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Schol­ar­ship & Learning

TagLast edit: 2 Oct 2020 18:41 UTC by Ruby

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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Schol­ar­ship: How to Do It Efficiently

lukeprog9 May 2011 22:05 UTC
171 points
146 comments5 min readLW link

The Ne­glected Virtue of Scholarship

lukeprog5 Jan 2011 7:22 UTC
250 points
153 comments3 min readLW link

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

namespace9 May 2020 22:58 UTC
156 points
5 comments15 min readLW link
(www.thelastrationalist.com)

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

elityre29 Oct 2019 14:52 UTC
80 points
44 comments1 min readLW link2 nominations

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

discordy8 Jun 2020 18:44 UTC
161 points
29 comments2 min readLW link

The 3 Books Tech­nique for Learn­ing a New Skilll

Matt Goldenberg9 Jan 2019 12:45 UTC
168 points
48 comments2 min readLW link

The Best Text­books on Every Subject

lukeprog16 Jan 2011 8:30 UTC
384 points
372 comments7 min readLW link

Fo­rum par­ti­ci­pa­tion as a re­search strategy

Wei_Dai30 Jul 2019 18:09 UTC
118 points
41 comments3 min readLW link2 nominations1 review

Mark Eichen­laub: How to de­velop sci­en­tific intuition

Kaj_Sotala23 Oct 2018 13:30 UTC
74 points
6 comments8 min readLW link
(kajsotala.fi)

How to take smart notes (Ahrens, 2017)

Yuxi_Liu23 Jul 2019 15:34 UTC
61 points
10 comments6 min readLW link

The Zet­telkas­ten Method

abramdemski20 Sep 2019 13:15 UTC
188 points
76 comments42 min readLW link2 nominations2 reviews

Fact Posts: How and Why

sarahconstantin2 Dec 2016 18:55 UTC
175 points
32 comments3 min readLW link

How to (not) do a liter­a­ture review

Katarina Slama30 May 2020 0:11 UTC
71 points
7 comments6 min readLW link
(katarinaslama.github.io)

On learn­ing difficult things

So8res11 Nov 2013 23:35 UTC
155 points
45 comments6 min readLW link

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

Elizabeth27 Jan 2020 21:10 UTC
48 points
6 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Schol­ar­ship: how to tell good ad­vice from bad ad­vice?

ChrisHallquist29 Jun 2012 2:13 UTC
18 points
34 comments1 min readLW link

Paper-Read­ing for Gears

johnswentworth4 Dec 2019 21:02 UTC
124 points
6 comments4 min readLW link2 nominations1 review

How I do research

TurnTrout19 Nov 2019 20:31 UTC
53 points
26 comments3 min readLW link

Where to Start Re­search?

Elizabeth16 Jun 2020 18:10 UTC
64 points
4 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Un­der­stand­ing is translation

cousin_it28 May 2018 13:56 UTC
85 points
23 comments1 min readLW link

Costs and Benefits of Scholarship

lukeprog22 Mar 2011 2:19 UTC
54 points
109 comments4 min readLW link

Micro feed­back loops and learning

Swimmer96326 May 2019 0:50 UTC
48 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

On­line dis­cus­sion is bet­ter than pre-pub­li­ca­tion peer review

Wei_Dai5 Sep 2017 13:25 UTC
24 points
26 comments1 min readLW link

Un­der­stand­ing your understanding

SilasBarta22 Mar 2010 22:33 UTC
95 points
80 comments3 min readLW link

How to teach things well

Neel Nanda28 Aug 2020 16:44 UTC
61 points
12 comments15 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

In­sights from Eu­clid’s ‘Ele­ments’

TurnTrout4 May 2020 15:45 UTC
111 points
16 comments4 min readLW link

Knowl­edge is Worth Pay­ing For

lukeprog21 Sep 2011 18:09 UTC
61 points
109 comments4 min readLW link

Learn­ing-In­ten­tions vs Do­ing-In­ten­tions

Ruby1 Jan 2019 22:22 UTC
51 points
14 comments4 min readLW link

Schol­ar­ship Booster: My fa­vorite journals

lukeprog9 Sep 2011 9:41 UTC
14 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Soft­ware tools for effi­cient scholarship

lukeprog15 Sep 2011 0:17 UTC
12 points
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A brief sum­mary of effec­tive study methods

Arran_Stirton28 Apr 2014 12:40 UTC
68 points
15 comments4 min readLW link

Origi­nal Re­search on Less Wrong

lukeprog29 Oct 2012 22:50 UTC
39 points
47 comments12 min readLW link

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

TurnTrout25 Mar 2020 20:03 UTC
36 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

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

So8res19 Sep 2013 3:06 UTC
51 points
23 comments4 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Cog­ni­tive Science (MIRI course list)

So8res9 Sep 2013 16:39 UTC
43 points
8 comments15 min readLW link

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

Kaj_Sotala9 Jun 2020 14:54 UTC
22 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Us­ing a mem­ory palace to mem­o­rize a text­book.

