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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A map of individual user locations was created in 2015, but is likely out of date. See also the official list of Effective Altruist groups and the SlateStarCodex meetup repository.

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USA

Albany, NY

Ann Arbor, MI

The Ann Arbor Area Amalgam of Rationalist-Adjacent Anthropoids has a Google mailing list and website.

  • Meetings every other Saturday, from 16:00 until about midnight. Usually near downtown Ann Arbor.

Last updated: 21 January 2017

Atlanta, GA

Last updated: 15 July 2017

Austin, TX

Last updated: 15 March 2017

Baltimore, MD

Last updated: 27 November 2016

Bay Area, CA

  • There is an umbrella site at BayRationality.com for finding local rationalist people and events. This site is not currently being updated and some information may be out of date.
  • Mailing list: BayAreaLessWrong

Berkeley

  • Meets every Friday evening at 7pm
  • Meetings are at the CFAR office, at 2030 Addison, 7th floor, Berkeley
  • For meetup announcements, see the Bay Area Less Wrong mailing list.

Last updated: 15 July 2017

San Francisco

Last updated: 15 July 2017

South Bay

Last updated: 15 July 2017

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

  • Buffalo LW meets irregularly to play games and have discussions. Visit the 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.
  • Facebook Group
  • Contact: Email Buffalo LW

Last updated: 25 July 2017

Chicago, IL

Last updated: 15 July 2017

Columbus, OH

  • Columbus Rationality is on hiatus. Gatherings of rationalists still occur - to get connected to the community contact J_Thomas_Moros or AdAstra.
  • Columbus Rationality is a very active group. We hold workshops every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30 PM, in the HCCO office. We sometimes hold social gatherings on the 5th Monday of the month.
  • Meetup page (posted under HCCO umbrella): [1]
  • Facebook group: [2]
  • Contact: AdAstra

Last updated: 3 May 2017

Denver, CO

  • Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7 PM at 5151 E Yale Cir, Denver CO 80222. It's the club house area on the ground floor of an apartment complex, open directly to the outside/public.
  • Contact: Email Steven Zuber

Last updated: 16 September 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Last updated: 24 July 2017

Las Vegas, NV

  • Contact azerner3 [at] gmail [dot] com if interested.

Last updated: 4 June 2017

Los Angeles, CA

  • We meet up at 7 pm every Wednesday at the Wine Bar next to the Landmark Theater in the Westside Pavilion (10800 W Pico Blvd #312, Los Angeles, CA 90064). Please join our google group and request an invite to the google hangout for topic discussion/etc.
  • Mailing List: Less Wrong Southern California Announcements
  • Facebook group (not very active; Google Group is primary channel of communication)
  • Calendar: SoCal LW Meetups

Last updated: 15 July 2017

Madison, WI

Last updated: 21 April 2017

New Hampshire

  • 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: [3]

Last updated: 30 August 2017

New Haven, CT

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

Philadelphia, PA

  • LessWrong Philadelphia meets irregularly. Join the mailing list to find out about upcoming meetups. We also have a Facebook group.
  • Philly Political Agnostics: rational, non-partisan discussion of politics; draws heavily from LW & SSC. Find out about upcoming meetups at the meetup.com page

Last updated: 10 September 2017

Phoenix, AZ

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

Pittsburgh, PA

Last update: 24 July 2017

Portland, OR

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

  • Mailing list: Research Triangle Less Wrong
  • Research Triangle LessWrong meetups are generally scheduled during the evening of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays of each month. To be notified of future meetups (or to call one yourself!) please join the (very low-volume) RTLW Google group or keep an eye on our calendar.

Last updated: 24 July 2017

Salt Lake City, UT

Last updated: 25 July 2017

Seattle, WA

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

Other infrastructure:

Washington, DC

Canada

Toronto, ON

  • Organization: Check on meetup.com
  • Typical Venue: Libraries or people's homes
  • Schedule: Thursdays
  • Contact: Giles Edkins [4] or Tuxedage [5]

All meetups are announced and organized on meetup.com.

