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Rationality

Ra­tion­al­ity is the art of think­ing in ways that re­sult in ac­cu­rate be­liefs and good de­ci­sions. It is the pri­mary topic of LessWrong.

Ra­tion­al­ity is not only about avoid­ing the vices of self-de­cep­tion and obfus­ca­tion, but also about the virtue of cu­ri­os­ity, see­ing the world more clearly than be­fore, and achiev­ing things pre­vi­ously un­reach­able to you. The study of ra­tio­nal­ity on LessWrong in­cludes a the­o­ret­i­cal un­der­stand­ing of ideal cog­ni­tive al­gorithms, as well as build­ing a prac­tice that uses these ideal­ized al­gorithms to in­form heuris­tics, habits, and tech­niques, to suc­cess­fully rea­son and make de­ci­sions in the real world.

Topics cov­ered in ra­tio­nal­ity in­clude (but are not limited to): nor­ma­tive and the­o­ret­i­cal ex­plo­ra­tions of ideal rea­son­ing; the ca­pa­bil­ities and limi­ta­tions of our brain, mind and psy­chol­ogy; ap­plied ad­vice such as in­tro­spec­tion tech­niques and how to achieve truth col­lab­o­ra­tively; prac­ti­cal tech­niques and method­olo­gies for figur­ing out what’s true rang­ing from rough quan­ti­ta­tive mod­el­ing to full re­search guides.

Note that con­tent about how the world is can be found un­der World Model­ing, and prac­ti­cal ad­vice about how to change the world is cat­e­go­rized un­der World Op­ti­miza­tion or Prac­ti­cal.


The­ory /​ Concepts

An­ti­ci­pated Ex­pe­riences
Au­mann’s Agree­ment The­o­rem
Bayes The­o­rem
Bounded Ra­tion­al­i­ty
Con­ser­va­tion of Ex­pect­ed
Con­trar­i­anis­m
De­ci­sion The­o­ry
Episte­mol­o­gy
Game The­o­ry
Gears-Level
Han­so­nian Pre-Ra­tion­al­i­ty
Law-Think­ing
Map and Ter­ri­to­ry
New­comb’s Prob­lem
Oc­cam’s ra­zor
Ro­bust Agents
Solomonoff In­duc­tion
Truth, Se­man­tics, & Mean­ing
Utility Func­tions

Ap­plied Topics

Alief
Bet­ting
Cached Thought­s
Cal­ibra­tion
Dark Art­s
Em­piri­cis­m
Epistemic Modesty
Fore­cast­ing & Pre­dic­tion
Group Ra­tion­al­i­ty
I­den­ti­ty
In­side/​Out­side View
In­tro­spec­tion
In­tu­ition
Prac­tice & Philos­o­phy of Science
S­chol­ar­ship & Learn­ing
Tak­ing Ideas Se­ri­ous­ly
Value of In­for­ma­tion

Failure Modes

Affect Heuris­tic
Bucket Er­rors
Com­part­men­tal­iza­tion
Con­fir­ma­tion Bi­as
Fal­la­cies
Good­hart’s Law
Group­think
Heuris­tics and Bi­as­es
Mind Pro­jec­tion Fal­la­cy
Mo­ti­vated Rea­son­ing
Pi­ca
Pit­falls of Ra­tion­al­i­ty
Ra­tion­al­iza­tion
Self-De­cep­tion
Sunk-Cost Fallacy

Communication

Com­mon Knowl­edge
Con­ver­sa­tion
De­cou­pling vs Con­tex­tu­al­iz­ing
Disagree­men­t
Distil­la­tion & Ped­a­gogy
Dou­ble-Crux
Good Ex­pla­na­tions (Ad­vice)
Ide­olog­i­cal Tur­ing Test­s
In­fer­en­tial Dis­tance
In­for­ma­tion Cas­cades
Memetic Im­mune Sys­tem
Philos­o­phy of Language
Steelmanning

Techniques

Dou­ble-Crux
Fo­cus­ing
Goal Fac­tor­ing
In­ter­nal Dou­ble Crux
Ham­ming Ques­tion­s
Notic­ing
Tech­niques
Trig­ger Ac­tion Plan­ning/​Patterns

Models of the Mind

Con­scious­ness
Dual Pro­cess The­ory (Sys­tem 1 & 2)
Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence
Subagents
Pre­dic­tive Pro­cess­ing
Per­cep­tual Con­trol The­o­ry
Zom­bies

Other

Cen­ter for Ap­plied Ra­tion­al­i­ty
Cu­ri­os­i­ty
Ra­tion­al­ity Quotes
Up­dated Beliefs (ex­am­ples of)

This list is not com­pre­hen­sive! The tag­ging sys­tem is new. Many needed tags have not been cre­ated and/​or added to the above list.


What we’re call­ing “ra­tio­nal­ity”

A good heuris­tic is that ra­tio­nal­ity is about cog­ni­tive al­gorithms. Rather than be­ing a syn­onym for true or op­ti­mal, the term ra­tio­nal should be re­served for de­scribing whether or not a cog­ni­tive al­gorithm re­sults in true be­liefs and op­ti­mal ac­tions.

This is dis­tinct from prac­ti­cal ad­vice, such as how to im­prove re­la­tion­ships or im­ple­ment pro­duc­tivity sys­tems, which should not be con­sid­ered “ra­tio­nal­ity” per se. Some have pushed against la­bel­ing self-help as “ra­tio­nal dat­ing”, etc. for rea­sons along these lines [1, 2], and they are prob­a­bly cor­rect.

In ac­cor­dance with this, LessWrong clas­sifies most self-help type ad­vice un­der the World Op­ti­miza­tion tag and not the Ra­tion­al­ity tag.

Similarly, most ob­ject-level ma­te­rial about how the world is, e.g. math, biol­ogy, his­tory, etc. is tagged un­der World Model­ing tag, with ex­cep­tions for neu­ro­science and prob­a­bil­ity the­ory, etc., which have con­crete con­se­quences for how one ought to think.

Heuris­tics and Biases

Early ma­te­rial on LessWrong fre­quently de­scribes ra­tio­nal­ity with refer­ence to heuris­tics and bi­ases [1, 2]. In­deed, LessWrong grew out of the blog Over­com­ing Bias and even Ra­tion­al­ity: A-Z opens with a dis­cus­sion of bi­ases [1] with the open­ing chap­ter ti­tled Pre­dictably Wrong. The idea is that hu­man mind has been shown to sys­tem­at­i­cally make cer­tain er­rors of rea­son­ing, like con­fir­ma­tion bias. Ra­tion­al­ity then con­sists of over­com­ing these bi­ases.

Apart from the is­sue of the repli­ca­tion crises which dis­cred­ited many ex­am­ples of bias that were com­monly refer­enced on LessWrong, e.g. prim­ing, the “over­com­ing bi­ases” frame of ra­tio­nal­ity is too limited. Ra­tion­al­ity re­quires the de­vel­op­ment of many pos­i­tive skills, not just re­mov­ing nega­tive bi­ases to re­veal un­der­ly­ing perfect rea­son­ing. Th­ese are skills such as how to up­date the cor­rect amount in re­sponse to ev­i­dence, how to re­solve dis­agree­ments with oth­ers, how to in­tro­spect, and many more.

The Art and Science of Rationality

In a field like biol­ogy, we can draw a dis­tinc­tion be­tween the sci­ence of biol­ogy, which in­volves var­i­ous the­o­ries and em­piri­cal data about biolog­i­cal life, and the art of be­ing a biol­o­gist, which is the spe­cific way that a biol­o­gist thinks and plays with ideas and in­ter­acts to the world around them. Similarly, ra­tio­nal­ity is both a sci­ence and an art. There’s study of the iron-clad laws of rea­son­ing and me­chan­ics of the hu­man mind, but there’s also the gen­eral train­ing to be the kind of per­son who rea­sons well.

Rationalist

The term ra­tio­nal­ist as a de­scrip­tion of peo­ple is used in a cou­ple of ways. It can re­fer to some­one who en­deav­ors to think bet­ter and im­ple­ment as much ra­tio­nal­ity as they can. Many pre­fer the term as­piring ra­tio­nal­ist to con­vey that the iden­ti­fier is a claim to the goal of be­ing more ra­tio­nal rather than a claim of hav­ing at­tained it already.

Per­haps more com­monly, ra­tio­nal­ist is used to re­fer cul­turally to some­one as­so­ci­ated with var­i­ous ra­tio­nal­ist com­mu­ni­ties sep­a­rate from their efforts to im­prove their ra­tio­nal­ity.

Twelve Virtues of Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky
1 Jan 2006 8:00 UTC
60 points
1 comment7 min readLW link

Real­ity-Re­veal­ing and Real­ity-Mask­ing Puzzles

AnnaSalamon
16 Jan 2020 16:15 UTC
252 points
54 comments13 min readLW link

Hu­mans are not au­to­mat­i­cally strategic

AnnaSalamon
8 Sep 2010 7:02 UTC
250 points
273 comments4 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity: Ap­pre­ci­at­ing Cog­ni­tive Algorithms

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Oct 2012 9:59 UTC
53 points
135 comments5 min readLW link

The Bot­tom Line

Eliezer Yudkowsky
28 Sep 2007 17:47 UTC
59 points
14 comments4 min readLW link

“Flinch­ing away from truth” is of­ten about *pro­tect­ing* the epistemology

AnnaSalamon
20 Dec 2016 18:39 UTC
127 points
56 comments7 min readLW link

The Apol­o­gist and the Revolutionary

Scott Alexander
11 Mar 2009 21:39 UTC
195 points
98 comments5 min readLW link

Lo­cal Val­idity as a Key to San­ity and Civilization

Eliezer Yudkowsky
7 Apr 2018 4:25 UTC
205 points
63 comments13 min readLW link3 nominations5 reviews

Babble

alkjash
10 Jan 2018 21:56 UTC
163 points
31 comments5 min readLW link3 nominations2 reviews
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

What Do We Mean By “Ra­tion­al­ity”?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
16 Mar 2009 22:33 UTC
224 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

Prob­a­bil­ity is in the Mind

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Mar 2008 4:08 UTC
88 points
191 comments6 min readLW link

A Sketch of Good Communication

Ben Pace
31 Mar 2018 22:48 UTC
171 points
34 comments3 min readLW link3 nominations1 review

Ra­tion­al­ity is Sys­tem­atized Winning

Eliezer Yudkowsky
3 Apr 2009 14:41 UTC
54 points
265 comments3 min readLW link

Toolbox-think­ing and Law-thinking

Eliezer Yudkowsky
31 May 2018 21:28 UTC
206 points
48 comments12 min readLW link2 nominations

The non­cen­tral fal­lacy—the worst ar­gu­ment in the world?

Scott Alexander
27 Aug 2012 3:36 UTC
216 points
1,749 comments7 min readLW link

[Question] What are the open prob­lems in Hu­man Ra­tion­al­ity?

Raemon
13 Jan 2019 4:46 UTC
86 points
85 comments1 min readLW link

Diseased think­ing: dis­solv­ing ques­tions about disease

Scott Alexander
30 May 2010 21:16 UTC
331 points
353 comments9 min readLW link

The Cog­ni­tive Science of Rationality

lukeprog
12 Sep 2011 20:48 UTC
98 points
109 comments15 min readLW link

Com­ment on “En­doge­nous Epistemic Fac­tion­al­iza­tion”

Zack_M_Davis
20 May 2020 18:04 UTC
125 points
7 comments7 min readLW link

The Mar­tial Art of Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky
22 Nov 2006 20:00 UTC
114 points
47 comments3 min readLW link

How to eval­u­ate (50%) predictions

Rafael Harth
10 Apr 2020 17:12 UTC
118 points
48 comments9 min readLW link

Eight Short Stud­ies On Excuses

Scott Alexander
20 Apr 2010 23:01 UTC
445 points
237 comments10 min readLW link

Hero Licensing

Eliezer Yudkowsky
21 Nov 2017 21:13 UTC
248 points
83 comments52 min readLW link

On Platitudes

Ouroborus
22 Apr 2020 5:55 UTC
26 points
6 comments2 min readLW link
(ouroborusdotblog.wordpress.com)

Stop say­ing wrong things

lc
1 May 2020 20:50 UTC
71 points
34 comments6 min readLW link

Prob­lem re­lax­ation as a tactic

TurnTrout
22 Apr 2020 23:44 UTC
103 points
8 comments7 min readLW link

Deal­ing with Cu­ri­os­ity-Stoppers

adamShimi
30 Jul 2020 22:05 UTC
48 points
6 comments10 min readLW link

Zen and Ra­tion­al­ity: Trust in Mind

G Gordon Worley III
11 Aug 2020 20:23 UTC
22 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

The Sand­wich Argument

Chris_Leong
9 Apr 2020 3:58 UTC
27 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

In­for­ma­tion cascades

Johnicholas
6 Mar 2009 4:08 UTC
56 points
36 comments2 min readLW link

The Archety­pal Ra­tional and Post-Rational

Ouroborus
15 Apr 2020 9:40 UTC
16 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(ouroborusdotblog.wordpress.com)

Gen­er­al­iz­ing From One Example

Scott Alexander
28 Apr 2009 22:00 UTC
314 points
412 comments6 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 16: Ham­ming Questions

Mark Xu
20 Apr 2020 14:51 UTC
14 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] What are good defense mechanisms against dan­ger­ous bul­let bit­ing?

Mati_Roy
21 Apr 2020 20:51 UTC
6 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

Notic­ing the Taste of Lotus

Valentine
27 Apr 2018 20:05 UTC
258 points
80 comments3 min readLW link2 nominations3 reviews

My ex­pe­rience with the “ra­tio­nal­ist un­canny valley”

Thomas Kwa
23 Apr 2020 20:27 UTC
60 points
18 comments5 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 20: OODA Loop

Mark Xu
24 Apr 2020 18:11 UTC
21 points
1 comment7 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity vs. Taleb’s Antifragilism

Mellivora
2 May 2020 14:07 UTC
10 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

Stud­ies On Slack

Scott Alexander
13 May 2020 5:00 UTC
120 points
27 comments24 min readLW link
(slatestarcodex.com)

The Mechanis­tic and Nor­ma­tive Struc­ture of Agency

G Gordon Worley III
18 May 2020 16:03 UTC
14 points
4 comments1 min readLW link
(philpapers.org)

Rad­i­cal Prob­a­bil­ism [Tran­script]

26 Jun 2020 22:14 UTC
47 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

Ne­go­ti­at­ing With Yourself

orthonormal
26 Jun 2020 23:55 UTC
23 points
0 comments5 min readLW link

The alle­gory of the hospital

Sunny from QAD
2 Jul 2020 21:46 UTC
5 points
20 comments2 min readLW link
(questionsanddaylight.com)

Models of Value of Learning

johnswentworth
7 Jul 2020 19:08 UTC
24 points
0 comments5 min readLW link

Null-box­ing New­comb’s Problem

Yitz
13 Jul 2020 16:32 UTC
25 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Fooled by Randomness

Sherrinford
13 Jul 2020 21:02 UTC
33 points
10 comments5 min readLW link

Al­gorith­mic In­tent: A Han­so­nian Gen­er­al­ized Anti-Zom­bie Principle

Zack_M_Davis
14 Jul 2020 6:03 UTC
46 points
15 comments12 min readLW link

More Right

adamzerner
22 Jul 2020 3:36 UTC
22 points
29 comments4 min readLW link

Be­come a per­son who Ac­tu­ally Does Things

Neel Nanda
25 Jul 2020 9:29 UTC
43 points
17 comments3 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Let Your Mind Be Not Fixed

G Gordon Worley III
31 Jul 2020 17:54 UTC
47 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Unify­ing the Si­mu­lacra Definitions

Zvi
3 Aug 2020 12:10 UTC
75 points
29 comments12 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Maybe Ly­ing Can’t Ex­ist?!

