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    • 15 Apr 2020
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    • 07 Oct 2020
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    • 26 sessions
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    Dungeons and Dragons is one of the Oldest and most in depth Tabletop Role Playing Games in existence. This will be a running of The Curse of Strahd campaign module for DnD 5th Ed using a classic "Saturday morning cartoon flavoring". The sessions will be aimed at encouraging Teamwork, Creativity, and an expanding knowledge of Mathematics and Social Interaction. Sessions will last for 3 hours with a 10min break at the halfway point. Participants are asked to have voice capability for faster interaction. 

    Registration is by donation only; please give only if you can. We suggest $10/hour (so $30/week), though more is welcome and less is all right, as well. Any money we get beyond paying teachers and their expenses will be donated to charities supporting vulnerable populations at this time. If you have any questions about this policy or others, please contact us at courses@giftedconferenceplanners.org.

    Starting on Wednesday, April 15th, 4-7pm Eastern (3 hours)*

    D&D: Curse of Strahd

    Anthony Aguilar

    *Note that this is scheduled to be able to run for the next half year. We don't expect that to be the case and know that some of you cannot commit for that long or know that you will be stopping before that. This is not a reason to not join in! It's just that this is not designed with the same "just do a session" approach of the other Social Time offerings.
    • 01 Jun 2020
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    • 03 Aug 2020
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    • 10 sessions
    • Online
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    Instructor: Josh Shaine
    3-12 students
    Suggested Age Ranges: 13+
    Meets: Mondays at 3:00pm ET, 10 weeks, starting June. 1st.

    Course Description

    What Science Fiction novels have you read that you think everybody else should read, too, if only so you have somebody to talk to about them?! What SF novels have you wanted to read, but just not gotten around to? The class will choose which books we will read during the term, then we'll explore them, with a different novel every two weeks

    There have been some outstanding films that help illustrate the principles of Science Fiction - exploring what makes them exemplars can be a blast!.

    “That movie was soooooooo bad! Gotta talk about it.” “Oh, but I thought it was great!”

    Everybody has an opinion, but they don’t all agree. We will look at some movies, old and new, good and bad, to discuss them in terms of Science Fiction, as well as in terms of how movies work or don’t. I hope to cover a movie per week. 

    Possible movies include 2001, Dark Star, Solaris, Back to the Future, Buckaroo Banzai, Jurassic Park, and many more. Some movies may be PG 13.



    Description of final project options for students:

    Students will craft a response to one or more of the works we have read, though it might be fiction rather than essay! (It might be music or artwork, for that matter.)

    Outline

    1. These are a few of my favorite books!
    2. Book One
    3. Movie One
    4. Book Two
    5. Movie Two and Discussion of Final Project
    6. Book Three
    7. Movie Three
    8. Book Four
    9. Movie Four
    10. Final Projects

    The students and I will share our creations, whether story, essay, art, or something else, during the last session.


    • 01 Jun 2020
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    • 20 Jul 2020
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    • 15 sessions
    • On Line
    • 9
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    Lisa Fontaine-Rainen, instructor

    Can an artificial intelligence be truly benevolent?  Would its programming ever cause problems?  Is it wise to keep such an intelligence completely separate from the most powerful humans - those who control who dies?

    In Arc of Scythe 2: Thunderhead we return to the world of Scythe and watch the story unfold largely through the eyes of the Thunderhead.  We'll see a new scythe begin a career as a junior scythe, the forces aligned to support, restrict, or undermine the efforts to approach the work with a moral hand, and ultimately deal with difficult moral questions faced by an artificial intelligence.

    This description is being kept somewhat vague so as to not reveal details from the end of Scythe.  

    Syllabus is forthcoming.



    • 01 Jun 2020
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    • 20 Jul 2020
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    • 15 sessions
    • Online
    • 12
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    In Part 2, we’ll continue our study of the science and literature of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. We’ll work on improving our own abilities as rationalists, and exploring the ideas behind humanism as well. We will move a little more quickly through the chapters than we did in part 1, as the science isn’t quite as dense, so be prepared to read more each week.

    Because the science isn’t as dense, the storyline gets richer, and departs more from the original books. We will spend less time doing direct comparisons to the original text, though topics will crop up from time to time, and more time focused on how these characters grow, what puzzles they are presented with, and where it all might be leading. Also, we’ll start seeing some comparisons to other works as well.

    Major themes in this section include geek references, friendship and trust, definitions of evil and morality, beliefs about death, and "the game."

