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Mo­ti­vated Reasoning

TagLast edit: 12 May 2022 14:50 UTC by leplen

Motivated Reasoning is a label for various mental processes that lead to desired conclusions regardless of the veracity of those conclusions.

Related: Confirmation Bias, Rationalization, Self-deception

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Forc­ing your­self to keep your iden­tity small is self-harm

Gordon Seidoh Worley3 Apr 2021 14:03 UTC
38 points
10 comments2 min readLW link

Fake Justification

Eliezer Yudkowsky1 Nov 2007 3:57 UTC
115 points
59 comments3 min readLW link

Beliefs as emo­tional strategies

Kaj_Sotala9 Apr 2021 14:28 UTC
68 points
4 comments8 min readLW link

One Ar­gu­ment Against An Army

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Aug 2007 18:39 UTC
95 points
36 comments2 min readLW link

The Proper Use of Doubt

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Aug 2007 20:29 UTC
84 points
34 comments3 min readLW link

So­cial Im­pact, Effec­tive Altru­ism, and Mo­ti­vated Cognition

JonahS8 Jun 2013 2:31 UTC
16 points
20 comments2 min readLW link

A Pro­cess for Deal­ing with Mo­ti­vated Reasoning

Vaughn Papenhausen3 Sep 2018 3:34 UTC
15 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

Is That Your True Re­jec­tion?

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Dec 2008 14:26 UTC
145 points
100 comments3 min readLW link

Crav­ing, suffer­ing, and pre­dic­tive pro­cess­ing (three char­ac­ter­is­tics se­ries)

Kaj_Sotala15 May 2020 13:21 UTC
84 points
56 comments19 min readLW link

Sunk Cost Fallacy

Z_M_Davis12 Apr 2009 17:30 UTC
40 points
44 comments2 min readLW link

Belief as Attire

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Aug 2007 17:13 UTC
123 points
105 comments2 min readLW link

Belief in Belief

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Jul 2007 17:49 UTC
186 points
176 comments5 min readLW link

Strate­gic ig­no­rance and plau­si­ble deniability

Kaj_Sotala10 Aug 2011 9:30 UTC
60 points
59 comments4 min readLW link

[Valence se­ries] 3. Valence & Beliefs

Steven Byrnes11 Dec 2023 20:21 UTC
63 points
6 comments21 min readLW link

In­tegrity and ac­countabil­ity are core parts of rationality

habryka15 Jul 2019 20:22 UTC
153 points
66 comments6 min readLW link1 review

“You can’t pos­si­bly suc­ceed with­out [My Pet Is­sue]”

Raemon19 Dec 2019 1:12 UTC
52 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

The Hip­pie Rab­bit Hole -Nuggets of Gold in Rivers of Bullshit

Jonathan Moregård5 Jan 2024 18:27 UTC
37 points
20 comments8 min readLW link
(honestliving.substack.com)

Im­mod­esty, De­ceit and Mo­ti­vated Reasoning

whpearson29 Oct 2017 10:34 UTC
7 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

[Link] Ide­ol­ogy, Mo­ti­vated Rea­son­ing, and Cog­ni­tive Reflec­tion: An Ex­per­i­men­tal Study

[deleted]2 Dec 2012 14:43 UTC
24 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

LINK: Study demon­strates poli­ti­cally mo­ti­vated innumeracy

Alejandro14 Sep 2013 18:14 UTC
24 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Mul­ti­ple Fac­tor Ex­pla­na­tions Should Not Ap­pear One-Sided

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

Fake Op­ti­miza­tion Criteria

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Nov 2007 0:10 UTC
66 points
21 comments3 min readLW link

Is RL in­volved in sen­sory pro­cess­ing?

Steven Byrnes18 Mar 2021 13:57 UTC
21 points
21 comments5 min readLW link

A brief re­view of The Scout Mindset

Adam Zerner26 Aug 2021 20:47 UTC
14 points
0 comments3 min readLW link
(www.goodreads.com)

The hor­ror of what must, yet can­not, be true

Kaj_Sotala2 Jun 2022 10:20 UTC
52 points
18 comments2 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

Truth seek­ing is mo­ti­vated cognition

Gordon Seidoh Worley7 Oct 2022 19:19 UTC
6 points
39 comments3 min readLW link

Notes on Fairness

David Gross7 Dec 2020 18:52 UTC
20 points
4 comments7 min readLW link

You’re En­ti­tled to Ar­gu­ments, But Not (That Par­tic­u­lar) Proof

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Feb 2010 7:58 UTC
87 points
229 comments8 min readLW link

Miss­ing the Trees for the Forest

Scott Alexander22 Jul 2009 3:23 UTC
85 points
159 comments7 min readLW link

What Can We Learn About Hu­man Psy­chol­ogy from Chris­tian Apolo­get­ics?