Zack_M_Davis
23 Aug 2020 0:36 UTC
46 points
14 comments5 min readLW link

“Good judge­ment” and its components

owencb
24 Aug 2020 10:32 UTC
31 points
4 comments3 min readLW link

Stop press­ing the Try Harder button

Neel Nanda
5 Sep 2020 9:10 UTC
26 points
5 comments3 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Zen and Ra­tion­al­ity: Map and Territory

G Gordon Worley III
12 Sep 2020 0:45 UTC
16 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Zen and Ra­tion­al­ity: Just This Is It

G Gordon Worley III
20 Sep 2020 22:31 UTC
27 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Los­ing the for­est for the trees with grid drawings

adamzerner
24 Sep 2020 21:13 UTC
17 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

The Proper Use of Humility

Eliezer Yudkowsky
1 Dec 2006 19:55 UTC
117 points
51 comments5 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ists Are Less Cre­d­u­lous But Bet­ter At Tak­ing Ideas Seriously

Scott Alexander
21 Jan 2014 2:18 UTC
60 points
285 comments3 min readLW link

Rea­son as memetic im­mune disorder

PhilGoetz
19 Sep 2009 21:05 UTC
291 points
175 comments5 min readLW link

Preface

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
377 points
8 comments4 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 19: Ham­ming Ques­tions for Pot­ted Plants

Mark Xu
23 Apr 2020 16:00 UTC
44 points
1 comment3 min readLW link

Some­thing to Protect

Eliezer Yudkowsky
30 Jan 2008 17:52 UTC
103 points
77 comments6 min readLW link

[Question] Why is my (our?) rea­son­ing pro­cess noisy?

emanuele ascani
25 Apr 2020 12:19 UTC
10 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Post/​meta-skep­ti­cism I

Ouroborus
26 Apr 2020 0:18 UTC
8 points
11 comments3 min readLW link
(ouroborusdotblog.wordpress.com)

Train­ing Regime Day 24: Re­solve Cy­cles 2

Mark Xu
28 Apr 2020 19:00 UTC
15 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Nega­tive Feed­back and Simulacra

Elizabeth
29 Apr 2020 2:00 UTC
122 points
22 comments9 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

[Question] How to learn from a stronger ra­tio­nal­ist in daily life?

Thomas Kwa
20 May 2020 4:55 UTC
16 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Reflec­tive Complaints

Raemon
21 May 2020 21:11 UTC
36 points
20 comments1 min readLW link

Bak­ing is Not a Ritual

Sisi Cheng
25 May 2020 18:08 UTC
107 points
25 comments4 min readLW link

Too busy to think about life

Academian
22 Apr 2010 15:14 UTC
102 points
62 comments3 min readLW link

Re­ex­am­in­ing The Dark Arts

Bob Jacobs
1 Jun 2020 14:11 UTC
7 points
17 comments2 min readLW link

Con­cep­tual en­g­ineer­ing: the rev­olu­tion in philos­o­phy you’ve never heard of

Suspended Reason
2 Jun 2020 18:30 UTC
81 points
17 comments21 min readLW link

Fo­cus: you are al­lowed to be bad at ac­com­plish­ing your goals

adamShimi
3 Jun 2020 21:04 UTC
20 points
17 comments3 min readLW link

The Skill of Notic­ing Emotions

Neel Nanda
4 Jun 2020 17:48 UTC
67 points
4 comments17 min readLW link

Every­day Les­sons from High-Di­men­sional Optimization

johnswentworth
6 Jun 2020 20:57 UTC
114 points
32 comments6 min readLW link

Philos­o­phy in the Dark­est Timeline: Ba­sics of the Evolu­tion of Meaning

Zack_M_Davis
7 Jun 2020 7:52 UTC
83 points
12 comments14 min readLW link

[Question] By what met­ric do you judge a refer­ence class?

Bob Jacobs
15 Jun 2020 18:34 UTC
7 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

Where to Start Re­search?

Elizabeth
16 Jun 2020 18:10 UTC
70 points
4 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Mea­sur­ing Meta-Certainty

Bob Jacobs
5 Jul 2020 21:15 UTC
8 points
11 comments3 min readLW link

Born as the sev­enth month dies …

Rudi C
10 Jul 2020 15:07 UTC
6 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Hu­man Evil and Mud­dled Thinking

Eliezer Yudkowsky
13 Sep 2007 23:43 UTC
59 points
143 comments3 min readLW link

Chains, Bot­tle­necks and Optimization

curi
21 Jul 2020 2:07 UTC
14 points
12 comments4 min readLW link

Bot­tle­neck Examples

curi
23 Jul 2020 18:23 UTC
12 points
0 comments9 min readLW link

What it means to optimise

Neel Nanda
25 Jul 2020 9:40 UTC
7 points
0 comments8 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

How to learn from conversations

Neel Nanda
25 Jul 2020 9:36 UTC
11 points
2 comments4 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Tak­ing the first step

Neel Nanda
25 Jul 2020 9:33 UTC
10 points
0 comments16 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Why You Might Want a New Way to Vi­su­al­ize Biases

dtm
27 Jul 2020 17:30 UTC
17 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

Reread­ing At­las Shrugged

Vaniver
28 Jul 2020 18:54 UTC
118 points
26 comments13 min readLW link

En­forc­ing Type Distinction

lionhearted
31 Jul 2020 11:39 UTC
27 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

Tear­ing down the Ch­ester­ton’s Fence principle

AllAmericanBreakfast
2 Aug 2020 4:56 UTC
31 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

Zen and Ra­tion­al­ity: Don’t Know Mind

G Gordon Worley III
6 Aug 2020 4:33 UTC
22 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

The Law of Least Effort Con­tributes to the Con­junc­tion Fallacy

curi
9 Aug 2020 19:38 UTC
7 points
53 comments3 min readLW link

Fan­tasy-For­bid­ding Ex­pert Opinion

yamabiko
10 Aug 2020 0:01 UTC
17 points
9 comments3 min readLW link

On Creativity—The joys of 5 minute timers

Neel Nanda
18 Aug 2020 6:26 UTC
10 points
1 comment6 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Math­e­mat­i­cal In­con­sis­tency in Solomonoff In­duc­tion?

curi
25 Aug 2020 17:09 UTC
7 points
15 comments2 min readLW link

Ex­cus­ing a Failure to Adjust

Ronny
26 Aug 2020 13:51 UTC
6 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

“On Bul­lshit” and “On Truth,” by Harry Frankfurt

Callmesalticidae
28 Aug 2020 0:44 UTC
19 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

An­thropic Rea­son­ing and Per­spec­tive-Based Ar­gu­ments

dadadarren
1 Sep 2020 12:36 UTC
16 points
46 comments2 min readLW link

How To Fermi Model

9 Sep 2020 5:13 UTC
76 points
6 comments11 min readLW link

Les­lie’s Firing Squad Can’t Save The Fine-Tun­ing Argument

dadadarren
9 Sep 2020 15:21 UTC
9 points
6 comments4 min readLW link
(www.sleepingbeautyproblem.com)

‘Ugh fields’, or why you can’t even bear to think about that task (Rob Wiblin)

habryka
11 Sep 2020 20:31 UTC
17 points
17 comments2 min readLW link
(medium.com)

Com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage and when to blow up your island

dynomight
12 Sep 2020 6:20 UTC
119 points
28 comments7 min readLW link
(dyno-might.github.io)

[Question] Ra­tion­al­ity for Kids?

goose000
16 Sep 2020 22:58 UTC
48 points
25 comments1 min readLW link

The Ori­gin of Con­scious­ness Read­ing Com­pan­ion, Part 1

Jacobian
6 Apr 2020 22:07 UTC
21 points
1 comment9 min readLW link

Be­ing right isn’t enough. Con­fi­dence is very im­por­tant.

MakoYass
7 Apr 2020 1:10 UTC
12 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

Self-priming

Connor_Flexman
7 Apr 2020 0:54 UTC
26 points
4 comments3 min readLW link

An Ortho­dox Case Against Utility Functions

abramdemski
7 Apr 2020 19:18 UTC
118 points
49 comments8 min readLW link

The Lens That Sees Its Flaws

Eliezer Yudkowsky
23 Sep 2007 0:10 UTC
90 points
40 comments3 min readLW link

Open thread: Language

Chris_Leong
8 Apr 2020 14:57 UTC
8 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

The One Mis­take Rule

Zvi
10 Apr 2020 14:50 UTC
45 points
15 comments2 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Assess­ing Kurzweil: the results

Stuart_Armstrong
16 Jan 2013 16:51 UTC
68 points
64 comments2 min readLW link

What We Owe to Ourselves

eapache
11 Apr 2020 1:34 UTC
22 points
8 comments7 min readLW link

Cu­ri­os­ity: A Greedy Feeling

AllAmericanBreakfast
11 Apr 2020 4:38 UTC
41 points
7 comments10 min readLW link

Law school taught me nothing

ketchupduck
11 Apr 2020 14:30 UTC
23 points
13 comments7 min readLW link

Nar­ra­tive Direc­tion and Rebellion

eapache
13 Apr 2020 1:07 UTC
8 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

Mind Pro­jec­tion Fallacy

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 Mar 2008 0:29 UTC
49 points
89 comments2 min readLW link

Catchy Fal­lacy Name Fal­lacy (and Sup­port­ing Disagree­ment)

JGWeissman
21 May 2009 6:01 UTC
28 points
57 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] Un­der­stand­ing in­for­ma­tion cascades

13 Mar 2019 10:55 UTC
55 points
42 comments3 min readLW link

Simp­son’s Paradox

bentarm
12 Jan 2011 23:01 UTC
72 points
58 comments4 min readLW link

One Hun­dred Billion Chil­dren’s Sky

Hivewired
14 Apr 2020 16:33 UTC
20 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(hivewired.wordpress.com)

[Question] Pop­u­lar pa­pers to be scru­ti­nized?

alyosha_the_pot
14 Apr 2020 19:50 UTC
13 points
13 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Prob­a­bil­is­tic Blue-Eyed Islanders

johnswentworth
15 Apr 2020 17:55 UTC
26 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Know­ing About Bi­ases Can Hurt People

Eliezer Yudkowsky
4 Apr 2007 18:01 UTC
118 points
80 comments2 min readLW link

Confabulation

lsusr
8 Dec 2019 10:18 UTC
46 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Brief Re­sponse to Sus­pended Rea­son on Par­allels Between Skyrms on Sig­nal­ing and Yud­kowsky on Lan­guage and Evidence

Zack_M_Davis
16 Apr 2020 3:44 UTC
13 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

My at­tempt to ex­plain Look­ing, in­sight med­i­ta­tion, and en­light­en­ment in non-mys­te­ri­ous terms

Kaj_Sotala
8 Mar 2018 7:37 UTC
303 points
131 comments17 min readLW link3 nominations2 reviews

Schel­ling fences on slip­pery slopes

Scott Alexander
16 Mar 2012 23:44 UTC
302 points
203 comments6 min readLW link

Nam­ing the Nameless

sarahconstantin
22 Mar 2018 0:35 UTC
149 points
38 comments13 min readLW link2 nominations3 reviews

Eval­u­at­ing Pre­dic­tions in Hindsight

Zvi
16 Apr 2020 17:20 UTC
58 points
8 comments27 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Doors and Corners

Hivewired
16 Apr 2020 18:32 UTC
6 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(hivewired.wordpress.com)

Ex­pect­ing Short In­fer­en­tial Distances

Eliezer Yudkowsky
22 Oct 2007 23:42 UTC
193 points
104 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] How much mo­ti­va­tion do you de­rive from cu­ri­os­ity alone in your work/​re­search?

NaiveTortoise
17 Apr 2020 14:04 UTC
25 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

What is Ra­tion­al­ity?

Roko
1 Apr 2010 20:14 UTC
14 points
22 comments5 min readLW link

What is miss­ing from ra­tio­nal­ity?

Roko
27 Apr 2010 12:32 UTC
19 points
274 comments2 min readLW link

Is there a ra­tio­nal­ist skill tree yet?

fowlertm
30 Jan 2015 16:02 UTC
15 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] What con­fi­dence in­ter­val should one re­port?

Jsevillamol
20 Apr 2020 10:31 UTC
4 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Ex­plain­ing the Ra­tion­al­ist Move­ment to the Uninitiated

Mellivora
19 Apr 2020 20:53 UTC
3 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

In­tu­itions on Univer­sal Be­hav­ior of In­for­ma­tion at a Distance

johnswentworth
20 Apr 2020 21:44 UTC
26 points
3 comments8 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 17: Deflinch­ing and Lines of Retreat

Mark Xu
21 Apr 2020 17:45 UTC
22 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

The In­tel­li­gent So­cial Web

Valentine
22 Feb 2018 18:55 UTC
224 points
113 comments12 min readLW link3 nominations2 reviews

Heads I Win, Tails?—Never Heard of Her; Or, Selec­tive Re­port­ing and the Tragedy of the Green Rationalists

Zack_M_Davis
24 Sep 2019 4:12 UTC
223 points
31 comments8 min readLW link

The Costly Co­or­di­na­tion Mechanism of Com­mon Knowledge

Ben Pace
15 Mar 2018 20:20 UTC
219 points
30 comments19 min readLW link4 nominations2 reviews

Sun­set at Noon

Raemon
29 Nov 2017 14:52 UTC
202 points
19 comments17 min readLW link

Belief as Attire

Eliezer Yudkowsky
2 Aug 2007 17:13 UTC
65 points
104 comments2 min readLW link

Pro­fess­ing and Cheering

Eliezer Yudkowsky
2 Aug 2007 7:20 UTC
65 points
44 comments2 min readLW link

Act of Charity

jessicata
17 Nov 2018 5:19 UTC
184 points
49 comments8 min readLW link2 nominations1 review

Lonely Dissent

Eliezer Yudkowsky
28 Dec 2007 4:23 UTC
48 points
84 comments4 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 18: Nega­tive Vi­su­al­iza­tion

Mark Xu
22 Apr 2020 16:06 UTC
9 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Sum­mary of “The Straw Vul­can”

alexvermeer
26 Dec 2011 16:29 UTC
35 points
27 comments6 min readLW link

Al­gorithms of De­cep­tion!

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

[Question] Do you trust the re­search on hand­writ­ing vs. typ­ing for notes?

NaiveTortoise
23 Apr 2020 20:49 UTC
26 points
16 comments2 min readLW link

Ex­pres­sive Vocabulary

Alicorn
24 May 2018 6:59 UTC
217 points
70 comments5 min readLW link3 nominations1 review

A Case Study of Mo­ti­vated Continuation

Eliezer Yudkowsky
31 Oct 2007 1:27 UTC
26 points
36 comments3 min readLW link

SotW: Avoid Mo­ti­vated Cognition

Eliezer Yudkowsky
28 May 2012 15:57 UTC
20 points
83 comments10 min readLW link

Mo­ti­vated skep­ti­cism: it’s harder to avoid than I’d think

Klao
9 Oct 2011 18:35 UTC
19 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

Im­mod­esty, De­ceit and Mo­ti­vated Reasoning

whpearson
29 Oct 2017 10:34 UTC
16 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

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

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

LINK: Study demon­strates poli­ti­cally mo­ti­vated innumeracy

Alejandro1
4 Sep 2013 18:14 UTC
12 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

So­cial Im­pact, Effec­tive Altru­ism, and Mo­ti­vated Cognition

JonahS
8 Jun 2013 2:31 UTC
9 points
20 comments2 min readLW link

Iden­tities are [Sub­con­scious] Strategies

Ruby
15 Oct 2017 18:10 UTC
40 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

A Pro­cess for Deal­ing with Mo­ti­vated Reasoning

Ikaxas
3 Sep 2018 3:34 UTC
18 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

Book Re­view: The Elephant in the Brain

Zvi
31 Dec 2017 17:30 UTC
71 points
9 comments31 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Is That Your True Re­jec­tion?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Dec 2008 14:26 UTC
85 points
100 comments3 min readLW link

A Crash Course in the Neu­ro­science of Hu­man Motivation

lukeprog
19 Aug 2011 21:15 UTC
141 points
91 comments38 min readLW link

Would Your Real Prefer­ences Please Stand Up?

