Rationality Boot [Mini]Camp... night class style?

by jwhendy1 min read8th Sep 201118 comments

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I was very interested in the Rationality Boot Camp, when it was announced, but the practical limitations for someone with kids, financial commitments dependent on a full time job, etc. made it completely unfeasible. I'm still very interested in something like this and wondered if there would be any interest in a "night class" version. Perhaps webcast or broadcast live via something like skype or similar? (I guess I'm not sure if it ever happened, was cancelled, or whether it morphed or inspired the Rationality Minicamp which I know did happen.)

I see benefit in pre-committing to something organized, as my own desires to read everything LW has to offer have been only partially successful (lots of random articles here and there, and only a partial sequence). A commitment, especially one that I've paid for, will up the ante for failure. But... I just can't deal with the travel, time away from work/wife/kids, etc. all at one time for something like a Boot [Mini]Camp.

Are there any others who might find something like this beneficial?

Can anyone from the "teacher side" of the Rationality Camp speak to the feasibility of something like this? Any interest? What would the cost need to be to make this worth while? Would typical bandwidths allow for something like this?

I suppose another route would be to conduct another Boot/Mini-Camp and make the recordings available afterward?

I think in the end, it's the personal "tutor" aspect that I appreciate so much about something like this. There's something to the notion of a flesh and blood guide that really appeals to me. I could probably do the same by reading something and posting a million discussion posts on questions I have, but one who has mastered a topic just has the wonderful ability to explain it such that it finally clicks at which point all makes sense. Sometimes, without the ability to pester and prod, I can't get that with every LW post.

'Nuff rambling about this. Thoughts/comments/suggestions?

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