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SSC Meetups Everywhere: Times And Places

Thanks to everyone who offered to host a meetup. We’re scheduled for meetups in 62 cities in 16 countries, so…wow. Full list of cities, times, and places is below.

Some tips from past experience with these meetups:

1. If you’re the host, bring a sign that says “SSC MEETUP” and prop it up somewhere on a table
2. Bring blank labels and pens for nametags.
3. Pass around a paper where everyone gives their name and email address, so you can start a mailing list to make organizing future meetups easier
4. If it’s the first meetup, people are probably just going to want to talk, and if you try to organize some kind of “fun” “event” it’ll probably just be annoying.
5. Some things that have worked for later meetups include people giving short presentations on topics of interest to them, or discussion of some particular blog post
6. Nothing is going to get done unless there’s a Schelling point for who has to do it, and right now that’s the meetup organizer.
7. It’s ten times easier to schedule a second meetup while you’re having the first compared to trying to do it later on by email
8. Some cities have existing LW meetup groups you might want to coordinate with
9. Surprisingly many people will love you forever if you bring stim toys
10. In case people want to get to know each other better outside the meetup, you might want to mention reciprocity.io, the rationalist friend-finder/dating site.

On the list below, places marked with [LW] are preexisting Less Wrong meetups that have volunteered to specifically welcome SSC readers on the date listed. The other ones are new.

Amsterdam
Additional search keywords: Netherlands
Time: Saturday, April 8, 7 PM
Location: Prins Hendrikkade 85, Cafe Batavia
Contact: sonny.public[at]gmail.com

Ann Arbor [LW]
Time: Saturday, April 8, 4 PM
Location: 2065 Commerce Blvd #327
Contact: azure[at]eclectic.blue

Atlanta
Time: Sunday April 9, 7 PM
Location: 240 North Highland Ave H, Inman Perk Coffee Shop
Contact: tom.hennessy[at]gmail.com, Facebook event

Austin [LW]
Time: Saturday April 8, 1:30 PM
Location: 4001 N Lamar Blvd, North Lamar Central Market in-store cafe
Contact: Google group

Baltimore [LW]
Time: Sunday April 9, 8 PM
Location: UMBC Performing Arts & Humanities Building, 4th floor
Contact: lw[at]noblejury.com

Berlin [LW]
Time: Sunday April 23, 7 PM
Location: Gaststätte Walhalla, Krefelderstr.6, 10555 Berlin, Germany
Contact: Marcel Ackermann, Facebook event

Berkeley
Time: Sunday April 9, 2 PM
Location: 21 Shattuck Ave, 85C Bakery Cafe, probably upstairs
Contact: brianwang712[at]gmail.com

Birmingham (UK)
Time: Saturday April 8, 12 noon
Location: Bacchus Bar, Burlington Arcade, B2 4JH
Contact: Email

Boston
Additional search keywords: Cambridge (US)
Time: Saturday April 15, 2 PM
Location: MIT 4-149
Contact: Taymon, Facebook event

Brisbane
Time: Friday, April 14, 7 PM
Location: 26 Felix Street, Oaks Felix
Contact: jarred.filmer[at]gmail.com

Budapest
Time: Saturday April 8, 2:30 PM
Location: Dohány utca 7, Corvinus Cafe
Contact: a.pearson.851[at]hotmail.com

Cambridge (UK)
Time: Monday, April 24, 6 PM
Location: Norfolk Street, CB2 Bistro
Contact: rlm72[at]cam.ac.uk, RSVP form

Canberra
Time: Saturday April 8, 11 AM
Location: Cafe Cherry Bean in Gungahlin
Contact: Nathan.ashby[at]yahoo.com.au

Charlotte
Time: Tuesday April 25, 12 noon
Location: 545 Providence Road, Starbucks on 3rd
Contact: James[at]limetribe.com

Chicago [LW]
Time: Sunday April 9, 1 PM
Location: 1116 E 59th St, Harper Memorial Library, Room 148
Contact: mingyuan[at]uchicago.edu, Facebook event

Cleveland
Time: Sunday April 9, 2 PM
Location: 11150 East Boulevard, Museum of Art atrium
Contact: robintanenbaum[at]gmail.com

Columbus
Time: Saturday, April 15, 2 PM
Location: 1277 Grandview Ave, Grandview Heights, OH. Stauf’s Coffee
Contact: j.thomas.moros[at]gmail.com

Cologne [LW]
Time: Sometime in late April? The 22nd? The 29th? Contact Marcel below.
Location: “A private location”. Contact Marcel below.
Contact: marcel_mueller[at]mail.de

Copenhagen
Additional search keywords: Denmark
Time: Saturday April 8, 6 PM
Location: Von Fressen, 124 Vesterbrogade, 1620 København
Contact: soeren.elverlin[at]gmail.com, 29263141, please RSVP

Dallas
Time: Saturday April 15, 2 PM
Location: 3700 McKinney Ave #108, Brewed & Pressed
Contact: ???

