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TagLast edit: 14 Oct 2021 9:54 UTC by Yoav Ravid

Book Reviews on LessWrong are different from normal book reviews; they summarize and respond to a book’s core ideas first, and judge whether you should read it second. A good book review sometimes distills the book’s ideas so well that you no longer need to read the book.

Reviews engage with the perspective of the author, someone who has put in the effort to record their understanding of the world. Some of the best essays on LessWrong are reviews that teach us about history, psychology, biology, or some other area where the author has developed a detailed understanding of a phenomena that few others have ever reached, and the essay writer engages with that perspective from our rationalist perspective.

Good book reviews embody the virtues of scholarship, curiosity and perspective-taking.

Related Pages: Epistemic Review, Summaries, Literature Reviews, LessWrong Review

Book sum­mary: Un­lock­ing the Emo­tional Brain

Kaj_Sotala8 Oct 2019 19:11 UTC
240 points
36 comments21 min readLW link3 reviews

Book Re­view: The Se­cret Of Our Success

Scott Alexander5 Jun 2019 6:50 UTC
148 points
19 comments25 min readLW link2 reviews
(slatestarcodex.com)

Reread­ing At­las Shrugged

Vaniver28 Jul 2020 18:54 UTC
139 points
28 comments13 min readLW link1 review

Book Re­view: Work­ing With Contracts

johnswentworth14 Sep 2020 23:22 UTC
155 points
26 comments11 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Churchill and Orwell

Sammy Martin9 Oct 2021 19:01 UTC
35 points
5 comments11 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Age of Em

Scott Alexander28 May 2016 20:42 UTC
30 points
6 comments29 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Albion’s Seed

Scott Alexander27 Apr 2016 8:40 UTC
26 points
1 comment32 min readLW link

A re­view of Steven Pinker’s new book on rationality

Matthew Barnett29 Sep 2021 1:29 UTC
130 points
43 comments6 min readLW link

Book Re­view: De­sign Prin­ci­ples of Biolog­i­cal Circuits

johnswentworth5 Nov 2019 6:49 UTC
175 points
22 comments12 min readLW link1 review

Book Re­view: The Struc­ture Of Scien­tific Revolutions

Scott Alexander9 Jan 2019 7:10 UTC
95 points
30 comments19 min readLW link1 review
(slatestarcodex.com)

Book Sum­mary: Con­scious­ness and the Brain

Kaj_Sotala16 Jan 2019 14:43 UTC
135 points
19 comments26 min readLW link1 review

Men­tal Mountains

Scott Alexander27 Nov 2019 5:30 UTC
118 points
13 comments15 min readLW link1 review
(slatestarcodex.com)

In­sights from Modern Prin­ci­ples of Economics

TurnTrout22 Sep 2021 5:19 UTC
66 points
63 comments13 min readLW link

Re­view: How to Read a Book (Mor­timer Adler, Charles Van Doren)

Elizabeth27 Jan 2020 21:10 UTC
48 points
6 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Notes on “The An­thro­pol­ogy of Child­hood”

juliawise27 Aug 2020 17:11 UTC
174 points
10 comments45 min readLW link

Link: Re-read­ing Kah­ne­man’s Think­ing, Fast and Slow

toomanymetas4 Jul 2016 6:32 UTC
26 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

Book re­view: The Check­list Manifesto

Swimmer96317 Sep 2021 23:09 UTC
108 points
13 comments5 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The Elephant in the Brain

Zvi31 Dec 2017 17:30 UTC
46 points
9 comments31 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Book Re­view: Sec­u­lar Cycles

Scott Alexander13 Aug 2019 4:10 UTC
61 points
11 comments16 min readLW link1 review
(slatestarcodex.com)

Book Re­view: Hu­man Compatible

Scott Alexander31 Jan 2020 5:20 UTC
75 points
6 comments16 min readLW link
(slatestarcodex.com)

Book Re­view: Re­in­force­ment Learn­ing by Sut­ton and Barto

billmei20 Oct 2020 19:40 UTC
52 points
3 comments10 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] The Chrysan­the­mum and the Sword

lsusr22 Jan 2021 6:29 UTC
23 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Notes from “Don’t Shoot the Dog”

juliawise2 Apr 2021 16:34 UTC
201 points
10 comments12 min readLW link

Out­line of Galef’s “Scout Mind­set”

Rob Bensinger10 Aug 2021 0:16 UTC
149 points
17 comments14 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] “The Align­ment Prob­lem” by Brian Christian

lsusr20 Sep 2021 6:36 UTC
70 points
16 comments6 min readLW link

[Book re­view] Gödel, Escher, Bach: an in-depth explainer

Sam Marks29 Sep 2021 19:03 UTC
82 points
17 comments23 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Rise and Fall of the Great Powers

TheRealSlimHippo13 Oct 2021 16:22 UTC
28 points
3 comments17 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Narconomics

ketchupduck3 May 2020 1:19 UTC
70 points
11 comments7 min readLW link

Book re­view: My Hid­den Chimp

Bucky4 Mar 2019 9:55 UTC
28 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The AI Does Not Hate You

