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Less Wrong members sometimes arrange meetups to meet each other in meat space. Some geographic areas have groups that do this regularly. This list also includes some virtual (online meetups), See Less_Wrong_meetup_groups#Virtual. Also see: Less Wrong meetup group resources.

A map of individual user locations is also available.

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USA

Albany, NY

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Bay Area, CA

Berkeley

  • Meets every Friday evening at 7pm
  • Meetings are at the CFAR office, at 2030 Addison, 3rd floor, Berkeley
  • For meetup announcements, see the BayAreaLessWrong mailing list.

San Francisco

  • Re-started fairly recently (as of Feb. 2015)
  • Generally meetups happen on Mondays at 6pm; location varies
  • Meetups are announced on the bayarealesswrong list
  • Contact: rocurley or maia.

South Bay

  • Wiki page
  • We mostly communicate over the Bay Area Less Wrong mailing list
  • Tuesdays at 6:30pm. We try to arrange talks or other forms of structured meetups on the first and third Tuesday of every month. All other Tuesdays, we arrange social events (usually board games)
  • Venue: Tesseract Rationalist House at 3911 Grove Avenue, Palo Alto
  • Join the mailing list for topic announcements, specific locations, errata, etcetera.
  • Contact: Anders_H or fiddlemath

Marin

  • Has not had a meet up in a while
  • Mailing list: lw-sf

Stanford\Palo Alto

Boston, MA

  • meetup.com group
  • Meets at 3:30pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, at the Citadel rationalist house (98 Elm St Apt 1, Somerville, MA)

Buffalo, NY

  • Facebook Group
  • Meeting are once or twice a month scheduled based on people's availability but typically on Sundays at the Panera Bread on Elmwood (765 Elmwood Ave) or the Panera on Main. Details are liable to change based on organizer's schedule. Visit FB group page for up to date information. The Facebook group also acts like a nice portal for sharing thoughts and asking questions, so feel free to join even if you don't think you can attend meetups.
  • We also host game nights about once a month based on people's availability. In the past we played board games. Currently we are playing a tabletop RPG.
  • Contact: Email Buffalo LW

Chicago, IL

Columbus, OH

  • Columbus Rationality is a very active group. We hold workshops every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday of the month, at 7:30 PM, at the HCCO conference room.
  • Meetup page (posted under HCCO umbrella): [1]
  • Facebook group: [2]
  • Contact: Gleb_Tsipursky

Dallas / Fort Worth, TX

  • Meets every Sunday at 1 PM at America's Best Coffee in Arlington
  • Mailing list: [3]

Denver, CO

  • Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at Darcy's Bistro & Pub. In the back room when we can get it, general seating otherwise.
  • Location: Darcy's Bistro and Pub - 4955 S Ulster St #103, Denver, CO 80237 map
  • Contact: Email Steven Zuber

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Huntsville, AL

  • New group! Meeting frequency TBD. Likely biweekly or monthly, Fridays or Saturdays, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
  • Group Links: Facebook, Meetup.com
  • Contact: Ricky Moore

Washington, DC

Madison, WI

  • Meets every Sunday at 7pm, often in people's houses or in coffee shops
  • Mailing list: Madison mailing list

Minneapolis, MN

Mailing List: Minneapolis Mailing List

  • Contact: brandoni
  • Social: Weekly board game collaboration with Minnesota Atheists "Godless Gamers" at Fantasy Flight Games, Sundays at 2pm.

New Hampshire

  • NEW in 2015
  • Meets twice/month on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm at a private residence in Manchester.
  • Contact: Elizabeth Edwards
  • Facebook group: [4]

New York City, NY

The NYC meetup group is very large and meets frequently. The NYC community was profiled here as a case study. Please join the mailing list!

