In­tel­lec­tual Progress (In­di­vi­d­ual-Level)

TagLast edit: 25 Sep 2020 18:55 UTC by abramdemski

This tag is closely related to Scholarship & Learning. However, Scholarship & Learning covers learning existing material, almost to the exclusion of developing new ideas. The present tag is exclusively about developing new ideas (or at least new-to-you ideas which could have been new to the world, if someone else hadn’t invented them yet).

As you can see from the names, Intellectual Progress (Society Level) is a related tag which deals with how progress happens for whole societies. The present tag deals with the same theme on an individual level.

Posts on making progress in small groups are also welcome to this tag. The relevant cutoff is not the number of people (one vs many), but rather, the relevance to an individual who is trying to make intellectual progress. If a post is on the nuts-and-bolts process of making intellectual progress happen, it belongs here.

[Question] What makes peo­ple in­tel­lec­tu­ally ac­tive?

abramdemski29 Dec 2018 22:29 UTC
102 points
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How To Write Quickly While Main­tain­ing Epistemic Rigor

johnswentworth28 Aug 2021 17:52 UTC
389 points
38 comments4 min readLW link3 reviews

For progress to be by ac­cu­mu­la­tion and not by ran­dom walk, read great books

MichaelVassar2 Mar 2010 8:11 UTC
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The Zet­telkas­ten Method

abramdemski20 Sep 2019 13:15 UTC
212 points
90 comments42 min readLW link3 reviews

Cap­tur­ing Ideas

abramdemski9 Sep 2020 21:20 UTC
71 points
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Writ­ing to think

Adam Zerner17 Nov 2020 7:54 UTC
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Paper read­ing as a Cargo Cult

jem-mosig7 Aug 2022 7:50 UTC
66 points
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Vi­sual Bab­ble and Prune

DirectedEvolution4 Jun 2020 18:49 UTC
46 points
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Mee­tups as In­sti­tu­tions for In­tel­lec­tual Progress

mingyuan17 Sep 2019 5:23 UTC
91 points
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Align­ment Re­search Field Guide

abramdemski8 Mar 2019 19:57 UTC
251 points
9 comments17 min readLW link2 reviews

Start Un­der the Streetlight, then Push into the Shadows

lukeprog24 Jun 2013 0:49 UTC
51 points
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De­liber­ate and spon­ta­neous creativity

Kaj_Sotala29 Mar 2009 19:45 UTC
28 points
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Fo­rum par­ti­ci­pa­tion as a re­search strategy

Wei_Dai30 Jul 2019 18:09 UTC
139 points
42 comments3 min readLW link1 review

[Question] Why is there a “clogged drain­pipe” effect in idea gen­er­a­tion?

jacobjacob20 Nov 2020 19:08 UTC
24 points
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Paper-Read­ing for Gears

johnswentworth4 Dec 2019 21:02 UTC
156 points
6 comments4 min readLW link1 review

Lak­shmi’s Magic Rope: An In­tu­itive Ex­pla­na­tion of Ra­manu­jan Primes

DirectedEvolution2 Sep 2021 16:36 UTC
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How to Find a Problem

Jemist8 Sep 2021 20:05 UTC
9 points
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A Tax­on­omy of Research

Jemist8 Sep 2021 19:30 UTC
5 points
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Film Study for Research

jsteinhardt14 Sep 2021 18:53 UTC
50 points
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[Question] How can one train philo­soph­i­cal skill?

abramdemski30 Sep 2021 14:56 UTC
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Epistemic Strate­gies of Selec­tion Theorems

adamShimi18 Oct 2021 8:57 UTC
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How the ---- did Feyn­man Get Here !?

George3d618 Jul 2022 9:43 UTC
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How (not) to choose a re­search project

9 Aug 2022 0:26 UTC
76 points
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Novelty Gen­er­a­tion—The Art of Good Ideas

Shoshannah Tekofsky20 Aug 2022 0:36 UTC
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How to do the­o­ret­i­cal re­search, a per­sonal perspective

Mark Xu19 Aug 2022 19:41 UTC
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[Ex­plo­ra­tory] What does it mean that an ex­per­i­ment is high bit?

Johannes C. Mayer5 Sep 2022 3:13 UTC
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Method­olog­i­cal Ther­apy: An Agenda For Tack­ling Re­search Bottlenecks

22 Sep 2022 18:41 UTC
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The Feel­ing of Idea Scarcity

johnswentworth31 Dec 2022 17:34 UTC
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Up­date on Book Re­view Dom­i­nant As­surance Contract

Arjun Panickssery3 Feb 2023 23:16 UTC
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Qual­ities that al­ign­ment men­tors value in ju­nior researchers

Akash14 Feb 2023 23:27 UTC
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Short Notes on Re­search Process

Shoshannah Tekofsky22 Feb 2023 23:41 UTC
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Tell Your Ra­tion­al­ist Ori­gin Story… at Less Wrong

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Feb 2009 4:06 UTC
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Books Wor­thy of Integration

Roven Skyfal20 Feb 2022 8:03 UTC
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Let’s Com­pare Notes

Shoshannah Tekofsky22 Sep 2022 20:47 UTC
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Vi­su­al­iz­ing Learned Rep­re­sen­ta­tions of Rice Disease

muhia_bee3 Oct 2022 9:09 UTC
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