PeterMcCluskey28 Oct 2019 17:45 UTC
26 points
0 comments5 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

[Link] “Will He Go?” book re­view (Scott Aaron­son)

ioannes12 Jun 2020 22:16 UTC
15 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Thomas C. Schel­ling’s “Strat­egy of Con­flict”

cousin_it28 Jul 2009 16:08 UTC
129 points
154 comments2 min readLW link

The Rise and Fall of Amer­i­can Growth: A summary

jasoncrawford5 Oct 2020 21:41 UTC
58 points
9 comments11 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

Book re­view: WEIRDest People

PeterMcCluskey30 Nov 2020 3:33 UTC
93 points
54 comments9 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

It turns out that group meet­ings are mostly a ter­rible way to make decisions

Ian David Moss17 Dec 2020 3:30 UTC
59 points
14 comments5 min readLW link
(medium.com)

Book re­view: The Geog­ra­phy of Thought

PeterMcCluskey9 Feb 2021 18:47 UTC
72 points
37 comments5 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

The Best Text­books on Every Subject

lukeprog16 Jan 2011 8:30 UTC
521 points
383 comments7 min readLW link

Why has nu­clear power been a flop?

jasoncrawford16 Apr 2021 16:49 UTC
123 points
45 comments15 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

I read “White Frag­ility” so you don’t have to (but maybe you should)

David_Gross6 Sep 2021 22:31 UTC
32 points
105 comments7 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] Altered Traits

lsusr23 Sep 2021 0:33 UTC
60 points
12 comments11 min readLW link

(Book Re­view) The Ge­netic Lot­tery: Why DNA Mat­ters for So­cial Equality

Xylitol7 Oct 2021 22:21 UTC
26 points
11 comments17 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Ex­is­ten­tial Risk and Growth

jkim211 Oct 2021 1:07 UTC
9 points
1 comment7 min readLW link

Book Re­view: How To Talk So Lit­tle Kids Will Listen

weft14 Oct 2021 6:56 UTC
69 points
6 comments8 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Be­ing You by Anil Seth

Alexander26 Oct 2021 5:44 UTC
31 points
17 comments11 min readLW link

Book re­view: Re­think­ing Consciousness

Steven Byrnes10 Jan 2020 20:41 UTC
62 points
56 comments8 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Con­scious­ness Explained

Charlie Steiner6 Mar 2018 3:32 UTC
43 points
15 comments21 min readLW link

Book re­view: The Sleep­walk­ers by Arthur Koestler

Richard_Ngo23 Apr 2019 0:10 UTC
68 points
26 comments9 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Book re­view: Pearl’s Book of Why

PeterMcCluskey7 Jul 2018 17:30 UTC
68 points
8 comments6 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Book Re­view: Why Are The Prices So Damn High?

sarahconstantin28 Jun 2019 19:40 UTC
61 points
7 comments8 min readLW link
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Book Re­view: AI Safety and Security

Michaël Trazzi21 Aug 2018 10:23 UTC
51 points
2 comments11 min readLW link

Causal­ity: a chap­ter by chap­ter review

Vaniver26 Sep 2012 16:55 UTC
99 points
20 comments12 min readLW link

Think­ing and De­cid­ing: a chap­ter by chap­ter review

Vaniver9 May 2012 23:52 UTC
55 points
16 comments13 min readLW link

Book re­port: The­ory of Games and Eco­nomic Be­hav­ior (von Neu­mann & Mor­gen­stern)

Nisan11 May 2020 9:47 UTC
38 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] The Trou­ble with Physics

lsusr5 Jan 2020 1:47 UTC
27 points
18 comments2 min readLW link

Book re­view: Ar­tifi­cial In­tel­li­gence Safety and Security

PeterMcCluskey8 Dec 2018 3:47 UTC
27 points
3 comments8 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Book Re­view—The Ori­gins of Un­fair­ness: So­cial Cat­e­gories and Cul­tural Evolution

Zack_M_Davis21 Jan 2020 6:28 UTC
27 points
5 comments1 min readLW link
(unremediatedgender.space)

A Book Review

Zack_M_Davis28 Apr 2020 17:43 UTC
15 points
4 comments1 min readLW link
(unremediatedgender.space)

Book re­view: The Up­side of Your Dark Side: Why Be­ing Your Whole Self–Not Just Your “Good” Self–Drives Suc­cess and Fulfillment

Kaj_Sotala4 Dec 2017 13:10 UTC
10 points
2 comments2 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

[link] Book re­view: Mind­meld­ing: Con­scious­ness, Neu­ro­science, and the Mind’s Privacy

Kaj_Sotala29 Jul 2013 13:47 UTC
5 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

New book from lead­ing neu­ro­scien­tist in sup­port of cry­on­ics and mind uploading

lukeprog8 Feb 2012 21:36 UTC
29 points
10 comments1 min readLW link

Sapiens

Vaniver8 Apr 2015 2:56 UTC
68 points
12 comments13 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Ages Of Discord

Scott Alexander3 Sep 2019 6:30 UTC
35 points
3 comments21 min readLW link
(slatestarcodex.com)

