Mo­ti­va­tional In­tro Posts

TagLast edit: 5 Apr 2021 17:40 UTC by jimrandomh

Posts which (we theorize) are good to show to new users, to get them excited about rationality. Posts listed here should be high-quality classics, should be accessible without having previously read the Sequences or anything else on LessWrong, and should somehow convince a certain sort of reader that rationality is important, and they want to read more about it. A good motivational intro post might argue the value of rationality directly, or it might point out a reasoning flaw which people recognize strongly in themselves, or it might introduce a rationality concept which is particularly sticky.

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On Caring

So8res15 Oct 2014 1:59 UTC
225 points
276 comments10 min readLW link

The Mar­tial Art of Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky22 Nov 2006 20:00 UTC
253 points
47 comments3 min readLW link

Tsuyoku Nar­i­tai! (I Want To Be­come Stronger)

Eliezer Yudkowsky27 Mar 2007 17:49 UTC
299 points
82 comments3 min readLW link

The non­cen­tral fal­lacy—the worst ar­gu­ment in the world?

Scott Alexander27 Aug 2012 3:36 UTC
407 points
1,768 comments7 min readLW link

What Do We Mean By “Ra­tion­al­ity”?

Eliezer Yudkowsky16 Mar 2009 22:33 UTC
325 points
16 comments6 min readLW link

Effi­cient Char­ity: Do Unto Others...

Scott Alexander24 Dec 2010 21:26 UTC
205 points
322 comments6 min readLW link

Diseased think­ing: dis­solv­ing ques­tions about disease

Scott Alexander30 May 2010 21:16 UTC
515 points
357 comments9 min readLW link

Know­ing About Bi­ases Can Hurt People

Eliezer Yudkowsky4 Apr 2007 18:01 UTC
197 points
82 comments2 min readLW link

Hu­mans are not au­to­mat­i­cally strategic

AnnaSalamon8 Sep 2010 7:02 UTC
511 points
277 comments4 min readLW link

Wikipe­dia as an in­tro­duc­tion to the al­ign­ment problem

SoerenMind29 May 2023 18:43 UTC
83 points
10 comments1 min readLW link
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