    We will complete “books” 2 and 3 of HPMOR, or Chapters 23-64 of the entire book.

    As before, science is more than a set of facts. We will work to expand our scientific thinking.

    Total class time is 15 sessions. 

    All times are U.S. East Coast. 

    Students will have access to class recordings the day after each class.

    Syllabus:

    Chapters are indicated first by individual book chapter number, then by complete text chapter number. 

    Day 1 – Purposeful Complexity

    Introduction to main themes of the course, Punnet Squares and heritability, DNA, natural selection vs intelligent engineering, chromosonal crossover, belief in belief,  evolutionary origins of human intelligence, The Tragedy of Light, the relationship between rationality and science, chimpanzee politics, Norman Maier and problems vs solutions, Robyn Dawes and hard problems, brainstorming, Harry testing his hypotheses, and why is that third chapter written in that order anyway?

    Book 2, chapters 2 (23), 3 (24), and 4 (25)

    Day 2 – Dissociative Talent

    Physics of heat transfer, the power of prophecy, diversification, Douglas Adams on impossible and improbable, the concept of noticing confusion, The Massacre of Albania in the 15th Century, Roger Bacon, understanding others/empathy, the puzzle of what the Weasley twins did, levels of deception

    Book 2, chapters 5 (26) and 6 (27)

    Day 3 – Logically Impossible

    Reverse engineering, nanotechnology, carbon nanotubes (buckytubes), geosynchronous orbit, covalent bonds, societal expectations at different ages, quantum mechanics and timeless physics, parietal cortex, veil of Maya, seven point alchemal diagram, conspiracy theories and Lee Harvey Oswald, in-depth character contrasts

    Book 2, chapters 7 (28) and 8 (29)

    Day 4 – The Enemy’s Gate is Sideways

    So many geek references that it gets listed here as a topic, Robbers Cave experiment, analysis of the leaders’ speeches, analysis of the leaders themselves, using experimentation to prepare for battle, role of women, role of confusion in rationalism, knowing your audience

    Book 2, chapters 9 (30), 10 (31), and 11 (32)

    Day 5 – Learning Far too Fast

    Again with the geek references, Procopius and chariot racing, Everto and conservation of mass, Franz Ferdinand and WWI, Prisoner’s Dilemma, morality and governments, Newcomb’s Problem, recursion, autoimmune disorders/clever viruses/the battle, understanding that point system, speech analysis and politics, fasces and fascists, Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, democracy and elections,

    Book 2, chapters 12 (33), 13 (34) and 14 (35)

    Day 6 – Toys? I Love Toys!

    International Index Funds/Berkshire Hathaway, code switching, Humean Projectivism, Harry’s thinking on death, parent/child relationships and messages, catching up on anything we’ve fallen behind on at this point.

    Book 2, chapters 15 (36) and 16 (37) – end of book 2.

    Day 7 – The Puzzle that Makes the Scientist

    The Quibbler, Lucius and the Game, evidence to discriminate between possibilities, benefits of note-taking, censorship vs. common sense, definitions of evil, analysis of Voldemort as cunning, the concept of pretending to be wise as pattern completion, inductive proofs, cognitive dissonance, moral development, logical tautologies, death: Harry, Dumbledore, theories in other cultures, near death experiences, brain damage and faith

    Book 3: chapters 1 (38), 2 (39) and 3 (40)

    Day 8 – Look Toward the Painful Thought

    Frontal lobe of the brain, “tiny rump part” of the brain, peregrine falcons, Drago and Hermione, Harry and the dementors, uncontrolled fusion reactors, continuing the conversation about Harry and death

    Book 3, chapters 4 (41), 5 (42), 6 (43), 7 (44), and 8 (45)

    Day 9 –Too Weird for any Normal Plots Confirmation bias – again!, layers of the earth and how we know, Mariana Trench, interpretations of prophecy, angle of incidence/reflection, blue krait, Stalin’s Russia and views on the West, the “I have a dream” speech and white supremacy parallels, language and sentience, analyzing Draco’s story

    Book 3, chapters 9 (46), 10 (47)

    Day 10 – I  Told You to be Nicer!