Book Re­view: Lin­ear Alge­bra Done Right (MIRI course list)

So8res17 Feb 2014 20:52 UTC
56 points
15 comments7 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Naïve Set The­ory (MIRI course list)

So8res30 Sep 2013 16:09 UTC
47 points
21 comments5 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Ba­sic Cat­e­gory The­ory for Com­puter Scien­tists (MIRI course list)

So8res19 Sep 2013 3:06 UTC
51 points
23 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Cog­ni­tive Science (MIRI course list)

So8res9 Sep 2013 16:39 UTC
43 points
8 comments15 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Math­e­mat­ics for Com­puter Science (Sugges­tion for MIRI Re­search Guide)

richard_reitz22 Jul 2017 19:26 UTC
22 points
5 comments6 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Heuris­tics and Bi­ases (MIRI course list)

So8res2 Sep 2013 15:37 UTC
41 points
22 comments20 min readLW link

MIRI course list book re­views, part 1: Gödel, Escher, Bach

So8res1 Sep 2013 17:40 UTC
25 points
10 comments3 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Naive Set The­ory (MIRI re­search guide)

David_Kristoffersson14 Aug 2015 22:08 UTC
21 points
13 comments6 min readLW link

Effec­tive Altru­ism Book Re­view: Rad­i­cal Abun­dance (Nan­otech­nol­ogy)

Isnasene14 Oct 2018 23:57 UTC
45 points
5 comments19 min readLW link

[Link] Book Re­view: Refram­ing Su­per­in­tel­li­gence (SSC)

ioannes28 Aug 2019 22:57 UTC
46 points
9 comments2 min readLW link

Book re­view: Why we sleep

Richard_Ngo19 Sep 2018 22:36 UTC
47 points
18 comments5 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Book Re­view: The Se­crets of Alchemy

namespace21 Jan 2018 19:01 UTC
17 points
7 comments14 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The Root of Thought

Scott Alexander22 Jul 2010 8:58 UTC
60 points
91 comments5 min readLW link

Book Re­view: How Learn­ing Works

whales19 Jan 2014 20:45 UTC
56 points
16 comments17 min readLW link

Book re­view: Hu­man Compatible

PeterMcCluskey19 Jan 2020 3:32 UTC
37 points
2 comments5 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Thoughts on “Hu­man-Com­pat­i­ble”

TurnTrout10 Oct 2019 5:24 UTC
59 points
35 comments5 min readLW link

Book Re­view—Other Minds: The Oc­to­pus, the Sea, and the Deep Ori­gins of Consciousness

Ikaxas3 Dec 2018 8:00 UTC
34 points
18 comments16 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Pre­dictably Ir­ra­tional by Dan Ariely

erratio8 May 2011 8:13 UTC
47 points
9 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Com­putabil­ity and Logic

So8res21 Nov 2013 13:52 UTC
41 points
26 comments13 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Why Honor Matters

ryan_b25 Jun 2018 20:53 UTC
32 points
9 comments12 min readLW link

Book re­view: The Tech­nol­ogy Trap

Richard_Ngo20 Jul 2019 12:40 UTC
28 points
1 comment5 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Book Re­view: So Good They Can’t Ig­nore You, by Cal Newport

Swimmer96323 Apr 2014 3:27 UTC
42 points
9 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view—Prob­a­bil­ity and Fi­nance: It’s Only a Game!

ryan_b23 Jan 2018 18:52 UTC
12 points
9 comments6 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Why Bud­dhism Is True

G Gordon Worley III15 Jan 2018 20:54 UTC
15 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

[Link] Book Re­view: ‘The AI Does Not Hate You’ by Tom Chivers (Scott Aaron­son)

eigen7 Oct 2019 18:16 UTC
19 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Book re­view: The Com­pla­cent Class

Richard_Ngo13 Oct 2018 19:20 UTC
20 points
0 comments5 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

10 Good Things about An­tifrag­ile: a pos­i­tivist book review

JohnBuridan27 Apr 2019 18:22 UTC
20 points
4 comments7 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The Eureka Factor

drossbucket4 Mar 2019 19:47 UTC
19 points
2 comments13 min readLW link

Book re­view: 23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism

Richard_Ngo18 Oct 2018 23:05 UTC
20 points
2 comments5 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Book Re­view: Man’s Search for Mean­ing by Vic­tor Frankel

Chris_Leong4 Nov 2019 11:21 UTC
17 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

Black Death at the Golden Gate (book re­view)

PeterMcCluskey26 Jun 2020 16:09 UTC
17 points
0 comments4 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Book Re­view: Life 3.0: Be­ing Hu­man in the Age of Ar­tifi­cial Intelligence

J_Thomas_Moros18 Jan 2018 17:18 UTC
6 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(ferocioustruth.com)

Book re­view: Hap­piness by Design

Richard_Ngo23 Sep 2018 4:30 UTC
12 points
1 comment4 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Book Re­view: Complications

Annoyance1 Jul 2009 18:39 UTC
13 points
11 comments2 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Eisen­horn Trilogy