  • Weekly, Tuesday, usually 7-11pm, Most often Private Residence, but varies (check mailing list)
  • Mailing list: Main Google Group

Ohio

Phoenix, AZ

  • We meet irregularly on weekends at Hayden Library (In the middle of Arizona State University's Tempe Campus)
  • Contact: Danny_Hintze

Philadelphia, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

Portland, OR

  • October 2014: Next meeting is:
1:00pm on Saturday, 18th October, 2014
2945 NE 64th Ave, Portland, OR
This month: Teaching improv techniques. Last month's discussion mentioned that they might be useful as a tool toward personal behavior modification.
  • Meetups are planned for the 3rd Saturday of each month, at the same location and 1 PM.
  • Mailing list: LessWrong Portland

Research Triangle, NC (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill)

  • Mailing list: Research Triangle Less Wrong
  • Durham LW meetups on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of every month, at Cocoa Cinnamon (420 W Geer St, Durham NC 27701) if the weather is nice, otherwise the location in the announcement.
  • Durham occasional HPMoR/etc discussion meetups on Saturday around 12:00 p.m. at Fullsteam (726 Rigsbee Av, Durham NC 27701)
  • Refer to the calendar for exact meetup dates.

Rochester, NY

  • Started September, 2015
  • New meetups posted at the google group

Salt Lake City, UT

  • Google Group/mailing list: [5]
  • and Facebook Group: [6]

Socorro, NM

Southern California, CA

For help with transportation, check for carpool opportunities in meetup announcements and comments.

Los Angeles

Seattle, WA

The Seattle LW+Disaspora community is relatively active and has ~50 members. Events are organized through several venues:


Other infrastructure:

St Louis, MO

Canada

Toronto, ON

  • Organization: Check on meetup.com
  • Typical Venue: Libraries or people's homes
  • Schedule: Thursdays
  • Contact: Giles Edkins [7] or Tuxedage [8]

All meetups are announced and organized on meetup.com.

Waterloo

  • Time: Meetings aren't held on a regular schedule currently. Join the google group to find out about meeting times.
  • Mailing list: Waterloo Google Group

Ottawa

Previous meetups have included presentations on books and discussions on HPMOR.

  • Mailing list: Ottawa Google Group
  • Meetup.com site: Less Wrong Ottawa will no longer be advertised on Meetup.com, though related Ottawa Skeptics pub events will cover the same interest group. If you are interested in RSVP'ing for the LW meetups, you can send a private message to user Swimmer963.

Nova Scotia

  • Venue: Private residence
  • Contact: [9]

Vancouver

We meet every week, usually somewhere in Kitsilano or downtown.

We do most of our organizing on the VanLWmeetup Facebook group and have a mailing list: Vancouver Rationalists

Montreal

Montreal Less Wrong meets up about once a week or so, on varying days of the week to accommodate as many people as possible. We do some structured content (CoZE exercises, de-bugging, other CfAR-inspired exercises) and some social meetups, the proportion depending on the group's interest at the time. The location and time varies; for information, message "bartimaeus" on Less Wrong or apply for membership to our Google Group named "Less Wrong Montreal".

Europe

Vienna, Austria

  • Facebook group[10]
  • Meets every month
  • Contact Ratcourse to be added to the mailing list

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels meetup group

Sofia, Bulgaria

Copenhagen, Denmark

Helsinki, Finland

Paris, France

Prague, Czech Republic

Brno, Czech Republic

Berlin, Germany

Frankfurt/Mainz, Germany

Hamburg, Germany

  • Mailing list: [12]
  • Contact: [13]
  • Schedule: possibly bi-weekly, alternating Friday and Saturday/Sunday

Munich, Germany

  • Meetup announcements on Meetup.com
  • Discussion and announcements (partly in German) also in Facebook group.
  • Schedule: monthly (usually first weekend in the month, see announcements)

Budapest, Hungary

  • Venue: California Coffee Company Basilica (coffee shop), Szent Istvan ter 4-5. Link
  • Schedule: weekends, see mailing list.
  • Mailing list: BudLessWrong
  • Contact AlexeyM or katyusha

The Netherlands

Find us on meetup.com and The Facebook.

