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Fiction

TagLast edit: 9 Feb 2021 4:52 UTC by Yoav Ravid

Fiction isn’t literal truth, but when done well it captures truths and intuitions that are difficult to explain directly. (It’s also damn fun to read.)

“Nonfiction conveys knowledge, fiction conveys experience.”—Eliezer Yudkowsky

Eliezer Yudkowsky helped kickstart the genre of rationalist fiction, which is about characters who solve the problems in their world by thinking, in a way where the reader could figure it out too. Not where the genius character explains it afterward like Sherlock Holmes or Artemis Fowl, but where the problem is fair and you could’ve figured it out first. Eliezer has written about this in his short online book The Abridged Guide to Intelligent Characters.

Other fiction on the site is in the spirit of hard science fiction, and often involves taking the laws of a universe or the rules of a system to their extreme conclusions, and munchkining your way to become god (or something similar). They also share much of the parts of sci-fi that engage with difficult moral quandaries.

Fiction on this site also tends to have puns. I’m so sorry.

Much more fiction can be found at r/​Rational, which is a subreddit devoted to rationalist fiction.

This is a tag for works of fiction, not for analysis or discussion of literature. For that see Fiction (topic).

Fiction Sequences

External links

Chap­ter 1: A Day of Very Low Probability

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
146 points
13 comments9 min readLW link

Three Wor­lds Col­lide (0/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky30 Jan 2009 12:07 UTC
66 points
95 comments1 min readLW link

…And I Show You How Deep The Rab­bit Hole Goes

Scott Alexander3 Jun 2015 1:47 UTC
121 points
12 comments21 min readLW link

That Alien Message

Eliezer Yudkowsky22 May 2008 5:55 UTC
240 points
172 comments10 min readLW link

An­swer to Job

Scott Alexander15 Mar 2015 18:02 UTC
43 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

The Ad­ven­ture: a new Utopia story

Stuart_Armstrong5 Feb 2020 16:50 UTC
79 points
38 comments51 min readLW link

“Star­wink” by Alicorn

Zack_M_Davis18 May 2020 8:17 UTC
43 points
1 comment1 min readLW link
(alicorn.elcenia.com)

The Devil You Know

Hivewired21 May 2020 21:50 UTC
4 points
1 comment3 min readLW link
(hivewired.wordpress.com)

Univer­sal Love, Said The Cac­tus Person

Scott Alexander22 Apr 2015 2:42 UTC
31 points
1 comment10 min readLW link

The Sword of Good

Eliezer Yudkowsky3 Sep 2009 0:53 UTC
114 points
300 comments2 min readLW link

I

PhilGoetz8 Jan 2011 17:51 UTC
66 points
38 comments19 min readLW link

Friend­ship is Op­ti­mal: A My Lit­tle Pony fan­fic about an op­ti­miza­tion process

iceman8 Sep 2012 6:16 UTC
99 points
152 comments1 min readLW link

A Story With Zombies

Scott Alexander7 Dec 2014 20:11 UTC
18 points
1 comment3 min readLW link

[Fic­tion] Lena (MMAcevedo)

Kaj_Sotala23 Feb 2021 19:46 UTC
42 points
3 comments1 min readLW link
(qntm.org)

Just an­other day in utopia

Stuart_Armstrong25 Dec 2011 9:37 UTC
129 points
118 comments13 min readLW link

Failed Utopia #4-2

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Jan 2009 11:04 UTC
87 points
261 comments10 min readLW link

Ini­ti­a­tion Ceremony

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Mar 2008 20:40 UTC
97 points
98 comments4 min readLW link

The Book of HPMOR Fanfics

Mati_Roy3 Jul 2020 13:32 UTC
36 points
18 comments1 min readLW link

The Cam­bist and Lord Iron: A Fairy Tale of Economics

Alicorn19 Dec 2010 2:05 UTC
59 points
40 comments1 min readLW link

Harry Pot­ter and the Meth­ods of Psy­chomagic | Chap­ter 1: Affect

Henry Prowbell15 Sep 2021 17:03 UTC
47 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

