Discussion article for the meetup : Brussels February meetup: Words
This February, we will talk about the way we talk.
Yudkowsky has written quite a lot on that topic in the early days of LessWrong, collected into the sequence A human's guide to words (also available as a 5$ podcast). My personal favourite is the more practical Taboo Your Words. I have, on many occasions, attempted to resolve an apparent conflict by asking someone to replace a word with its definition and it never works because not enough people have read the damn article and the inferential distance is too damn big.
notices anger, snaps fingers
tugce also suggested the movie Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, an animated conversation between Michel Gondry and Noam Chomsky. I have to admit I know almost nothing of Chomsky. If anyone can recommend a good starting point, by next month I will feel very guilty about not having read it.
This meetup marks the third-year anniversary of LessWrong Brussels. There will be an item of soft sweet food made from a mixture of flour, fat, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and possibly iced or decorated.
We will meet at 1 pm at "La Fleur en papier doré, close to the Brussels Central station. The meeting will be in English to facilitate both French and Dutch speaking members.
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