Denver [LW]
Time: Tuesday April 4, 7 PM (and generally the first Tuesday of every month)
Location: 4955 S Ulster St, Darcy’s
Contact: embrodski[at]gmail.com

Dublin
Additional search keywords: Ireland
Time: Wednesday, April 12, 6 PM
Location: O’Neills, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
Contact: egoburnswell[at]gmail.com

Edinburgh
Time: Sunday April 23, 6 PM
Location: 14 Drummond Street, The Brass Monkey
Contact: marian.andrecki[at]gmail.com, Facebook event

Edmonton
Time: Saturday April 15, 2 PM
Location: 8631 109 St NW, the Remedy in Garneau
Contact: alt.acct[at]gmx.com

Fullerton
Additional search keywords: Orange County, Irvine, Southern California
Time: Wednesday April 12, 6 PM
Location: 800 N State College Blvd, Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Student Unin, downstairs near bowling alley
Contact: mondayrhymer[at]gmail.com

Helsinki
Time: Monday April 10, 4 PM
Location: Oluthuone Kaisla, Vilhonkatu 4
Contact: sschelsinkimeetup[at]gmail.com

Houston
Time: Wednesday, April 26, 5 PM
Location: 300 Main St, Honeymoon Cafe & Bar
Contact: ssc[at]donnieclapp.com, RSVP form

Istanbul
Additional search terms: Constantinople, Byzantium
Time: Tuesday, April 11, 8 PM
Location: Plaza in the middle of Bomontiada
Contact: ssc[at]briancloutier.com

Kansas City
Time: Saturday May 6, 1 PM
Location: Loose Park, pavillion/rose garden
Contact: a.l.whitespace[at]gmail.com

London
Time: Sunday 30th April, 2pm
Location: Shakespeare’s Head, Holborn (On Kingsway, just south of the tube station – NOT the Shakespeare’s Head in Soho.)
Contact: philip.hazelden[at]gmail.com, Facebook group

Los Angeles [LW]
Time: Wednesday April 5, 7 PM
Location: 10850 West Pico at Westwood Boulevard, Wine Bar At The Landmark
Contact: Google group

Miami
Time: Saturday, April 29, 5 PM
Location: 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Panther Coffee
Contact: eric135033[at]gmail.com

Milwaukee
Time: Saturday, April 8, 1 PM
Location: 2301 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Colectivo Coffee Shop
Contact: ???

Minneapolis
Time: Saturday, May 20, 10 AM
Location: 425 14th Ave SE, Dinkytown Starbucks
Contact: piers199[at]umn.edu

Madison
Time: Sunday, April 9, 7 PM
Location: 114 State Street, Michelangelo’s Coffee House
Contact: nathanielbude[at]gmail.com

Montreal
Time: Friday, April 14, 6 PM
Location: 1191 Avenue Hope (private residence)
Contact: mathieu.roy.37[at]gmail.com, Facebook event

New Haven
Time: Saturday April 8, 2 PM
Location: 1140 Chapel, Book Trader Cafe
Contact: elizah.stein[at]gmail.com

New York City
Additional search keywords: NYC
Time: Saturday April 22, 2 PM
Location: 353 W 14th St, Gansevoort Market, main seating area at north end
Contact: ???

Online
Additional search keywords: Africa
Time: Monday, May 15, 4 PM South Africa time (UTC+2)
Location: This Google Hangout link
Contact: dazuck@gmail.com

Ottawa
Time: Saturday April 15, 3 PM
Location: 361 Elgin at Gladstone, Lieutenant’s Pump
Contact: conor.meade[at]gmail.com

Oxford
Time: Wednesday April 12, 7 PM
Location: Swan & Castle OX1 1LJ
Contact: hbesceli[at]gmail.com

Paris
Time: Saturday April 8, 2 PM
Location: Métro 12 Mairie d’Issy, private residence, contact number below for full address
Contact: 0659427285

Philadelphia
Time: Saturday April 15, 2 PM
Location: 100 S Independence Mall (6 & Market), La Colombe Coffee
Contact: wfenza[at]gmail.com, (856) 441-0937, Facebook event

Phoenix
Time: Saturday April 8, noon
Location: Granada Park (20th St and Bethany Home, right off the 51)
Contact: spinystellate1[at]gmail.com

Pittsburgh
Time: Saturday April 8, 2 PM
Location: 4327 Butler St, Floor 2, Catapult Coworking
Contact: matthewfmarks[at]gmail.com

Portland
Time: Saturday April 8, 12:30 PM
Location: 2505 SE 11 Ave #101, Ford Food & Drink
Contact: nwalton125[at]gmail.com

Raleigh
Additional search keywords: Research Triangle, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Carolina
Time: Thursday April 6, 7 PM
Location: 328 Morgan St, Flying Saucer
Contact: mpobrie3[at]ncsu.edu

Rochester, New York
Time: Sunday April 9, 1 PM
Location: 200 East Avenue, SPoT Coffee
Contact: thecommexokid[at]gmail.com

Sacramento
Time: Saturday April 8, 6 PM
Location: 1730 L St, Midtown Crepeville
Contact: trevoradf[at]gmail.com.

Salt Lake City
Time: Saturday April 8, 1:30 PM
Location: 1766 Main St, Pho Tay Ho
Contact: ???

