This weekend, I’m in New York City for the alumni debate of my college group, and while I’m in town, I’ll be giving a talk on productive ways to have arguments this Saturday (August 10th) at an event cohosted by the NYC Less Wrong meetup group and Ergo (a rationalist group).
Now, if by productive arguments, you mean quick and dirty ways to win, I think you may be a bit more interested in Words that Work or The Strategy of Conflict. But when there’s a difference of opinion, at least one of you is wrong, and I aim to talk about ways to notice if you should lose and to do so quickly and happily. And make it safer for the other person to do the same.
I’ll also be taking some questions about my day job at the Center for Applied Rationality and the workshop we’ll be running in New York in November, but the fighting tips will be mine, and I won’t be in persona employee.
The talk will start at 2pm, but the doors of 316 W 138th Street will open about an hour earlier for socializing for the two groups. If you’re planning to come, and can’t RSVP to the meetup (the link only works if you belong to Ergo), feel free to mention you’re coming in the RSVP thread below, so you can say hi to each other.