Zvi21 Mar 2017 13:39 UTC
3 points
2 comments14 min readLW link

Book Re­view – Too Like the Lightning

Jacob Falkovich21 Apr 2017 18:49 UTC
5 points
0 comments7 min readLW link
(putanumonit.com)

Book Re­view: The Rep­u­ta­tion So­ciety. Part I

Stefan_Schubert14 May 2014 10:13 UTC
14 points
8 comments5 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] “The Sig­nal and the Noise: Why So Many Pre­dic­tions Fail—But Some Don’t.”, by Nate Silver

Douglas_Reay7 Oct 2012 7:29 UTC
16 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Kazdin’s The Every­day Par­ent­ing Toolkit

Gunnar_Zarncke31 Mar 2014 21:29 UTC
16 points
22 comments7 min readLW link

Book re­view: The Rep­u­ta­tion So­ciety. Part II

Stefan_Schubert14 May 2014 10:16 UTC
8 points
5 comments8 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Freez­ing Peo­ple is (Not) Easy

J_Thomas_Moros30 Mar 2017 3:53 UTC
6 points
4 comments1 min readLW link
(ferocioustruth.com)

Book Re­views: Zooli­tude and the Void

Jacob Falkovich9 Sep 2017 15:32 UTC
2 points
0 comments8 min readLW link
(putanumonit.com)

Book Re­view: How Asia Works by Joe Studwell

Zvi18 Feb 2017 18:43 UTC
1 point
0 comments15 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Weapons of Math Destruction

Zvi4 Jun 2017 21:20 UTC
1 point
0 comments16 min readLW link

Re­view of Doris, ‘The Mo­ral Psy­chol­ogy Hand­book’ (2010)

lukeprog26 Jun 2011 19:33 UTC
24 points
10 comments5 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Fooled by Randomness

Sherrinford13 Jul 2020 21:02 UTC
33 points
10 comments5 min readLW link

The Psy­cholog­i­cal Diver­sity of Mankind

Kaj_Sotala9 May 2010 5:53 UTC
125 points
162 comments7 min readLW link

Trust Me I’m Ly­ing: A Sum­mary and Review

quanticle13 Aug 2018 2:55 UTC
98 points
10 comments7 min readLW link
(quanticle.net)

Mini-Re­view: ‘The Oxford Hand­book of Philos­o­phy of Cog­ni­tive Science’

lukeprog1 Feb 2012 21:48 UTC
11 points
4 comments3 min readLW link

How to Mea­sure Anything

lukeprog7 Aug 2013 4:05 UTC
98 points
52 comments22 min readLW link

28 so­cial psy­chol­ogy stud­ies from *Ex­per­i­ments With Peo­ple* (Frey & Gregg, 2017)

Yuxi_Liu16 Jun 2019 2:23 UTC
12 points
1 comment26 min readLW link

Some high­lights from Nate Silver’s “The Sig­nal and the Noise”

JonahS13 Jul 2013 15:21 UTC
35 points
11 comments6 min readLW link

The Amish, and Strate­gic Norms around Technology

Raemon24 Mar 2019 22:16 UTC
131 points
18 comments3 min readLW link2 reviews

In­sights from ‘The Strat­egy of Con­flict’

DanielFilan4 Jan 2018 5:05 UTC
37 points
13 comments7 min readLW link

A Ker­nel of Truth: In­sights from ‘A Friendly Ap­proach to Func­tional Anal­y­sis’

TurnTrout4 Apr 2020 3:38 UTC
31 points
3 comments9 min readLW link

AGI and Friendly AI in the dom­i­nant AI textbook

lukeprog11 Mar 2011 4:12 UTC
73 points
27 comments3 min readLW link

“On Bul­lshit” and “On Truth,” by Harry Frankfurt

Callmesalticidae28 Aug 2020 0:44 UTC
20 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

Re­view and Sum­mary of ‘Mo­ral Uncer­tainty’

fin7 Oct 2020 17:52 UTC
11 points
8 comments1 min readLW link
(www.finmoorhouse.com)

A re­view of Where Is My Fly­ing Car? by J. Storrs Hall

jasoncrawford6 Nov 2020 20:01 UTC
101 points
21 comments11 min readLW link
(rootsofprogress.org)

Re­view of Lakoff & John­son, ‘Philos­o­phy in the Flesh’

lukeprog26 Oct 2011 11:57 UTC
33 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Book Re­view: On In­tel­li­gence by Jeff Hawk­ins (and San­dra Blakeslee)

Rafael Harth29 Dec 2020 19:48 UTC
20 points
7 comments14 min readLW link

Book re­view: Sleight of Mind (Matt Cook)

Bob Baker7 Feb 2021 21:44 UTC
4 points
10 comments2 min readLW link

Build­ing Blocks of Poli­tics: An Overview of Selec­torate Theory

Yoav Ravid12 Oct 2021 11:27 UTC
52 points
19 comments47 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] Destiny Disrupted

lsusr21 Mar 2021 7:09 UTC
54 points
4 comments9 min readLW link

Book Re­view of 5 Ap­plied Bayesian Statis­tics Books

Jan Christian Refsgaard21 May 2021 10:23 UTC
62 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] Blueprint for Revolution

lsusr7 Jun 2021 18:14 UTC
23 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Book re­view: “Feel­ing Great” by David Burns