The Bayesian Tyrant

abramdemski20 Aug 2020 0:08 UTC
118 points
14 comments6 min readLW link

Ma­tryoshka Fara­day Box

lsusr26 Nov 2020 9:42 UTC
39 points
4 comments3 min readLW link

The Failures of Eld Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky12 May 2008 10:32 UTC
68 points
57 comments9 min readLW link

A Fable of Science and Politics

Eliezer Yudkowsky23 Dec 2006 4:50 UTC
231 points
102 comments5 min readLW link

The Baby-Eat­ing Aliens (1/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky30 Jan 2009 12:07 UTC
82 points
84 comments11 min readLW link

A Dialogue on Ra­tion­al­ist Activism

moridinamael10 Sep 2018 18:30 UTC
89 points
24 comments9 min readLW link

The Mo­ral Of The Story

Scott Alexander18 Oct 2016 2:22 UTC
36 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 6

lsusr9 Dec 2020 8:14 UTC
80 points
14 comments2 min readLW link

The God­dess of Every­thing Else

Scott Alexander17 Aug 2015 20:59 UTC
48 points
4 comments8 min readLW link

Class Project

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 May 2008 0:23 UTC
45 points
36 comments4 min readLW link

Chap­ter 2: Every­thing I Believe is False

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
50 points
5 comments5 min readLW link

[Question] What could one do with truly un­limited com­pu­ta­tional power?

Yitz11 Nov 2020 10:03 UTC
30 points
22 comments2 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 1

lsusr26 Nov 2020 3:02 UTC
143 points
29 comments3 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 7

lsusr11 Dec 2020 5:54 UTC
61 points
18 comments1 min readLW link

Hermione Granger and New­comb’s Paradox

lsusr14 Dec 2020 5:27 UTC
45 points
18 comments2 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 8

lsusr17 Dec 2020 22:29 UTC
61 points
17 comments2 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 11

lsusr27 Dec 2020 9:03 UTC
46 points
17 comments2 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 3: A Study in Scarlet

lsusr7 May 2021 5:29 UTC
47 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Work­ing With Monsters

johnswentworth20 Jul 2021 15:23 UTC
187 points
54 comments5 min readLW link

AI take­off story: a con­tinu­a­tion of progress by other means

Edouard Harris27 Sep 2021 15:55 UTC
66 points
13 comments10 min readLW link

The Pit

alkjash26 Oct 2019 5:28 UTC
29 points
7 comments8 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Sort­ing Peb­bles Into Cor­rect Heaps

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Aug 2008 1:00 UTC
152 points
108 comments4 min readLW link

A Modern Myth

Scott Alexander27 Feb 2017 17:29 UTC
20 points
1 comment49 min readLW link

The Ritual

Eliezer Yudkowsky11 Oct 2008 23:52 UTC
80 points
19 comments5 min readLW link

Philos­o­phy in the Dark­est Timeline: Ba­sics of the Evolu­tion of Meaning

Zack_M_Davis7 Jun 2020 7:52 UTC
109 points
17 comments14 min readLW link

God and Moses have a chat

Yitz17 Jun 2020 18:34 UTC
15 points
15 comments6 min readLW link

Zom­bies: The Movie

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Apr 2008 5:53 UTC
119 points
79 comments3 min readLW link

Three Wor­lds De­cide (5/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky3 Feb 2009 9:14 UTC
56 points
140 comments15 min readLW link

War and/​or Peace (2/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 Jan 2009 8:42 UTC
63 points
65 comments11 min readLW link

The Su­per Happy Peo­ple (3/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky1 Feb 2009 8:18 UTC
73 points
54 comments16 min readLW link

In­ter­lude with the Con­fes­sor (4/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Feb 2009 9:11 UTC
50 points
96 comments12 min readLW link

Nor­mal End­ing: Last Tears (6/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky4 Feb 2009 8:45 UTC
57 points
69 comments3 min readLW link

True End­ing: Sacri­fi­cial Fire (7/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky5 Feb 2009 10:57 UTC
34 points
91 comments8 min readLW link

Epi­logue: Atone­ment (8/​8)

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Feb 2009 11:52 UTC
58 points
194 comments6 min readLW link

