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[Question] What makes peo­ple in­tel­lec­tu­ally ac­tive?

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

johnswentworth28 Aug 2021 17:52 UTC
433 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
77 points
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The Zet­telkas­ten Method

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

Cap­tur­ing Ideas

abramdemski9 Sep 2020 21:20 UTC
73 points
12 comments9 min readLW link

Paper read­ing as a Cargo Cult

jem-mosig7 Aug 2022 7:50 UTC
70 points
10 comments5 min readLW link

Writ­ing to think

Adam Zerner17 Nov 2020 7:54 UTC
65 points
27 comments5 min readLW link

Spiral Staircase

Michael Samoilov1 Aug 2023 21:51 UTC
19 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Align­ment Re­search Field Guide

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

Start Un­der the Streetlight, then Push into the Shadows

lukeprog24 Jun 2013 0:49 UTC
52 points
29 comments8 min readLW link

De­liber­ate and spon­ta­neous creativity

Kaj_Sotala29 Mar 2009 19:45 UTC
28 points
30 comments4 min readLW link

Fo­rum par­ti­ci­pa­tion as a re­search strategy

Wei Dai30 Jul 2019 18:09 UTC
151 points
45 comments3 min readLW link1 review

My Trial Pe­riod as an In­de­pen­dent Align­ment Researcher

Bart Bussmann8 Aug 2023 14:16 UTC
33 points
1 comment3 min readLW link

Short Notes on Re­search Process

Shoshannah Tekofsky22 Feb 2023 23:41 UTC
21 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

At­tributes of suc­cess­ful professors

electroswing13 Apr 2023 20:38 UTC
13 points
8 comments5 min readLW link

Level­ing Up Or Level­ing Off? Un­der­stand­ing The Science Be­hind Skill Plateaus

lynettebye16 Jun 2023 0:18 UTC
45 points
9 comments18 min readLW link

[Question] Build knowl­edge base first, or backchain?

NicholasKross17 Jul 2023 3:44 UTC
11 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] How nec­es­sary is in­tu­ition, for ad­vanced math?

NicholasKross20 Jul 2023 0:18 UTC
11 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

Vi­sual Bab­ble and Prune

DirectedEvolution4 Jun 2020 18:49 UTC
46 points
2 comments8 min readLW link

Mee­tups as In­sti­tu­tions for In­tel­lec­tual Progress

mingyuan17 Sep 2019 5:23 UTC
91 points
26 comments7 min readLW link

Novelty Gen­er­a­tion—The Art of Good Ideas

Shoshannah Tekofsky20 Aug 2022 0:36 UTC
15 points
2 comments9 min readLW link

How to do the­o­ret­i­cal re­search, a per­sonal perspective

Mark Xu19 Aug 2022 19:41 UTC
87 points
6 comments15 min readLW link

[Ex­plo­ra­tory] What does it mean that an ex­per­i­ment is high bit?

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

22 Sep 2022 18:41 UTC
54 points
6 comments9 min readLW link

The Feel­ing of Idea Scarcity

johnswentworth31 Dec 2022 17:34 UTC
233 points
22 comments5 min readLW link1 review

Up­date on Book Re­view Dom­i­nant As­surance Contract

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

Akash14 Feb 2023 23:27 UTC
88 points
14 comments3 min readLW link

Ask­ing for help as an O(1) lookup

Adam Zerner17 Sep 2023 0:25 UTC
19 points
2 comments6 min readLW link

Joseph Bloom on choos­ing AI Align­ment over bio, what many as­piring re­searchers get wrong, and more (in­ter­view)

17 Sep 2023 18:45 UTC
27 points
2 comments8 min readLW link

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

jacobjacob20 Nov 2020 19:08 UTC
33 points
14 comments2 min readLW link

Paper-Read­ing for Gears

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

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

DirectedEvolution2 Sep 2021 16:36 UTC
16 points
21 comments11 min readLW link

How to Find a Problem

J Bostock8 Sep 2021 20:05 UTC
9 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

A Tax­on­omy of Research

J Bostock8 Sep 2021 19:30 UTC
5 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Film Study for Research

jsteinhardt14 Sep 2021 18:53 UTC
50 points
7 comments6 min readLW link

[Question] How can one train philo­soph­i­cal skill?

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

adamShimi18 Oct 2021 8:57 UTC
33 points
1 comment12 min readLW link

How the ---- did Feyn­man Get Here !?

George3d618 Jul 2022 9:43 UTC
8 points
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(www.epistem.ink)

How (not) to choose a re­search project

9 Aug 2022 0:26 UTC
79 points
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Tell Your Ra­tion­al­ist Ori­gin Story… at Less Wrong

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

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

Shoshannah Tekofsky22 Sep 2022 20:47 UTC
17 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

[Question] Can a stupid per­son be­come in­tel­li­gent?

A. T.8 Nov 2023 19:01 UTC
12 points
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[Question] How do you man­age your in­puts?

Mateusz Bagiński28 Mar 2023 18:26 UTC
15 points
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Vi­su­al­iz­ing Learned Rep­re­sen­ta­tions of Rice Disease

muhia_bee3 Oct 2022 9:09 UTC
7 points
0 comments4 min readLW link
(indecisive-sand-24a.notion.site)

An­tag­o­nis­tic AI

Xybermancer1 Mar 2024 18:50 UTC
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