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Schol­ar­ship & Learning

Schol­ar­ship & Learn­ing. Here be posts on how to study, re­search, and learn.

Topics in­clude, but are not limited to: how to re­search, how to un­der­stand ma­te­rial deeply, note-tak­ing, and use­ful schol­ar­ship re­sources.

The eleventh virtue is schol­ar­ship. Study many sci­ences and ab­sorb their power as your own. Each field that you con­sume makes you larger. If you swal­low enough sci­ences the gaps be­tween them will diminish and your knowl­edge will be­come a unified whole. If you are glut­tonous you will be­come vaster than moun­tains. – Twelve Virtues of Rationality

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The Ne­glected Virtue of Scholarship

lukeprog
5 Jan 2011 7:22 UTC
208 points
153 comments3 min readLW link

Schol­ar­ship: How to Do It Efficiently

lukeprog
9 May 2011 22:05 UTC
146 points
146 comments5 min readLW link

Liter­a­ture Re­view For Aca­demic Out­siders: What, How, and Why

namespace
9 May 2020 22:58 UTC
167 points
5 comments15 min readLW link
(www.thelastrationalist.com)

[Question] How do you as­sess the qual­ity /​ re­li­a­bil­ity of a sci­en­tific study?

elityre
29 Oct 2019 14:52 UTC
80 points
38 comments1 min readLW link

We’ve built Con­nected Papers—a vi­sual tool for re­searchers to find and ex­plore aca­demic papers

discordy
8 Jun 2020 18:44 UTC
157 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

The 3 Books Tech­nique for Learn­ing a New Skilll

mr-hire
9 Jan 2019 12:45 UTC
159 points
47 comments2 min readLW link

The Best Text­books on Every Subject

lukeprog
16 Jan 2011 8:30 UTC
327 points
362 comments7 min readLW link

Fo­rum par­ti­ci­pa­tion as a re­search strategy

Wei_Dai
30 Jul 2019 18:09 UTC
117 points
38 comments3 min readLW link

Mark Eichen­laub: How to de­velop sci­en­tific intuition

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

How to take smart notes (Ahrens, 2017)

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

The Zet­telkas­ten Method

abramdemski
20 Sep 2019 13:15 UTC
182 points
71 comments42 min readLW link

Fact Posts: How and Why

sarahconstantin
2 Dec 2016 18:55 UTC
126 points
32 comments3 min readLW link

How to (not) do a liter­a­ture review

Katarina Slama
30 May 2020 0:11 UTC
65 points
7 comments6 min readLW link
(katarinaslama.github.io)

How I do research

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

Re­view: How to Read a Book (Mor­timer Adler, Charles Van Doren)

Elizabeth
27 Jan 2020 21:10 UTC
49 points
6 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Schol­ar­ship: how to tell good ad­vice from bad ad­vice?

ChrisHallquist
29 Jun 2012 2:13 UTC
13 points
34 comments1 min readLW link

On learn­ing difficult things

So8res
11 Nov 2013 23:35 UTC
123 points
44 comments6 min readLW link

Paper-Read­ing for Gears

johnswentworth
4 Dec 2019 21:02 UTC
122 points
3 comments4 min readLW link

Where to Start Re­search?

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

Un­der­stand­ing is translation

cousin_it
28 May 2018 13:56 UTC
155 points
23 comments1 min readLW link2 nominations

Costs and Benefits of Scholarship

lukeprog
22 Mar 2011 2:19 UTC
45 points
109 comments4 min readLW link

Micro feed­back loops and learning

Swimmer963
26 May 2019 0:50 UTC
54 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

Un­der­stand­ing your understanding

SilasBarta
22 Mar 2010 22:33 UTC
80 points
78 comments3 min readLW link

In­sights from Eu­clid’s ‘Ele­ments’