Scott Alexander
8 Aug 2009 22:57 UTC
54 points
132 comments4 min readLW link

To what de­gree do we have goals?

Scott Alexander
15 Jul 2011 23:11 UTC
49 points
52 comments7 min readLW link

Con­crete Take­aways Post-CFAR

lifelonglearner
24 Feb 2017 18:31 UTC
13 points
6 comments11 min readLW link

The Ritual

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 Oct 2008 23:52 UTC
51 points
19 comments5 min readLW link

Prac­ti­cal Ad­vice Backed By Deep Theories

Eliezer Yudkowsky
25 Apr 2009 18:52 UTC
49 points
114 comments4 min readLW link

Value of In­for­ma­tion: 8 examples

gwern
18 May 2012 23:45 UTC
53 points
43 comments7 min readLW link

5-sec­ond level case study: Value of information

Kaj_Sotala
22 Nov 2011 13:44 UTC
27 points
6 comments7 min readLW link

Referenc­ing the Unreferencable

Chris_Leong
4 Apr 2020 10:42 UTC
17 points
5 comments3 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 21: Ex­e­cut­ing Intentions

Mark Xu
25 Apr 2020 22:16 UTC
14 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

It’s Not About The Nail

eapache
26 Apr 2020 23:50 UTC
28 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 22: Mur­phyjitsu 2

Mark Xu
26 Apr 2020 20:18 UTC
12 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 23: TAPs 2

Mark Xu
27 Apr 2020 17:37 UTC
11 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Mak­ing His­tory Available

Eliezer Yudkowsky
31 Aug 2007 19:52 UTC
79 points
82 comments3 min readLW link

Failing to Learn from History

Eliezer Yudkowsky
30 Aug 2007 20:22 UTC
58 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

On Build­ing The­o­ries of History

Samo Burja
23 Feb 2018 23:40 UTC
69 points
20 comments4 min readLW link

An In­tu­itive Ex­pla­na­tion of Bayes’s Theorem

Eliezer Yudkowsky
1 Jan 2003 20:00 UTC
28 points
1 comment25 min readLW link

A Fable of Science and Politics

Eliezer Yudkowsky
23 Dec 2006 4:50 UTC
202 points
102 comments5 min readLW link

What Ev­i­dence Filtered Ev­i­dence?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
29 Sep 2007 23:10 UTC
59 points
43 comments4 min readLW link

Think­ing About Filtered Ev­i­dence Is (Very!) Hard

abramdemski
19 Mar 2020 23:20 UTC
85 points
29 comments14 min readLW link

Yes Re­quires the Pos­si­bil­ity of No

Scott Garrabrant
17 May 2019 22:39 UTC
131 points
39 comments2 min readLW link

Su­per­stim­uli and the Col­lapse of Western Civilization

Eliezer Yudkowsky
16 Mar 2007 18:10 UTC
78 points
87 comments4 min readLW link

Don’t Believe You’ll Self-Deceive

Eliezer Yudkowsky
9 Mar 2009 8:03 UTC
25 points
69 comments2 min readLW link

Dou­ble­think (Choos­ing to be Bi­ased)

Eliezer Yudkowsky
14 Sep 2007 20:05 UTC
56 points
164 comments4 min readLW link

No, Really, I’ve De­ceived Myself

Eliezer Yudkowsky
4 Mar 2009 23:29 UTC
83 points
80 comments2 min readLW link

Belief in Self-Deception

Eliezer Yudkowsky
5 Mar 2009 15:20 UTC
68 points
112 comments4 min readLW link

Moore’s Paradox

Eliezer Yudkowsky
8 Mar 2009 2:27 UTC
58 points
24 comments2 min readLW link

Self-de­cep­tion: Hypocrisy or Akra­sia?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
26 Mar 2007 17:03 UTC
40 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

Inad­e­quacy and Modesty

Eliezer Yudkowsky
28 Oct 2017 21:51 UTC
149 points
80 comments18 min readLW link

Be­ing the (Pareto) Best in the World

johnswentworth
24 Jun 2019 18:36 UTC
192 points
36 comments3 min readLW link

Si­mu­lacra and Subjectivity

Benquo
5 Mar 2020 16:25 UTC
94 points
27 comments3 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Ex­cerpts from a larger dis­cus­sion about simulacra

Benquo
10 Apr 2019 21:27 UTC
52 points
30 comments6 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Mark Eichen­laub: How to de­velop sci­en­tific intuition

Kaj_Sotala
23 Oct 2018 13:30 UTC
81 points
6 comments8 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

Mo­ti­vat­ing Ab­strac­tion-First De­ci­sion Theory

johnswentworth
29 Apr 2020 17:47 UTC
41 points
16 comments5 min readLW link

I do not like math

lsusr
29 Apr 2020 11:27 UTC
31 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 25: Re­cur­sive Self-Im­prove­ment

Mark Xu
29 Apr 2020 18:22 UTC
7 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

The Modesty Argument

Eliezer Yudkowsky
10 Dec 2006 21:42 UTC
41 points
40 comments10 min readLW link

“I don’t know.”

Eliezer Yudkowsky
21 Dec 2006 18:27 UTC
41 points
22 comments6 min readLW link

...What’s a bias, again?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
27 Nov 2006 1:50 UTC
86 points
14 comments2 min readLW link

Why truth? And...

Eliezer Yudkowsky
27 Nov 2006 1:49 UTC
93 points
51 comments3 min readLW link

Against strong bayesianism

Richard_Ngo
30 Apr 2020 10:48 UTC
49 points
63 comments6 min readLW link

Failure By Affec­tive Analogy

Eliezer Yudkowsky
18 Nov 2008 7:14 UTC
12 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

The Affect Heuris­tic, Sen­ti­ment, and Art

[deleted]
13 Sep 2010 23:05 UTC
68 points
58 comments3 min readLW link

Affec­tive Death Spirals

Eliezer Yudkowsky
2 Dec 2007 16:44 UTC
59 points
39 comments2 min readLW link

The Affect Heuristic

Eliezer Yudkowsky
27 Nov 2007 7:58 UTC
45 points
68 comments3 min readLW link

The Halo Effect

Eliezer Yudkowsky
30 Nov 2007 0:58 UTC
37 points
52 comments3 min readLW link

The Trou­ble With “Good”

Scott Alexander
17 Apr 2009 2:07 UTC
84 points
137 comments6 min readLW link

Gen­er­al­ized Effi­cient Mar­kets and Academia

johnswentworth
30 Apr 2020 21:59 UTC
45 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

The Em­bar­rass­ing Prob­lem of Pre­ma­ture Exploitation

Richard Meadows
30 Apr 2020 20:33 UTC
38 points
7 comments7 min readLW link
(thedeepdish.org)

Mak­ing your ex­plicit rea­son­ing trust­wor­thy

AnnaSalamon
29 Oct 2010 0:00 UTC
92 points
95 comments6 min readLW link

Adap­ta­tion-Ex­e­cuters, not Fit­ness-Maximizers

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 Nov 2007 6:39 UTC
60 points
32 comments3 min readLW link

Med­i­ta­tion: the screen-and-watcher model of the hu­man mind, and how to use it

femtogrammar
1 May 2020 22:36 UTC
37 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

[Question] How do you whit­tle path-de­pen­dent (prob­a­bil­is­tic) ques­tions?

Mary Chernyshenko
2 May 2020 8:53 UTC
5 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

On Nega­tive Feed­back and Simulacra

Zvi
3 May 2020 17:00 UTC
52 points
7 comments29 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

What is a “Good” Pre­dic­tion?

eapache
3 May 2020 16:51 UTC
3 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Con­sis­tent Glo­ma­riza­tion should be feasible

Stuart_Armstrong
4 May 2020 10:06 UTC
13 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Named Distri­bu­tions as Artifacts

George
4 May 2020 8:54 UTC
23 points
9 comments15 min readLW link
(blog.cerebralab.com)

New­comb’s Prob­lem and Re­gret of Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky
31 Jan 2008 19:36 UTC
97 points
606 comments10 min readLW link

New­comblike prob­lems are the norm

So8res
24 Sep 2014 18:41 UTC
53 points
111 comments7 min readLW link

Con­fu­sion about New­comb is con­fu­sion about counterfactuals

AnnaSalamon
25 Aug 2009 20:01 UTC
45 points
42 comments2 min readLW link

The Rob­bers Cave Experiment

Eliezer Yudkowsky
10 Dec 2007 6:18 UTC
49 points
66 comments3 min readLW link

Con­struc­tive Definitions

Chris_Leong
4 May 2020 23:50 UTC
15 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

The ways of knowing

aelwood
5 May 2020 20:35 UTC
1 point
0 comments1 min readLW link
(pursuingreality.com)

A non-mys­ti­cal ex­pla­na­tion of “no-self” (three char­ac­ter­is­tics se­ries)

Kaj_Sotala
8 May 2020 10:37 UTC
70 points
30 comments20 min readLW link

How to take smart notes (Ahrens, 2017)

Yuxi_Liu
23 Jul 2019 15:34 UTC
61 points
10 comments6 min readLW link

Com­part­men­tal­iza­tion in epistemic and in­stru­men­tal ra­tio­nal­ity

AnnaSalamon
17 Sep 2010 7:02 UTC
82 points
123 comments6 min readLW link

Utility need not be bounded

Richard_Kennaway
14 May 2020 18:10 UTC
31 points
33 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] How to avoid Schel­ling points?

cwg1g16
14 May 2020 19:37 UTC
27 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

“It’s Okay”, In­struc­tions, Fo­cus­ing, Ex­pe­rienc­ing and Frames

Ouroborus
15 May 2020 0:49 UTC
16 points
6 comments7 min readLW link
(ouroborusdotblog.wordpress.com)

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

Kaj_Sotala
15 May 2020 13:21 UTC
57 points
36 comments19 min readLW link

Con­jec­ture Workshop

johnswentworth
15 May 2020 22:41 UTC
34 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Why you should min­i­max in two-player zero-sum games

Nisan
17 May 2020 20:48 UTC
17 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

Ex­tract­ing Value from Inad­e­quate Equilibria

eapache
18 May 2020 17:25 UTC
54 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

Allow­ing Ex­ploita­bil­ity in Game Theory

Liam Goddard
17 May 2020 23:19 UTC
2 points
3 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] How to con­vince Y that X has com­mit­ted a mur­der with >0.999999 prob­a­bil­ity?

Colin Tang
19 May 2020 22:55 UTC
1 point
35 comments1 min readLW link

Con­flict vs. mis­take in non-zero-sum games

Nisan
5 Apr 2020 22:22 UTC
143 points
37 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] What are ob­jects that have made your life bet­ter?

Mark Xu
21 May 2020 20:59 UTC
26 points
52 comments1 min readLW link

Mazes Se­quence Summary

Zvi
23 May 2020 16:40 UTC
74 points
2 comments7 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

An Overview of For­mal Episte­mol­ogy (links)

lukeprog
6 Jan 2011 19:57 UTC
56 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] What are the best tools for record­ing pre­dic­tions?

Raemon
24 May 2020 19:15 UTC
14 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

Why Ra­tion­al­ists Shouldn’t be In­ter­ested in To­pos Theory

jollybard
25 May 2020 5:35 UTC
70 points
13 comments5 min readLW link

[Question] What is a de­ci­sion the­ory as a math­e­mat­i­cal ob­ject?

ejenner
25 May 2020 13:44 UTC
26 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

A tax­on­omy of Cruxes

elityre
27 May 2020 17:25 UTC
41 points
4 comments8 min readLW link

Trust-Build­ing: The New Ra­tion­al­ity Project

AllAmericanBreakfast
28 May 2020 22:53 UTC
38 points
15 comments2 min readLW link

Fore­cast­ing Newslet­ter: May 2020.

NunoSempere
31 May 2020 12:35 UTC
8 points
1 comment20 min readLW link

How ra­tio­nal is the path of least re­sis­tance?

TruetoThis
1 Jun 2020 1:34 UTC
3 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

Over­cor­rect­ing As De­liber­ate Practice

lifelonglearner
1 Jun 2020 6:26 UTC
27 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

Feed­back is cen­tral to agency

alexflint
1 Jun 2020 12:56 UTC
29 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

You See The Ter­ri­tory or Noth­ing at All

calebo
1 Jun 2020 15:24 UTC
7 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

Sta­tus-Reg­u­lat­ing Emotions

lsusr
3 Jun 2020 22:32 UTC
29 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

A His­tory Of Univer­sal­ist Greed

namespace
4 Jun 2020 0:22 UTC
41 points
0 comments29 min readLW link
(www.thelastrationalist.com)

[Question] Effec­tive chil­dren education

kotrfa
3 Jun 2020 20:35 UTC
46 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

Vi­sual Bab­ble and Prune

AllAmericanBreakfast
4 Jun 2020 18:49 UTC
56 points
2 comments8 min readLW link

Die­tary De­bates among the Fruit Gnomes

Sherrinford
3 Jun 2020 14:09 UTC
25 points
3 comments2 min readLW link

A Prac­ti­cal Guide to Con­flict Re­s­olu­tion: Introduction

eapache
4 Jun 2020 1:03 UTC
14 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

The Stopped Clock Problem

eapache
4 Jun 2020 12:07 UTC
29 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Ba­sic Mindsets

ExCeph
6 Jun 2020 0:44 UTC
3 points
5 comments13 min readLW link

Self-help, hard and soft

technicalities
7 Jun 2020 15:39 UTC
16 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Prag­ma­tism and Completeness

G Gordon Worley III
12 Jun 2020 16:34 UTC
14 points
3 comments2 min readLW link

Why do all out at­tacks ac­tu­ally work?

lc
12 Jun 2020 20:33 UTC
37 points
9 comments4 min readLW link

Down with Solomonoff In­duc­tion, up with the Pre­sump­tu­ous Philosopher

Charlie Steiner
12 Jun 2020 9:44 UTC
13 points
9 comments2 min readLW link

How alienated should you be?

Vaniver
14 Jun 2020 15:55 UTC
35 points
4 comments5 min readLW link

Causal­ity Adds Up to Normality

johnswentworth
15 Jun 2020 17:19 UTC
12 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

High-School Alge­bra for Data Structures

johnswentworth
17 Jun 2020 18:09 UTC
20 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Me­mory is not about the past

simbyotic
17 Jun 2020 16:43 UTC
−1 points
14 comments15 min readLW link

[Question] What is meant by Si­mul­cra Levels?

