The following is an exercise I composed to be run at the Lesswrong Sydney dojos. It took an hour and a half but could probably be done faster with some adaptations that I have included in these instructions.
In regards to what are the dojos? I quote Eliezer in the preface of Rationality: From AI to Zombies when he says:
It was a mistake that I didn’t write my two years of blog posts with the intention of helping people do better in their everyday lives. I wrote it with the intention of helping people solve big, difficult, important problems, and I chose impressive-sounding, abstract problems as my examples.
In retrospect, this was the second-largest mistake in my approach. It ties in to the first-largest mistake in my writing, which was that I didn’t realise that the big problem in learning this valuable way of thinking was figuring out how to practice it, not knowing the theory. I didn’t realise that part was the priority; and regarding this I can only say “Oops” and “Duh.”
Yes, sometimes those big issues really are big and really are important; but that doesn’t change the basic truth that to master skills you need to practice them and it’s harder to practice on things that are further away.
Lesswrong is a global movement of rationality. And with that in mind, the Dojos are our attempt in Sydney to be working on the actual practical stuff. Working on the personal problems and literal implementation of The plans after they undergo first contact with the enemy.
You can join us through our meetup group, facebook group and as advertised on lesswrong.
Below is the instructions for the Dojo. I can't emphasise enough the process of actually doing and not just reading. If you intend to participate, grab some paper or a blank document and stop for a few minutes to make the lists. Then check your answers against ours.
If you don't do the exercise - don't fool yourself into thinking you have this skill under your belt. Just accept that you didn't really "learn" this one. you kinda said, "that's great I wish I could find the time to get healthy" Or "If only I was the type of person who did things.". If this is especially difficult for you, that's okay. It is difficult for all of us. I believe in you!