94-007-1432-8 Handbook of Risk Theory] Springer 2012
 
*** [http://www.minervaproject.com The Minerva Project] self-described as an online equivalent of Ivy League
 
*** [http://ecco.vub.ac.be/?q=node/151 Worldviews and religiosity: a non-theististic perspective on human experience, meaning and purpose] ECCO 2011
 
*** [http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470447982.html Terminator and Philosophy: I'll Be Back, Therefore I Am], Wiley 2009
 
*** [http://http-server.carleton.ca/~tpychyl/ Procrastination Research Group]
 
*** [https://groups.google.com/group/brain-training brain training mailing list] with several links questionning the impact of training (working memory, IQ, ...)
 
*** http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22042159
 
*** http://www.utexas.edu/news/2012/08/30/merge-supernatural-scientific-beliefs-unknown-reasoning/
 
** proposal and trial of a weekly individual and anonymous vote on the objectives for our local Meetup in general
 
*** thus influencing the activities for the next meetup
 

Latest revision as of 00:16, 19 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
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        Axel's, game picture 1
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        Axel's, game picture 2
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        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
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        brief game
    • monthly iteration of Axel's game
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        Bayes' formula
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        clarification by the game master
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        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.