Steven Byrnes9 Jun 2021 13:17 UTC
75 points
11 comments8 min readLW link

Book re­view: The Ex­pla­na­tion of Ideology

PeterMcCluskey20 Jul 2021 3:42 UTC
42 points
10 comments9 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Book Re­view: The Sig­nal and the Noise

Sam Enright18 Jul 2021 22:05 UTC
16 points
2 comments6 min readLW link

A brief re­view of The Scout Mindset

adamzerner26 Aug 2021 20:47 UTC
13 points
0 comments3 min readLW link
(www.goodreads.com)

Re­view of A Map that Reflects the Territory

William Gasarch12 Sep 2021 19:43 UTC
64 points
20 comments18 min readLW link

Re­view of “Life­cy­cle In­vest­ing”

JessRiedel12 Apr 2020 3:12 UTC
70 points
22 comments13 min readLW link

LessWrong is pay­ing $500 for Book Reviews

Ruby14 Sep 2021 0:24 UTC
132 points
27 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Order Without Law

philh10 Jul 2021 21:50 UTC
64 points
5 comments49 min readLW link
(reasonableapproximation.net)

[Sum­mary] “In­tro­duc­tion to Elec­tro­dy­nam­ics” by David Griffiths—Part 1

lsusr22 Sep 2021 22:22 UTC
21 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Homo Deus

Collisteru25 Sep 2021 21:36 UTC
14 points
8 comments11 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The Begin­ning of Infinity

Sam Enright9 Aug 2021 21:53 UTC
34 points
13 comments32 min readLW link

Re­view: The End Is Always Near

Elizabeth27 Sep 2021 7:40 UTC
37 points
10 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

[Book Re­view] “The Vi­tal Ques­tion” by Nick Lane

lsusr27 Sep 2021 22:50 UTC
61 points
21 comments7 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] “Hou­dini on Magic” by Harry Houdini

lsusr29 Sep 2021 2:37 UTC
21 points
1 comment6 min readLW link

[Book re­view] Who we are and how we got here

mukashi30 Sep 2021 4:26 UTC
13 points
0 comments8 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Spark! How ex­er­cise will im­prove the perfor­mance of your brain

Caridorc Tergilti1 Oct 2021 22:43 UTC
15 points
2 comments6 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] Evolu­tion of Sex

Alex Hollow3 Oct 2021 18:54 UTC
36 points
0 comments8 min readLW link
(alexhollow.wordpress.com)

Blink: The Power of Think­ing Without Think­ing (book re­view)

Andrew Vlahos3 Oct 2021 23:21 UTC
17 points
1 comment9 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] “I Con­tain Mul­ti­tudes” by Ed Yong

Jemist4 Oct 2021 19:29 UTC
10 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Why Every­one (Else) Is a Hypocrite

PeterMcCluskey9 Oct 2021 3:31 UTC
26 points
7 comments3 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Book Re­view: All I Want To Know Is Where I’m Go­ing To Die So I’ll Never Go There

Anmoljain13 Oct 2021 3:46 UTC
2 points
2 comments46 min readLW link

Notes from the book ‘First Three Minutes’ by Steven Weinberg

invertedpassion13 Oct 2021 9:06 UTC
6 points
0 comments9 min readLW link

Book Anal­y­sis: New Thrawn Trilogy

ozymandias14 Oct 2021 17:49 UTC
62 points
8 comments5 min readLW link

Book Re­view Re­view (end of the bounty pro­gram)

Ruby15 Oct 2021 3:23 UTC
82 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

Book Re­view: A Pat­tern Lan­guage by Christo­pher Alexander

lincolnquirk15 Oct 2021 1:11 UTC
33 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

What if we should use more en­ergy, not less?

Snorkelfarsan16 Oct 2021 19:51 UTC
4 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

Book re­view: Lost Con­nec­tions by Jo­hann Hari

maia20 Oct 2021 2:40 UTC
37 points
3 comments10 min readLW link

Every­thing Stud­ies on Cyn­i­cal Theories

DanielFilan27 Oct 2021 1:31 UTC
25 points
6 comments1 min readLW link
(everythingstudies.com)

[TL;DR] “Train­ing for the New Alpinism” by Steve House and Scott John­ston

lsusr29 Oct 2021 21:20 UTC
19 points
0 comments6 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] “The Bell Curve” by Charles Murray

lsusr2 Nov 2021 5:49 UTC
86 points
135 comments23 min readLW link

App and book recom­men­da­tions for peo­ple who want to be hap­pier and more productive

KatWoods6 Nov 2021 17:40 UTC
119 points
29 comments8 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] “Sorceror’s Ap­pren­tice” by Tahir Shah

lsusr20 Nov 2021 11:29 UTC
86 points
11 comments7 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] “The Most Pow­er­ful Idea in the World” by William Rosen

lsusr23 Dec 2021 8:27 UTC
41 points
4 comments8 min readLW link

Don’t Look Up (Film Re­view)