Chris_Leong
17 Jun 2020 2:20 UTC
21 points
16 comments1 min readLW link

Types of Knowledge

Elizabeth
20 Jun 2020 17:20 UTC
23 points
11 comments2 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

The af­fect heuris­tic and study­ing autocracies

rockthecasbah
21 Jun 2020 4:07 UTC
13 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

Train­ing our hu­mans on the wrong dataset

George
21 Jun 2020 17:17 UTC
4 points
5 comments8 min readLW link
(blog.cerebralab.com)

Neu­ral Ba­sis for Global Workspace Theory

Hazard
22 Jun 2020 4:19 UTC
27 points
9 comments8 min readLW link

Pre­dic­tion = Com­pres­sion [Tran­script]

22 Jun 2020 23:54 UTC
60 points
12 comments8 min readLW link

Lo­cal­ity of goals

adamShimi
22 Jun 2020 21:56 UTC
15 points
8 comments6 min readLW link

Bet­ting with Manda­tory Post-Mortem

abramdemski
24 Jun 2020 20:04 UTC
81 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

Miss­ing dog reasoning

26 Jun 2020 21:30 UTC
28 points
3 comments5 min readLW link

Public Po­si­tions and Pri­vate Guts

26 Jun 2020 23:00 UTC
21 points
1 comment6 min readLW link

Map Er­rors: The Good, The Bad, and The Territory

orthonormal
27 Jun 2020 5:22 UTC
25 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Don’t Make Your Prob­lems Hide

orthonormal
27 Jun 2020 20:24 UTC
52 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Op­ti­mized Pro­pa­ganda with Bayesian Net­works: Com­ment on “Ar­tic­u­lat­ing Lay The­o­ries Through Graph­i­cal Models”

Zack_M_Davis
29 Jun 2020 2:45 UTC
70 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

Gödel’s Le­gacy: A game with­out end

Hazard
28 Jun 2020 18:50 UTC
30 points
10 comments12 min readLW link

Ab­strac­tions on In­con­sis­tent Data

eapache
29 Jun 2020 0:30 UTC
7 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Thoughts as open tabs

ryan wong
29 Jun 2020 12:13 UTC
14 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

Si­tu­at­ing LessWrong in con­tem­po­rary philos­o­phy: An in­ter­view with Jon Livengood

Suspended Reason
1 Jul 2020 0:37 UTC
107 points
21 comments19 min readLW link

Noise on the Channel

abramdemski
2 Jul 2020 1:58 UTC
31 points
8 comments10 min readLW link

Sunk Cost Fallacy

Z_M_Davis
12 Apr 2009 17:30 UTC
37 points
44 comments2 min readLW link

Bi­ases: An Introduction

Rob Bensinger
11 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
133 points
8 comments5 min readLW link

Clas­sify­ing games like the Pri­soner’s Dilemma

philh
4 Jul 2020 17:10 UTC
73 points
22 comments6 min readLW link
(reasonableapproximation.net)

[Question] Repli­cated cog­ni­tive bias list?

moderock
4 Jul 2020 4:15 UTC
11 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Learn­ing the prior

paulfchristiano
5 Jul 2020 21:00 UTC
75 points
18 comments8 min readLW link
(ai-alignment.com)

Bet­ter pri­ors as a safety problem

paulfchristiano
5 Jul 2020 21:20 UTC
64 points
7 comments5 min readLW link
(ai-alignment.com)

[Question] (an­swered: yes) Has any­one writ­ten up a con­sid­er­a­tion of Downs’s “Para­dox of Vot­ing” from the per­spec­tive of MIRI-ish de­ci­sion the­o­ries (UDT, FDT, or even just EDT)?

Jameson Quinn
6 Jul 2020 18:26 UTC
10 points
24 comments1 min readLW link

The Echo Fallacy

Mati_Roy
5 Jul 2020 23:00 UTC
12 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Us­ing hu­mil­ity to coun­ter­act shame

Vika
15 Apr 2016 18:32 UTC
12 points
16 comments2 min readLW link

Break­ing Ques­tions Down

Elizabeth
7 Jul 2020 18:10 UTC
25 points
1 comment1 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Scope Insensitivity

Eliezer Yudkowsky
14 May 2007 2:53 UTC
121 points
50 comments2 min readLW link

What’s Your Cog­ni­tive Al­gorithm?

Raemon
18 Jun 2020 22:16 UTC
69 points
23 comments13 min readLW link

Poli­tics is the Mind-Killer

Eliezer Yudkowsky
18 Feb 2007 21:23 UTC
123 points
231 comments2 min readLW link

Nash Equil­ibria and Schel­ling Points

Scott Alexander
29 Jun 2012 2:06 UTC
65 points
78 comments7 min readLW link

Value of In­for­ma­tion: Four Examples

Vaniver
22 Nov 2011 23:02 UTC
81 points
60 comments10 min readLW link

Mak­ing Beliefs Pay Rent (in An­ti­ci­pated Ex­pe­riences)

Eliezer Yudkowsky
28 Jul 2007 22:59 UTC
198 points
255 comments4 min readLW link

Dark Side Epistemology

Eliezer Yudkowsky
17 Oct 2008 23:55 UTC
60 points
141 comments5 min readLW link

Anti-episte­mol­ogy: an explanation

Basil Marte
8 Jul 2020 16:34 UTC
2 points
12 comments3 min readLW link

Rais­ing the San­ity Waterline

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Mar 2009 4:28 UTC
144 points
228 comments3 min readLW link

A Sense That More Is Possible

Eliezer Yudkowsky
13 Mar 2009 1:15 UTC
94 points
218 comments4 min readLW link

Go Forth and Create the Art!

Eliezer Yudkowsky
23 Apr 2009 1:37 UTC
53 points
114 comments5 min readLW link

In Fa­vor of Nice­ness, Com­mu­nity, and Civilization

Scott Alexander
23 Feb 2014 22:24 UTC
42 points
6 comments20 min readLW link

The Craft and the Community

Eliezer Yudkowsky
26 Apr 2009 17:52 UTC
38 points
9 comments12 min readLW link

The ethic of hand-wash­ing and com­mu­nity epistemic practice

5 Mar 2009 4:28 UTC
47 points
47 comments3 min readLW link

Sur­vival in the im­moral maze of college

AllAmericanBreakfast
8 Jul 2020 21:27 UTC
43 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

What does it mean to ap­ply de­ci­sion the­ory?

abramdemski
8 Jul 2020 20:31 UTC
42 points
5 comments8 min readLW link

LW is to ra­tio­nal­ity as AIXI is to intelligence

XiXiDu
6 Mar 2011 20:24 UTC
2 points
46 comments4 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity Habits I Learned at the CFAR Workshop

elharo
10 Mar 2013 14:15 UTC
39 points
27 comments7 min readLW link

CFAR Work­shop Re­view: Fe­bru­ary 2017

lifelonglearner
28 Feb 2017 3:15 UTC
8 points
16 comments7 min readLW link

[Question] How far along are you on the Less­wrong Path?

AiresJL
9 Jul 2020 21:41 UTC
11 points
14 comments4 min readLW link

Avoid mis­in­ter­pret­ing your emotions

Kaj_Sotala
14 Feb 2012 23:51 UTC
70 points
32 comments7 min readLW link

Was a ter­mi­nal de­gree ~nec­es­sary for in­vent­ing Boyle’s desider­ata?

AllAmericanBreakfast
10 Jul 2020 4:47 UTC
33 points
18 comments5 min readLW link

Con­fir­ma­tion Bias As Mis­fire Of Nor­mal Bayesian Reasoning

Scott Alexander
13 Feb 2020 7:20 UTC
45 points
9 comments2 min readLW link
(slatestarcodex.com)

Car­diol­o­gists and Chi­nese Robbers

Scott Alexander
16 Sep 2015 19:00 UTC
76 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

Be­ware The Man Of One Study

Scott Alexander
12 Dec 2014 9:04 UTC
29 points
1 comment8 min readLW link

The Dilemma: Science or Bayes?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
13 May 2008 8:16 UTC
26 points
188 comments5 min readLW link

No Safe Defense, Not Even Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky
18 May 2008 5:19 UTC
49 points
67 comments6 min readLW link

Prov­ing Too Much

Scott Alexander
14 Apr 2013 0:05 UTC
61 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

Scien­tific Ev­i­dence, Le­gal Ev­i­dence, Ra­tional Evidence

Eliezer Yudkowsky
19 Aug 2007 5:36 UTC
55 points
17 comments3 min readLW link

Was a PhD nec­es­sary to solve out­stand­ing math prob­lems?

AllAmericanBreakfast
10 Jul 2020 18:43 UTC
22 points
24 comments3 min readLW link

Hier­ar­chy of Evidence

Bob Jacobs
11 Jul 2020 12:54 UTC
7 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

The Tragedy of the Anticommons

Kaj_Sotala
15 Mar 2009 17:32 UTC
40 points
47 comments5 min readLW link

SciAm ar­ti­cle about ra­tio­nal­ity cor­re­spond­ing only weakly with IQ

DavidPlumpton
27 Dec 2014 20:56 UTC
5 points
28 comments1 min readLW link

What In­tel­li­gence Tests Miss: The psy­chol­ogy of ra­tio­nal thought

Kaj_Sotala
11 Jul 2010 23:01 UTC
39 points
54 comments9 min readLW link

Book re­view: My Hid­den Chimp

Bucky
4 Mar 2019 9:55 UTC
31 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Three ways CFAR has changed my view of rationality

Julia_Galef
10 Sep 2013 18:24 UTC
109 points
59 comments5 min readLW link

The Bat and Ball Prob­lem Revisited

drossbucket
13 Dec 2018 7:16 UTC
75 points
23 comments15 min readLW link2 nominations2 reviews

How You Make Judg­ments: The Elephant and its Rider

lukeprog
15 Apr 2011 1:02 UTC
49 points
19 comments13 min readLW link

Your Evolved Intuitions

lukeprog
5 May 2011 16:21 UTC
15 points
106 comments10 min readLW link

16 types of use­ful predictions

Julia_Galef
10 Apr 2015 3:31 UTC
109 points
54 comments8 min readLW link

The Least Con­ve­nient Pos­si­ble World

Scott Alexander
14 Mar 2009 2:11 UTC
201 points
200 comments5 min readLW link

Science eats its young

George
12 Jul 2020 12:32 UTC
14 points
13 comments10 min readLW link
(cerebralab.com)

School Has It Backwards

proshowersinger
12 Jul 2020 19:24 UTC
29 points
10 comments2 min readLW link

What counts as defec­tion?

TurnTrout
12 Jul 2020 22:03 UTC
84 points
20 comments4 min readLW link

Up­date more slowly!

Davidmanheim
13 Jul 2020 7:10 UTC
50 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

The Third Alternative

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 May 2007 23:47 UTC
80 points
83 comments3 min readLW link

Bur­den­some Details

Eliezer Yudkowsky
20 Sep 2007 23:46 UTC
103 points
32 comments4 min readLW link

Feel­ing Rational

Eliezer Yudkowsky
26 Apr 2007 4:48 UTC
163 points
82 comments3 min readLW link

Belief in Belief

Eliezer Yudkowsky
29 Jul 2007 17:49 UTC
96 points
176 comments5 min readLW link

Reli­gion’s Claim to be Non-Disprovable

Eliezer Yudkowsky
4 Aug 2007 3:21 UTC
169 points
319 comments4 min readLW link

Dou­ble Crux — A Strat­egy for Re­solv­ing Disagreement

Duncan_Sabien
2 Jan 2017 4:37 UTC
119 points
103 comments12 min readLW link

Ap­plause Lights

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 Sep 2007 18:31 UTC
149 points
90 comments2 min readLW link

The Mys­tery of the Haunted Rationalist

Scott Alexander
8 Mar 2009 20:39 UTC
79 points
68 comments3 min readLW link

Anx­iety and Rationality

[deleted]
19 Jan 2016 18:30 UTC
35 points
31 comments4 min readLW link

Pre­tend­ing to be Wise

Eliezer Yudkowsky
19 Feb 2009 22:30 UTC
76 points
76 comments4 min readLW link

Roll for Sanity

eapache
13 Jul 2020 16:39 UTC
18 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

Be­ing a Ro­bust Agent

Raemon
11 Jan 2020 2:06 UTC
121 points
28 comments7 min readLW link2 nominations2 reviews

[Question] How to per­suade peo­ple/​groups out of sunk cost fal­lacy?

vernamcipher
13 Jul 2020 22:51 UTC
3 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

But There’s Still A Chance, Right?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Jan 2008 1:56 UTC
71 points
55 comments2 min readLW link

Yes, Virginia, You Can Be 99.99% (Or More!) Cer­tain That 53 Is Prime

ChrisHallquist
7 Nov 2013 7:45 UTC
52 points
69 comments6 min readLW link

Cal­ibra­tion Prac­tice: Retro­d­ic­tions on Metaculus

Raemon
14 Jul 2020 18:35 UTC
31 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

Limits of Cur­rent US Pre­dic­tion Mar­kets (Pre­dic­tIt Case Study)

aphyer
14 Jul 2020 7:24 UTC
169 points
37 comments7 min readLW link

Dremeling

Czynski
14 Jul 2020 19:23 UTC
32 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

The Gold­bach con­jec­ture is prob­a­bly cor­rect; so was Fer­mat’s last theorem

Stuart_Armstrong
14 Jul 2020 19:30 UTC
75 points
14 comments4 min readLW link

Mazes and Duality

14 Jul 2020 19:54 UTC
49 points
7 comments6 min readLW link

“Other peo­ple are wrong” vs “I am right”

Buck
22 Feb 2019 20:01 UTC
197 points
15 comments9 min readLW link

Un­rol­ling so­cial metacog­ni­tion: Three lev­els of meta are not enough.

Academian
25 Aug 2018 12:00 UTC
175 points
44 comments7 min readLW link3 nominations1 review

Will As Thou Wilt

Eliezer Yudkowsky
7 Jul 2008 10:37 UTC
4 points
30 comments1 min readLW link

The Library of Scott Alexandria

Rob Bensinger
14 Sep 2015 1:38 UTC
77 points
32 comments7 min readLW link

The Cat­e­gories Were Made For Man, Not Man For The Categories

Scott Alexander
21 Nov 2014 14:34 UTC
51 points
7 comments18 min readLW link

A His­tory of Bayes’ Theorem

lukeprog
29 Aug 2011 7:04 UTC
57 points
89 comments15 min readLW link

Your in­tu­itions are not magic

Kaj_Sotala
10 Jun 2010 0:11 UTC
102 points
35 comments4 min readLW link

On Overconfidence

Scott Alexander
21 Aug 2015 2:21 UTC
39 points
3 comments14 min readLW link

Does Think­ing Hard Hurt Your Brain?

Raemon
29 Apr 2018 18:56 UTC
48 points
38 comments1 min readLW link

Ra­tional Me or We?

RobinHanson
17 Mar 2009 13:39 UTC
135 points
156 comments1 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity: Abridged

Quaerendo
6 Jan 2018 0:20 UTC
148 points
25 comments1 min readLW link

At­tempted Telekinesis

AnnaSalamon
7 Feb 2015 18:53 UTC
109 points
28 comments10 min readLW link

Diver­gence causes iso­lated de­mands for rigor

George
15 Jul 2020 18:59 UTC
13 points
4 comments7 min readLW link
(blog.cerebralab.com)

Fake Explanations

Eliezer Yudkowsky
20 Aug 2007 21:13 UTC
93 points
89 comments2 min readLW link

Two More Things to Un­learn from School

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Jul 2007 17:45 UTC
97 points
155 comments2 min readLW link

In­cre­men­tal Progress and the Valley

Eliezer Yudkowsky
4 Apr 2009 16:42 UTC
61 points
113 comments5 min readLW link

An­thro­po­mor­phiz­ing Humans

johnswentworth
17 Jul 2020 17:49 UTC
46 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Tel­ling more ra­tio­nal stories

AllAmericanBreakfast
17 Jul 2020 17:47 UTC
24 points
21 comments3 min readLW link

Plans are Re­cur­sive & Why This is Important

Ruby
10 Mar 2019 1:58 UTC
62 points
11 comments11 min readLW link

“Science” as Cu­ri­os­ity-Stopper

Eliezer Yudkowsky
3 Sep 2007 20:04 UTC
83 points
59 comments3 min readLW link

Crit­i­cism of some pop­u­lar LW articles

AllAmericanBreakfast
19 Jul 2020 1:16 UTC
61 points
19 comments6 min readLW link

In­tu­itive differ­ences: when to agree to disagree

Kaj_Sotala
29 Sep 2009 7:56 UTC
23 points
36 comments4 min readLW link

Praise of some pop­u­lar LW articles

AllAmericanBreakfast
20 Jul 2020 0:32 UTC
38 points
1 comment7 min readLW link

Use re­silience, in­stead of im­pre­ci­sion, to com­mu­ni­cate uncertainty

habryka
20 Jul 2020 5:08 UTC
2 points
1 comment1 min readLW link
(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

Cached Thoughts

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 Oct 2007 23:46 UTC
95 points
94 comments3 min readLW link

Ineffi­cient doesn’t mean in­differ­ent, but it might mean wimpy.

