Help us Optimize the Contents of the Sequences eBook

MIRI’s on­go­ing effort to pub­lish the se­quences as an eBook has given us the op­por­tu­nity to up­date their con­tents and or­ga­ni­za­tion.

We’re look­ing for sug­gested posts to re­order, add, or re­move.

To help with this, here is a break­down of the cur­rent planned con­tents of the eBook and any cur­rently planned mod­ifi­ca­tions. Fol­low­ing that is a list of the most pop­u­lar links within the se­quences to posts that are not in­cluded therein.

Now’s a good time to sug­gested changes or im­prove­ments!


Map and Territory

Added …What’s a Bias Again? be­cause it’s meant to im­me­di­ately fol­low Why Truth, And….

Mys­te­ri­ous An­swers to Mys­te­ri­ous Questions

No changes.

A Hu­man’s Guide to Words

No changes.

How to Ac­tu­ally Change Your Mind

Poli­tics is the Mind-Killer

Re­moved The Rob­bers Cave Ex­per­i­ment be­cause it already ap­pears in Death Spirals and the Cult At­trac­tor, and there in the origi­nal chronolog­i­cal or­der which flows bet­ter.

Death Spirals and the Cult Attractor

Re­moved The Li­tany Against Gu­rus be­cause it already ap­pears in Poli­tics is the Mind-kil­ler.

See­ing with Fresh Eyes

Re­moved Asch’s Con­for­mity Ex­per­i­ment and Lonely Dissent be­cause they both ap­pear at the end of Death Spirals. Re­moved The Ge­netic Fal­lacy be­cause it’s in the Me­taethics se­quence: that’s where it falls chronolog­i­cally and it fits bet­ter there with the sur­round­ing posts.

Notic­ing Confusion

Re­moved this en­tire sub­se­quence be­cause it is en­tirely con­tained within Mys­te­ri­ous An­swers to Mys­te­ri­ous Ques­tions.

Against Rationalization

Added Pas­cal’s Mug­ging (be­fore Tor­ture vs Dust Specks) be­cause it ex­plains the 3^^^3 no­ta­tion. Added Tor­ture vs Dust Specks be­fore A Case Study of Mo­ti­vated Con­tinu­a­tion be­cause A Case Study refers to it fre­quently.

Against Doublethink

No changes.

Overly Con­ve­nient Excuses

Re­moved How to Con­vince Me that 2+2=3 be­cause it’s already in Map & Ter­ri­tory.

Let­ting Go

No change.

The Sim­ple Math of Evolution

Added Evolu­tion­ary Psy­chol­ogy be­cause it fits nicely at the end and it’s referred to by other posts many times.

Challeng­ing the Difficult

No change.

Yud­kowsky’s Com­ing of Age

No change.


No change. (In­cludes the Zom­bies sub­se­quence.)

Quan­tum Physics

No change. Doesn’t in­clude any “Pre­limi­nar­ies” posts, since they’d all be duplicates


No change.

Fun Theory

No change.

The Craft and the Community

No change.




Here are the most-fre­quently-refer­enced links within the se­quences to posts out­side of the se­quences (with a count of three or more). This may help you no­tice posts that you think should be in­cluded in the se­quences eBook.