NicholasKross27 Dec 2021 20:36 UTC
27 points
11 comments7 min readLW link
(www.thinkingmuchbetter.com)

[Re­view] The Ma­trix Resurrections

lsusr31 Dec 2021 11:10 UTC
5 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Movie re­view: Don’t Look Up

Sam Marks4 Jan 2022 20:16 UTC
31 points
6 comments11 min readLW link

[Book Re­view]: The Bonobo and the Athe­ist by Frans De Waal

Jemist5 Jan 2022 22:29 UTC
15 points
0 comments14 min readLW link

The Equa­tion of Knowledge

Lê Nguyên Hoang7 Jul 2020 16:09 UTC
58 points
3 comments7 min readLW link

What Comes After Epistemic Spot Checks?

Elizabeth22 Oct 2019 17:00 UTC
120 points
9 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

The First Rung: In­sights from ‘Lin­ear Alge­bra Done Right’

TurnTrout22 Apr 2018 5:23 UTC
32 points
12 comments10 min readLW link

The Art of the Ar­tifi­cial: In­sights from ‘Ar­tifi­cial In­tel­li­gence: A Modern Ap­proach’

TurnTrout25 Mar 2018 6:55 UTC
30 points
8 comments15 min readLW link

Novum Or­ganum: Introduction

Ruby19 Sep 2019 22:34 UTC
76 points
5 comments6 min readLW link

Course recom­men­da­tions for Friendli­ness researchers

Louie9 Jan 2013 14:33 UTC
95 points
112 comments10 min readLW link

Set Up for Suc­cess: In­sights from ‘Naïve Set The­ory’

TurnTrout28 Feb 2018 2:01 UTC
24 points
40 comments3 min readLW link

Mini-re­view: The Book of Why

Brian Slesinsky21 May 2018 23:11 UTC
21 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

Psy­cho-cy­ber­net­ics: ex­per­i­men­tal notes

romeostevensit18 Sep 2018 19:21 UTC
53 points
2 comments13 min readLW link

Com­men­tary On “The Abo­li­tion of Man”

Vaniver15 Jul 2019 18:56 UTC
58 points
13 comments5 min readLW link

Book Recom­men­da­tions: An Every­one Cul­ture and Mo­ral Mazes

sarahconstantin10 Jan 2019 21:40 UTC
45 points
13 comments3 min readLW link
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: Full Catas­tro­phe Liv­ing (Jon Ka­bat-Zinn)

Elizabeth29 Dec 2017 6:10 UTC
17 points
10 comments5 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Book Tril­ogy Re­view: Re­mem­brance of Earth’s Past (The Three Body Prob­lem)

Zvi30 Jan 2019 1:10 UTC
43 points
16 comments40 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

A Vi­su­al­iza­tion of Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence

[deleted]23 Jul 2014 0:24 UTC
62 points
28 comments3 min readLW link

A Cau­tion­ary Note on Un­lock­ing the Emo­tional Brain

eapache8 Feb 2020 17:21 UTC
51 points
20 comments2 min readLW link

Where is my Fly­ing Car?

PeterMcCluskey15 Oct 2018 18:39 UTC
51 points
10 comments17 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Re­view of Scott Adams’ “How to Fail at Al­most Every­thing and Still Win Big”

James_Miller23 Dec 2013 20:48 UTC
73 points
39 comments6 min readLW link

Con­founded No Longer: In­sights from ‘All of Statis­tics’

TurnTrout3 May 2018 22:56 UTC
18 points
6 comments10 min readLW link

In­sights from Lin­ear Alge­bra Done Right

Rafael Harth13 Jul 2019 18:24 UTC
52 points
17 comments9 min readLW link

Glenn Beck dis­cusses the Sin­gu­lar­ity, cites SI researchers

Brihaspati12 Jun 2012 16:45 UTC
73 points
183 comments10 min readLW link

Epistemic Spot Check: The Dorito Effect (Mark Schatzker)

Elizabeth3 Oct 2018 17:10 UTC
42 points
8 comments1 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Epistemic Spot Check: The Fate of Rome (Kyle Harper)

Elizabeth24 Aug 2019 21:40 UTC
39 points
3 comments5 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Turn­ing Up the Heat: In­sights from Tao’s ‘Anal­y­sis II’

TurnTrout24 Aug 2018 17:54 UTC
36 points
6 comments6 min readLW link

An Un­der­grad­u­ate Read­ing Of: Macro­scopic Pre­dic­tion by E.T. Jaynes

ryan_b19 Apr 2018 17:30 UTC
13 points
13 comments5 min readLW link

Con­cepts Don’t Work That Way

lukeprog28 Sep 2011 2:01 UTC
82 points
92 comments8 min readLW link

And My Ax­iom! In­sights from ‘Com­putabil­ity and Logic’

TurnTrout16 Jan 2019 19:48 UTC
42 points
17 comments8 min readLW link

Some thoughts af­ter read­ing Ar­tifi­cial In­tel­li­gence: A Modern Approach

swift_spiral19 Mar 2019 23:39 UTC
37 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