AllAmericanBreakfast
20 Jul 2020 18:27 UTC
13 points
3 comments5 min readLW link

Com­pe­ti­tion: Am­plify Ro­hin’s Pre­dic­tion on AGI re­searchers & Safety Concerns

stuhlmueller
21 Jul 2020 20:06 UTC
86 points
40 comments3 min readLW link

The Ba­sic Dou­ble Crux pattern

elityre
22 Jul 2020 6:41 UTC
51 points
20 comments4 min readLW link

Key De­ci­sion Anal­y­sis—a fun­da­men­tal ra­tio­nal­ity technique

elityre
12 Jan 2020 5:59 UTC
46 points
10 comments3 min readLW link

Op­ti­miz­ing ar­bi­trary ex­pres­sions with a lin­ear num­ber of queries to a Log­i­cal In­duc­tion Or­a­cle (Car­toon Guide)

Donald Hobson
23 Jul 2020 21:37 UTC
3 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

Ag­gre­gat­ing forecasts

Jsevillamol
23 Jul 2020 18:04 UTC
14 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

An Old Way to Vi­su­al­ize Biases

Zachary Robertson
24 Jul 2020 0:10 UTC
4 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Mean­ing is Quasi-Idempotent

Chris_Leong
24 Jul 2020 4:08 UTC
5 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

Com­ment Replies for Chains, Bot­tle­necks and Optimization

curi
24 Jul 2020 18:51 UTC
1 point
2 comments3 min readLW link

No Ul­ti­mate Goal and a Small Ex­is­ten­tial Crisis

elriggs
24 Jul 2020 18:39 UTC
10 points
23 comments3 min readLW link

Subagents, trauma and rationality

Kaj_Sotala
14 Aug 2019 13:14 UTC
75 points
4 comments19 min readLW link

Schools Pro­lifer­at­ing Without Evidence

Eliezer Yudkowsky
15 Mar 2009 6:43 UTC
49 points
59 comments3 min readLW link

The Log­i­cal Fal­lacy of Gen­er­al­iza­tion from Fic­tional Evidence

Eliezer Yudkowsky
16 Oct 2007 3:57 UTC
67 points
58 comments6 min readLW link

How I do research

TurnTrout
19 Nov 2019 20:31 UTC
56 points
26 comments3 min readLW link

Prune

alkjash
12 Jan 2018 22:50 UTC
76 points
10 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Gears-Level Models are Cap­i­tal Investments

johnswentworth
22 Nov 2019 22:41 UTC
92 points
25 comments7 min readLW link

Ba­sic Con­ver­sa­tional Co­or­di­na­tion: Micro-co­or­di­na­tion of In­ten­tion

elityre
27 Jul 2020 22:41 UTC
40 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

Check­list of Ra­tion­al­ity Habits

AnnaSalamon
7 Nov 2012 21:19 UTC
125 points
189 comments11 min readLW link

What cog­ni­tive bi­ases feel like from the inside

chaosmage
3 Jan 2020 14:24 UTC
193 points
23 comments4 min readLW link

Model Com­bi­na­tion and Adjustment

lukeprog
17 Jul 2013 20:31 UTC
75 points
41 comments5 min readLW link

The Out­side View’s Domain

Eliezer Yudkowsky
21 Jun 2008 3:17 UTC
17 points
14 comments10 min readLW link

Real­ism about rationality

Richard_Ngo
16 Sep 2018 10:46 UTC
178 points
139 comments4 min readLW link3 nominations3 reviews
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Of Two Minds

Valentine
17 May 2018 4:34 UTC
164 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

Learned Blankness

AnnaSalamon
18 Apr 2011 18:55 UTC
159 points
188 comments5 min readLW link

Con­fi­dence lev­els in­side and out­side an argument

Scott Alexander
16 Dec 2010 3:06 UTC
164 points
190 comments6 min readLW link

Beau­tiful Probability

Eliezer Yudkowsky
14 Jan 2008 7:19 UTC
59 points
117 comments6 min readLW link

Univer­sal Fire

Eliezer Yudkowsky
27 Apr 2007 21:15 UTC
96 points
43 comments3 min readLW link

Is Real­ity Ugly?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Jan 2008 22:26 UTC
34 points
42 comments5 min readLW link

Out­side the Laboratory

Eliezer Yudkowsky
21 Jan 2007 3:46 UTC
90 points
348 comments7 min readLW link

Per­pet­ual Mo­tion Beliefs

Eliezer Yudkowsky
27 Feb 2008 20:22 UTC
48 points
44 comments3 min readLW link

What is Bayesi­anism?

Kaj_Sotala
26 Feb 2010 7:43 UTC
88 points
217 comments4 min readLW link

How to Con­vince Me That 2 + 2 = 3

Eliezer Yudkowsky
27 Sep 2007 23:00 UTC
95 points
400 comments3 min readLW link

Re­v­ersed Stu­pidity Is Not Intelligence

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Dec 2007 22:14 UTC
88 points
113 comments3 min readLW link

Truly Part Of You

Eliezer Yudkowsky
21 Nov 2007 2:18 UTC
98 points
56 comments4 min readLW link

Thou Art Physics

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Jun 2008 6:37 UTC
84 points
88 comments3 min readLW link

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

Raemon
19 Dec 2019 1:12 UTC
53 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

Fire­wal­ling the Op­ti­mal from the Rational

Eliezer Yudkowsky
8 Oct 2012 8:01 UTC
104 points
337 comments5 min readLW link

Reflec­tions on ra­tio­nal­ity a year out

[deleted]
31 Mar 2011 1:35 UTC
100 points
108 comments4 min readLW link

Public Po­si­tions and Pri­vate Guts

Vaniver
11 Oct 2018 19:38 UTC
95 points
13 comments8 min readLW link2 nominations

[Question] What makes peo­ple in­tel­lec­tu­ally ac­tive?

abramdemski
29 Dec 2018 22:29 UTC
94 points
63 comments1 min readLW link2 nominations

Ac­tion and habit

Swimmer963
2 Jun 2011 14:59 UTC
91 points
106 comments4 min readLW link

A Per­sonal Ra­tion­al­ity Wishlist

DanielFilan
27 Aug 2019 3:40 UTC
44 points
54 comments4 min readLW link
(danielfilan.com)

Is Ra­tion­al­ist Self-Im­prove­ment Real?

Jacobian
9 Dec 2019 17:11 UTC
181 points
62 comments11 min readLW link

In­fer­ence & Empiricism

SatvikBeri
20 Mar 2018 15:47 UTC
88 points
9 comments2 min readLW link

Think Like Reality

Eliezer Yudkowsky
2 May 2007 6:36 UTC
75 points
65 comments2 min readLW link

Skill: The Map is Not the Territory

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Oct 2012 9:59 UTC
62 points
180 comments5 min readLW link

Astray with the Truth: Logic and Math

StephenR
16 Aug 2014 15:40 UTC
5 points
21 comments8 min readLW link

Do Suffi­ciently Ad­vanced Agents Use Logic?

abramdemski
13 Sep 2019 19:53 UTC
41 points
11 comments9 min readLW link

On Say­ing the Obvious

Grognor
2 Feb 2012 5:13 UTC
96 points
46 comments2 min readLW link

Im­prove­ment Without Superstition

Zachary Jacobi
16 Dec 2017 20:01 UTC
83 points
10 comments6 min readLW link

Ex­clud­ing the Supernatural

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Sep 2008 0:12 UTC
52 points
140 comments7 min readLW link

“What Is Wrong With Our Thoughts”

Eliezer Yudkowsky
17 May 2009 7:24 UTC
32 points
109 comments1 min readLW link

On Pro­cras­ti­na­tion—The art of shap­ing your fu­ture actions

Neel Nanda
1 Aug 2020 10:22 UTC
10 points
0 comments8 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Science like a chef

adamzerner
8 Feb 2018 21:23 UTC
76 points
17 comments3 min readLW link

High-pre­ci­sion claims may be re­futed with­out be­ing re­placed with other high-pre­ci­sion claims

jessicata
30 Jan 2020 23:08 UTC
63 points
30 comments3 min readLW link
(unstableontology.com)

Are you the rider or the elephant?

Qiaochu_Yuan
21 Feb 2018 7:25 UTC
81 points
67 comments1 min readLW link

Prin­ci­ples Be­hind Bottlenecks

curi
1 Aug 2020 22:48 UTC
1 point
0 comments6 min readLW link

When Gears Go Wrong

mr-hire
2 Aug 2020 6:21 UTC
26 points
5 comments6 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity and Levels of Intervention

Geoff_Anders
25 Sep 2019 16:59 UTC
73 points
29 comments8 min readLW link

Sus­pi­ciously bal­anced evidence

gjm
12 Feb 2020 17:04 UTC
49 points
24 comments4 min readLW link

What Cost for Ir­ra­tional­ity?

Kaj_Sotala
1 Jul 2010 18:25 UTC
76 points
119 comments7 min readLW link

Ham­mer­time Day 4: Design

alkjash
1 Feb 2018 19:00 UTC
44 points
8 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 3: TAPs

alkjash
1 Feb 2018 4:10 UTC
27 points
18 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 2: Yoda Timers

alkjash
31 Jan 2018 5:10 UTC
60 points
20 comments3 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ham­mer­time Day 5: Com­fort Zone Expansion

alkjash
2 Feb 2018 18:00 UTC
28 points
27 comments6 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

You Can Face Reality

Eliezer Yudkowsky
9 Aug 2007 1:46 UTC
73 points
35 comments1 min readLW link

Self-skep­ti­cism: the first prin­ci­ple of rationality

aaronsw
6 Aug 2012 0:51 UTC
36 points
106 comments2 min readLW link

Phys­i­cal and Men­tal Behavior

Scott Alexander
10 Jul 2011 20:20 UTC
67 points
22 comments3 min readLW link

I trans­lated ‘Twelve Virtues of Ra­tion­al­ity’ into He­brew.

Yoav Ravid
1 Jun 2019 18:52 UTC
30 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

In­stru­men­tal vs. Epistemic—A Bardic Perspective

MBlume
25 Apr 2009 7:41 UTC
76 points
188 comments3 min readLW link

Mak­ing Ra­tion­al­ity Gen­eral-Interest

Swimmer963
24 Jul 2013 22:02 UTC
32 points
117 comments4 min readLW link

Some Claims Are Just Too Extraordinary

Eliezer Yudkowsky
20 Jan 2007 7:14 UTC
30 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

Tune Your Cog­ni­tive Strategies

SquirrelInHell
15 Feb 2018 17:54 UTC
63 points
6 comments1 min readLW link
(bewelltuned.com)

Ten­sions in Truth­seek­ing

Raemon
2 Oct 2017 0:54 UTC
60 points
42 comments7 min readLW link

We tend to for­get com­pli­cated things

Rafael Harth
20 Oct 2019 20:05 UTC
51 points
16 comments1 min readLW link

A Devel­op­men­tal Frame­work for Rationality

lifelonglearner
13 Mar 2018 1:36 UTC
61 points
9 comments9 min readLW link

[Question] Can So­cial Dy­nam­ics Ex­plain Con­junc­tion Fal­lacy Ex­per­i­men­tal Re­sults?

curi
5 Aug 2020 8:50 UTC
8 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

Op­ti­miza­tion and the In­tel­li­gence Explosion

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 Mar 2015 19:00 UTC
24 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Ex­plor­ing Two-Level Vi­sual Mnemonic Compression

armatures
6 Aug 2020 23:58 UTC
8 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Asch Con­for­mity Could Ex­plain the Con­junc­tion Fallacy

curi
6 Aug 2020 21:46 UTC
6 points
1 comment5 min readLW link

Pro­cras­ti­na­tion Para­doxes: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

scasper
6 Aug 2020 19:47 UTC
6 points
1 comment10 min readLW link

[Question] How much is known about the “in­fer­ence rules” of log­i­cal in­duc­tion?

Eigil Rischel
8 Aug 2020 10:45 UTC
10 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

The Foun­da­tional Toolbox for Life: Introduction

ExCeph
22 Jun 2019 6:11 UTC
22 points
2 comments6 min readLW link

Where Philos­o­phy Meets Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Apr 2008 21:21 UTC
29 points
22 comments4 min readLW link

Many Wor­lds, One Best Guess

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 May 2008 8:32 UTC
23 points
79 comments13 min readLW link

Re­sist the Happy Death Spiral

Eliezer Yudkowsky
4 Dec 2007 1:15 UTC
41 points
36 comments6 min readLW link

Un­bounded Scales, Huge Jury Awards, & Futurism

Eliezer Yudkowsky
29 Nov 2007 7:45 UTC
33 points
10 comments3 min readLW link

Draw­ing Less Wrong: Overview of Skills, and Rele­vance to Rationality

Raemon
19 Nov 2011 5:05 UTC
15 points
11 comments5 min readLW link

Towards a For­mal­i­sa­tion of Log­i­cal Counterfactuals

Bunthut
8 Aug 2020 22:14 UTC
6 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

So­cial Interfaces

thoughtfulmadison
9 Aug 2020 18:13 UTC
14 points
8 comments3 min readLW link

Prob­a­bil­ity Space & Au­mann Agreement

Wei_Dai
10 Dec 2009 21:57 UTC
43 points
76 comments5 min readLW link

Au­mann Agree­ment Game

abramdemski
9 Oct 2015 17:14 UTC
18 points
10 comments1 min readLW link

Au­mann Agree­ment by Combat

roryokane
5 Apr 2019 5:15 UTC
14 points
2 comments1 min readLW link
(sigbovik.org)

Au­mann vot­ing; or, How to vote when you’re ignorant

PhilGoetz
2 Apr 2009 18:54 UTC
11 points
38 comments2 min readLW link

An ex­pla­na­tion of Au­mann’s agree­ment theorem

Tyrrell_McAllister
7 Jul 2011 6:22 UTC
6 points
18 comments1 min readLW link

Sta­tus Reg­u­la­tion and Anx­ious Underconfidence

Eliezer Yudkowsky
16 Nov 2017 19:35 UTC
88 points
10 comments21 min readLW link

The Joys of Con­ju­gate Priors

TCB
21 May 2011 2:41 UTC
43 points
24 comments5 min readLW link

Some ra­tio­nal­ity tweets

Peter_de_Blanc
30 Dec 2010 7:14 UTC
43 points
81 comments2 min readLW link

Nav­i­gat­ing dis­agree­ment: How to keep your eye on the ev­i­dence

AnnaSalamon
24 Apr 2010 22:47 UTC
37 points
73 comments6 min readLW link

If It’s Worth Do­ing, It’s Worth Do­ing With Made-Up Statistics

Scott Alexander
3 Sep 2017 20:56 UTC
37 points
0 comments5 min readLW link

Se­cure Your Beliefs

lukeprog
12 Feb 2011 16:53 UTC
44 points
48 comments1 min readLW link

This Ter­ri­tory Does Not Exist

ike
13 Aug 2020 0:30 UTC
11 points
195 comments7 min readLW link

Hand vs. Fingers

Eliezer Yudkowsky
30 Mar 2008 0:36 UTC
43 points
95 comments3 min readLW link

De­bi­as­ing as Non-Self-Destruction

Eliezer Yudkowsky
7 Apr 2007 20:20 UTC
30 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

“In­duc­tive Bias”

Eliezer Yudkowsky
8 Apr 2007 19:52 UTC
25 points
24 comments3 min readLW link

How webs of mean­ing grow and change

Hazard
14 Aug 2020 13:58 UTC
13 points
0 comments10 min readLW link

misc raw re­sponses to a tract of Crit­i­cal Rationalism

MakoYass
14 Aug 2020 11:53 UTC
22 points
52 comments3 min readLW link

Ex­plicit and tacit rationality

lukeprog
9 Apr 2013 23:33 UTC
40 points
77 comments4 min readLW link

Self-Anchoring

Eliezer Yudkowsky
22 Oct 2007 6:11 UTC
32 points
10 comments2 min readLW link

False Laughter

Eliezer Yudkowsky
22 Dec 2007 6:03 UTC
26 points
66 comments3 min readLW link

To Lead, You Must Stand Up

Eliezer Yudkowsky
29 Dec 2007 6:38 UTC
31 points
38 comments2 min readLW link

What are the Best Ham­mers in the Ra­tion­al­ist Com­mu­nity?