San Diego
Time: Saturday April 22, 4 PM
Location: 4876 Santa Monica Avenue, Lazy Hummingbird
Contact: the.god.empress.celestia[at]gmail.com

San Francisco [LW]
Time: Monday April 10, 6:15 PM
Location: Check here or ask contact below
Contact: rocurley[at]gmail.com, (301) 458-0764, Facebook event

San Jose, California
Time: Sunday April 9, 2 PM
Location: 3806 Williams Rd (private residence)
Contact: ddfr[at]daviddfriedman.com, (408) 244-3330

Sao Paulo [LW]
Time: 2017-05-06, Saturday, 2PM (Local time, i.e. GMT-0300)
Place:Contact: gusbicalho[at]gmail.com, mailing list

Seattle
Time: Sunday April 30, 12 noon
Location: 2325 42nd Ave E (private residence)
Contact: Facebook event

St. Louis
Time: Sunday April 23, 1 PM
Location: 3974 Hartford St, Hartford Coffee
Contact: brerwolf[at]gmail.com

Stockholm
Time: Saturday April 8, 3 PM
Location: Stora Nygata 31, Cafe Dox
Contact: erik.e.engelhardt[at]gmail.com, Meetup page

Sydney [LW]
Time: Thuresday April 20, 6 PM
Location: 565 George Street, City of Sydney RSL, level 2, big table by the pizza oven
Contact: 0438481143

Tel Aviv
Additional search keywords: Israel, Haifa, Jerusalem
Time: Tuesday, May 9, 7 PM
Location: Yigal Alon 118, “The Cluster”, entrance is from Totseret Ha’aretz street through a brown door, if closed ring the doorbell and someone will let you in
Contact: top.squark[at]gmail.com, Facebook event

Toronto
Time: Saturday April 22, 1 PM
Location: 27 Wellesley Street East, The Fox and the Fiddle, 3rd floor
Contact: Daniel.mm.frank[at]gmail.com

Vienna [LW]
Additional search keywords: Prague, Bratislava, Austria, Czech, Slovakia
Time: Saturday April 15, 3 PM
Location: Kaisermühlenstraße 24, meetup room on back of ground floor, 1220 Vienna
Contact: strivingforconsistency[at]gmail.com

Warsaw
Time: Saturday April 22, 5 PM
Location: Panstwo Miasto, Andersa 29 (Pokoj Spotkan),
Contact: michal.trzesimiech[at]gmail.com

Washington DC
Time: Saturday April 15, 7 PM
Location: 450 Massachussetts Ave NW, The Meridian at Gallery Place, roof/14th floor lounge (private residence)
Contact: robirahman94[at]gmail.com

Washington DC secondary option [LW]
Time: Sunday April 23, 3:30 PM
Location: 8th St NW & F St NW, Portrait Gallery Courtyard
Contact: lesswrong-dc[at]googlegroups.com, Facebook group

Wellington
Additional search keywords: New Zealand
Time: Thursday, April 20, Roti Chennai, 6 PM
Location: 14 Leeds St, Te Aro – Golding’s
Contact: calebwithers[at]gmail.com, please RSVP to that address if you’re coming

Zurich [LW]
Additional search keywords: Switzerland
Time: Saturday April 8, 5 PM
Location: Tibits Oerlikon, Tramstrasse 2, 8050,
Contact: ???

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114 Responses to SSC Meetups Everywhere: Times And Places

  1. elizhy says:

    Hey! I’m the contact point for the New Haven meetup — Elizah.stein@gmail.com

  2. Baltimore contact here! lw noblejury.com

  3. The Pachyderminator says:

    Email for the St. Louis meetup should say brerwolf, not brerwold.

  4. TK-421 says:

    How did I not find out about reciprocity.io until now? A community site I was on back in the late 90s-early 2000s had a similar system called Crush, and it always seemed like an elegant solution. Now if only I knew other people who also used it…

    • Salentino says:

      Same here. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be working for me (the Submit Selections button not doing anything when clicked).

      Edit: if I’ve understood it correctly (based on some conversation here), it only shows you people that you’re already Facebook friends with. Maybe for some people that is useful, but I already know all my Facebook friends. Oh well.

  5. metacelsus says:

    Contact email for Minneapolis meetup:
    piers199[at]umn.edu

    Also, I need to check out this Reciprocity thing, it seems.

    Edit: Upon checking out Reciprocity.io, I see it requires a Facebook account, which I don’t have and have no desire to make.

  6. sickofpalantirs says:

    Not the contact in Denver – but Darcy’s is at 4955 South Ulster, not 34955 South Ulster
    Google Results for Darcy’s

  7. Alex Zavoluk says:

    I’m the organizer of the Austin meetup. Please sign up for the google group, or at least check it closer to the meetup, as I’ll be sending out a reminder e-mail with any additional information around the end of the week.

    edit–I just realized the Chicago meetup is where I went. /waves to anyone going there

  8. ashlael says:

    …what’s a stim toy? I’m sure it’s not actually sexual, but boy does it sound like it is.

  9. dazuck says:

    Contact for online should be dazuck@gmail.com

  10. georgeclooneyoui says:

    Scott are you still planning on coming to Melbourne? If so, I can host.

  11. Evan Þ says:

    Is the second Seattle meetup in May still planned? Because unfortunately, it looks like I still won’t be able to make April 30th.

    (Though it does seem like my schedule will be clearing up and I’ll be able to come back to the local EA group pretty soon.)

  12. Password says:

    To make it easier to find local cities with meetups I plotted them on a map.