ChrisHallquist21 Oct 2013 22:02 UTC
66 points
162 comments8 min readLW link

Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions for Cen­tral Banks Un­der­shoot­ing Their In­fla­tion Target

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Oct 2017 23:36 UTC
52 points
30 comments35 min readLW link

Si­mul­ta­neously Right and Wrong

Scott Alexander7 Mar 2009 22:55 UTC
112 points
63 comments3 min readLW link

The Statis­ti­cian’s Fallacy

ChrisHallquist9 Dec 2013 4:48 UTC
63 points
69 comments3 min readLW link

Scout Mind­set and Lat­ter-Day Saint Apostasy

Erich_Grunewald23 Oct 2021 14:18 UTC
21 points
1 comment18 min readLW link
(www.erichgrunewald.com)

A pos­si­ble check against mo­ti­vated rea­son­ing us­ing elicit.org

david reinstein18 May 2022 20:52 UTC
3 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Mo­ti­vated Stop­ping and Mo­ti­vated Continuation

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Oct 2007 23:10 UTC
83 points
8 comments3 min readLW link

Ex­pert trap: What is it? (Part 1 of 3) – how hind­sight, hi­er­ar­chy, and con­fir­ma­tion bi­ases break con­duc­tivity and ac­cu­racy of knowledge

Paweł Sysiak9 Jun 2023 23:00 UTC
6 points
2 comments8 min readLW link

Belief in Belief vs. Internalization

Desrtopa29 Nov 2010 3:12 UTC
42 points
59 comments2 min readLW link

Cyn­i­cal About Cynicism

Eliezer Yudkowsky17 Feb 2009 0:49 UTC
70 points
27 comments2 min readLW link

Ex­pert trap: Why is it hap­pen­ing? (Part 2 of 3) – how hind­sight, hi­er­ar­chy, and con­fir­ma­tion bi­ases break con­duc­tivity and ac­cu­racy of knowledge

Paweł Sysiak9 Jun 2023 23:00 UTC
3 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Be­ware Iso­lated De­mands For Rigor

Scott Alexander2 Sep 2017 19:50 UTC
118 points
5 comments8 min readLW link

De­mands for Par­tic­u­lar Proof: Appendices

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Feb 2010 7:58 UTC
39 points
70 comments7 min readLW link

The Truth about Scots­men, or: Dis­solv­ing Fallacies

Tesseract5 Dec 2010 21:57 UTC
37 points
36 comments3 min readLW link

Ex­plain­ing why false ideas spread is more fun than why true ones do

Matthew Barnett24 Nov 2019 20:21 UTC
30 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Tool ideology

PhilGoetz9 Sep 2011 22:37 UTC
36 points
66 comments2 min readLW link

Over­con­fi­dent Pessimism

lukeprog24 Nov 2012 0:47 UTC
37 points
38 comments4 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­iza­tion Max­i­mizes Ex­pected Value

Kevin Dorst30 Jul 2023 20:11 UTC
19 points
10 comments7 min readLW link
(kevindorst.substack.com)

The Think­ing Lad­der—Wait But Why

Liron29 Sep 2019 18:51 UTC
19 points
1 comment1 min readLW link
(waitbutwhy.com)

Would You Slap Your Father? Ar­ti­cle Link­age and Discussion

Annoyance2 Jun 2009 18:49 UTC
2 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Overly con­ve­nient clusters, or: Be­ware sour grapes

KnaveOfAllTrades2 Sep 2014 4:04 UTC
31 points
20 comments4 min readLW link

Two Kinds of Ir­ra­tional­ity and How to Avoid One of Them

ChrisHallquist2 Feb 2012 18:13 UTC
30 points
9 comments4 min readLW link

Dis­cus­sion: Was SBF a naive util­i­tar­ian, or a so­ciopath?

NicholasKross17 Nov 2022 2:52 UTC
0 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Undis­crim­i­nat­ing Skepticism

Eliezer Yudkowsky14 Mar 2010 23:23 UTC
136 points
1,361 comments9 min readLW link

Al­gorithms of De­cep­tion!

Zack_M_Davis19 Oct 2019 18:04 UTC
23 points
7 comments5 min readLW link

Mo­ti­vated Cog­ni­tion and the Mul­ti­verse of Truth

Q Home22 Nov 2022 12:51 UTC
8 points
16 comments24 min readLW link

The Mo­ti­vated Rea­son­ing Cri­tique of Effec­tive Altruism

Linch15 Sep 2021 1:43 UTC
26 points
0 comments23 min readLW link
(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

The Power to Judge Startup Ideas

Liron4 Sep 2019 15:07 UTC
93 points
28 comments8 min readLW link

Wron­gol­ogy 101

sarahconstantin25 Apr 2018 0:00 UTC
32 points
5 comments7 min readLW link
(srconstantin.wordpress.com)

Just Lose Hope Already

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Feb 2007 0:39 UTC
136 points
78 comments1 min readLW link

Avoid­ing Your Belief’s Real Weak Points

Eliezer Yudkowsky5 Oct 2007 1:59 UTC
157 points
212 comments4 min readLW link

Priv­ileg­ing the Hypothesis

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Sep 2009 0:40 UTC
116 points
130 comments5 min readLW link

An Out­side View on Less Wrong’s Advice

Mass_Driver7 Jul 2011 4:46 UTC
84 points
162 comments8 min readLW link

Lifeism in the midst of death

TobyBartels9 Dec 2012 13:28 UTC
97 points
19 comments4 min readLW link
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