TurnTrout
4 May 2020 15:45 UTC
122 points
16 comments4 min readLW link

Schol­ar­ship Booster: My fa­vorite journals

lukeprog
9 Sep 2011 9:41 UTC
8 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Soft­ware tools for effi­cient scholarship

lukeprog
15 Sep 2011 0:17 UTC
7 points
16 comments1 min readLW link

A brief sum­mary of effec­tive study methods

Arran_Stirton
28 Apr 2014 12:40 UTC
54 points
15 comments4 min readLW link

Learn­ing-In­ten­tions vs Do­ing-In­ten­tions

Ruby
1 Jan 2019 22:22 UTC
58 points
14 comments4 min readLW link

Origi­nal Re­search on Less Wrong

lukeprog
29 Oct 2012 22:50 UTC
30 points
47 comments12 min readLW link

On­line dis­cus­sion is bet­ter than pre-pub­li­ca­tion peer review

Wei_Dai
5 Sep 2017 13:25 UTC
18 points
26 comments1 min readLW link

ODE to Joy: In­sights from ‘A First Course in Or­di­nary Differ­en­tial Equa­tions’

TurnTrout
25 Mar 2020 20:03 UTC
38 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Ba­sic Cat­e­gory The­ory for Com­puter Scien­tists (MIRI course list)

So8res
19 Sep 2013 3:06 UTC
34 points
23 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Cog­ni­tive Science (MIRI course list)

So8res
9 Sep 2013 16:39 UTC
31 points
8 comments15 min readLW link

[Question] Are there good ways to find ex­pert re­views of pop­u­lar sci­ence books?

Kaj_Sotala
9 Jun 2020 14:54 UTC
25 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Us­ing a mem­ory palace to mem­o­rize a text­book.

AllAmericanBreakfast
19 Jun 2020 2:09 UTC
56 points
13 comments6 min readLW link

An ag­ile ap­proach to pre-research

AllAmericanBreakfast
25 Jun 2020 18:29 UTC
14 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

How to Find Sources in an Un­re­li­able World

Elizabeth
1 Jul 2020 18:30 UTC
42 points
10 comments2 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

How I use Anki to learn mathematics

ArthurRainbow
7 Dec 2016 22:29 UTC
23 points
12 comments7 min readLW link

Anki on Mac in 60 seconds

lukeprog
19 Mar 2011 6:53 UTC
5 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Un­der what cir­cum­stances is “don’t look at ex­ist­ing re­search” good ad­vice?

Kaj_Sotala
13 Dec 2019 13:59 UTC
73 points
19 comments2 min readLW link

Hard prob­lem? Hack away at the edges.

lukeprog
26 Sep 2011 10:03 UTC
45 points
30 comments3 min readLW link

MIRI Re­search Guide

So8res
7 Nov 2014 19:11 UTC
54 points
63 comments16 min readLW link

How SIAI could pub­lish in main­stream cog­ni­tive sci­ence journals

lukeprog
9 Mar 2011 21:17 UTC
64 points
78 comments9 min readLW link

Refer­ences & Re­sources for LessWrong

XiXiDu
10 Oct 2010 14:54 UTC
123 points
106 comments20 min readLW link

Build Small Skills in the Right Order

lukeprog
17 Apr 2011 23:01 UTC
102 points
219 comments5 min readLW link

In­dex of Yvain’s (Ex­cel­lent) Articles

lukeprog
30 Jun 2011 9:57 UTC
21 points
9 comments2 min readLW link

Zetetic explanation

Benquo
27 Aug 2018 0:12 UTC
79 points
138 comments6 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Free Ed­u­ca­tional and Re­search Resources

wearsshoes
31 Jul 2020 0:24 UTC
45 points
24 comments6 min readLW link

A Ker­nel of Truth: In­sights from ‘A Friendly Ap­proach to Func­tional Anal­y­sis’

TurnTrout
4 Apr 2020 3:38 UTC
32 points
3 comments9 min readLW link

The Beauty of Set­tled Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky
24 Mar 2008 5:30 UTC
62 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] How do you or­ganise your read­ing?

brook
6 Aug 2020 14:54 UTC
18 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

Heuris­tics for text­book selection

John_Maxwell
6 Sep 2017 4:17 UTC
8 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

[Link] Holis­tic learn­ing ebook

John_Maxwell
3 Aug 2012 0:29 UTC
10 points
16 comments2 min readLW link

Less Wrong Ra­tion­al­ity and Main­stream Philosophy

lukeprog
20 Mar 2011 20:28 UTC
124 points
340 comments5 min readLW link

What Comes After Epistemic Spot Checks?

