Discussion article for the meetup : Conflicted Brains & Competing Goals: The Non-Unitary Self
Our next meetup for Less Wrong Melbourne will be on Saturday 5th November 2016. Turn up at 3:30pm to socialise, and we start at 4pm sharp.
THIS MONTH: "Our Conflicted Brains: Competing Goals, the Illusion of the Unitary Self, and What To Do About It" - with Chris Watkins (aka Chris Waterguy).
This talk will be a look at our complicated brains: the trouble they cause us and how to work with them.
There are different ways of looking at our non-unitary brains. Dual process theory ("Thinking, Fast and Slow") considers two kinds of mental processes. Neuroeconomics looks at the differing roles of regions of the brain. Schools of psychotherapy (notably Internal Family Systems) as well as some approaches to coaching are based on the idea of parts of ourselves wanting different things and playing different roles. We'll look at some of these and draw out useful perspectives.
The aim of this dojo is to give insights and suggest skills for handling your automatic and your conscious responses.
At about 6:30pm some of us generally head for dinner in the CBD, and you are welcome to join us.
WHEN: Saturday 5th November, 3:30pm to 6:30pm (and then optional dinner)
WHERE: Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD Level 1, Room 1. If you have any trouble finding the venue or getting in, text or call Chris on 0439 471 632. (We usually put a post-it note on the door with details.)
For the greatest convenience, prompt service and general awesomeness, please arrive around 3:30pm.
WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?: The Less Wrong Melbourne Rationality Dojos are self-improvement sessions for those committed to the art of rationality and personal growth. We welcome new members who are interested in exploring rationality. We're "aspiring rationalists" and always open to learn.