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I think we are settled on the 14th and I decided to go to Blue Baker, a little sandwich chain that is near other kinds of food that we can vote on. We need a time and confirmation of the date.

Is this happening tomorrow? We might want to get it posted on the Upcoming Meetups page and you probably ought to just make a decision on all the other necessary details.
Oh, then I won't be able to make this one because of my brother's graduation and the events afterward. :-( I'll be with you in spirit though (in the reductionist sense of being with you in spirit).

No worries NMJablonski, I am unflappable. Your high expectations make me soar, etc. You want to do this on a Friday or Saturday? Also I will get the group picture uploaded today and you can edit it into the post. It would also be cool to get the raw transcript from Silas up. I bet there are a lot of Texan Lesswrongians who would come if they knew we talk about Dwarf Fortress, Bitcoin monetary policy, and interstellar colonization pressures, all over delicious Indian food.

Anything new on the plans for the College Station/Weekend of the 14th meetup?
I didn't realize -- my brother's graduation is Saturday the 14th, which I will attend. So Friday the 13th is definitely preferable. I will get the raw transcript up tonight (was planning to do a more refined one, but I think that can wait). Also, I think the discussion of Dwarf Fortress, Bitcoin, and interstellar colonization all finished before we headed over for Indian food ;-)

I also found the sheer amount of talking incredible. As NMJablonski points out, we settled on the three week date here in College Station to avoid a meeting during finals. Also, it would be 5-14 if we did it on another Saturday. Do you guys want to do a Friday? I don't have class or obligations. I suspect you two are just not using a calendar.

I clicked on the link to see it, but the image isn't loading. It looks like it's been taken down. I haven't gotten to see it. Can you send it to me or host it somewhere else?
I was using a calendar, but apparently poorly! Edited the previous post.

You did a really good job on your first post. This post is also very good at what it sets out to do, that is, pool some of LW's and OB's best ideas on a topic (disagreement) into a few quick nuggets of wisdom. I would prefer more in text citation to previous articles that outline why this course of action is ideal. Good job!

Isnt the secret power of Rationality that it can stand up to review? Religious cults are able to demand extreme loyalty because the people are not presented alternatives and are not able to question the view they are handed. One of our strengths seems to be in discernment and argumentation which naturally leads to fractious in-fighting. What would we call "withholding criticism for the Greater Good"?

The difference is simply in the critic's motivation: are they trying to improve the situation, or just trying to avoid the expected outcome of agreement? E.g., are you criticizing charities because you want them to do better, or because you don't want to shell out the money AND don't want to admit it? (I'm unashamedly in the "I don't want to send money to Africa and I don't care if I have a logical reason for it" camp, and so have no need to make up a bunch of reasons it's bad.) If the critic were really interested in improvement, they'd be suggesting improvements or better yet, DOING something about improvement.