Bound_up
24 Jan 2018 14:43 UTC
40 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Why Does Power Cor­rupt?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
14 Oct 2008 0:23 UTC
37 points
59 comments5 min readLW link

Self-Similar­ity Experiment

Telofy
15 Aug 2020 13:19 UTC
11 points
0 comments10 min readLW link

Seven habits to­wards highly effec­tive minds

Richard_Ngo
5 Sep 2019 23:10 UTC
39 points
11 comments2 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Are these cog­ni­tive bi­ases, bi­ases?

Kaj_Sotala
23 Dec 2009 17:27 UTC
35 points
24 comments6 min readLW link

Bind Your­self to Reality

Eliezer Yudkowsky
22 Mar 2008 5:09 UTC
38 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

My Child­hood Death Spiral

Eliezer Yudkowsky
15 Sep 2008 3:42 UTC
36 points
106 comments4 min readLW link

My Nat­u­ral­is­tic Awakening

Eliezer Yudkowsky
25 Sep 2008 6:58 UTC
39 points
47 comments5 min readLW link

The ABC’s of Luminosity

Alicorn
18 Mar 2010 21:47 UTC
37 points
31 comments4 min readLW link

Lights, Cam­era, Ac­tion!

Alicorn
20 Mar 2010 5:29 UTC
37 points
58 comments3 min readLW link

The Spotlight

Alicorn
24 Mar 2010 23:43 UTC
38 points
24 comments3 min readLW link

High­lights and Shadows

Alicorn
28 Mar 2010 20:56 UTC
20 points
45 comments2 min readLW link

Lampshading

Alicorn
6 Apr 2010 20:03 UTC
19 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

Aliveness

Ziz
18 Jan 2018 5:00 UTC
39 points
10 comments1 min readLW link
(sinceriously.fyi)

How some al­gorithms feel from inside

cousin_it
17 May 2011 11:26 UTC
37 points
43 comments1 min readLW link

Are You a Par­a­lyzed Subor­di­nate Mon­key?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
2 Mar 2011 21:12 UTC
36 points
78 comments1 min readLW link

False Majorities

JamesAndrix
3 Feb 2010 18:43 UTC
35 points
39 comments1 min readLW link

Don’t es­ti­mate your cre­ative in­tel­li­gence by your crit­i­cal intelligence

PhilGoetz
5 Feb 2015 2:41 UTC
39 points
20 comments1 min readLW link

Mul­ti­tudi­nous out­side views

Davidmanheim
18 Aug 2020 6:21 UTC
45 points
13 comments3 min readLW link

Learn­ing hu­man prefer­ences: op­ti­mistic and pes­simistic scenarios

Stuart_Armstrong
18 Aug 2020 13:05 UTC
26 points
6 comments6 min readLW link

On Be­ing Okay with the Truth

lukeprog
2 May 2011 0:17 UTC
38 points
73 comments2 min readLW link

De­ci­sion-the­o­retic prob­lems and The­o­ries; An (In­com­plete) com­par­a­tive list

somervta
11 Jul 2018 2:59 UTC
37 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(docs.google.com)

Zero-Knowl­edge Cooperation

bryjnar
25 Oct 2017 5:35 UTC
37 points
7 comments4 min readLW link

Doubt, Science, and Mag­i­cal Crea­tures—a Child’s Perspective

Benquo
28 Dec 2013 15:26 UTC
37 points
54 comments2 min readLW link

Pic­ture Frames, Win­dow Frames and Frameworks

Raemon
3 Nov 2019 22:09 UTC
32 points
4 comments7 min readLW link

Pretense

TurnTrout
29 Jul 2018 0:35 UTC
36 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

On Defin­ing your Terms

Chris_Leong
19 Aug 2020 3:30 UTC
13 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Is your un­cer­tainty re­solv­able?

Raemon
21 Jun 2019 7:32 UTC
32 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

A parable in the style of In­visi­ble Cities

Daniel Kokotajlo
16 Dec 2019 15:55 UTC
28 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Why should I care about ra­tio­nal­ity?

TurnTrout
8 Dec 2018 3:49 UTC
26 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] In­stru­men­tal Oc­cam?

abramdemski
31 Jan 2020 19:27 UTC
31 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

A List of Nuances

abramdemski
10 Nov 2014 5:02 UTC
41 points
24 comments14 min readLW link

[Question] What are the com­po­nents of in­tel­lec­tual hon­esty?

abramdemski
15 Jan 2019 20:00 UTC
32 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Nar­row your an­swer space

Vaniver
28 Dec 2010 11:38 UTC
25 points
111 comments8 min readLW link

Think­ing well

Vaniver
1 Apr 2015 22:03 UTC
28 points
23 comments2 min readLW link

Ex­pla­na­tion vs Rationalization

abramdemski
22 Feb 2018 23:46 UTC
31 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

Si­mul­ta­neous Over­con­fi­dence and Underconfidence

abramdemski
3 Jun 2015 21:04 UTC
28 points
6 comments5 min readLW link

Sub­tle Forms of Con­fir­ma­tion Bias

abramdemski
3 Jul 2017 23:00 UTC
33 points
5 comments5 min readLW link

The 12 Se­cond Rule (i.e. think be­fore an­swer­ing) and other Epistemic Norms

Raemon
5 Sep 2016 23:08 UTC
28 points
13 comments3 min readLW link

Very Short In­tro­duc­tion to Bayesian Model Com­par­i­son

johnswentworth
16 Jul 2019 19:48 UTC
29 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

In­ter­ac­tive Bayes The­o­rem Visualization

Allen Kim
3 Mar 2018 4:00 UTC
29 points
4 comments1 min readLW link
(allenkim67.github.io)

[Question] Should we write more about so­cial life?

AllAmericanBreakfast
19 Aug 2020 20:07 UTC
13 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

My Kind of Reflection

Eliezer Yudkowsky
10 Jul 2008 7:21 UTC
26 points
22 comments4 min readLW link

Lawful Creativity

Eliezer Yudkowsky
8 Nov 2008 19:54 UTC
27 points
34 comments7 min readLW link

Your Most Valuable Skill

Alicorn
27 Sep 2009 17:01 UTC
28 points
97 comments2 min readLW link

On the Care and Feed­ing of Young Rationalists

MBlume
13 Mar 2009 23:48 UTC
28 points
22 comments2 min readLW link

In What Ways Have You Be­come Stronger?

Vladimir_Nesov
15 Mar 2009 20:44 UTC
27 points
40 comments1 min readLW link

Tak­ing Oc­cam Seriously

steven0461
29 May 2009 17:31 UTC
28 points
51 comments1 min readLW link

No Li­cense To Be Human

Eliezer Yudkowsky
20 Aug 2008 23:18 UTC
31 points
54 comments8 min readLW link

Kin­naird’s truels

Johnicholas
5 Mar 2009 16:50 UTC
28 points
35 comments1 min readLW link

Ex­ten­u­at­ing Circumstances

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Apr 2009 22:57 UTC
34 points
42 comments4 min readLW link

High­lights from the Black­mail De­bate (Robin Han­son vs Zvi Mow­show­itz)

Ben Pace
20 Aug 2020 0:49 UTC
48 points
38 comments9 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity Tough­ness Tests

RobinHanson
6 Apr 2009 1:12 UTC
26 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

The Bayesian Tyrant

abramdemski
20 Aug 2020 0:08 UTC
103 points
14 comments6 min readLW link

Where to In­ter­vene in a Hu­man?

lukeprog
3 Jul 2012 6:31 UTC
33 points
71 comments2 min readLW link

[LINK] What should a rea­son­able per­son be­lieve about the Sin­gu­lar­ity?

Kaj_Sotala
13 Jan 2011 9:32 UTC
27 points
14 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] What does the word “col­lab­o­ra­tive” mean in the phrase “col­lab­o­ra­tive truth­seek­ing”?

Zack_M_Davis
26 Jun 2019 5:26 UTC
27 points
22 comments1 min readLW link

[META] ‘Ra­tional’ vs ‘Op­ti­mized’

TheOtherDave
4 Jan 2012 18:58 UTC
30 points
68 comments1 min readLW link

Don’t teach peo­ple how to reach the top of a hill

PhilGoetz
4 Mar 2014 21:38 UTC
33 points
37 comments6 min readLW link

Strong stances

KatjaGrace
15 Oct 2019 0:40 UTC
31 points
9 comments9 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.com)

Slava!

[deleted]
3 Oct 2010 2:47 UTC
33 points
105 comments4 min readLW link

The Ba­co­nian Method (Novum Or­ganum Book 1: 93-107)

Francis Bacon
10 Oct 2019 18:54 UTC
29 points
1 comment11 min readLW link

When is ra­tio­nal­ity use­ful?

Richard_Ngo
24 Apr 2019 22:40 UTC
29 points
26 comments3 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Is there a prac­ti­tioner’s guide for ra­tio­nal­ity?

cedric
13 Aug 2018 5:39 UTC
27 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

“Fol­low your dreams” as a case study in in­cor­rect thinking

cousin_it
20 Aug 2014 13:18 UTC
29 points
53 comments2 min readLW link

It’s all in your head-land

colinmarshall
22 Jul 2009 19:41 UTC
34 points
68 comments12 min readLW link

Río Grande: judg­ment calls

KatjaGrace
27 Jan 2019 3:50 UTC
28 points
5 comments2 min readLW link
(worldlypositions.tumblr.com)

Causes of disagreements

JustinShovelain
16 Jul 2009 21:51 UTC
28 points
20 comments4 min readLW link

Rad­i­cal Probabilism

abramdemski
18 Aug 2020 21:14 UTC
126 points
42 comments35 min readLW link

nos­talge­braist: Re­cur­sive Good­hart’s Law

Kaj_Sotala
26 Aug 2020 11:07 UTC
56 points
27 comments1 min readLW link
(nostalgebraist.tumblr.com)

Zib­bal­done With It All

Randomini
28 Aug 2020 11:37 UTC
22 points
13 comments2 min readLW link

Mean­ingful Rest

Neel Nanda
29 Aug 2020 15:50 UTC
31 points
2 comments4 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

[Question] Why is Bayesi­anism im­por­tant for ra­tio­nal­ity?

Chris_Leong
1 Sep 2020 4:24 UTC
37 points
24 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] If there were an in­ter­ac­tive soft­ware teach­ing Yud­kowskian ra­tio­nal­ity, what con­cepts would you want to see it teach?

MikkW
2 Sep 2020 5:37 UTC
22 points
21 comments1 min readLW link

Mul­ti­vari­ate es­ti­ma­tion & the Squig­gly language

ozziegooen
5 Sep 2020 4:35 UTC
39 points
5 comments7 min readLW link

[Question] Why would code/​English or low-ab­strac­tion/​high-ab­strac­tion sim­plic­ity or brevity cor­re­spond?

curi
4 Sep 2020 19:46 UTC
2 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

The Four Chil­dren of the Seder as the Si­mu­lacra Levels

Zvi
7 Sep 2020 15:00 UTC
65 points
15 comments16 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Refer­ence Classes

Chris_Leong
7 Sep 2020 12:52 UTC
10 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

Up­dates Thread

adamzerner
9 Sep 2020 4:34 UTC
49 points
41 comments1 min readLW link

Cap­tur­ing Ideas

abramdemski
9 Sep 2020 21:20 UTC
68 points
12 comments9 min readLW link

Tak­ing Ham­mer­time Fi­nal Exam by efim

efim
10 Sep 2020 10:18 UTC
4 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Re­sist epistemic (and emo­tional) learned hel­pless­ness!

AllAmericanBreakfast
10 Sep 2020 2:58 UTC
7 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Choose sim­plic­ity and struc­ture.

AllAmericanBreakfast
10 Sep 2020 21:45 UTC
7 points
1 comment1 min readLW link

What’s Wrong with So­cial Science and How to Fix It: Reflec­tions After Read­ing 2578 Papers

habryka
12 Sep 2020 1:46 UTC
100 points
21 comments2 min readLW link
(fantasticanachronism.com)

Ra­tion­al­ity and playfulness

AllAmericanBreakfast
12 Sep 2020 5:14 UTC
41 points
1 comment11 min readLW link

Notes on good judge­ment and how to de­velop it (80,000 Hours)

habryka
12 Sep 2020 17:51 UTC
15 points
16 comments2 min readLW link
(80000hours.org)

Gems from the Wiki: Acausal Trade

13 Sep 2020 0:23 UTC
45 points
5 comments7 min readLW link
(www.lesswrong.com)

[Question] Egan’s The­o­rem?

johnswentworth
13 Sep 2020 17:47 UTC
17 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

Me­moriz­ing a Deck of Cards

Tofly
16 Sep 2020 1:31 UTC
27 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

Ap­ply­ing the Coun­ter­fac­tual Pri­soner’s Dilemma to Log­i­cal Uncertainty

Chris_Leong
16 Sep 2020 10:34 UTC
9 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Mak­ing the Monte Hall prob­lem weirder but obvious

dynomight
17 Sep 2020 12:10 UTC
15 points
7 comments1 min readLW link
(dyno-might.github.io)

Gems from the Wiki: Do The Math, Then Burn The Math and Go With Your Gut

17 Sep 2020 22:41 UTC
42 points
1 comment3 min readLW link
(www.lesswrong.com)

Tak­ing So­cial Initiative

Neel Nanda
19 Sep 2020 15:31 UTC
16 points
0 comments13 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

The Haters Gonna Hate Fallacy

Kaj_Sotala
22 Sep 2020 12:20 UTC
47 points
6 comments1 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

Com­par­a­tive Ad­van­tage is Not About Trade

johnswentworth
22 Sep 2020 18:43 UTC
81 points
19 comments3 min readLW link

This is Why Your Hard Work Sits on the Shelf — and Here’s What to Do About It

Ian David Moss
11 Mar 2019 1:09 UTC
2 points
0 comments5 min readLW link
(medium.com)

[Question] David Deutsch on Univer­sal Ex­plain­ers and AI

alanf
24 Sep 2020 7:50 UTC
1 point
6 comments2 min readLW link

[Link] Where did you get that idea in the first place? | Meaningness

Kenny
25 Sep 2020 15:38 UTC
8 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Up close and per­sonal with the world

dominicq
25 Sep 2020 6:52 UTC
7 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

About a lo­cal vari­a­tion of Rock-Paper-Scis­sors and how it self-negated its own prob­le­matic dynamic

KyriakosCH
25 Sep 2020 9:27 UTC
9 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Honor­ing Petrov Day on LessWrong, in 2020

Ben Pace
26 Sep 2020 8:01 UTC
38 points
6 comments3 min readLW link

Ham­mers and Nails

alkjash
23 Jan 2018 1:19 UTC
132 points
32 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

How An Al­gorithm Feels From Inside

Eliezer Yudkowsky
11 Feb 2008 2:35 UTC
145 points
80 comments4 min readLW link

Up­dated Hier­ar­chy of Disagreement

Bob Jacobs
28 May 2020 15:57 UTC
14 points
13 comments2 min readLW link

Goal-di­rect­ed­ness is be­hav­ioral, not structural

adamShimi
8 Jun 2020 23:05 UTC
7 points
12 comments3 min readLW link

Coron­avirus as a test-run for X-risks

SDM
13 Jun 2020 21:00 UTC
65 points
10 comments18 min readLW link

God and Moses have a chat

Yitz
17 Jun 2020 18:34 UTC
9 points
13 comments6 min readLW link

In­no­va­tion and Dependence

smaslennikov
19 Jun 2020 19:39 UTC
3 points
2 comments2 min readLW link
(smaslennikov.com)