Asches to Asches

Scott Alexander4 Jun 2014 2:16 UTC
36 points
0 comments9 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 2

lsusr30 Nov 2020 8:12 UTC
86 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 1: Jewish Space Laser

lsusr3 May 2021 20:15 UTC
79 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 2: Puppy Muffins

lsusr5 May 2021 5:42 UTC
63 points
10 comments3 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 4: Mousetrap

lsusr19 May 2021 3:17 UTC
37 points
1 comment3 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 5: Hivemind

lsusr21 May 2021 7:35 UTC
41 points
16 comments2 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 6: Mechwarrior

lsusr7 Jun 2021 20:20 UTC
43 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 7: Wildfire

lsusr8 Sep 2021 5:35 UTC
44 points
6 comments3 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 8: Antimatter

lsusr10 Sep 2021 5:01 UTC
26 points
5 comments3 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 12: The Sin­gu­lar­ity War

lsusr10 Oct 2021 1:04 UTC
23 points
6 comments2 min readLW link

The 9/​11 Meta-Truther Con­spir­acy Theory

Eliezer Yudkowsky22 Dec 2009 18:59 UTC
83 points
182 comments4 min readLW link

April Fools—Harry Pot­ter and the Meth­ods of Ra­tion­al­ity Joke Chapter

shokwave2 Apr 2012 2:47 UTC
29 points
43 comments1 min readLW link

The one where Quir­rell is an egg

Ben Pace15 Apr 2020 6:02 UTC
17 points
5 comments1 min readLW link
(www.reddit.com)

Fi­nal Words

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Apr 2009 21:12 UTC
148 points
60 comments9 min readLW link

Chap­ter 4: The Effi­cient Mar­ket Hypothesis

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
36 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

GPT-3 Fic­tion Samples

gwern25 Jun 2020 16:12 UTC
61 points
18 comments1 min readLW link
(www.gwern.net)

Is the Star Trek Fed­er­a­tion re­ally in­ca­pable of build­ing AI?

Kaj_Sotala18 Mar 2018 10:30 UTC
19 points
4 comments2 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

The Lizard Peo­ple Of Alpha Dra­co­nis 1 De­cided To Build An Ansible

Scott Alexander10 Aug 2017 0:33 UTC
26 points
1 comment5 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 Re­views: Zooli­tude and the Void

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

[Link] [Fic­tion] Ted Chi­ang: The Life­cy­cle of Soft­ware Objects

Kaj_Sotala24 Feb 2011 22:56 UTC
2 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

“The Life Cy­cle of Soft­ware Ob­jects” by Chi­ang is available for free

NancyLebovitz10 Oct 2010 9:49 UTC
10 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Null-box­ing New­comb’s Problem

Yitz13 Jul 2020 16:32 UTC
30 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

Good tran­shu­man­ist fic­tion?

NancyLebovitz13 Oct 2012 14:47 UTC
13 points
68 comments1 min readLW link

Chap­ter 3: Com­par­ing Real­ity To Its Alternatives

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
40 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

Chap­ter 5: The Fun­da­men­tal At­tri­bu­tion Error

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
32 points
2 comments11 min readLW link

Chap­ter 6: The Plan­ning Fallacy

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
40 points
1 comment32 min readLW link

Chap­ter 7: Reciprocation

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
35 points
6 comments36 min readLW link

Chap­ter 8: Pos­i­tive Bias

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
29 points
4 comments19 min readLW link

The Hero With A Thou­sand Chances

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 Jul 2009 4:25 UTC
117 points
169 comments9 min readLW link

If Many-Wor­lds Had Come First

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 May 2008 7:43 UTC
73 points
181 comments9 min readLW link

[Question] Harry Pot­ter and meth­ods of ra­tio­nal­ity al­ter­na­tive end­ing.

Klen Salubri1 Jul 2020 18:51 UTC
13 points
25 comments1 min readLW link

Where Physics Meets Experience

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Apr 2008 4:58 UTC
55 points
37 comments11 min readLW link

A Day in Utopia

ozymandias22 Nov 2017 16:57 UTC
15 points
10 comments5 min readLW link

A parable in the style of In­visi­ble Cities

Daniel Kokotajlo16 Dec 2019 15:55 UTC
41 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

The Sal­mon of Knowledge

Conor White-Sullivan18 Mar 2018 3:45 UTC
11 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

[Question] Has any­one writ­ten sto­ries hap­pen­ing in Han­son’s em world?