In­sights from Munkres’ Topology

Rafael Harth17 Mar 2019 16:52 UTC
30 points
0 comments14 min readLW link

Dis­cus­sion Thread: The AI Does Not Hate You by Tom Chivers

Ruby17 Jun 2019 23:43 UTC
26 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Book re­view: Ar­chi­tects of In­tel­li­gence by Martin Ford (2018)

ofer11 Aug 2020 17:30 UTC
15 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

On first look­ing into Rus­sell’s History

Richard_Ngo8 Nov 2018 11:20 UTC
23 points
6 comments5 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

The Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Dilemma in a Nutshell

Gentzel12 Dec 2019 3:20 UTC
32 points
5 comments3 min readLW link
(theconsequentialist.wordpress.com)

Sex, Lies, and Dexamethasone

Jacob Falkovich20 Feb 2018 19:56 UTC
15 points
1 comment9 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The Cap­tured Economy

Zvi11 Dec 2017 13:10 UTC
14 points
6 comments8 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Mak­ing a Differ­ence Tem­pore: In­sights from ‘Re­in­force­ment Learn­ing: An In­tro­duc­tion’

TurnTrout5 Jul 2018 0:34 UTC
33 points
6 comments8 min readLW link

Con­tin­u­ous Im­prove­ment: In­sights from ‘Topol­ogy’

TurnTrout22 Feb 2020 21:58 UTC
29 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

Great Books of Failure

Eliezer Yudkowsky19 Apr 2009 0:59 UTC
30 points
52 comments1 min readLW link

Judg­ment Un­der Uncer­tainty sum­maries, Part 1: Representativeness

Tesseract15 Aug 2011 0:05 UTC
42 points
2 comments6 min readLW link

What I got out of ‘Al­gorithms to Live By’

rk11 Apr 2018 16:35 UTC
24 points
1 comment19 min readLW link

Time Biases

PeterMcCluskey12 Jan 2019 21:35 UTC
30 points
0 comments5 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Book Recommendations

NancyLebovitz9 Aug 2010 20:03 UTC
34 points
146 comments1 min readLW link

A De­tailed Cri­tique of One Sec­tion of Steven Pinker’s Chap­ter “Ex­is­ten­tial Threats” in En­light­en­ment Now (Part 1)

philosophytorres12 May 2018 13:34 UTC
14 points
1 comment17 min readLW link

[Link] My re­view of Ra­tion­al­ity: From AI to Zombies

James_Miller12 Aug 2015 16:16 UTC
11 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Re­view of Kah­ne­man, ‘Think­ing, Fast and Slow’ (2011)

lukeprog28 Oct 2011 1:59 UTC
40 points
10 comments3 min readLW link

Episte­mol­ogy and the Psy­chol­ogy of Hu­man Judgment

badger28 May 2011 5:15 UTC
44 points
9 comments11 min readLW link

Idols of the Mind Pt. 1 (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 38–52)

Francis Bacon24 Sep 2019 19:53 UTC
25 points
1 comment9 min readLW link

[Link] How to Dispel Your Illu­sions

[deleted]6 Dec 2011 14:46 UTC
37 points
17 comments6 min readLW link

Time Binders

Hivewired24 Feb 2020 9:55 UTC
23 points
10 comments1 min readLW link
(hivewired.wordpress.com)

Books I read 2017 - Part 1. Re­la­tion­ships, Learning

Elo18 Dec 2017 9:38 UTC
16 points
10 comments19 min readLW link

Models of hu­man re­la­tion­ships—tools to un­der­stand people

Elo29 Jul 2017 3:31 UTC
28 points
27 comments22 min readLW link

“Tech­nol­ogy and the Fu­ture of Per­sons”, by Lynne Rud­der Baker (2013)

Callmesalticidae20 Aug 2020 14:31 UTC
5 points
3 comments5 min readLW link

“The Con­spir­acy against the Hu­man Race,” by Thomas Ligotti

Callmesalticidae13 Aug 2020 23:01 UTC
18 points
4 comments15 min readLW link

“How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read”, by Pierre Bayard

Callmesalticidae3 Sep 2020 13:05 UTC
10 points
2 comments8 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The Com­pla­cent Class

Zvi16 Dec 2017 13:10 UTC
10 points
3 comments17 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

“In the Dust of This Planet,” by Eu­gene Thacker

Callmesalticidae10 Sep 2020 19:50 UTC
4 points
0 comments10 min readLW link

Mo­du­lar­ity and Buzzy

Kaj_Sotala4 Aug 2011 11:35 UTC
33 points
27 comments9 min readLW link

Book re­view: Age Later

PeterMcCluskey27 Oct 2020 4:21 UTC
28 points
3 comments4 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Book Sum­mary: Willpower by Baumeister, Tierney

Dorikka24 May 2012 23:34 UTC
36 points
27 comments2 min readLW link

Non-Fic­tion Book Reviews

SquirrelInHell11 Aug 2016 5:05 UTC
15 points
6 comments1 min readLW link
(squirrelinhell.blogspot.com)