Warsaw, Poland

More information on our LessWrong Wiki page: Warsaw Meetup Group

Kraków, Poland

Poznan, Poland

Moscow, Russia

If you want to start meet up group in another Russian city, feel free contact us, we will help with anything we can.

St. Petersburg, Russia

If you want to start meet up group in another Russian city, feel free contact us, we will help with anything we can.

Bratislava, Slovakia

London, UK

Cambridge, UK

  • Schedule: Irregular times and places -- join the mailing list to see when something's going to happen, or to suggest a meetup.
  • Mailing list: CambridgeLessWrong

Oxford, UK

  • Oxford Rationality Meetups
  • Venue: Exeter College
  • Schedule: Saturday termtimes - normally 6-8pm.
  • Contact Larks or AlexFlint for details.

Australia

Online

  • Australia-wide online meetups approximately once per month (currently on a Sunday around the middle of the month). Announced on the Less Wrong site and on the Facebook groups for Sydney and Melbourne. Upcoming meetups in 2015 are unplanned but are roughly bi-monthly.

Brisbane

Brisbane has not yet had an in-person meetup but they are growing as a facebook group, when we have enough interest we will organise a meetup. Brisbane Facebook group

Canberra

  • Weekly on a Thursday 5-7pm. We alternate between a social week (boardgames, chatting etc) Then a more structured week.
    • Venue: Room 3.39 of the Hancock Library: [16]
  • Facebook group: Less Wrong Canberra
  • Records of previous meetups: [[17]]

Melbourne

  • Rationality Dojos on the first Sunday of each month, held at Ross House in the city (unless otherwise announced through our usual channels).
  • Social Meetups on the third Friday night of each month, in the CBD.
  • We often organise impromptu social outings and excursions.

See our facebook group or mailing list for event details:

Perth

Sydney

  • General meetup on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Will include a combination of social and rationality-improvement exercises.
  • Rationality dojo on the first Sunday of the month. Focused on rationality improvement talks and exercises.
  • Irregular social meetups (whenever we come up with a good excuse) usually a fortnight after the main meetups
  • contact elo
  • Sydney's Lesswrong wiki page

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lesswrongsydney/

New Zealand

Christchurch

  • Schedule: Every second Sunday
  • Venue: Usually a discussion room in James Hight library (University of Canterbury)

Middle East

Tel Aviv, Israel

  • Schedule: Once every two weeks
  • Venue: Usually Google Israel offices (29th floor, Electra tower, Yigal Allon 98, Tel Aviv)
  • Mailing list: [19]
  • Facebook group: [20]

South America

Buenos Aires, Argentina

São Paulo, Brazil

Asia

Singapore

  • Schedule: Irregular
  • Venue: Irregular
  • Mailing list for notification about each meeting: [22]
  • Mailing list for discussion: [23]

Tokyo, Japan

There are no regular meetups, and the concentration of interested people might be low. But what I say to this is, where there are two rationalists willing to meet up, there's fun to be had! So 遠慮なく, please contact me personally, especially if you live at a reasonable distance and are able to come to 新宿区 or 文京区 (which is where I live). I am more than willing to meet with you even if there are just two of us. And if there are more of us, I will coordinate. I don't use Facebook, so talk to me at ukesapkurisu@gmail.com (but writing the first six letters of this e-mail address in reverse order) - よろしく, Chris

Virtual

Australia mega-meetups

see Less_Wrong_meetup_groups#Australia

Online Study Hall

This is a 24/7 virtual co-working space open to all aspiring rationalists. We have an active community of regulars and not-so-regulars from all continents, though the chat is most active during the European afternoon/evening.

The Study Hall is now fully independent from Tinychat! Try it out again if you were having technical trouble with the Tinychat platform.

IRC

  • Information about the IRC chat can be found here

Slack

  • The slack chat group channel was created in August 2015 contact lesswrong user Elo to join. More information can be found in the first link.

Blog posts

See also