Mati_Roy21 Sep 2020 14:37 UTC
16 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

Bayesian Nights (Ra­tion­al­ist Story Time)

[deleted]15 Nov 2010 2:20 UTC
28 points
30 comments1 min readLW link

Thomas Anderson

lsusr30 Nov 2020 5:16 UTC
12 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 3

lsusr1 Dec 2020 12:43 UTC
116 points
11 comments2 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 4

lsusr3 Dec 2020 23:42 UTC
82 points
21 comments4 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 5

lsusr5 Dec 2020 1:23 UTC
99 points
8 comments3 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 9

lsusr20 Dec 2020 9:22 UTC
81 points
15 comments2 min readLW link

Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 10

lsusr24 Dec 2020 8:33 UTC
54 points
22 comments3 min readLW link

What didn’t happen

KatjaGrace15 Feb 2021 4:30 UTC
15 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(worldspiritsockpuppet.com)

The Accord

Timothy Underwood6 Apr 2021 15:44 UTC
22 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

The Nu­clear En­ergy Align­ment Problem

lsusr9 May 2021 3:50 UTC
16 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

The dumb­est kid in the world (joke)

CronoDAS6 Jun 2021 2:57 UTC
22 points
10 comments1 min readLW link

In­ter­nal Memo from Bleggs Universal

kithpendragon12 Jun 2021 16:44 UTC
24 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Pur­ple Lipstick

lsusr11 Aug 2021 9:36 UTC
13 points
3 comments2 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 9: Zombies

lsusr11 Sep 2021 5:57 UTC
37 points
15 comments3 min readLW link

The Study of Anglophysics

Scott Alexander3 Apr 2014 17:36 UTC
17 points
1 comment28 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 10: Spyware

lsusr29 Sep 2021 7:01 UTC
83 points
7 comments4 min readLW link

In­ter­view with Skynet

lsusr30 Sep 2021 2:20 UTC
48 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 11: Parabellum

lsusr9 Oct 2021 7:08 UTC
23 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

Bayeswatch 13: Spaceship

lsusr12 Oct 2021 21:35 UTC
29 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

In­tel­li­gence, epistemics, and san­ity, in three short parts

ozziegooen15 Oct 2021 4:01 UTC
13 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Lu­minos­ity (Twilight fan­fic) dis­cus­sion thread

FAWS25 Aug 2010 8:49 UTC
19 points
439 comments1 min readLW link

Les­sons from Isaac: Pit­falls of Reason

adamShimi8 May 2020 20:44 UTC
9 points
0 comments8 min readLW link

Use the Try Harder, Luke

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Oct 2008 10:52 UTC
147 points
45 comments2 min readLW link

Be­ware Iso­lated De­mands For Rigor

Scott Alexander2 Sep 2017 19:50 UTC
84 points
3 comments8 min readLW link

Two Cult Koans

Eliezer Yudkowsky21 Dec 2007 5:45 UTC
107 points
100 comments2 min readLW link

The Sim­ple Truth

Eliezer Yudkowsky1 Jan 2008 20:00 UTC
83 points
5 comments22 min readLW link

King Un­der The Moun­tain: Ad­ven­ture Log + Soundtrack

Scott Alexander25 Nov 2011 22:29 UTC
84 points
36 comments23 min readLW link

Spec­u­la­tive Evopsych, Ep. 1

Optimization Process22 Nov 2018 19:00 UTC
41 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

I no­tice that I am con­fused about Iden­tity and Resurrection

ialdabaoth14 Nov 2013 20:38 UTC
64 points
80 comments6 min readLW link

Ham­ster in Tutu Shuts Down Large Hadron Collider

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Nov 2009 16:29 UTC
47 points
73 comments2 min readLW link

Ti­mothy Chu Ori­gins Chap­ter 1

alkjash13 Apr 2018 18:40 UTC
13 points
1 comment6 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Launched: Friend­ship is Optimal

iceman15 Nov 2012 4:57 UTC
64 points
31 comments1 min readLW link

New Rat­fic: Nyssa in the Realm of Possibility

Alicorn9 Dec 2018 5:00 UTC
36 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Pas­cal’s Pyra­mid Scheme

patrissimo31 Jan 2010 18:56 UTC
12 points
15 comments3 min readLW link

Chap­ter 24: Machi­avel­lian In­tel­li­gence Hypothesis

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
14 points
0 comments14 min readLW link

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 1: Ex­po­sure Therapy

alkjash4 Mar 2018 4:50 UTC
24 points
6 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

A Much Bet­ter Life?

