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The Hamming Question (Boston edition)

Center for Applied Rationality

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Suggested donation $300-$900 3 Tickets Ended

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(This event is open only to alumni of our 4-day workshops)

The mathematician Richard Hamming allegedly liked to bother his colleagues at Bell Labs, as follows. First, he would ask a given fellow, "What are the most important questions in your field?" And then, after the poor fellow answered, he would follow up: "And why aren't you working on them?" (The full story here; an interesting alternate take on how to work on important problems, from Richard Feynman, which we'll also be incorporating)

We will spend the weekend following Hamming's fine example. We will ask ourselves "What are the most important questions in our lives (or in our organizations/work), and why aren't we working on them?" We'll also bring CFAR standard tools, and some new ones, to bear on this question. The goal is to send us all forth, at the end of the weekend, to make real progress on the problems that matter most to each of us (for both our own lives, and the world).

This workshop will be in the same spirit as the previous alumni-only Hamming workshop, but we expect the content to be once again quite experimental - a lot of the things we tried out in the last Hamming workshop ended up getting folded in to the regular 4-day workshops, so we'll be building on that further body of experience, and probably trying out a bunch of new ideas. It will be raw, it will be unpolished, and it will probably be really interesting. In particular, be warned that the nature of this workshop means we may be pushing on folks harder than we do at most other CFAR events, so please only sign up if that sounds like something that a) you want, and b) will be good for you. If you want to discuss particulars or help figuring out your situation, please feel free to email Kenzi.

We ask that participants donate where possible, to make it sustainable to run more such workshops and to develop an eventual curriculum that takes the art of rationality far beyond the current entry-level workshops. Costs for the weekend come to about $5k of raw materials (room, board, etc.) plus a good bit of staff time, so we ask that those who can donate $300-$900, to make this sustainable.

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Boston, MA area (exact location TBD)

Boston, MA

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM (EDT)


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