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Epistemology

TagLast edit: 26 Jan 2021 2:48 UTC by jimrandomh

Epistemology is the study of how we know the world. It’s both a topic in philosophy and a practical concern for how we come to believe things are true.

Related Sequences: Highly Advanced Epistemology 101 for Beginners, Concepts in formal epistemology, Novum Organum

Lo­cal Val­idity as a Key to San­ity and Civilization

Eliezer Yudkowsky7 Apr 2018 4:25 UTC
129 points
64 comments13 min readLW link

The Prob­lem of the Criterion

G Gordon Worley III21 Jan 2021 15:05 UTC
28 points
38 comments9 min readLW link

Episte­molog­i­cal Fram­ing for AI Align­ment Research

adamShimi8 Mar 2021 22:05 UTC
50 points
6 comments9 min readLW link

The Lens That Sees Its Flaws

Eliezer Yudkowsky23 Sep 2007 0:10 UTC
108 points
40 comments3 min readLW link

Mak­ing Beliefs Pay Rent (in An­ti­ci­pated Ex­pe­riences)

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Jul 2007 22:59 UTC
224 points
256 comments4 min readLW link

Rad­i­cal Probabilism

abramdemski18 Aug 2020 21:14 UTC
146 points
46 comments35 min readLW link

How to Con­vince Me That 2 + 2 = 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Sep 2007 23:00 UTC
103 points
403 comments3 min readLW link

On the na­ture of pur­pose

Nora_Ammann22 Jan 2021 8:30 UTC
28 points
15 comments9 min readLW link

Doxa, Episteme, and Gno­sis Revisited

G Gordon Worley III20 Nov 2019 19:35 UTC
16 points
2 comments9 min readLW link

In­cor­rect hy­pothe­ses point to cor­rect observations

Kaj_Sotala20 Nov 2018 21:10 UTC
82 points
19 comments4 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

In defence of epistemic modesty

Thrasymachus29 Oct 2017 20:00 UTC
32 points
22 comments36 min readLW link

Anti-episte­mol­ogy: an explanation

Basil Marte8 Jul 2020 16:34 UTC
2 points
12 comments3 min readLW link

Re­v­ersed Stu­pidity Is Not Intelligence

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Dec 2007 22:14 UTC
92 points
114 comments3 min readLW link

Rule Thinkers In, Not Out

Scott Alexander27 Feb 2019 2:40 UTC
142 points
59 comments4 min readLW link3 nominations4 reviews
(slatestarcodex.com)

By Which It May Be Judged

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Dec 2012 4:26 UTC
50 points
940 comments11 min readLW link

Mixed Refer­ence: The Great Re­duc­tion­ist Project

Eliezer Yudkowsky5 Dec 2012 0:26 UTC
49 points
357 comments9 min readLW link

A Prag­matic Epistemology

StephenR5 Aug 2014 5:43 UTC
2 points
21 comments6 min readLW link

Toward a New Tech­ni­cal Ex­pla­na­tion of Tech­ni­cal Explanation

abramdemski16 Feb 2018 0:44 UTC
82 points
36 comments18 min readLW link

The Prob­le­matic Third Per­son Perspective

abramdemski5 Oct 2017 20:44 UTC
28 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

Rad­i­cal Prob­a­bil­ism [Tran­script]

26 Jun 2020 22:14 UTC
45 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

Be­com­ing Unusu­ally Truth-Oriented

abramdemski3 Jan 2020 1:27 UTC
88 points
20 comments10 min readLW link

Do Suffi­ciently Ad­vanced Agents Use Logic?

abramdemski13 Sep 2019 19:53 UTC
38 points
11 comments9 min readLW link

Some Claims Are Just Too Extraordinary

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Jan 2007 7:14 UTC
35 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

Clear­erThink­ing’s Fact-Check­ing 2.0

Stefan_Schubert22 Oct 2015 21:16 UTC
36 points
40 comments4 min readLW link

Mul­ti­ple Fac­tor Ex­pla­na­tions Should Not Ap­pear One-Sided

Stefan_Schubert7 Aug 2014 14:10 UTC
47 points
32 comments6 min readLW link

Some ra­tio­nal­ity tweets

Peter_de_Blanc30 Dec 2010 7:14 UTC
59 points
81 comments2 min readLW link

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

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

False Majorities

JamesAndrix3 Feb 2010 18:43 UTC
42 points
39 comments1 min readLW link

Time­less Modesty?