Be­ware Iso­lated De­mands For Rigor

Scott Alexander
2 Sep 2017 19:50 UTC
74 points
1 comment8 min readLW link

Science Doesn’t Trust Your Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky
14 May 2008 2:13 UTC
27 points
137 comments3 min readLW link

A re­ply to Agnes Callard

Vaniver
28 Jun 2020 3:25 UTC
91 points
36 comments3 min readLW link

Counterspells

Virgil Kurkjian
27 Apr 2019 23:37 UTC
94 points
24 comments10 min readLW link

The New Scien­tific Method

nixtaken
17 Jul 2020 14:44 UTC
−24 points
28 comments12 min readLW link

The Ghost of Joseph Weber

Kirsten Hacker
13 Jul 2020 22:51 UTC
−2 points
43 comments16 min readLW link

Fil­ter­ing Out What You Want to See

nixtaken
18 Jul 2020 17:06 UTC
2 points
0 comments5 min readLW link

A New Way to Vi­su­al­ize Biases

dtm
22 Jul 2020 17:57 UTC
5 points
16 comments1 min readLW link

The Curse of Cur­sory Idealism

Noah Blaff
28 Jul 2020 19:56 UTC
7 points
1 comment3 min readLW link

The Con­ceited Folly of Certainty

Noah Blaff
28 Jul 2020 19:56 UTC
5 points
3 comments20 min readLW link

Del­e­gate a Forecast

Amandango
28 Jul 2020 17:43 UTC
42 points
25 comments2 min readLW link
(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

Great ra­tio­nal­ity posts in the OB archives

lukeprog
23 Feb 2013 23:33 UTC
9 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Great ra­tio­nal­ity posts by LWers not posted to LW

lukeprog
16 Feb 2013 0:31 UTC
28 points
56 comments1 min readLW link

The 5-Se­cond Level

Eliezer Yudkowsky
7 May 2011 4:51 UTC
130 points
323 comments8 min readLW link

Mys­te­ri­ous An­swers to Mys­te­ri­ous Questions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
25 Aug 2007 22:27 UTC
116 points
157 comments4 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity: From AI to Zombies

Rob Bensinger
13 Mar 2015 15:11 UTC
87 points
104 comments2 min readLW link

Your Ra­tion­al­ity is My Business

Eliezer Yudkowsky
15 Apr 2007 7:31 UTC
93 points
27 comments3 min readLW link

The ra­tio­nal ra­tio­nal­ist’s guide to ra­tio­nally us­ing “ra­tio­nal” in ra­tio­nal post titles

Vaniver
27 May 2012 19:13 UTC
90 points
53 comments1 min readLW link

New edi­tion of “Ra­tion­al­ity: From AI to Zom­bies”

Rob Bensinger
15 Dec 2018 21:33 UTC
82 points
24 comments2 min readLW link

Right­ing a Wrong Question

Eliezer Yudkowsky
9 Mar 2008 13:00 UTC
83 points
111 comments3 min readLW link

No One Can Ex­empt You From Ra­tion­al­ity’s Laws

Eliezer Yudkowsky
7 Oct 2007 17:24 UTC
68 points
54 comments3 min readLW link

Ham­mer­time Fi­nal Exam

alkjash
22 Mar 2018 1:10 UTC
93 points
20 comments3 min readLW link1 nomination
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Hold Off On Propos­ing Solutions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
17 Oct 2007 3:16 UTC
76 points
50 comments3 min readLW link

Mo­ral frame­works and the Har­ris/​Klein debate

lincolnquirk
3 May 2018 9:49 UTC
14 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

How to en­joy be­ing wrong

lincolnquirk
27 Jul 2011 5:48 UTC
20 points
13 comments5 min readLW link

Some­thing’s Wrong

[deleted]
5 Sep 2010 18:08 UTC
84 points
164 comments2 min readLW link

A Ra­tion­al­ist’s Tale

lukeprog
28 Sep 2011 1:17 UTC
88 points
308 comments6 min readLW link

A Dialogue on Ra­tion­al­ist Activism

moridinamael
10 Sep 2018 18:30 UTC
95 points
24 comments9 min readLW link

Branches of ra­tio­nal­ity

AnnaSalamon
12 Jan 2011 3:24 UTC
82 points
66 comments5 min readLW link

Only say ‘ra­tio­nal’ when you can’t elimi­nate the word

Eliezer Yudkowsky
31 May 2012 6:56 UTC
60 points
49 comments1 min readLW link

Ex­treme Ra­tion­al­ity: It’s Not That Great

Scott Alexander
9 Apr 2009 2:44 UTC
174 points
276 comments8 min readLW link

Prospect The­ory: A Frame­work for Un­der­stand­ing Cog­ni­tive Biases

Scott Alexander
10 Jul 2011 5:20 UTC
74 points
48 comments4 min readLW link

The Good News of Si­tu­a­tion­ist Psychology

lukeprog
1 Apr 2011 19:28 UTC
67 points
49 comments3 min readLW link

Ab­solute Authority

Eliezer Yudkowsky
8 Jan 2008 3:33 UTC
59 points
75 comments7 min readLW link

Hind­sight bias

Eliezer Yudkowsky
16 Aug 2007 21:58 UTC
59 points
25 comments2 min readLW link

A Dialogue On Doublethink

BrienneYudkowsky
11 May 2014 19:38 UTC
55 points
108 comments11 min readLW link

Singlethink

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Oct 2007 19:24 UTC
54 points
25 comments2 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity and the English Language

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Sep 2007 22:55 UTC
54 points
33 comments4 min readLW link

Re­view of Scott Adams’ “How to Fail at Al­most Every­thing and Still Win Big”

James_Miller
23 Dec 2013 20:48 UTC
44 points
39 comments6 min readLW link

Life as metaphor for ev­ery­thing else.

Charlie Steiner
5 Apr 2020 7:21 UTC
37 points
11 comments4 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity: Com­mon In­ter­est of Many Causes

Eliezer Yudkowsky
29 Mar 2009 10:49 UTC
49 points
52 comments4 min readLW link

Sort­ing Out Sticky Brains

Alicorn
18 Jan 2010 4:18 UTC
57 points
44 comments3 min readLW link

(Ir)ra­tio­nal­ity of Pas­cal’s wager

filozof3377@gmial.com
3 Aug 2020 20:57 UTC
2 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

Epistemic Effort

Raemon
29 Nov 2016 16:08 UTC
48 points
26 comments4 min readLW link

Epistea Sum­mer Ex­per­i­ment (ESE)

24 Jan 2020 10:49 UTC
43 points
2 comments5 min readLW link

Strat­egy is the De­con­fu­sion of Action

ryan_b
2 Jan 2019 20:56 UTC
75 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

Fun­da­men­tally Flawed, or Fast and Fru­gal?

Kaj_Sotala
20 Dec 2009 15:10 UTC
41 points
86 comments6 min readLW link

Ir­ra­tional Re­sis­tance to Busi­ness Success

curi
2 Aug 2020 19:15 UTC
3 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity Les­sons in the Game of Go

GreenRoot
21 Aug 2010 14:33 UTC
40 points
150 comments4 min readLW link

Level­ing Up in Ra­tion­al­ity: A Per­sonal Journey

lukeprog
17 Jan 2012 11:02 UTC
35 points
59 comments5 min readLW link

How to Be­come a 1000 Year Old Vampire

[deleted]
2 Oct 2013 5:07 UTC
77 points
132 comments8 min readLW link

Let them eat cake: In­ter­per­sonal Prob­lems vs Tasks

HughRistik
7 Oct 2009 16:35 UTC
72 points
575 comments4 min readLW link

How Pas­cal’s Wager Saved My Soul

SRStarin
18 Dec 2010 20:47 UTC
10 points
27 comments2 min readLW link

Goals for which Less Wrong does (and doesn’t) help

AnnaSalamon
18 Nov 2010 22:37 UTC
66 points
104 comments4 min readLW link

The Scales of Jus­tice, the Note­book of Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky
13 Mar 2007 16:00 UTC
67 points
20 comments2 min readLW link

Ver­bal Over­shad­ow­ing and The Art of Rationality

pangloss
27 Apr 2009 23:39 UTC
61 points
24 comments3 min readLW link

Proper pos­ture for men­tal arts

Valentine
31 Aug 2015 2:29 UTC
42 points
41 comments8 min readLW link

Don’t Believe Wrong Things

Jacobian
25 Apr 2018 3:36 UTC
59 points
36 comments13 min readLW link

Where to Draw the Boundary?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
21 Feb 2008 19:14 UTC
47 points
49 comments3 min readLW link

Ex­ten­sions and Intensions

Eliezer Yudkowsky
4 Feb 2008 21:34 UTC
51 points
25 comments4 min readLW link

Skill and leverage

KatjaGrace
3 Nov 2019 21:10 UTC
58 points
8 comments2 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.com)

Math­e­mat­i­cal Mindset

komponisto
11 Jul 2018 3:03 UTC
55 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Tsuyoku Nar­i­tai! (I Want To Be­come Stronger)

Eliezer Yudkowsky
27 Mar 2007 17:49 UTC
177 points
78 comments3 min readLW link

Teenage Ra­tion­al­ists and Chang­ing Your Mind

KPier
5 Aug 2011 18:19 UTC
56 points
31 comments3 min readLW link

Ex­plain/​Wor­ship/​Ig­nore?

Eliezer Yudkowsky
2 Sep 2007 20:01 UTC
58 points
84 comments2 min readLW link

The Proper Use of Doubt

Eliezer Yudkowsky
6 Aug 2007 20:29 UTC
49 points
31 comments3 min readLW link

Con­ser­va­tion of Ex­pected Evidence

Eliezer Yudkowsky
13 Aug 2007 15:55 UTC
124 points
80 comments2 min readLW link

Is Ra­tion­al­ity Teach­able?

lukeprog
1 Sep 2011 11:59 UTC
45 points
27 comments5 min readLW link

The Iso­la­tion As­sump­tion of Ex­pected Utility Maximization

Pedro Oliboni
6 Aug 2020 4:05 UTC
7 points
1 comment5 min readLW link

You Are Likely To Be Eaten By A Grue

Alicorn
17 Mar 2010 1:18 UTC
55 points
38 comments4 min readLW link

Five-minute ra­tio­nal­ity techniques

sketerpot
10 Aug 2010 2:24 UTC
57 points
237 comments2 min readLW link

Test Your Rationality

RobinHanson
1 Mar 2009 13:21 UTC
41 points
87 comments1 min readLW link

Cat­e­gories of Sacredness

Zvi
27 Feb 2018 2:00 UTC
54 points
36 comments8 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Dark Arts of Rationality

So8res
19 Jan 2014 2:47 UTC
166 points
188 comments17 min readLW link

How to Ig­nore Your Emo­tions (while also think­ing you’re awe­some at emo­tions)

Hazard
31 Jul 2019 13:34 UTC
171 points
57 comments4 min readLW link

CFAR Par­ti­ci­pant Hand­book now available to all

Duncan_Sabien
3 Jan 2020 15:43 UTC
213 points
31 comments1 min readLW link

Lawful Uncertainty

Eliezer Yudkowsky
10 Nov 2008 21:06 UTC
52 points
53 comments4 min readLW link

Ac­tu­ally updating

SaraHax
23 Aug 2019 17:46 UTC
51 points
8 comments4 min readLW link

Class Project

Eliezer Yudkowsky
31 May 2008 0:23 UTC
40 points
36 comments4 min readLW link

Speci­fic­ity: Your Brain’s Superpower

Liron
2 Sep 2019 12:53 UTC
53 points
8 comments1 min readLW link

SotW: Be Specific

Eliezer Yudkowsky
3 Apr 2012 6:11 UTC
45 points
306 comments12 min readLW link

Is Speci­fic­ity a Men­tal Model?

Liron
28 Sep 2019 22:53 UTC
22 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Har­dened Prob­lems Make Brit­tle Models

cousin_it
6 May 2009 18:31 UTC
53 points
41 comments1 min readLW link

The Sig­nal and the Corrective

MalcolmOcean
11 Feb 2018 0:28 UTC
48 points
3 comments1 min readLW link
(everythingstudies.com)

11 core ra­tio­nal­ist skills

Roko
2 Dec 2009 8:09 UTC
51 points
36 comments3 min readLW link

Be se­cretly wrong

Benquo
10 Dec 2016 7:06 UTC
44 points
46 comments3 min readLW link

How to Un­der­stand and Miti­gate Risk

mr-hire
12 Mar 2019 10:14 UTC
57 points
24 comments16 min readLW link

Boiling the Crab: Slow Changes (be­neath Sen­sory Thresh­old) add up

RTiberiu
12 Jan 2018 20:44 UTC
49 points
9 comments4 min readLW link

Real­ism and Rationality

bmgarfinkel
16 Sep 2019 3:09 UTC
44 points
49 comments23 min readLW link

One thou­sand tips do not make a system

[deleted]
30 Nov 2012 5:38 UTC
44 points
28 comments4 min readLW link

Er­ror de­tec­tion bias in research

neq1
22 Sep 2010 3:00 UTC
54 points
37 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] How Can Peo­ple Eval­u­ate Com­plex Ques­tions Con­sis­tently?

Elizabeth
26 Aug 2019 20:33 UTC
50 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

A few analo­gies to illus­trate key ra­tio­nal­ity points

kilobug
9 Oct 2011 13:00 UTC
50 points
52 comments5 min readLW link

A Hier­ar­chy of Abstraction

lsusr
8 Aug 2020 8:19 UTC
3 points
21 comments1 min readLW link

SotW: Check Consequentialism

Eliezer Yudkowsky
29 Mar 2012 1:35 UTC
41 points
313 comments7 min readLW link

Don’t Ap­ply the Prin­ci­ple of Char­ity to Yourself

UnclGhost
19 Nov 2011 19:26 UTC
49 points
24 comments2 min readLW link

Su­per­hu­man Meta Process

SquirrelInHell
3 Jan 2018 13:39 UTC
51 points
18 comments1 min readLW link
(squirrelinhell.blogspot.com)

I want it my way!

nickhayes
4 Jan 2019 18:08 UTC
49 points
2 comments9 min readLW link

The Zeroth Skillset

katydee
30 Jan 2013 12:46 UTC
48 points
109 comments2 min readLW link

So You Think You’re a Bayesian? The Nat­u­ral Mode of Prob­a­bil­is­tic Reasoning

Matt_Simpson
14 Jul 2010 16:51 UTC
48 points
80 comments10 min readLW link

Up­date Your­self Incrementally

Eliezer Yudkowsky
14 Aug 2007 14:56 UTC
48 points
28 comments3 min readLW link

Rationalization

Eliezer Yudkowsky
30 Sep 2007 19:29 UTC
35 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

[Ham­mer­time Fi­nal Exam] Ac­com­mo­date Your­self; Kind­ness Is An Epistemic Virtue; Priv­ileg­ing the Future

tcheasdfjkl
8 Sep 2018 5:54 UTC
49 points
7 comments4 min readLW link

The most im­por­tant step

Jsevillamol
24 Mar 2018 12:34 UTC
47 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

My­opia and Com­fort Zones

alkjash
20 Jan 2018 23:11 UTC
47 points
2 comments5 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Take heed, for it is a trap

Zed
14 Aug 2011 10:23 UTC
47 points
189 comments6 min readLW link

Ne­c­es­sary, But Not Sufficient

pjeby
23 Mar 2010 17:11 UTC
47 points
15 comments2 min readLW link

The Tech­nique Taboo

lsusr
30 Oct 2019 11:22 UTC
46 points
42 comments1 min readLW link

Antimemes

lsusr
26 Nov 2019 5:58 UTC
30 points
26 comments1 min readLW link

How to Talk About Antimemes

lsusr
22 Dec 2019 11:57 UTC
13 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