Psychohistorian3 Feb 2010 20:01 UTC
85 points
174 comments2 min readLW link

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 8: False Pentachotomy

alkjash8 Mar 2018 5:30 UTC
16 points
3 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

12020: a fine fu­ture for these holidays

Stuart_Armstrong25 Dec 2019 15:01 UTC
38 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Parfit’s Es­cape (Filk)

G Gordon Worley III29 Mar 2019 2:31 UTC
37 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 4: Notic­ing Confusion

alkjash5 Mar 2018 7:20 UTC
19 points
8 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 10: Gears-Like Models

alkjash9 Mar 2018 23:00 UTC
15 points
0 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 9: Dou­ble Crux

alkjash9 Mar 2018 0:10 UTC
17 points
3 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

The Rocket Align­ment Problem

Eliezer Yudkowsky4 Oct 2018 0:38 UTC
174 points
41 comments15 min readLW link

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 7: Out­side the Box

alkjash7 Mar 2018 5:50 UTC
17 points
1 comment3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 13: Ex­is­ten­tial Risk

alkjash11 Mar 2018 7:10 UTC
18 points
5 comments2 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Where Ex­pe­rience Con­fuses Physicists

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Apr 2008 5:05 UTC
30 points
30 comments8 min readLW link

Chap­ter 9: Ti­tle Redacted, Part 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 7:00 UTC
24 points
0 comments8 min readLW link

Chap­ter 10: Self Aware­ness, Part II

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
23 points
3 comments14 min readLW link

Chap­ter 11: Omake Files 1, 2, 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
19 points
2 comments9 min readLW link

Chap­ter 12: Im­pulse Control

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
19 points
2 comments13 min readLW link

Chap­ter 13: Ask­ing the Wrong Questions

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
18 points
1 comment22 min readLW link

Chap­ter 14: The Un­known and the Unknowable

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
18 points
4 comments16 min readLW link

Chap­ter 15: Conscientiousness

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
17 points
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Chap­ter 16: Lat­eral Thinking

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
19 points
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Chap­ter 17: Lo­cat­ing the Hypothesis

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
17 points
0 comments42 min readLW link

Chap­ter 18: Dom­i­nance Hierarchies

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
19 points
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Chap­ter 19: De­layed Gratification

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
23 points
2 comments26 min readLW link

Chap­ter 20: Bayes’s Theorem

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
24 points
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Chap­ter 21: Rationalization

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
26 points
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Chap­ter 22: The Scien­tific Method

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
19 points
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Chap­ter 23: Belief in Belief

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
17 points
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Chap­ter 25: Hold Off on Propos­ing Solutions

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
15 points
0 comments17 min readLW link

Chap­ter 26: Notic­ing Confusion

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
13 points
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Chap­ter 27: Empathy

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
11 points
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Chap­ter 28: Reductionism

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
11 points
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Chap­ter 29: Ego­cen­tric Bias

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
15 points
0 comments19 min readLW link

Chap­ter 30: Work­ing in Group, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
6 points
2 comments25 min readLW link

Chap­ter 31: Work­ing in Groups, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
10 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Chap­ter 32: In­ter­lude: Per­sonal Fi­nan­cial Management

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
10 points
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Chap­ter 33: Co­or­di­na­tion Prob­lems, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
9 points
0 comments33 min readLW link

Chap­ter 34: Co­or­di­na­tion Prob­lems, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
6 points
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Chap­ter 35: Co­or­di­na­tion Prob­lems, Pt 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
7 points
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Chap­ter 36: Sta­tus Differentials

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
11 points
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Chap­ter 37: In­ter­lude: Cross­ing the Boundary

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
8 points
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Chap­ter 38: The Car­di­nal Sin