Waterloo

  • LessWrong Waterloo has been on hiatus for several years, but there has been recent interest in restarting the group. Join the Google Group to find out more.
  • Mailing list: Waterloo Google Group

Last updated: 25 July 2017

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: [6]

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

  • Time: varied
  • Frequency: at least once per week
  • Venue: the Macroscope as well as other rationalist sharehouses
  • Groups: Facebook, Google
  • Contacts: Mati Roy
  • Meetups Content: CfAR-inspired exercises (CoZE exercises, de-bugging, etc.), social meetups, celebrations, documentary watching, and other.

Last updated: 6 August 2017

Other relevant groups: Montreal Artificial Intelligence Ethics (with AI safety group discussions every 2 weeks) Montreal Effective Altruism Montreal Alliance for Rationalist Sharehouses (MARS)

Europe

Vienna, Austria

  • Facebook group[7]
  • Meets every month
  • Contact Ratcourse to be added to the mailing list

Brussels, Belgium

  • This group is dead. If you would like to restart it, the Meetup.com group still exists.
  • The Brussels meetup group wiki page serves as a testament to the fact that there once was something here.

Last updated: 30 August 2017

Croatia

Last updated: 1 August 2017

Prague, Czech Republic

Brno, Czech Republic

Copenhagen, Denmark

Last updated: 25 July 2017

Helsinki, Finland

Paris, France

Berlin, Germany

Cologne, Germany

Last updated: 1 August 2017

Frankfurt/Mainz, Germany

Hamburg, Germany

  • Mailing list: [8]
  • Contact: [9]
  • 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

  • LessWrong Netherlands
    • LW Netherlands meets every two weeks, on Sunday at 13:10 at Coffee Company Treub at Meester Treublaan 18, 1097 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands.
    • Find us on Facebook and meetup.com, or email Tim to get involved.
  • SlateStarCodex Amsterdam
    • SSC Amsterdam meets monthly at Cafe Batavia, Prinshendrikade 85. To accommodate people with different schedules, we alternate between holding meetups on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In odd-numbered months, meetups are held the first Saturday of the month at 5 PM. In even-numbered months, meetups are held the first Wednesday of the month at 7 PM.
    • Facebook group

Last updated: 4 August 2017

Kraków, Poland

Poznan, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Moscow, Russia

Last updated: 1 August 2017

St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Schedule: Saturdays every week / every two weeks, 6pm.
  • Applied rationality workshop: vk event.
  • Regular meetings: vk community, vk event.
  • Meetup.com page.
  • Contact: v.e.evard@gmail.com, efim.wool@gmail.com.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Madrid, Spain

  • Contact: jsevillamol, pvs
  • Regular meetups beginning March 2017. If you would like to attend, please contact us.
  • Newcomers to the rationality community/ people who want to know more about rationality specially welcome.

Last updated: 29 March 2017

Stockholm, Sweden

Last updated: 21 April 2017

Zurich, Switzerland

Last updated: 1 August 2017

Kiev, Ukraine

Bath, 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

London, UK

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: [12]
  • Facebook group: Less Wrong Canberra
  • Records of previous meetups: [[13]]

Melbourne

  • Rationality Dojos on the second Sunday of each month, usually held at the Henley Club in the central CBD (unless otherwise announced through our usual channels).
  • Social Meetups on the fourth Friday night of each month, at a writer bar in the CBD.
  • We often organise impromptu social outings and excursions.

See our facebook group or mailing list for event details:

Last updated: 7 April 2017

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,Facebook group

Last updated: 21 April 2017

South America

Buenos Aires, Argentina

São Paulo, Brazil

Last updated: 24 July 2017

Asia

Singapore

Last updated: 25 July 2017

Tokyo, Japan

Last updated: 25 July 2017

Bengaluru, India

  • Facebook group
  • Schedule : 2nd Saturday of every month, subject to availability of members as on that day.
  • We have been meeting for more than 1.5 years now. Sound us out if anyone is interested.

Last updated: 14 May 2016

Virtual

Australia mega-meetups

see Less_Wrong_meetup_groups#Australia

Chat networks

Including:

Blog posts

See also