I live (by explicit preference) in a small town in the rural mountain west. Has anybody had success with starting a rationalist group in a small town?
How small a town? How far from the nearest city? Do you know everyone in the town, well enough to know if they would want to be part of such a group?
About 15,000 people in the immediate area. Longer than four hours to drive to the nearest urban area. There’s a college in town, so there’s probably a larger intellectually-inclined population than would otherwise be expected. I’ve lived here a long time and I know a lot of intelligent atheists, but no one so far who’s interested in systematic rationality as an explicit endeavor.
Well, my best advice is get yourself a table and some spiffy signs and try to evangelize in the busiest part of campus. One thing which can be very useful to getting people into rationality is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, so have a sign for that as well as LW, and maybe hand out print-outs of the first 5 chapters.