abramdemski24 Nov 2017 11:12 UTC
16 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Si­mul­ta­neous Over­con­fi­dence and Underconfidence

abramdemski3 Jun 2015 21:04 UTC
36 points
6 comments5 min readLW link

A List of Nuances

abramdemski10 Nov 2014 5:02 UTC
61 points
24 comments14 min readLW link

Trust the (lo­cal) expert

rk9 Apr 2018 10:22 UTC
10 points
12 comments7 min readLW link

[Question] What am I miss­ing? (quan­tum physics)

kithpendragon21 Aug 2020 12:39 UTC
10 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Ex­cus­ing a Failure to Adjust

Ronny26 Aug 2020 13:51 UTC
12 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Re­la­bel­ings vs. Ex­ter­nal References

Chris_Leong20 Sep 2019 2:20 UTC
12 points
5 comments3 min readLW link

Zen and Ra­tion­al­ity: Trust in Mind

G Gordon Worley III11 Aug 2020 20:23 UTC
22 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

The Treach­er­ous Path to Rationality

Jacob Falkovich9 Oct 2020 15:34 UTC
173 points
114 comments11 min readLW link

No Cau­sa­tion with­out Reification

G Gordon Worley III23 Oct 2020 20:28 UTC
20 points
38 comments3 min readLW link

Referenc­ing the Unreferencable

Chris_Leong4 Apr 2020 10:42 UTC
16 points
5 comments3 min readLW link

The Sense-Mak­ing Web

Chris_Leong4 Jan 2021 6:17 UTC
35 points
18 comments6 min readLW link

Episte­mol­ogy of HCH

adamShimi9 Feb 2021 11:46 UTC
15 points
2 comments10 min readLW link

What I’d change about differ­ent philos­o­phy fields

Rob Bensinger8 Mar 2021 18:25 UTC
55 points
52 comments4 min readLW link

AXRP Epi­sode 5 - In­fra-Bayesi­anism with Vanessa Kosoy

DanielFilan10 Mar 2021 4:30 UTC
26 points
11 comments35 min readLW link

Ex­tended Pic­ture The­ory or Models in­side Models in­side Models

Chris_Leong10 Mar 2021 13:24 UTC
13 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Magic Shoes

onur24 Mar 2021 21:14 UTC
10 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Reflec­tive Bayesianism

abramdemski6 Apr 2021 19:48 UTC
48 points
27 comments13 min readLW link

Math­e­mat­ics as a lossy com­pres­sion al­gorithm gone wild

shminux6 Jun 2014 23:53 UTC
52 points
80 comments5 min readLW link

Chains, Bot­tle­necks and Optimization

curi21 Jul 2020 2:07 UTC
14 points
12 comments4 min readLW link

Bot­tle­neck Examples

curi23 Jul 2020 18:23 UTC
11 points
0 comments9 min readLW link

[Question] Godel in sec­ond-or­der logic?

Abhimanyu Pallavi Sudhir26 Jul 2020 7:16 UTC
6 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Undis­crim­i­nat­ing Skepticism

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2010 23:23 UTC
123 points
1,359 comments9 min readLW link

“No ev­i­dence” as a Valley of Bad Rationality

adamzerner28 Mar 2020 23:45 UTC
99 points
14 comments2 min readLW link

Ar­gu­ment, in­tu­ition, and recursion

paulfchristiano5 Mar 2018 1:37 UTC
41 points
13 comments9 min readLW link

Weird ques­tion: could we see dis­tant aliens?

paulfchristiano20 Apr 2018 6:40 UTC
31 points
78 comments3 min readLW link

What is Ev­i­dence?

Eliezer Yudkowsky22 Sep 2007 6:43 UTC
102 points
51 comments3 min readLW link

Against Modest Epistemology

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Nov 2017 20:40 UTC
53 points
49 comments15 min readLW link

Epistemic Luck

Alicorn8 Feb 2010 0:02 UTC
99 points
133 comments3 min readLW link

The Im­por­tance of Say­ing “Oops”

Eliezer Yudkowsky5 Aug 2007 3:17 UTC
103 points
27 comments2 min readLW link

The Skep­tic’s Trilemma

Scott Alexander15 Mar 2009 0:12 UTC
80 points
15 comments5 min readLW link

Epistemic Viciousness

Eliezer Yudkowsky13 Mar 2009 23:33 UTC
90 points
93 comments3 min readLW link

Where Re­cur­sive Jus­tifi­ca­tion Hits Bottom

Eliezer Yudkowsky8 Jul 2008 10:16 UTC
84 points
76 comments10 min readLW link

In­finite Certainty

Eliezer Yudkowsky9 Jan 2008 6:49 UTC
55 points
128 comments4 min readLW link

How Much Ev­i­dence Does It Take?

