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Ritual

TagLast edit: 24 Apr 2020 20:35 UTC by Raemon

Rituals are symbolic actions. In the context of LessWrong, it’s significant that many rituals have some impact on your cognition, which makes them appropriate to be careful with. Nonetheless, some LessWrongers have worked to explore the space of ritual through a rationalist lens.

It’s a bit tricky to define. The book Secular Wholeness notes:

There’s a hazy boundary between the words “ritual,” “habit,” and “custom.” I think the difference between a ritual act and a habitual one lies inawareness and assent. An act becomes a ritual for you when you perform it with conscious awareness of its symbolic and emotional meaning, and with willing assent to those meanings. Unless you act with both awareness and assent, your act is merely a habit (if it is unique to you) or a custom (if you share it with others).

Two key questions relating to ritual and rationality are:

On Ra­tion­al­ist Sols­tice and Epistemic Caution

Raemon5 Dec 2018 20:39 UTC
57 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

The Value (and Danger) of Ritual

Raemon30 Dec 2011 6:52 UTC
40 points
68 comments12 min readLW link

Funeral Ritual

Raemon20 Apr 2018 1:40 UTC
43 points
13 comments7 min readLW link

Holi­day Pitch: Reflect­ing on Covid and Connection

Raemon22 Apr 2020 19:50 UTC
58 points
14 comments12 min readLW link
(secularsolstice.com)

The Ritual

Eliezer Yudkowsky11 Oct 2008 23:52 UTC
66 points
19 comments5 min readLW link

De­sign­ing Ritual

Raemon11 Jan 2012 1:52 UTC
34 points
76 comments14 min readLW link

The Sum­mer Sols­tice Paradox

Raemon8 Feb 2015 8:00 UTC
12 points
6 comments3 min readLW link

Vi­sions of Sum­mer Solstice

Raemon21 May 2018 5:50 UTC
22 points
12 comments5 min readLW link

Sto­ries of Sum­mer Sols­tice

Raemon8 Jul 2018 7:16 UTC
52 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

Modes of Petrov Day

Raemon17 Sep 2019 2:47 UTC
66 points
30 comments1 min readLW link

How the Grinch Ought to Have Stolen Christmas

Quirinus_Quirrell25 Dec 2013 20:00 UTC
76 points
15 comments2 min readLW link

Ri­tual Re­port: NYC Less Wrong Sols­tice Celebration

Raemon20 Dec 2011 20:37 UTC
138 points
180 comments11 min readLW link

Is Hu­man­ism A Reli­gion-Sub­sti­tute?

Eliezer Yudkowsky26 Mar 2008 4:18 UTC
43 points
54 comments3 min readLW link

The Gift I Give Tomorrow

Raemon11 Jan 2012 4:02 UTC
34 points
33 comments11 min readLW link

On “Not Screw­ing Up Ri­tual Can­dles”

Raemon27 Sep 2020 21:55 UTC
40 points
7 comments3 min readLW link

Sec­u­lar Sols­tice 2020

jefftk20 Dec 2020 23:20 UTC
79 points
11 comments2 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

Triumph & Hope: How Far Hu­man­ity Has Come

Ruby21 Feb 2021 18:07 UTC
22 points
0 comments5 min readLW link
(jesswhittlestone.com)

In­tro to the Wed­ding Sequence

Ruby21 Feb 2021 18:06 UTC
52 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

The Gran­d­est Vi­sion for Hu­man­ity (Light)

Ruby24 Feb 2021 7:15 UTC
27 points
0 comments3 min readLW link
(hackernoon.com)

[Cer­e­mony In­tro + ] Darkness

Ruby21 Feb 2021 18:06 UTC
23 points
0 comments4 min readLW link
(mindingourway.com)

Tsuyoku Naritai

Ruby25 Feb 2021 5:40 UTC
21 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Community

Ruby11 Mar 2021 17:14 UTC
19 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Partnership

Ruby11 Mar 2021 17:17 UTC
17 points
0 comments3 min readLW link

Vows & Declaration

Ruby20 Mar 2021 17:21 UTC
17 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Post-COVID In­te­gra­tion Rituals

