Join us for a thought-provoking Less Wrong meetup on the topic of "The Map is not the Territory". As human beings, we rely heavily on mental models, concepts, and language to understand the world around us. However, we are often tempted into over-relying on them and failing to notice when we are reasoning in a way that does not correspond to physical realities.
During this meetup, we'll explore examples of ways in which we are tempted to think in terms of the map rather than the territory and how this leads us astray. We'll delve into the limitations of our maps and discuss how we can improve our understanding of the territory.
Whether you're a seasoned rationalist or a curious newcomer, this meetup is an opportunity to engage in insightful discussions with like-minded individuals and expand your understanding of the world. Don't miss out on this chance to challenge your thinking and gain new insights into the nature of reality.
Here is the reading list for this meetup. Some time during the meetup will be dedicated to reading these pieces; however, reading them beforehand is preferred (there’s more where they came from). So make sure to bring an Internet-enabled device!
https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/KJ9MFBPwXGwNpadf2/skill-the-map-is-not-the-territory [6 min]
https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/6i3zToomS86oj9bS6/mysterious-answers-to-mysterious-questions [4 min]
https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/ZTRiSNmeGQK8AkdN2/mind-projection-fallacy [2 min]
Plus, there will be one surprise reading.
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