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Seminar Summary - 20th July 2014


Sunday 20 July 2014
"Causality and Alternative Hypotheses"
We looked at causal theories
and how people miss out on considering alternate hypotheses.
This relates to how we make errors, abstracting and the GS uncertainty principle.
Our aim was to improve our mapping of causal processes.
Led by Mr David Hewson

Warm-up with Rush Hour game, to show how prerequisites need to be solved first, for some problems.

Then we covered the following formulations:

   * Bypassing
   * Causality and Alternative Hypothesis
   * Knowledge types, and what we are trying to change.

   * Knowledge of things / perceptions,
   * Knowledge about things,
   * Third order knowledge and Fourth order knowledge.

   * Epistomological knowledge and projection,
   * Fact-Inference exercise,
   * Relating Fact-Inference to causal models,
   * Alternative Hypothesises exercises,
   * Confirmation Bias in causal models,
   * Applications of causal formulations.

   * How to get more money in Lotto,
   * How to have younger-looking skin,
   * Weight-loss method alternatives - Does the "solution" become "the problem"?

Next Meeting:

Sunday 17 August 2014
"Decision Making"
What does GS particularly have to offer?
Again to be led by Mr David Hewson

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(Updated by RJ 20/09/2014)

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