Book: Psy­chi­a­try and the Hu­man Condition

patrissimo23 Mar 2009 19:14 UTC
10 points
15 comments6 min readLW link

Good Ideal­is­tic Books are Rare

Eliezer Yudkowsky17 Feb 2009 18:41 UTC
8 points
22 comments2 min readLW link

Re­view: Selfish Rea­sons to Have More Kids

jsalvatier29 May 2012 18:00 UTC
32 points
260 comments4 min readLW link

A De­tailed Cri­tique of One Sec­tion of Steven Pinker’s Chap­ter “Ex­is­ten­tial Threats” in En­light­en­ment Now (Part 2)

philosophytorres13 May 2018 19:41 UTC
8 points
1 comment17 min readLW link

Gain­ing Ap­proval: In­sights From “How To Prove It”

elriggs13 May 2018 18:34 UTC
9 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Book Re­view: ‘His­tory Has Be­gun: The Birth of a New Amer­ica’ by Bruno Maçães

tonyoconnor1 Dec 2020 11:47 UTC
3 points
2 comments10 min readLW link

Martin Selig­man’s “Authen­tic Hap­piness”

David_Gross27 Dec 2020 5:06 UTC
10 points
1 comment6 min readLW link

Notes on Schel­ling’s “Strat­egy of Con­flict” (1960)

MichaelA10 Feb 2021 2:48 UTC
21 points
9 comments8 min readLW link

Notes on Hen­rich’s “The WEIRDest Peo­ple in the World” (2020)

MichaelA14 Feb 2021 8:40 UTC
17 points
0 comments8 min readLW link

Notes on “Bioter­ror and Biowar­fare” (2006)

MichaelA2 Mar 2021 0:43 UTC
10 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

Book Club: Soft­ware De­sign for Flexibility

stuhlmueller18 Mar 2021 15:42 UTC
42 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

Con­vict Con­di­tion­ing Book Review

Borasko9 Apr 2021 22:10 UTC
40 points
11 comments11 min readLW link

Re­view and Com­par­i­son: Onto-Car­tog­ra­phy & Promise Theory

Josephine9 May 2021 0:42 UTC
13 points
0 comments5 min readLW link

“Med­i­ta­tion for skep­tics” – a re­view of two books, and some thoughts

Sherrinford20 Mar 2021 23:35 UTC
16 points
4 comments12 min readLW link

“Who’s In Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain”

David_Gross16 Sep 2021 2:38 UTC
10 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

Truth + Rea­son = The True Reli­gion?

David_Gross17 Sep 2021 22:14 UTC
34 points
2 comments19 min readLW link

Or­di­nary Peo­ple and Ex­traor­di­nary Evil: A Re­port on the Beguil­ings of Evil

David_Gross20 Sep 2021 15:19 UTC
42 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Free Will

Ape in the coat11 Oct 2021 18:41 UTC
28 points
22 comments8 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Who We Are and How We Got Here

Yair Halberstadt24 Sep 2021 5:05 UTC
16 points
4 comments15 min readLW link

Ques­tions about YIMBY

Sam Enright8 Oct 2021 12:48 UTC
18 points
2 comments6 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Open Borders

Sam Enright10 Oct 2021 12:27 UTC
23 points
19 comments12 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Feel­ing Great by David Burns

Fei12 Oct 2021 16:32 UTC
10 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Books Re­view: “Sapi­ens”, “Homo Deus” and “21 Les­sons For The 21st Cen­tury”, by Yu­val Noah Harari

Luca Parodi13 Oct 2021 16:21 UTC
14 points
2 comments16 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The End of Average

Vanilla_cabs14 Oct 2021 1:49 UTC
17 points
3 comments8 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Philo­soph­i­cal In­ves­ti­ga­tions by Wittgenstein

Chris_Leong12 Oct 2021 20:14 UTC
26 points
12 comments32 min readLW link

Book Re­view: De­nial of Death

PatrickDFarley14 Oct 2021 4:28 UTC
13 points
5 comments37 min readLW link

What can we learn from tra­di­tional so­cieties?

mukashi5 Oct 2021 0:24 UTC
18 points
10 comments11 min readLW link

[Book Re­view] “Suffer­ing-fo­cused Ethics” by Mag­nus Vinding

KStub28 Dec 2021 5:58 UTC
11 points
3 comments24 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The Ethics of What We Eat

Jonah_O18 Oct 2021 8:16 UTC
17 points
1 comment11 min readLW link

Sum­mary of “How to Win Friends and In­fluence Peo­ple”

Cosmos30 Jun 2012 20:49 UTC
26 points
24 comments1 min readLW link

Book Re­view: ‘Pre­dict­ing the Next Pres­i­dent: The Keys to the White House’

TranscendetalIdealist20 Oct 2021 0:42 UTC
9 points
0 comments15 min readLW link

Ex­pla­na­tions as Hard to Vary Assertions

Alexander24 Sep 2021 11:33 UTC
16 points
24 comments8 min readLW link
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