  13. rationaldebt says:

    I mentioned it in the other thread: the Philadelphia host intends to ask people *as an icebreaker* why most attendees are white men (and views it as a failure if white men are a majority). Would you be able to give some guidelines? He views it as his job to set the tone unless/until you advise.

    I personally dislike meetups where this is considered appropriate.

    • Stationary Feast says:

      If I were in Phily I’d definitely show up and think of a response that would maximally discomfit the host.

    • caryatis says:

      I don’t like the question either, but I wouldn’t want Scott to start policing everything that meeting organizers say.

    • keranih says:

      It’s a free country, people are allowed to have wrong opinions.

      I myself am leary of anything that reeks of SJW as much as this…but I’ve been wrong before. And it might be a problem that rationality is less “accessible” to women and African Americans/blacks. If there’s a way to change that, without changing what rationality is, then I would think the fellow worth hearing out.

      I don’t know if “as an icebreaker” is an excellent idea. But, hey.

      It’s a free country. People are allowed to have, and speak, and try out, wrong ideas.

      • PedroS says:

        I think that asking any group of people about why some other people are absent is unlikely to yield actionable information: the ones who really know why they are absent are not there to state their reasons, after all.

    • mingyuan says:

      As the asian female organizer of a meetup where every single other attendee ever has been a white male I totally fail to see how this is in any way a good idea.

      • Majuscule says:

        I’m female and looking forward to the meetup, though I am bringing a white male partner with me. For balance!

        I wouldn’t think this was a great opener for mixed (or unmixed?) company, but it is the sort of question I’d enjoy discussing in general from a historical/philosophical perspective. And an SSC meetup is one of the few places I can imagine that conversation remaining intelligent and civil for more than five minutes. But yeah- it would probably not be the *first* thing I wanted to talk about.

    • Mark says:

      Do you think it’s possible, just for once, to step away from the tired old assumption that whatever the white males are choosing to do must be the best thing for the rest of the world?

      [It’s not a bad question, but the only socially correct answer is: “They must have more sense than us!”]

      • Aapje says:

        @Mark

        Who is assuming that? I’m confused by your statement.

        • J Mann says:

          Sorry if i got you wrong, Mark, but based on Mark’s parenthetical, I think the argument (or maybe joke?) is:

          1) If groups other than white men aren’t going to rationality meetups, maybe it’s because rationality meetups are a dumb idea either generally or specifically for non-white-men.

          2) In any event, asking a group of white men why their project isn’t more appealing to non-white men is a little silly.

          3) I’m not sure what’s going on with the limitation to “socially correct” answers in the parenthetical.

        • Mark says:

          Question: Why don’t other people have the same interests as us?

          Modest answer: Perhaps they are wiser than us.
          ————————
          Question: Why are certain groups (yours) overrepresented in our interest?

          Modest Answer: Perhaps other groups have more wise people than my group.

          ————————–

          The first statement (above) is how I’d present this sentiment if I was talking to a dyed-in-the-wool SJW.
          Why should we (as men) assume that it’s problematic if women don’t share our interests?

          If I was talking to normal people I’d just smile, shrug, and say “Maybe they’ve got better things to do?”

          I mean, there is a question there, it’s an interesting question, but as a social ice-breaker I think it’s going to cause potential problems.
          Basically, it’s very unlikely anyone really has a good idea, so it’s going to be one of those confirmation-bias jobbies and everyone is going to come riding out on their preferred offensive little hobby-horse.

          • Hyzenthlay says:

            Question: Why don’t other people have the same interests as us?

            Modest answer: Different people like different things.

            Why does it have to contain a value-judgment at all?

          • Mark says:

            Because then we get into why they like different things. It’s better to settle that argument before it starts.

            They like different things because they are better than us. The end.

            ——
            There is an interesting post on the subreddit at the minute about rational discussion – to what extent is the stuff that goes on in an internet comment section (even the world’s highest IQ comment section) productive intellectual work.
            OP concludes not at all – I think that’s probably a little harsh, but there is certainly something to what they are saying.
            Where I come from, hobbies are somewhat gendered – rightly or wrongly – but if group (a) likes doing pointless activity (1) and group (b) likes doing pointless activity (2) does it matter?
            Men are more likely to enjoy talking shit about politics and setting the world to rights. I think that’s just an aspect of the general culture – women should of course be welcome to join in the fun, but if they don’t, should anyone really care?
            Perhaps they prefer to spend their time doing something more productive.

            This probably sounds terribly retrograde, but while I’m here enjoying tapping away, my wife is cooking.
            Perhaps I’d be better off if I was cooking.

            Ideally I guess you’d want to do an experiment to see which aspects of the content appeal to men more than women.
            I think it’d be possible to work out if the community or content were in some way toxic to certain groups, if it was a matter of the presentation, or just caused by the makeup of adjacent networks.
            So, maybe someone should do that.

          • Hyzenthlay says:

            There is an interesting post on the subreddit at the minute about rational discussion – to what extent is the stuff that goes on in an internet comment section (even the world’s highest IQ comment section) productive intellectual work.

            Probably depends on how you define productive intellectual work. I think internet discussions probably do have some tangible impact on the real world, because they sometimes (or at least occasionally) change people’s minds and people will act on that. Whether internet discussions are a net positive or a net negative in terms of wasted time vs. tangible impact, I don’t know. Probably negative, if you’re looking at internet conversations as a whole, but there are so many variables that it’s hard to make a judgment call like that. (And also, if those interactions give people pleasure I think that counts for something even if it’s not “productive.”)