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
9 points
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Chap­ter 39: Pre­tend­ing to be Wise, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
10 points
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Chap­ter 40: Pre­tend­ing to be Wise, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
7 points
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Chap­ter 41: Frontal Override

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
7 points
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Chap­ter 42: Courage

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
8 points
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Chap­ter 43: Hu­man­ism, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
6 points
1 comment23 min readLW link

Chap­ter 44: Hu­man­ism, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
9 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

Chap­ter 45: Hu­man­ism, Pt 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
16 points
4 comments11 min readLW link

Chap­ter 46: Hu­man­ism, Pt 4

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
7 points
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Chap­ter 47: Per­son­hood Theory

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
11 points
0 comments39 min readLW link

Chap­ter 48: Utili­tar­ian Priorities

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
7 points
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Chap­ter 49: Prior Information

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
9 points
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Chap­ter 50: Self Centeredness

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
3 points
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Chap­ter 51: Ti­tle Redacted, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
8 points
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Chap­ter 52: The Stan­ford Pri­son Ex­per­i­ment, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
5 points
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Chap­ter 53: The Stan­ford Pri­son Ex­per­i­ment, Pt 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
7 points
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Chap­ter 54: The Stan­ford Pri­son Ex­per­i­ment, Pt 4

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
7 points
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Chap­ter 55: The Stan­ford Pri­son Ex­per­i­ment, Pt 5

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 56: TSPE, Con­strained Optimization

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 57: TSPE, Con­strained Cog­ni­tion, Pt 7

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 58: TSPE, Con­strained Cog­ni­tion, Pt 8

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 59: TSPE, Cu­ri­os­ity, Pt 9

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 60: The Stan­ford Pri­son Ex­per­i­ment, Pt 10

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 61: TSPE, Se­crecy and Open­ness, Pt 11

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 62: The Stan­ford Pri­son Ex­per­i­ment, Final

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 63: TSPE, Aftermaths

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 64: Omake Files 4, Alter­nate Parallels

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 65: Con­ta­gious Lies

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 66: Self Ac­tu­al­iza­tion, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 67: Self Ac­tu­al­iza­tion, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 68: Self Ac­tu­al­iza­tion, Pt 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 69: Self Ac­tu­al­iza­tion, Pt 4

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 70: Self Ac­tu­al­iza­tion, Pt 5

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 71: Self Ac­tu­al­iza­tion, Pt 6

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 72: SA, Plau­si­ble De­ni­a­bil­ity, Pt 7

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 73: SA, The Sa­cred and the Mun­dane, Pt 8

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 74: SA, Es­ca­la­tion of Con­flicts, Pt 9

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 75: Self Ac­tu­al­iza­tion Fi­nal, Responsibility

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 76: In­ter­lude with the Con­fes­sor: Sunk Costs

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 77: SA, After­maths: Sur­face Appearances

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 78: Ta­boo Trade­offs Pre­lude: Cheating

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 79: Ta­boo Trade­offs, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 80: Ta­boo Trade­offs, Pt 2, The Horns Effect

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 81: Ta­boo Trade­offs, Pt 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 82: Ta­boo Trade­offs, Final

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 83: Ta­boo Trade­offs, After­math 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 84: Ta­boo Trade­offs, After­math 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 85: Ta­boo Trade­offs, After­math 3, Distance

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 86: Mul­ti­ple Hy­poth­e­sis Testing

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 87: He­donic Awareness

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 88: Time Pres­sure, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 89: Time Pres­sure, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 90: Roles, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 91: Roles, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 92: Roles, Pt 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 93: Roles, Pt 4

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 94: Roles, Pt 5

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 95: Roles, Pt 6

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 96: Roles, Pt 7

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 97: Roles, Pt 8

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 98: Roles, Final

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 99: Roles, Aftermath

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 100: Pre­cau­tion­ary Mea­sures, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 101: Pre­cau­tion­ary Mea­sures, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 102: Caring

Eliezer Yudkowsky1 Jan 2014 22:46 UTC
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Chap­ter 103: Tests

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 104: The Truth, Pt 1, Rid­dles and Answers

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 105: The Truth, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 106: The Truth, Pt 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 107: The Truth, Pt 4