Over­con­fi­dent talk­ing down, hum­ble or hos­tile talk­ing up

ozziegooen
30 Nov 2018 12:41 UTC
46 points
19 comments3 min readLW link

Thoughts on tack­ling blindspots

Hazard
27 Sep 2018 1:06 UTC
45 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

On Equiv­alence of Supergoals

Alexey Feldgendler
20 Apr 2018 15:06 UTC
47 points
8 comments5 min readLW link

Image vs. Im­pact: Can pub­lic com­mit­ment be coun­ter­pro­duc­tive for achieve­ment?

patrissimo
28 May 2009 23:18 UTC
45 points
47 comments3 min readLW link

Per­sonal ex­am­ples of se­man­tic stopsigns

Alexei
6 Dec 2013 2:12 UTC
44 points
71 comments1 min readLW link

Tak­ing the Ham­mer­time Fi­nal Exam

lifelonglearner
22 Mar 2018 17:22 UTC
42 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Let There Be Light

Alicorn
17 Mar 2010 19:35 UTC
43 points
101 comments4 min readLW link

Re­bel­ling Within Nature

Eliezer Yudkowsky
13 Jul 2008 12:32 UTC
31 points
37 comments8 min readLW link

Fun­da­men­tal Doubts

Eliezer Yudkowsky
12 Jul 2008 5:21 UTC
27 points
87 comments4 min readLW link

Re­duc­ing Agents: When ab­strac­tions break

Hazard
31 Mar 2018 0:03 UTC
42 points
10 comments8 min readLW link

On the Open­ness per­son­al­ity trait & ‘ra­tio­nal­ity’

gwern
14 Oct 2011 1:07 UTC
42 points
95 comments8 min readLW link

How to Dis­solve It

TurnTrout
7 Mar 2018 6:19 UTC
41 points
6 comments2 min readLW link

Be­ware Selec­tive Nihilism

Wei_Dai
20 Dec 2012 18:53 UTC
41 points
47 comments1 min readLW link

Ra­tion­ally End­ing Discussions

curi
12 Aug 2020 20:34 UTC
−7 points
27 comments14 min readLW link

Magic Tricks Re­vealed: Test Your Rationality

peter_hurford
13 Aug 2011 5:23 UTC
31 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

The End (of Se­quences)

Eliezer Yudkowsky
27 Apr 2009 21:07 UTC
31 points
37 comments5 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ity Is Not Sys­tem­atized Winning

namespace
11 Nov 2018 22:05 UTC
39 points
20 comments1 min readLW link
(www.thelastrationalist.com)

Uny­ield­ing Yoda Timers: Tak­ing the Ham­mer­time Fi­nal Exam

TurnTrout
3 Apr 2018 2:38 UTC
40 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

In­finite Sum­ma­tions: A Ra­tion­al­ity Lit­mus Test

shev
20 Jan 2017 9:31 UTC
25 points
23 comments5 min readLW link

“Me­mento Mori”, Said The Confessor

namespace
2 Feb 2020 3:37 UTC
29 points
4 comments1 min readLW link
(www.thelastrationalist.com)

Gnos­tic Rationality

G Gordon Worley III
11 Oct 2017 21:44 UTC
34 points
40 comments3 min readLW link

Ver­ify­ing Ra­tion­al­ity via Ra­tion­alPoker.com

Louie
25 Mar 2011 16:32 UTC
32 points
159 comments2 min readLW link

Say It Loud

Eliezer Yudkowsky
19 Sep 2008 17:34 UTC
33 points
20 comments2 min readLW link

Belief in Belief vs. Internalization

Desrtopa
29 Nov 2010 3:12 UTC
33 points
59 comments2 min readLW link

Gains from trade: Slug ver­sus Galaxy—how much would I give up to con­trol you?

Stuart_Armstrong
23 Jul 2013 19:06 UTC
36 points
67 comments7 min readLW link

Con­fused as to use­ful­ness of ‘con­scious­ness’ as a concept

KnaveOfAllTrades
13 Jul 2014 11:01 UTC
35 points
230 comments7 min readLW link

Nat­u­ral­ism ver­sus un­bounded (or un­max­imis­able) util­ity options

Stuart_Armstrong
1 Feb 2013 17:45 UTC
35 points
74 comments6 min readLW link

Test­ing the Effi­cacy of Disagree­ment Re­s­olu­tion Tech­niques (and a Pro­posal for Test­ing Dou­ble Crux)

Ronny
21 Oct 2019 22:57 UTC
34 points
4 comments15 min readLW link

[Question] What au­thors con­sis­tently give ac­cu­rate pic­tures of com­plex top­ics they dis­cuss?

seez
21 Aug 2019 0:09 UTC
34 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Me­taphor­i­cal ex­ten­sions and con­cep­tual figure-ground inversions

jessicata
24 Jul 2019 6:21 UTC
42 points
7 comments3 min readLW link
(unstableontology.com)

The Hos­tile Arguer

Error
27 Nov 2014 0:30 UTC
34 points
78 comments5 min readLW link

To what de­gree do you model peo­ple as agents?

Swimmer963
25 Aug 2013 19:29 UTC
34 points
133 comments5 min readLW link

Just the facts, ma’am!

lukeprog
10 Dec 2011 22:54 UTC
34 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

What epistemic hy­giene norms should there be?

Kaj_Sotala
21 Mar 2012 19:26 UTC
14 points
25 comments3 min readLW link

On self-deception

irrational
5 Oct 2011 18:46 UTC
34 points
83 comments6 min readLW link

Ad­vanc­ing Certainty

komponisto
18 Jan 2010 9:51 UTC
34 points
110 comments4 min readLW link

Please Don’t Fight the Hypothetical

TimS
20 Apr 2012 14:29 UTC
33 points
65 comments2 min readLW link

Con­stantly ask what you’re cur­rently do­ing that is irrational

Eliezer Yudkowsky
25 Mar 2011 8:21 UTC
28 points
36 comments1 min readLW link

Start­ing to see 2 months later

Pausecafe
23 Jan 2019 20:46 UTC
32 points
3 comments2 min readLW link

TSR #9: Hard Rules

Hazard
9 Jan 2018 14:57 UTC
32 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

What data gen­er­ated that thought?

Kaj_Sotala
26 Apr 2011 12:54 UTC
32 points
32 comments2 min readLW link

Refer­ence Points

lionhearted
17 Nov 2010 8:09 UTC
32 points
45 comments3 min readLW link

Ap­plied cog­ni­tive sci­ence: learn­ing from a faux pas

Kaj_Sotala
4 Dec 2010 11:15 UTC
32 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

A Call for Con­stant Vigilance

katydee
3 Apr 2013 9:52 UTC
26 points
32 comments2 min readLW link

Solved Prob­lems Repository

Qiaochu_Yuan
27 Mar 2013 4:51 UTC
28 points
272 comments1 min readLW link

Ra­tional Read­ing: Thoughts On Pri­ori­tiz­ing Books

patrissimo
27 Mar 2011 19:54 UTC
32 points
44 comments5 min readLW link

Time Biases

PeterMcCluskey
12 Jan 2019 21:35 UTC
31 points
0 comments5 min readLW link
(www.bayesianinvestor.com)

Ra­tion­al­ity is about pat­tern recog­ni­tion, not reasoning

JonahS
26 May 2015 19:23 UTC
33 points
83 comments4 min readLW link

Plant Seeds of Rationality

lukeprog
10 Mar 2011 17:51 UTC
33 points
77 comments1 min readLW link

Pat­tern-botch­ing: when you for­get you understand

MalcolmOcean
15 Jun 2015 22:58 UTC
33 points
18 comments7 min readLW link

An On­tol­ogy of Sys­temic Failures: Dragons, Bul­lshit Moun­tain, and the Cloud of Doom

ialdabaoth
8 Sep 2018 18:19 UTC
32 points
28 comments5 min readLW link

Re­duc­tion­ism Revisited

alkjash
20 Mar 2018 6:00 UTC
32 points
5 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

An experiment

cousin_it
31 Jan 2018 12:20 UTC
32 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

Crowd­sourc­ing the availa­bil­ity heuristic

kalla724
25 Apr 2012 6:20 UTC
32 points
40 comments7 min readLW link

Ex­am­ine your assumptions

Douglas_Reay
30 Mar 2012 11:28 UTC
32 points
14 comments2 min readLW link

The In­sti­tute For Pro­pa­ganda Anal­y­sis, A Pre­cur­sor and a Warning

[deleted]
29 Mar 2012 18:23 UTC
32 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

Changes to my workflow

paulfchristiano
26 Aug 2014 17:29 UTC
32 points
6 comments5 min readLW link

Muehlhauser-Go­ertzel Dialogue, Part 1

lukeprog
16 Mar 2012 17:12 UTC
30 points
161 comments33 min readLW link

Ra­tional Groups Kick Ass

talisman
25 Apr 2009 2:37 UTC
27 points
24 comments2 min readLW link

De­sire is the di­rec­tion, ra­tio­nal­ity is the magnitude

So8res
5 Apr 2015 17:27 UTC
28 points
13 comments2 min readLW link

Inoc­u­lat­ing against Psychedelic Woo

MikkW
21 Aug 2020 5:54 UTC
8 points
11 comments6 min readLW link

Ac­knowl­edg­ing Ra­tion­al­ist Angst

Hazard
6 Nov 2017 5:26 UTC
30 points
10 comments4 min readLW link

Note on Ter­minol­ogy: “Ra­tion­al­ity”, not “Ra­tion­al­ism”

Vladimir_Nesov
14 Jan 2011 21:21 UTC
31 points
51 comments1 min readLW link

In­tro­duc­ing the In­stru­men­tal Ra­tion­al­ity Sequence

lifelonglearner
26 Apr 2017 21:53 UTC
27 points
20 comments4 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 0: Introduction

Mark Xu
14 Feb 2020 8:22 UTC
29 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 1: What is ap­plied ra­tio­nal­ity?

Mark Xu
15 Feb 2020 21:03 UTC
26 points
4 comments4 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 2: Search­ing for bugs

Mark Xu
16 Feb 2020 17:16 UTC
22 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 3: Tips and Tricks

Mark Xu
17 Feb 2020 18:53 UTC
20 points
4 comments11 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 4: Murphyjitsu

Mark Xu
18 Feb 2020 17:33 UTC
17 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 5: TAPs

Mark Xu
19 Feb 2020 18:11 UTC
16 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 6: Seek­ing Sense

Mark Xu
20 Feb 2020 17:33 UTC
7 points
6 comments7 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 7: Goal Factoring

Mark Xu
21 Feb 2020 17:55 UTC
8 points
6 comments5 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 8: Noticing

Mark Xu
22 Feb 2020 19:47 UTC
13 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 9: Dou­ble-Crux

Mark Xu
23 Feb 2020 18:08 UTC
4 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 10: Systemization

Mark Xu
24 Feb 2020 17:20 UTC
13 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 11: So­cratic Ducking

Mark Xu
25 Feb 2020 17:19 UTC
10 points
4 comments2 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 12: Focusing

Mark Xu
26 Feb 2020 19:07 UTC
9 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 13: Re­solve Cycles

Mark Xu
27 Feb 2020 17:45 UTC
8 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 14: Traf­fic Jams

Mark Xu
28 Feb 2020 17:52 UTC
7 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 15: CoZE

Mark Xu
29 Feb 2020 17:13 UTC
8 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Train­ing Regime Day 16: Ham­ming Questions

Mark Xu
1 Mar 2020 18:46 UTC
7 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Three types of “should”

Sniffnoy
2 Jun 2018 0:54 UTC
26 points
9 comments2 min readLW link

In fa­vor of taboo­ing the word “val­ues” and us­ing only “pri­ori­ties” instead

chaosmage
25 Oct 2018 22:28 UTC
26 points
11 comments2 min readLW link

Spec­u­la­tions on im­prov­ing debating

Richard_Ngo
5 Nov 2018 16:10 UTC
26 points
4 comments4 min readLW link
(thinkingcomplete.blogspot.com)

Mar­ket­ing Rationality

Viliam
18 Nov 2015 13:43 UTC
28 points
221 comments2 min readLW link

The Power to Be Emo­tion­ally Mature

Liron
16 Sep 2019 2:41 UTC
27 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

Be­com­ing stronger together

b4yes_duplicate0.9924090729683128
11 Jul 2017 13:00 UTC
27 points
39 comments9 min readLW link

The path of the rationalist

So8res
12 Apr 2015 1:44 UTC
27 points
30 comments5 min readLW link

Bi­ases of In­tu­itive and Log­i­cal Thinkers

pwno
13 Aug 2013 3:50 UTC
27 points
84 comments7 min readLW link

The Sin of Persuasion

Desrtopa
27 Nov 2010 21:44 UTC
27 points
63 comments2 min readLW link

How ra­tio­nal­ity can make your life more awesome

Julia_Galef
29 Nov 2011 1:23 UTC
26 points
41 comments5 min readLW link

The ba­sic ques­tions of rationality

[deleted]
22 Aug 2011 2:23 UTC
25 points
33 comments2 min readLW link

Se­quen­tial Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Think­ing: “Six Think­ing Hats”

JustinShovelain
18 Mar 2010 5:22 UTC
25 points
14 comments3 min readLW link

Luck I: Find­ing White Swans

fowlertm
12 Dec 2013 17:56 UTC
25 points
52 comments8 min readLW link

Luck II: Ex­pect­ing White Swans

fowlertm
15 Dec 2013 17:40 UTC
1 point
87 comments7 min readLW link

[Link] How to Dispel Your Illu­sions

[deleted]
6 Dec 2011 14:46 UTC
25 points
17 comments6 min readLW link

Press Your Luck (3/​3)

Douglas_Reay
8 Mar 2018 15:59 UTC
25 points
0 comments6 min readLW link

Choice begets regret

bryjnar
4 Jan 2018 20:28 UTC
25 points
5 comments4 min readLW link

TSR #3 En­train­ment: Discussion

Hazard
1 Dec 2017 16:46 UTC
25 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

RFC on an open prob­lem: how to de­ter­mine prob­a­bil­ities in the face of so­cial distortion

ialdabaoth
7 Oct 2017 22:04 UTC
25 points
3 comments2 min readLW link

The Cor­rect Use of Analogy

SilentCal
16 Jul 2014 21:07 UTC
25 points
15 comments2 min readLW link

Failure By Analogy

Eliezer Yudkowsky
18 Nov 2008 2:54 UTC
16 points
15 comments6 min readLW link

Sur­face Analo­gies and Deep Causes

Eliezer Yudkowsky
22 Jun 2008 7:51 UTC
21 points
32 comments5 min readLW link

Skills and Antiskills

katydee
26 Apr 2014 6:54 UTC
31 points
54 comments1 min readLW link

Towards an Al­gorithm for (Hu­man) Self-Modification

moridinamael
29 Mar 2011 23:40 UTC
29 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

Think Be­fore You Speak (And Sig­nal It)

Wei_Dai
19 Mar 2010 22:21 UTC
27 points
40 comments2 min readLW link

In­di­vi­d­ual Ra­tion­al­ity Is a Mat­ter of Life and Death

patrissimo
21 Mar 2009 19:22 UTC
25 points
44 comments2 min readLW link

Willpower duality

Gyrodiot
20 Jan 2017 9:56 UTC
5 points
8 comments2 min readLW link
(www.jrmyp.net)

My hour-long in­ter­view with Yud­kowsky on “Be­com­ing a Ra­tion­al­ist”

lukeprog
6 Feb 2011 3:19 UTC
24 points
22 comments1 min readLW link

On Sys­tems—Liv­ing a life of zero willpower

Neel Nanda
16 Aug 2020 16:44 UTC
34 points
10 comments13 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Hello or­di­nary folks, I’m the Cho­sen One

dadadarren
4 Sep 2020 19:59 UTC
17 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ist Clue

Mass_Driver
8 Jan 2011 8:21 UTC
23 points
23 comments3 min readLW link

Be­ing For­eign and Be­ing Sane

fowlertm
25 May 2013 0:58 UTC
24 points
42 comments7 min readLW link