Elizabeth
22 Oct 2019 17:00 UTC
122 points
8 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Levels of Action

alyssavance
14 Apr 2011 0:18 UTC
126 points
47 comments9 min readLW link

Up­date the best text­books on ev­ery sub­ject list

ryan_b
8 Nov 2018 20:54 UTC
86 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

The Monthly Newslet­ter as Think­ing Tool

moridinamael
2 Feb 2018 16:42 UTC
92 points
15 comments3 min readLW link

Soon: a weekly AI Safety pre­req­ui­sites mod­ule on LessWrong

toonalfrink
30 Apr 2018 13:23 UTC
84 points
10 comments1 min readLW link

The First Rung: In­sights from ‘Lin­ear Alge­bra Done Right’

TurnTrout
22 Apr 2018 5:23 UTC
77 points
12 comments10 min readLW link

Epistemic Luck

Alicorn
8 Feb 2010 0:02 UTC
79 points
133 comments3 min readLW link

Some Heuris­tics for Eval­u­at­ing the Sound­ness of the Aca­demic Main­stream in Un­fa­mil­iar Fields

Vladimir_M
15 Feb 2011 9:17 UTC
75 points
278 comments9 min readLW link

Eight Books To Read

Samo Burja
14 May 2019 17:40 UTC
63 points
11 comments6 min readLW link
(medium.com)

“Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”

moridinamael
24 Jan 2018 16:52 UTC
72 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

The Art of the Ar­tifi­cial: In­sights from ‘Ar­tifi­cial In­tel­li­gence: A Modern Ap­proach’

TurnTrout
25 Mar 2018 6:55 UTC
68 points
8 comments15 min readLW link

Course recom­men­da­tions for Friendli­ness researchers

Louie
9 Jan 2013 14:33 UTC
67 points
112 comments10 min readLW link

Set Up for Suc­cess: In­sights from ‘Naïve Set The­ory’

TurnTrout
28 Feb 2018 2:01 UTC
63 points
40 comments3 min readLW link

Pa­ter­nal Formats

abramdemski
9 Jun 2019 1:26 UTC
60 points
35 comments2 min readLW link

The YouTube Revolu­tion in Knowl­edge Transfer

Samo Burja
17 Sep 2019 20:10 UTC
54 points
7 comments4 min readLW link
(medium.com)

Learn­ing strate­gies and the Poke­mon league parable

Jsevillamol
7 Aug 2018 9:37 UTC
43 points
5 comments4 min readLW link

Read­ing Papers in Undergrad

ryan_b
9 Nov 2017 19:24 UTC
42 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

Against Not Read­ing Math Books Prob­lems-First (If You’ve Found It Helpful Be­fore)

Andrew Quinn
22 May 2018 12:59 UTC
37 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

How to Be­come a 1000 Year Old Vampire

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

For progress to be by ac­cu­mu­la­tion and not by ran­dom walk, read great books

MichaelVassar
2 Mar 2010 8:11 UTC
55 points
115 comments3 min readLW link

Knowl­edge is Worth Pay­ing For

lukeprog
21 Sep 2011 18:09 UTC
45 points
109 comments4 min readLW link

Un­der­stand­ing-1-2-3

Zvi
23 Jan 2018 0:10 UTC
48 points
7 comments1 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

The an­swer sheet

Elo
31 Dec 2017 0:26 UTC
40 points
9 comments5 min readLW link

Prospect­ing for Con­cep­tual Holes

lsusr
30 Oct 2019 8:34 UTC
53 points
19 comments2 min readLW link

Don’t Get Dis­tracted by the Boilerplate

johnswentworth
26 Jul 2018 2:15 UTC
44 points
10 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

In­tel­lec­tual Dark Matter

Samo Burja
16 Jul 2019 15:20 UTC
47 points
10 comments1 min readLW link
(medium.com)

Sat­u­ra­tion, Distil­la­tion, Im­pro­vi­sa­tion: A Story About Pro­ce­du­ral Knowl­edge And Cookies

Alicorn
24 May 2009 2:38 UTC
41 points
29 comments4 min readLW link

On Equiv­alence of Supergoals

Alexey Feldgendler
20 Apr 2018 15:06 UTC
47 points
8 comments5 min readLW link