            But regardless, I don’t think “frittering away time on the internet” is a particularly gendered (or particularly race-based) activity. There are large online communities that are female-majority. Tumblr, fanfiction, Deviantart (maybe?) etc. It’s just a matter of what communities people gravitate towards.

            Talking politics/social issues is not particularly gendered either. It’s just a matter of where people go to do it.

      • J Mann says:

        Thanks Mark – you’ve kind of convinced me that it’s a good question. If rationality has an evangelical component, then discussing why you’re not reaching out farther is a good question.

        And sometimes you have to ask the choir why people aren’t coming to church because that’s who’s there. Yes, it’s better to go ask the people who aren’t coming, but you never know – the choir might have some ideas.

        That said, using it as an icebreaker seems like an invitation to culture war. Maybe the host is some kind of prankster?

      • mwigdahl says:

        Sounds fine as long as it’s not replaced with the tired new assumption that whatever the white males are choosing to do must be the worst thing for the rest of the world.

    • Deiseach says:

      “Well, this is the City of Brotherly Love”

      That’s presupposing that out of everyone who shows up for the Philly meetup, the majority will be white and/or male. If they want to know why most of the survey respondents were white males – who can say? As something to discuss, it may break the ice, but I can’t see much of a conclusion coming out of it apart from “I guess white guys are the kind of people who most like reading rationality-inclined blogs”.

      Oh well, if punches get thrown, give us a full and detailed report!

  14. jimrandomh says:

    At the Cambridge, MA/Boston meetup, we will be auctioning a Moloch t-shirt. As an all-pay auction. Proceeds will be literally set on fire. (Proceeds which survive the fire, such as coins, will be donated to charity.)

  15. Trevor Adcock says:

    Contact for Sacramento is trevoradf@gmail.com.

  16. Alkatyn says:

    Anyone else in China?

    I work in Beijing but would be happy to travel

    • Kevin_P says:

      At least one other in Beijing.

      I’m away this weekend but could probably do the weekend after that, or even an evening during the week if you’re anywhere near the East 3rd Ring. If you’re on Reddit, PM me (same username) for my contact information.

      [EDIT: Or if you’re not, please let me know another way I can contact you]

  17. philh says:

    Did you miss the London announcement? (I posted it in a subthread quite late, so it would be easy to miss.) Here are the details:

    Sunday 30th April, 2pm
    Shakespeare’s Head, Holborn
    (On Kingsway, just south of the tube station – NOT the Shakespeare’s Head in Soho.)
    Contact – facebook group for preference, alternatively philip.hazelden@gmail.com.

    (We’re going with April 30th because the 16th is Easter Monday, and a few people have said they wouldn’t be able to make it.)

  18. robirahman says:

    I don’t suppose you could edit my phone number out of this blog post? I’ve already emailed it to the participants, I just don’t want it all over the internet.

  19. DreamFlasher says:

    Apparently somebody from Berlin was faster than we, I’ll nevertheless post our planned SCC Meetup:
    Berlin
    Time: Sunday April 23, 7 PM
    Location: Gaststätte Walhalla, Krefelderstr.6, 10555 Berlin, Germany
    Contact: Marcel Ackermann, https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/LessWrong-Rationality-WaitButWhy-SlateStarCodex-Berlin/events/238948198/

    Maybe the other person could get in contact with me, so that we can consolidate 🙂

  20. liskantope says:

    Once again I look forward to a time that I’m geographically back “on the grid” (probably back in America, or at least near one of the big European cities listed above) so I can come to one of these things, but that’s probably not going to happen for a few more years. That said, I’m still looking into summer traveling plans, especially in mid-August, which is considered vacation time for my job and most others in my area. If I knew long enough in advance (like 2 months) that something’s going on in a relatively nearby European city (preferably one in a nearby country I’ve been hoping to visit, like Germany or Spain), I’d definitely look into it.

  21. Marian Andrecki says:

    Update for Edinburgh!

    The event was moved one day forward.

    Date: Sunday, 23 April
    Time: 18:00
    Place: The Brass Monkey, 14 Drummond Street, Edinburgh, UK
    Contact: marian.andrecki[at]gmail.com
    Facebook event: First SSC Meetup Edinburgh!

  22. C Withers says:

    Time for Wellington is 6pm 🙂

  23. egoburnswell says:

    The Dublin event will go ahead as planned despite exclusion from the official list. We persist!

    Dublin
    Additional search keywords: Ireland
    Time: Wednesday, April 12, 6 PM
    Location: O’Neills, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
    Contact: egoburnswell[at]gmail.com

  24. Tiberius says:

    Thanks to Scott for posting this.
    I opened the Berlin meetup.
    You can reach me via: tiberius101@protonmail.com

    • tenoke says:

      Hey,

      Why did you ended up making a separate from the established group meetup?

      Can you contact the google group, meetup group or the organizer here or do you dislike them, or what’s the story?

      At any rate, it makes me genuinely sad that there are 2 meetups in a city with very very few rationalists, and the officially promoted meetup (by Scott) is not even the established one.

