Verifying Rationality via

Re­lated to: Prob­lem of ver­ify­ing rationality

We’re ex­cited to an­nounce the (soft) launch of Ra­tion­! It’s a new guide de­vel­oped by me, Zvi, Kevin, and pa­tris­simo de­tailing how to use on­line poker as ra­tio­nal­ity train­ing to con­quer your cog­ni­tive bi­ases. We want our com­mu­nity to go from know­ing a lot about cog­ni­tive bi­ases to ac­tu­ally hav­ing a train­ing method that al­lows us to in­te­grate that knowl­edge into our habits—truly re­duc­ing bi­ases in­stead of just leav­ing us per­pet­u­ally lament­ing our flawed brain-ware. In the com­ing weeks, we’ll be mak­ing the case that on­line poker is a use­ful ra­tio­nal­ist pur­suit along with de­vel­op­ing in­tro­duc­tory “How To” ma­te­rial that al­lows those who join us to play prof­itably.

We want to make sure we aren’t wast­ing our time prac­tic­ing an un­grounded art with meth­ods that don’t work. Poker gives us an ob­jec­tive way to test x-ra­tio­nal­ity. The differ­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing in poker once you know a small amount of do­main-spe­cific knowl­edge is due to differ­ing lev­els of ra­tio­nal­ity. Our site will be pre­sent­ing the case that a strong ra­tio­nal­ist who can act on their knowl­edge of cog­ni­tive bi­ases (a defin­ing fea­ture of x-ra­tio­nal­ity but not tra­di­tional ra­tio­nal­ity) should have a dis­tinct ad­van­tage. We’ll be offer­ing the con­nect­ing ma­te­rial be­tween the se­quences and on­line poker to teach you how to ap­ply knowl­edge of cog­ni­tive bi­ases to poker in a way that ver­ifies your cur­rent level of ra­tio­nal­ity and nat­u­rally teaches you to im­prove your ra­tio­nal­ity over time.

In­ci­den­tally, this also pre­sents a solu­tion for those of us look­ing to earn money from any­where with a flex­ible sched­ule that leaves time for out­side in­ter­ests.

We’re just get­ting started so please be kind! Our site is definitely not a fi­nal product yet. If you’re cu­ri­ous about where we’re go­ing with this though, add us to your RSS feeds or check the site ev­ery few days. We hope some of you who aren’t con­vinced yet con­sider play­ing once you feel like we’ve fi­nally given you enough in­for­ma­tion to un­der­stand why poker is a prof­itable ra­tio­nal­ist pur­suit.

Also, if you sign up for one of the on­line poker rooms like Full Tilt us­ing our af­fili­ate links, the resi­d­u­als get donated to Less Wrong/​Sin­gu­lar­ity In­sti­tute. That way, the more poker you play af­ter you sign up, the more money you di­rect to­wards rais­ing the san­ity wa­ter­line and cre­at­ing prov­ably friendly ar­tifi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

We’re not count­ing on it, but even a very small group of us could the­o­ret­i­cally fund SIAI in a very real and mean­ingful way just as a side-effect of play­ing a lot of on­line poker. I know I’m par­ti­san, but this seems like an un­rea­son­ably ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity! So if you sup­port SIAI and you (or your friends) want to sign up to play on­line poker any­way, please sign-up us­ing our links.

Any­way, we hope some of you want to get stronger by join­ing us in the Ra­tion­al­ity Dojo of on­line poker. You can be part of our crew of as­piring ra­tio­nal­ists who want to in­crease our ra­tio­nal­ity, earn money, and help save the world—all by play­ing a fun com­puter game with no boss, no sched­ule, and the po­ten­tial for lots of self-de­vel­op­ment and per­sonal growth.

So check out our site and let us know if you’re in­ter­ested in join­ing.