Discussion article for the meetup : Group Decision Making (the good, the bad, and the confusion of welfare economics)
Where: The Westside Tavern in the upstairs Wine Bar (all ages welcome), located inside the Westside Pavillion on the second floor, right by the movie theaters. The entrance sign says "Lounge".
Parking is free for 3 hours
Or you can take a Public Transit! A Trip Planner can be found here: http://socaltransport.org/tm_pub_start.php <- So you can try to avoid multiple hour trips! (We appreciate your attendance despite length of commute!)
We will hang out for 30 minutes or so, then I'll spend 10-15 minutes presenting: Group decision making. AKA Why voting can be a stupid way to make utility decisions, AKA Adding utility between people is stupid, this is an ordinal scale AKA Didn't Arrow win a Nobel prize for telling you people to stop?
Then we'll talk about what math and economics can say about making collective decisions in a way that isn't ill defined, and continue a hopefully interesting discussion. (Bonus points if it leads to a publishable idea for me!)
This will be a great break for me from... writing papers and taking tests about the same subject.
No foreknowledge or exposure to Less Wrong is necessary; this will be generally accessible and useful to anyone who values thinking for themselves. That said, it might help to read http://lesswrong.com/lw/ggm/pinpointing_utility/ so we can avoid type errors and radiation poisoning while we talk. (Not real radiation poisoning!)