      • Tiberius says:

        As you can see in the comments, I registered my meetup before the “established” one. I was not aware that there is an established SSC meetup in Berlin, and as far as I can tell there is only an established LW meetup.

        Anyway, I spoke to the organiser of the second meetup and we consolidated on the meetup on Sunday.
        The meetup officially promoted by Scott is simply the one that was registered first. Why would Scott know about any different “established” meetup?

        He explicitly said to rather err on the side of registering a meetup instead of thinking there will be someone else who does, so that was what I did, and I don’t really see why I should have known better.

        I hope this makes you less sad 🙂

  25. neciampater says:

    Charlotte contact: James at limetribe.com

  26. mathieuroy37 says:

    @Scott Alexander: The event in Montreal is organized by the existing LessWrong group. 🙂 See: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=309511245902133

  27. Mammon says:

    I (gently) object to the Montreal location being labelled “private residence”! While that’s technically true, the Macroscope is a share house/share space, not just someone’s apartment.

  28. J Mann says:

    Scott, the Columbus meetup is at Stauf’s Coffee at 1277 Grandview – somebody mentioned on the previous thread that the name must have gotten spellchecked.

    P.s. – It’s a drive for me, but I’ll go time permitting.

  29. JohnNV says:

    I didn’t see anyone else in the survey from Las Vegas, but if so, I’d be interested in a meetup. We do have 2 million people in the area, 20 times the size of Ann Arbor.

  30. gww says:

    Hey, I’m the contact for the Birmingham UK meetup: email

  31. Matthew Marks says:

    Hello to all Pittsburghers. Hope you come to the meeting on April 8 at 2PM. Do email me at matthewfmarks[at]gmail.com to RSVP or ask questions. Or post something here.

  32. rlms says:

    More details regarding Cambridge UK meetup:
    Firstly, we’ve vastly exceeded the estimate of ~25% of people expressing interest on the survey actually being interested, with 15 people filling out the form or emailing me. Hopefully we can all fit in CB2; I’d be grateful if someone who’s been there before could confirm either way!

    Secondly, although no-one’s said they absolutely can’t do the given date/time, a few people have said they’d prefer different ones. There’s an equal split between earlier/later time, so I’m inclined to leave it the same. There seems to be a mild overall preference for a later day, but I think the possibility of people either not being able to do another day or not noticing the new date outweighs the benefit of changing it. If you were one of the people who answered “maybe” on the form and indicated they’d prefer a later day, and I’ve misread the magnitude of your preference (e.g. you would have a 10% chance of coming on Monday, but 80% on Tuesday), let me know and I’ll reconsider. Someone’s said they’d prefer a venue with its own car park, if anyone has any suggestions about that let me know.

    Thirdly, quite a few people have answered “yes” to general Cambridge meetup and “maybe” to the specific date/time/location without mentioning any desired changes. I’m assuming these “maybes” mean “I’ll come if I feel like it/am not busy” or similar, but if they actually mean “I’ll come if [x] other people come/there are(n’t) plans to do [something]/whatever”, tell me and I’ll try to sort something out. In general, I’m assuming people are happy for the plan to be unstructured talking, but if anyone has opinions otherwise then let me know.

  33. biblicalsausage says:

    Hey, Scott. The Cleveland meet-up is in the wrong alphabetical place. I briefly thought it had been cancelled because I didn’t find it right away on the list.

  34. Soeren E says:

    Scott,

    Could you also add “Additional search keywords: Denmark” to the Copenhagen meetup?
    There is a tiny typo in the address: Vesterbrodgade -> Vesterbrogade.

  35. pacha says:

    New York City (NYC) organizer here. My contact info is @pacha on the SlateStarCodex Discord channel.

    Please download the Discord client (available on iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, and Linux) or use the web client to contact me. Private messages are welcome.

  36. Edmund Nelson says:

    San francisco meetup is actually also a less wrong meetup.

  37. nothingnessbird says:

    Y’all wanna be in The House Where It Happens
    The House Where It Happens
    The House Where It Happens
    The House Where It Happens
    Y’all wanna be in The House Where It Happens
    ‘Cause that’s where the dankest meetup happens

    By which I mean; come to the Seattle meetup if you are anywhere nearby, we are very friendly and will have lots of food and conversations and good stuff, and a whole shelf full of fidget toys. It’ll be great!

  38. WaltFen says:

    Searchable words for South Bay Area folks: Santa Clara, Campbell, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford
    Join us in San Jose!

    Time: Sunday April 9, 2 PM
    Location: 3806 Williams Rd
    Contact: ddfr[at]daviddfriedman.com, (408) 244-3330

    • Rebecca Friedman says:

      Come join us indeed! There will be dinner – Mom’s making two kinds of soup, one vegetarian and one not, and there will be fresh homemade bread, made by one or both of my parents. At the moment they both think they’re doing it, so… >.> And I’m doing lemonade. Not sure what else there’ll be, depends on whether anyone gets inspired, but we should at least be making sure that no one starves to death!