    Parrot protolanguage – Irene Pepperburg, evolution of language in humans, exponential progressions, scope insensitivity, estimating total blades of grass in the world, defending one’s self vs. being above social conventions, the power other’s perceptions of us have over us, plausible deniability, justification of actions (again), secure passwords, wiping out smallpox

    Book 3, chapters 11 (48), 12 (49), 13 (50), and 14 (51)

    Day 11 – Precious and Irreplaceable

    The Stanford Prison Experiment, geography and Azkaban, memories changing in retrospect, magic resonating, morality and the Azkaban guards, Harry’s way of overcoming cognitive bias, practicing examining and changing our own thinking

    Book 3, chapters 15 (52), 16 (53), 17 (54), and 18 (55)

    Day 12 – Ways to Hide from Death

    Cooling and reviving people, constrained cognition and our own thinking, risk and mathematics, rocket science, Aristotelian vs Newtonian physics, speed and acceleration analysis, terminal velocity, problem solving

    Book 3, chapters 19 (56), 20 (57), 21 (58), and 22 (59)

    Day 13 – Sensibilities Less Offended by the Dark Lord

    Theories on criminal justice, Quirrell’s politics (again), the paradox in this part, Harry’s questions, Newton’s third law, cryptography, what is a “muggle artifact”?, Dumbledore’s methods, Harry and Quirrell’s similarities and differences, being unlike children your own age, war/dementors/our own weapons

    Book 3, chapters 23 (60), 24 (61), and 25 (62)

    Day 14 – 3 out of 40 Subjects

    The sun’s life expectancy, following all the reasoning here using Bayesian logic, fractal structures, scarcity effects, proton decay, sunk costs vs. moral actions, cost benefit calculation, Milgram revisited and evolutionary psychology, being the 3 out of 40, the person you truly are

    Book 3, chapter 26 (63)

    Day 15 – Understand

    Sharing our assignment work, practicing our rationality, and catching up on anything still needed.

    Assignments:

    1: This is a group assignment – work to create an encyclopedia of geek references in HPMOR.  Contribute the ones you know, look things up to help if you suspect something.

    2: Create your own battle, using a scientific/neuroscience/social science topic as a plot device.  (Write, or outline, or whatever works for you).

    3: Cognitive Bias assignment (to be explained later)

    4: Criminal Justice assignment (to be explained later)


    • 04 Sep 2020
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    • 18 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 15 sessions
    • online
    • 12
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    Instructor: Josh Shaine

    Fridays at 4:30 pm Eastern, 15 weeks, starting September 4th
    (Does not meet on November 27th)


    This will be a fast moving survey of world history, covering many centuries in far too short a period. There will be opportunities for side excursions into specific periods or events for interested students. Lots of reading/listening between sessions.

    Homework will include lots of reading some video­watching. There is an additional component for those who wish to write papers or to do a project.

    1. What is History
    2. Prehistory to the Beginnings of History
    3. The Rise of Agriculture and Its Implications
    4. Money, Long Before Money
    5. Art
    6. City
    7. Religion
    8. Government
    9. Country
    10. Empire
    11. War, Religion, and Empire
    12. Invention
    13. Transportation and Trade
    14. Catastrophe and Survival
    15. One Person's Middle Ages is Another's What, Exactly?

    Recommended text to follow.

    • 04 Sep 2020
    • 5:45 PM (EDT)
    • 18 Dec 2020
    • 6:30 PM (EST)
    • online
    • 12
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    Instructor: Josh Shaine

    Fridays at 5:45 pm Eastern, 15 weeks, starting September 4th
    (Does not meet on November 27th)


    This is a supplement to the World History to 1400CE course for students wishing to create projects of papers on this topic. It is currently scheduled to meet immediately after the regular class, but times will be worked out for each student or group to meet their needs.

    The outline below applies to this as well.

    1. What is History
    2. Prehistory to the Beginnings of History
    3. The Rise of Agriculture and Its Implications
    4. Money, Long Before Money
    5. Art
    6. City
    7. Religion
    8. Government
    9. Country
    10. Empire
    11. War, Religion, and Empire
    12. Invention
    13. Transportation and Trade
    14. Catastrophe and Survival
    15. One Person's Middle Ages is Another's What, Exactly?

    Recommended text to follow.

    • 05 Aug 2021
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    • 07 Aug 2021
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    • 3 sessions
    • Boxboro Regency Hotel, Boxboro, MA 01719 or ONLINE
    • 150
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    August 5 – 7, 2021


    Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center, Boxborough, MA*


    Exploring the Theory of Positive Disintegration


    ________

    The 14th International Dabrowski Congress will be held in the town of Boxborough, Massachusetts.*

    The conference will be held at the Boxboro Regency, a comfortable venue at which you can stimulate your mind and pamper your senses.

    Theme: Using TPD in the Classroom, in Therapy, and in Research

    Keynote Speaker:

    Dr. Anna Mróz

    University of Zielona Góra



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