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Sep 2007 4:06 UTC
74 points
32 comments4 min readLW link

The Fun­da­men­tal Ques­tion—Ra­tion­al­ity com­puter game design

Kaj_Sotala13 Feb 2013 13:45 UTC
60 points
68 comments9 min readLW link

The Pyra­mid And The Garden

Scott Alexander5 Nov 2016 6:03 UTC
27 points
10 comments7 min readLW link

Novum Or­ganum: Preface

Francis Bacon19 Sep 2019 22:51 UTC
53 points
5 comments7 min readLW link

The Prin­ci­ple of Pre­dicted Improvement

Ronny23 Apr 2019 21:21 UTC
66 points
17 comments3 min readLW link

Form Your Own Opinions

Ben Pace28 Apr 2018 19:50 UTC
33 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

[Question] Have epistemic con­di­tions always been this bad?

Wei_Dai25 Jan 2020 4:42 UTC
164 points
105 comments4 min readLW link

A Sketch of An­swers for Physicalists

Chris_Leong14 Mar 2020 2:27 UTC
23 points
15 comments3 min readLW link

Ar­gu­ment Screens Off Authority

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Dec 2007 0:05 UTC
66 points
83 comments5 min readLW link

The ab­sur­dity of un-refer­ence­able entities

jessicata14 Mar 2020 17:40 UTC
21 points
21 comments4 min readLW link
(unstableontology.com)

What we Know vs. How we Know it?

Elizabeth6 Jan 2020 0:30 UTC
44 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

An Overview of For­mal Episte­mol­ogy (links)

lukeprog6 Jan 2011 19:57 UTC
62 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Robin Han­son on Sim­ple, Ev­i­dence Backed Models

Raemon16 Apr 2019 22:22 UTC
36 points
11 comments1 min readLW link
(www.overcomingbias.com)

The Tragedy of the So­cial Episte­mol­ogy Commons

Roko21 May 2010 12:42 UTC
60 points
91 comments4 min readLW link

Fun­da­men­tal Doubts

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 Jul 2008 5:21 UTC
31 points
87 comments4 min readLW link

But Some­body Would Have Noticed

Alicorn4 May 2010 18:56 UTC
38 points
258 comments4 min readLW link

This Ter­ri­tory Does Not Exist

ike13 Aug 2020 0:30 UTC
7 points
199 comments7 min readLW link

Many-wor­lds ver­sus dis­crete knowledge

jessicata13 Aug 2020 18:35 UTC
24 points
27 comments1 min readLW link
(unstableontology.com)

Bayesian Flame

cousin_it26 Jul 2009 16:49 UTC
41 points
163 comments4 min readLW link

Com­mon sense as a prior

Nick_Beckstead11 Aug 2013 18:18 UTC
52 points
215 comments27 min readLW link

You only need faith in two things

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Mar 2013 23:45 UTC
46 points
86 comments2 min readLW link

Nat­u­ral Laws Are De­scrip­tions, not Rules

pragmatist8 Aug 2012 4:27 UTC
39 points
236 comments9 min readLW link

In­di­vi­d­ual vs. Group Epistemic Rationality

Wei_Dai2 Mar 2010 21:46 UTC
32 points
54 comments2 min readLW link

[LINK] Why tak­ing ideas se­ri­ously is prob­a­bly a bad thing to do

David_Gerard5 Jan 2013 23:37 UTC
32 points
44 comments1 min readLW link

Fru­gal­ity and work­ing from finite data

Snowyowl3 Sep 2010 9:37 UTC
35 points
47 comments4 min readLW link

Episte­mol­ogy and the Psy­chol­ogy of Hu­man Judgment

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

Look Un­der the Light Post

G Gordon Worley III16 Jul 2018 22:19 UTC
22 points
8 comments4 min readLW link

Many Weak Ar­gu­ments vs. One Rel­a­tively Strong Argument

JonahS4 Jun 2013 3:32 UTC
31 points
87 comments11 min readLW link

Some clar­ifi­ca­tions con­cern­ing my “many weak ar­gu­ments” post

JonahS7 Jun 2013 19:34 UTC
5 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