  39. ratireli says:

    My comment has nothing to do with SSC meet-ups–sorry for getting off-topic here. I have a book recommendation for the blog’s author. I tried writing him an e-mail in the past when I first found this site (maybe a couple years ago?) but got no response. So I’m not sure that will be a suitable communication vector. Can anyone recommend a good way of relaying to this blogger my book recommendation? Thanks

    • scherzando says:

      If you get a top-level comment in relatively early in an open thread – new ones are posted at the “Open Thread” link at the top of the page on Sundays and Wednesdays, usually in the (Eastern North American) evening – it is fairly likely that he will see it [citation needed, but I think he has said somewhere that he skims most comments], but I wouldn’t count on him responding. At any rate that’s a good way to share the recommendation with other people who might be interested.

      For what it’s worth, the open threads are also probably the best venue for comments like this that don’t relate to a specific post.

  40. personwhoreads says:

    Anybody in Honolulu or anywhere on Oahu?

  41. Marko says:

    Zurich organizer here. There’s a facebook group and my email is thiel.marko[at]cantab.net.

  42. gusbicalho says:

    I think I posted the comment too late, but can you please add the São Paulo meetup?

    I help run a monthly rationalist meetup in São Paulo/Brasil, we would be glad to have any reader of this blog with us.

    Next meeting:
    Time: 2017-05-06, Saturday, 2PM (Local time, i.e. GMT-0300)
    Place: Vanilla Cafe – R. Antônio Carlos, 452 (near Metro Consolação)
    Contact: gusbicalho@gmail.com
    You can also join us at the Racionalidade-LW-SP mail list https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/racionalidade

  43. andrewflicker says:

    I see the person “organizing” the Phoenix meetup hasn’t posted anything, or even left a contact method. I’m still planning on showing up at noon at the park, but I’ll probably head out after half-an-hour if I don’t see anyone meeting up.

    If there are any other Phoenicians who will be dropping by, maybe mention it here? If we get a few confirmed “yes” comments, that’d be cool. (If anyone wants to contact me directly, you can hit me up at drewflicker@gmail.com)

  44. Taymon A. Beal says:

    The Boston meetup now has a Facebook event. Scott, would you mind linking to it? Thanks.

  45. rocurley says:

    San Francisco meetup has a facebook event.. Please RSVP so if 100 people are coming we can get scared.

  46. mingyuan says:

    It may be too late to point this out, but you left off the alternate Chicago meetup. From the original post:

    Monday, May 1st
    12:45PM – 2:00PM
    Ogilvie Food Court @ 500 W. Madison
    Contact @ Gmail: MC.Hospice

  47. deluks917 says:

    I think it would be useful to collect actual data about the SSC meetups. I sent the meetup organizers of the pre-April-13th meetups an email asking for a report. The questions I requested they answer were:
    1) A brief description of what happened
    2) What went well
    3) Advice for later meetups
    4) Are there plans for more meetings
    5) How many people attended
    6) Anything else you find useful to include

    Another person in the email thread made a google group for the SSC meetup organizers. I think this should be useful for sharing information. The organizers of the later groups have now also been invited to join this group. We are going to try to get a report from every meetup. The SSC meetups are extremely exciting and the community might want to know how they are going.

    A few reports have alread come in and I am including them below. Its unclear how to best share these when more data comes in.

    ===Canberra

    Canberra meeting report:

    Turnout was surprisingly high, 10 or 11 people. There were also a couple of people who contacted me by email ahead of the event to say they might come who did not turn up. These people may yet show up to a future meeting.

    We talked about politics, the pros and cons of arranged marriage vs choice marriage, our shared incredulity at the volume of Scott’s textual output, and myriad other topics.

    Demographically the group was mostly male although we did have 2 women which was honestly more than I expected. 

    However the demographic split was even more pronounced in terms of ideology with myself as the only right winger present (we took a poll). I didn’t feel at all uncomfortable though as everyone was extremely reasonable. I really appreciated being in a group where it felt safe to talk about contentious ideas without feeling the need to be defensive.

    A next meet up was arranged for the 6th of May at the Canberra Centre (near Zambreros) as this was a more central location for most people.

    === Copenhagen

    1. Tonight, we held the first SSC-Copenhagen meetup. It was a minimal meetup at a cafe, with 2 people present – another 2 expressed interest but had other commitments. 
    2. We talked about SSC-related subjects for 2 hours – that was fun.
    3. –
    4. I’ve sent a mail to the other 3, we shall see. 
    5. 2 people
    6. The number of SSC-readers in Copenhagen was inflated: https://slatestarcodex.com/2017/03/27/ssc-meetup-everywhere/#comment-480796 

    === Raleigh NC

    1. We met at a local bar and chatted freely for about an hour and a half.
    2. Conversation went pretty organically, although we didn’t end up focusing too much on discussing SSC articles.
    3. Make sure the environment is not too loud.
    4. We are working on starting up a monthly meeting.  There was discussion about trying a different format (social, book club, rationality topic, etc.) for different meetings to see what happens.
    5. 9
    6. I think I’ve covered the interesting stuff already!

    === Austin

    1. We met at our regular LW meetup time and place (a grocery store with cafe and outdoor seating). No special activities; we socialized and talked about random things (some rationality-related, some not). I left after 4.5 hours, with 10 or so people still there. 

    2. Nametags! Also play-doh.

    3. Have nametags. If you have a large group, force people to move around once or twice to increase variety. We’ve found that a good introduction question is, “how did you find out about LW/SSC?” 

    4. We will continue having the regular Saturday meetup; I think at least some of the people from here will continue to come to our meetups. 