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 108: The Truth, Pt 5, An­swers and Riddles

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 109: Reflections

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 110: Reflec­tions, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 111: Failure, Pt 1

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 112: Failure, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 113: Fi­nal Exam

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 114: Shut Up and Do The Impossible

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 115: Shut Up and Do The Im­pos­si­ble, Pt 2

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 116: After­math, Some­thing to Pro­tect, Pt 0

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 117: Some­thing to Pro­tect: Min­erva McGonagall

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 118: Some­thing to Pro­tect: Pro­fes­sor Quirrell

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 119: Some­thing to Pro­tect: Albus Dumbledore

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 120: Some­thing to Pro­tect: Draco Malfoy

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 121: Some­thing to Pro­tect: Severus Snape

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Chap­ter 122: Some­thing to Pro­tect: Hermione Granger

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
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Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 3: Murphyjitsu

alkjash5 Mar 2018 2:40 UTC
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The Aliens have Landed!

TimFreeman19 May 2011 17:09 UTC
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Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 11: Resolve

alkjash10 Mar 2018 6:40 UTC
14 points
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Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 6: Per­verse Incentives

alkjash7 Mar 2018 3:50 UTC
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(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Mur­phy’s Quest Ch 5: Fail Gracefully

alkjash6 Mar 2018 5:10 UTC
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The Man­ual Economy

eapache7 Aug 2020 22:29 UTC
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Short fic about uFAI

[deleted]2 Jan 2011 14:13 UTC
42 points
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The Fi­nale of the Ul­ti­mate Meta Mega Crossover

Eliezer Yudkowsky20 Sep 2009 17:21 UTC
40 points
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The most im­por­tant step

Jsevillamol24 Mar 2018 12:34 UTC
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Hell Must Be Destroyed

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The Amaz­ing Vir­gin Pregnancy

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Dec 2007 14:00 UTC
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The pa­per­clip max­imiser’s perspective

Angela1 May 2015 0:24 UTC
45 points
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Agree, Re­tort, or Ig­nore? A Post From the Future

Wei_Dai24 Nov 2009 22:29 UTC
37 points
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[Link] Short story by Yvain

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S.E.A.R.L.E’s COBOL room

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Alle­gory On AI Risk, Game The­ory, and Mithril

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[FICTION] Ham­let and the Philoso­pher’s Stone

HonoreDB25 Oct 2011 22:31 UTC
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Fic­tion: LW-in­spired scenelet

DataPacRat27 Jan 2012 6:43 UTC
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Three Parables of Microeconomics

jimrandomh9 May 2014 18:18 UTC
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40 comments3 min readLW link

Re­v­erse Psychology

Scott Alexander18 Jul 2015 4:25 UTC
32 points
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[Fic­tion] IO.SYS

DataPacRat10 Mar 2019 21:23 UTC
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Caelum est Con­ter­rens: I frankly don’t see how this is a hor­ror story

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Rus­sian Cynicism

alkjash18 Jan 2018 2:06 UTC
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What strange and an­cient things might we find be­neath the ice?

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The hu­man problem

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Univer­sal Eudaimonia

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It Was You Who Made My Blue Eyes Blue

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A Story of Kings and Spies

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Forc­ing Freedom

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The Witch­ing Hour

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14 points
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Short Story: Quarantine

Dias10 Jun 2015 1:21 UTC
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Plau­si­ble A.I. Take­off Sce­nario Short Story

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Hyakujo’s Fox

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Mar 2009 10:14 UTC
13 points
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Fic­tion: Let­ter from the End

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Fic­tion of interest

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[Story] Rejection

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The First Koan: Drink­ing the Hot Iron Ball

Annoyance7 May 2009 17:41 UTC
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An ex­er­cise in re­ally go­ing through with it

[deleted]23 Apr 2012 23:17 UTC
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Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 13

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Luna Love­g­ood and the Cham­ber of Se­crets—Part 12

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Three Sto­ries about not Think­ing too Hard

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The sailor’s wife

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AIDun­geon 3.1

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I’m from a par­allel Earth with much higher co­or­di­na­tion: AMA

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[REPOST] The Demiurge’s Older Brother

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