Rationality Dojo

by freyley 9y15th Oct 20101 min read18 comments


Last night, here in Portland (OR), some friends and I got together to try to start Rationality Dojo. We talked about it for a while and came up with exactly 4 exercises that we could readily practice:

  1. Play Paranoid Debating
  2. Play the AI-Box experiment
  3. Read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
  4. Write fanfiction in the style of #3

We also had a whole bunch of semi-formed ideas about selecting a target (happiness, health) and optimizing it a month at a time. Starting a dojo, in a time before organized martial arts, was surely incredibly difficult. I hope we can accrete exercises rather than require a single sensei to invent the majority of the discipline. So I've added a category to the wiki, and I'm asking here. Do you have ideas or refinements for exercises to fit within rationality dojo?