Unreal12 Apr 2021 16:54 UTC
43 points
1 comment4 min readLW link

“God Re­wards Fools”

Czynski30 Apr 2020 22:51 UTC
17 points
6 comments2 min readLW link

The Jor­dan Peter­son Mask

Jacob Falkovich3 Mar 2018 19:49 UTC
46 points
154 comments12 min readLW link

Sab­bath hard and go home

Benquo27 Sep 2017 7:49 UTC
73 points
16 comments5 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ist Lent is over

Qiaochu_Yuan30 Mar 2018 5:57 UTC
20 points
16 comments1 min readLW link

Bring Back the Sabbath

Zvi7 Oct 2017 12:10 UTC
27 points
12 comments6 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

Eter­nal Win­ter, End­less Light

Raemon10 Dec 2017 5:51 UTC
26 points
5 comments4 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ist Lent

Qiaochu_Yuan14 Feb 2013 6:32 UTC
65 points
82 comments1 min readLW link

Ra­tion­al­ist Lent

Qiaochu_Yuan13 Feb 2018 23:55 UTC
40 points
63 comments1 min readLW link

Sols­tice Album Crowdfunding

Raemon18 Dec 2018 20:51 UTC
39 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

State of the Sols­tice 2014

Raemon23 Dec 2014 6:18 UTC
53 points
48 comments6 min readLW link

Schel­ling Day: A Ra­tion­al­ist Holiday

ModusPonies27 Mar 2013 13:18 UTC
51 points
18 comments3 min readLW link

Ri­tual 2012: A Mo­ment of Darkness

Raemon28 Dec 2012 9:09 UTC
54 points
136 comments10 min readLW link

Bos­ton Sols­tice 2019 Retrospective

jefftk15 Dec 2019 21:20 UTC
31 points
8 comments4 min readLW link
(www.jefftk.com)

Triv­ial In­con­ve­nience Day (De­cem­ber 9th at 12 Noon PST)

namespace7 Dec 2018 1:26 UTC
32 points
1 comment3 min readLW link

Ri­tual Re­port: Schel­ling Day

ModusPonies17 Apr 2013 3:46 UTC
46 points
116 comments1 min readLW link

To like each other, sing and dance in synchrony

Kaj_Sotala23 Apr 2012 13:30 UTC
40 points
108 comments3 min readLW link

Halloween

KatjaGrace31 Oct 2019 0:20 UTC
28 points
7 comments1 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.com)

Stand­ing on a pile of corpses

Jsevillamol21 Dec 2018 10:36 UTC
35 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Work­ing Mantras

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Aug 2009 22:08 UTC
39 points
58 comments2 min readLW link

Bay Sols­tice 2017: Thoughts

PDV18 Dec 2017 10:04 UTC
12 points
102 comments3 min readLW link

A New Day

Eliezer Yudkowsky31 Dec 2008 18:40 UTC
36 points
13 comments1 min readLW link

Thanks­giv­ing Prayer

Eliezer Yudkowsky28 Nov 2008 4:17 UTC
30 points
56 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] How do you cel­e­brate your birth­day?

Mati_Roy17 Sep 2020 10:00 UTC
10 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Learnday

hamnox9 Oct 2017 19:15 UTC
8 points
1 comment2 min readLW link

The Re­sults of My First LessWrong-in­spired I Ching Divination

AllAmericanBreakfast8 Jul 2019 21:26 UTC
21 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

The I Ching Series (2/​10): How should I pri­ori­tize my ca­reer-build­ing pro­jects?

AllAmericanBreakfast9 Jul 2019 22:55 UTC
14 points
6 comments3 min readLW link

Blog plant

KatjaGrace14 Dec 2020 11:30 UTC
7 points
5 comments1 min readLW link
(worldspiritsockpuppet.com)

[Question] What to do if you can’t form any habits what­so­ever?

masasin10 Jan 2021 1:17 UTC
13 points
23 comments1 min readLW link

The hour I first alieved

matejsuchy17 Apr 2021 17:02 UTC
4 points
0 comments8 min readLW link
(matejsuchy.substack.com)
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