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Mo­ti­vated Reasoning

TagLast edit: 1 Oct 2020 22:49 UTC by Ruby

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

G Gordon Worley III3 Apr 2021 14:03 UTC
21 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

The Proper Use of Doubt

Eliezer Yudkowsky6 Aug 2007 20:29 UTC
63 points
31 comments3 min readLW link

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

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

Ikaxas3 Sep 2018 3:34 UTC
15 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

Is That Your True Re­jec­tion?

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

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

Kaj_Sotala15 May 2020 13:21 UTC
67 points
38 comments19 min readLW link

Sunk Cost Fallacy

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

Belief as Attire

Eliezer Yudkowsky2 Aug 2007 17:13 UTC
76 points
104 comments2 min readLW link

Belief in Belief

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

Strate­gic ig­no­rance and plau­si­ble deniability

Kaj_Sotala10 Aug 2011 9:30 UTC
57 points
58 comments4 min readLW link

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

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

In­tegrity and ac­countabil­ity are core parts of rationality

habryka15 Jul 2019 20:22 UTC
136 points
66 comments6 min readLW link2 nominations1 review

Mul­ti­ple Fac­tor Ex­pla­na­tions Should Not Ap­pear One-Sided

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

Fake Op­ti­miza­tion Criteria

Eliezer Yudkowsky10 Nov 2007 0:10 UTC
52 points
20 comments3 min readLW link

Is RL in­volved in sen­sory pro­cess­ing?

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

Beliefs as emo­tional strategies

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

Al­gorithms of De­cep­tion!

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

Undis­crim­i­nat­ing Skepticism

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

Si­mul­ta­neously Right and Wrong

Scott Alexander7 Mar 2009 22:55 UTC
105 points
62 comments3 min readLW link

The Power to Judge Startup Ideas

Liron4 Sep 2019 15:07 UTC
82 points
31 comments8 min readLW link

Wron­gol­ogy 101

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

Just Lose Hope Already

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Feb 2007 0:39 UTC
87 points
77 comments1 min readLW link

Avoid­ing Your Belief’s Real Weak Points

Eliezer Yudkowsky5 Oct 2007 1:59 UTC
87 points
211 comments4 min readLW link

Priv­ileg­ing the Hypothesis

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Sep 2009 0:40 UTC
75 points
131 comments5 min readLW link

An Out­side View on Less Wrong’s Advice

Mass_Driver7 Jul 2011 4:46 UTC
78 points
160 comments8 min readLW link

Lifeism in the midst of death

TobyBartels9 Dec 2012 13:28 UTC
91 points
18 comments4 min readLW link

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

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Feb 2010 7:58 UTC
71 points
228 comments8 min readLW link

Miss­ing the Trees for the Forest

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

One Ar­gu­ment Against An Army

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

What Can We Learn About Hu­man Psy­chol­ogy from Chris­tian Apolo­get­ics?

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

Fre­quently Asked Ques­tions for Cen­tral Banks Un­der­shoot­ing Their In­fla­tion Target

Eliezer Yudkowsky29 Oct 2017 23:36 UTC
26 points
28 comments35 min readLW link

The Statis­ti­cian’s Fallacy

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

Fake Justification

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

Mo­ti­vated Stop­ping and Mo­ti­vated Continuation

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Oct 2007 23:10 UTC
52 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

Belief in Belief vs. Internalization

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

Cyn­i­cal About Cynicism

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

De­mands for Par­tic­u­lar Proof: Appendices

Eliezer Yudkowsky15 Feb 2010 7:58 UTC
34 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
35 points
38 comments4 min readLW link

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

Notes on Fairness

David_Gross7 Dec 2020 18:52 UTC
18 points
4 comments7 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
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