The Short Case for Verificationism

ike11 Sep 2020 18:48 UTC
5 points
58 comments1 min readLW link

Kenshō

Valentine20 Jan 2018 0:12 UTC
74 points
259 comments6 min readLW link

Epistemic Tenure

Scott Garrabrant18 Feb 2019 22:56 UTC
89 points
27 comments3 min readLW link

The Uni­verse Doesn’t Have to Play Nice

Chris_Leong6 Jan 2020 2:08 UTC
16 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Bead Jar Guesses

Alicorn4 May 2009 18:59 UTC
21 points
134 comments2 min readLW link

More thoughts on assertions

Scott Alexander25 Mar 2010 1:39 UTC
28 points
31 comments6 min readLW link

Raven Para­dox Revisited

Chris_Leong15 Apr 2018 0:08 UTC
5 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

Hy­gienic Anecdotes

badger29 Mar 2009 5:46 UTC
10 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

The Episte­mol­ogy of AI risk

Michaël Trazzi27 Jan 2020 23:33 UTC
24 points
35 comments3 min readLW link
(www.philiptrammell.com)

“hu­man con­nec­tion” as col­lab­o­ra­tive epistemics

toonalfrink12 Jan 2020 23:16 UTC
21 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

JFK was not as­sas­si­nated: prior prob­a­bil­ity zero events

Stuart_Armstrong27 Apr 2016 11:47 UTC
37 points
48 comments3 min readLW link

The Use of Many In­de­pen­dent Lines of Ev­i­dence: The Basel Problem

JonahS3 Jun 2013 4:42 UTC
38 points
44 comments5 min readLW link

Epistemic vs. In­stru­men­tal Ra­tion­al­ity: Approximations

Peter_de_Blanc28 Apr 2009 3:12 UTC
29 points
29 comments1 min readLW link

Ethics has Ev­i­dence Too

Jack6 Feb 2010 6:28 UTC
26 points
57 comments3 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ist Role in the In­for­ma­tion Age

byrnema30 Apr 2009 18:24 UTC
7 points
19 comments3 min readLW link

How to tell apart sci­ence from pseudo-sci­ence in a field you don’t know ?

kilobug2 Sep 2012 10:25 UTC
34 points
71 comments1 min readLW link

The Pre­dic­tion Hierarchy

RobinZ19 Jan 2010 3:36 UTC
28 points
38 comments3 min readLW link

Dutch Books and De­ci­sion The­ory: An In­tro­duc­tion to a Long Conversation

Jack21 Dec 2010 4:55 UTC
28 points
102 comments7 min readLW link

The First Sam­ple Gives the Most Information

Mark Xu24 Dec 2020 20:39 UTC
90 points
8 comments1 min readLW link
(markxu.com)

Out-of-body rea­son­ing (OOBR)

Jon Zero9 Jan 2021 16:10 UTC
4 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

Fit­ting­ness: Ra­tional suc­cess in con­cept formation

Polytopos10 Jan 2021 15:58 UTC
6 points
9 comments6 min readLW link

epistemic stal­ling.

Alfred10 Jan 2021 9:24 UTC
−2 points
18 comments1 min readLW link

The max­i­mally rel­a­tivis­tic zeitgeist

ForensicOceanography27 Jan 2021 21:41 UTC
1 point
2 comments2 min readLW link
(forensicoceanography.wordpress.com)

Bayesian in­fer­ence on 1st or­der logic

Daniel Abolafia3 Feb 2021 1:03 UTC
11 points
6 comments18 min readLW link

Ob­jec­tive truth?

pchvykov15 Feb 2021 21:47 UTC
1 point
0 comments2 min readLW link

He­lio­cen­trism in the an­cient era

ForensicOceanography16 Feb 2021 8:34 UTC
15 points
4 comments6 min readLW link
(forensicoceanography.wordpress.com)

How Strong is Our Con­nec­tion to Truth?

anorangic17 Feb 2021 0:10 UTC
1 point
5 comments3 min readLW link

Pro­gres­sive avant-gardes

ForensicOceanography1 Mar 2021 11:19 UTC
5 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Are dogs bad?

qbolec11 Mar 2021 8:11 UTC
7 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

The Epistemic Trinity.

hollybugcom29 Mar 2021 18:40 UTC
1 point
0 comments4 min readLW link

The se­cret of Wikipe­dia’s success

aaronb5014 Apr 2021 22:18 UTC
48 points
8 comments6 min readLW link
(aaronbergman.substack.com)
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