    5. Apparently, 32. At least 20 of them were new faces. 

    === Berkeley

    1) We met in a cafe and there was no real agenda; people just naturally engaged in conversation, and I didn’t try to steer the conversation at all (to the point where those that I didn’t get a chance to talk to wouldn’t have even known I was the organizer).  For most of the time people naturally split themselves into subgroups of 3-4 people, but there was also movement of people between subgroups.  Everybody was engaged pretty much the entire time, and at the time I left (6:30PM), there were still ~8 people there going strong.

    2) Even though most people didn’t seem to know anyone else beforehand, there didn’t need to be any prodding into conversation!

    3) If you are going to have a large-ish group and you’re going to be in a location where you can’t reserve seating, make sure you get there early to nab a spot.

    4) Yeah, everybody seemed to like it, and those I talked to about setting up another meeting wanted me to, although I didn’t pose the question to the group or anything.

    5) About 20 people showed up.

    === Ann Arbor

    1. People started arriving at 16:00.  I started out having people introduce themselves and say one thing about themselves that nobody else there already knew (mostly as a way to put the people who had come before on a level footing with the new people.) When conversation flagged I asked people their opinion on Peter Singer’s recent proposal of a climate-change related boycott of US made goods. I also handed out cheap diffraction glasses because I had 49 pairs of them I didn’t need. This got into someone with a physics background giving a nice explanation of diffraction and how it works which then lead to a long, interesting lightning talk by an astronomer on measuring the atmospheres of exoplanets. We also learned quite a bit about redistricting, gerrymandering, and local politics and the machinery that makes it work. We also discussed the recent critiques of and response to “rationalism”. advantages and disadvantages of tech businesses being in various locations, continental philosophy and how to get into a better mindspace to evaluate it, virtue ethics in its modern forms, and quite a bit of other stuff but I can’t remember all the topics at the moment. A couple members brought snacks, and one cooked up vegetarian pasta with optional sausage for addition by those so inclined.

    2. The conversation went quite well. Having two subject matter experts explain their expertise was wonderful. Things flagged into awkwardness a bit but seemed interesting to everyone.

    3. Buy a magnadoodle. People are always wanting to make diagrams for each other and having a zero cost reusable drawing tablet lets them do so with no friction.

    4. There will be another meetup in two weeks.

    5. I think twelve, fourteen, something like that.

    6. I’m not sure what to do about quiet/shy people. I can try and ask if they’re all right or make a point of saying/asking them something now and then, but if they’re happy listening I don’t want to badger them into unhappiness. With people I know somewhat it’s easier to gauge them. Does anyone have advice for reading/drawing out (as appropriate) newly met people who are quiet?

    === Salt Lake City

    Met at a restaurant, 8 people showed up.
    Lasted ~1.5 hours. No problems.
    Another meetup is planned in a month.

    topics included:
    – first SSC post read / how people found SSC
    – programming
    – HPMOR and other fiction
    – SSC vs LessWrong
    – AI safety
    – local restaurants

  48. Tiberius says:

    Hello Scot,

    I talked with the organiser of the second (LW) Berlin SSC-meetup and we coordinated to only have one meetup. You can thus delete the meetup I registered for Saturday and there will only be the meetup on Sunday.
    I hope everyone who already replied in the comment section that he would come checks this again.

    My contact is: tiberius101@protonmail.com

    I hope this doesn’t cause too much confusion.

  49. aqs says:

    I posted this already on the recent OT, but reposting here for visibility.

    A short report on Helsinki meetup. Turnout was far better than anticipated: I was expecting ~5, we had 20 persons present at the peak. Discussion topics included: common characteristics of LW community, the quality of Finnish dubs of children’s cartoons, the usefulness of ICT education, and much, much more.

    To gather feedback and comments on future meetup plans I’m now publicly distributing this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/PELx8wYtCfG0MSz93. A tentative / suggested date for the next meetup: Saturday, May 13.

  50. Harri says:

    Oxford Meetup

    The meetup was poorly signed, sorry! We’re at the Swan and Castle now, immediately on your right when you walk in the main entrance, there are about 12 of us.

    If you couldn’t find us but want to be kept up to date with future stuff – email me at hbesceli[at]gmail.com

  51. rlms says:

    People/person (if there are more than one of you, you all have the same first name) who filled out the Cambridge UK meetup form without giving an email address: the meetup is definitely going ahead at the proposed date and time (Monday 24th April, 6pm). The venue (CB2 bistro) may change if someone knows of a bigger one, as so many people are interested (17 yeses, 10 maybes). If it does, I’ll post the new details in the most recent open thread and the list of meetups here. Otherwise, I’ll hopefully see you in the upstairs of CB2 (I’ll have an SSC sign).

  52. meh says:

    Are RSVPs required?

  53. rlms says:

    The first Cambridge UK meetup was a success! If you’re interested in future ones, please fill out this form.

  54. Donnie Clapp says:

    Announcement:

    All those who had RSVP’d for the Houston meetup have been in contact and have decided to postpone until next Friday, May 5 at 7pm. Still at 300 Main St, Honeymoon Cafe & Bar.

    Sorry for the late notice.

    Link to add it to your calendar: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wb4ror85ui0kbl2/Slate%20Star%20Codex%20Houston%20Meetup%20v2.ics?dl=1

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