The Craft and the Community

Dis­cusses ra­tio­nal­ity groups and group ra­tio­nal­ity, rais­ing the ques­tions:

  • Can ra­tio­nal­ity be learned and taught?

  • If so, how much im­prove­ment is pos­si­ble?

How can we be con­fi­dent we’re see­ing a real effect in a ra­tio­nal­ity in­ter­ven­tion, and pick­ing out the right cause?

  • What com­mu­nity norms would make this pro­cess of bet­ter­ing our­selves eas­ier?

  • Can we effec­tively col­lab­o­rate on large-scale prob­lems with­out sac­ri­fic­ing our free­dom of thought and con­duct?

Above all: What’s miss­ing? What should be in the next gen­er­a­tion of ra­tio­nal­ity primers—the ones that re­place this text, im­prove on its style, test its pre­scrip­tions, sup­ple­ment its con­tent, and branch out in al­to­gether new di­rec­tions?

Rais­ing the San­ity Waterline

A Sense That More Is Possible

Epistemic Viciousness

Schools Pro­lifer­at­ing Without Evidence

3 Levels of Ra­tion­al­ity Verification

Why Our Kind Can’t Cooperate

Tol­er­ate Tolerance

Your Price for Joining

Can Hu­man­ism Match Reli­gion’s Out­put?

Church vs. Taskforce

Ra­tion­al­ity: Com­mon In­ter­est of Many Causes

Hel­pless Individuals

Money: The Unit of Caring

Pur­chase Fuzzies and Utilons Separately

By­s­tan­der Apathy

Col­lec­tive Apa­thy and the Internet

In­cre­men­tal Progress and the Valley

Bayesi­ans vs. Barbarians

Be­ware of Other-Optimizing

Prac­ti­cal Ad­vice Backed By Deep Theories

The Sin of Underconfidence

Go Forth and Create the Art!