AllAmericanBreakfast19 Jun 2020 2:09 UTC
57 points
13 comments6 min readLW link

An ag­ile ap­proach to pre-research

AllAmericanBreakfast25 Jun 2020 18:29 UTC
14 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

How to Find Sources in an Un­re­li­able World

Elizabeth1 Jul 2020 18:30 UTC
39 points
10 comments2 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

How I use Anki to learn mathematics

ArthurRainbow7 Dec 2016 22:29 UTC
31 points
12 comments7 min readLW link

Anki on Mac in 60 seconds

lukeprog19 Mar 2011 6:53 UTC
8 points
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[Question] Un­der what cir­cum­stances is “don’t look at ex­ist­ing re­search” good ad­vice?

Kaj_Sotala13 Dec 2019 13:59 UTC
73 points
19 comments2 min readLW link

Hard prob­lem? Hack away at the edges.

lukeprog26 Sep 2011 10:03 UTC
64 points
30 comments3 min readLW link

MIRI Re­search Guide

So8res7 Nov 2014 19:11 UTC
71 points
63 comments16 min readLW link

How SIAI could pub­lish in main­stream cog­ni­tive sci­ence journals

lukeprog9 Mar 2011 21:17 UTC
85 points
78 comments9 min readLW link

Refer­ences & Re­sources for LessWrong

XiXiDu10 Oct 2010 14:54 UTC
143 points
106 comments20 min readLW link

Build Small Skills in the Right Order

lukeprog17 Apr 2011 23:01 UTC
121 points
220 comments5 min readLW link

In­dex of Yvain’s (Ex­cel­lent) Articles

lukeprog30 Jun 2011 9:57 UTC
30 points
9 comments2 min readLW link

Zetetic explanation

Benquo27 Aug 2018 0:12 UTC
86 points
138 comments6 min readLW link
(benjaminrosshoffman.com)

Free Ed­u­ca­tional and Re­search Resources

wearsshoes31 Jul 2020 0:24 UTC
45 points
25 comments6 min readLW link

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

TurnTrout4 Apr 2020 3:38 UTC
31 points
3 comments9 min readLW link

The Beauty of Set­tled Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Mar 2008 5:30 UTC
70 points
21 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] How do you or­ganise your read­ing?

brook6 Aug 2020 14:54 UTC
18 points
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Heuris­tics for text­book selection

John_Maxwell6 Sep 2017 4:17 UTC
12 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

[Link] Holis­tic learn­ing ebook

John_Maxwell3 Aug 2012 0:29 UTC
14 points
16 comments2 min readLW link

Judg­ment Day: In­sights from ‘Judg­ment in Man­age­rial De­ci­sion Mak­ing’

TurnTrout29 Dec 2019 18:03 UTC
24 points
4 comments7 min readLW link

Two pre­scrip­tions for fix­ing a pro­ce­du­ral/​declar­a­tive knowl­edge mis­match.

Andrew Quinn22 Jun 2018 22:17 UTC
30 points
4 comments3 min readLW link

Os­mo­sis learn­ing: a cru­cial con­sid­er­a­tion for the craft

toonalfrink10 Jul 2018 15:40 UTC
20 points
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Prac­ti­cal Ad­vice Backed By Deep Theories

Eliezer Yudkowsky25 Apr 2009 18:52 UTC
55 points
114 comments4 min readLW link

Tips and Tricks for An­swer­ing Hard Questions

Wei_Dai17 Jan 2010 23:56 UTC
81 points
55 comments2 min readLW link

Learn­ing To Love Scien­tific Consensus

Scott Alexander2 Sep 2017 8:44 UTC
10 points
1 comment19 min readLW link

Im­prov­ing En­joy­ment and Re­ten­tion Read­ing Tech­ni­cal Literature

sentientplatypus7 Aug 2013 6:29 UTC
45 points
39 comments3 min readLW link

Strong stances

KatjaGrace15 Oct 2019 0:40 UTC
27 points
9 comments9 min readLW link
(meteuphoric.com)

Write

alkjash29 Jan 2018 2:11 UTC
25 points
4 comments4 min readLW link
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Ex­er­cises in Com­pre­hen­sive In­for­ma­tion Gathering

johnswentworth15 Feb 2020 17:27 UTC
104 points
11 comments3 min readLW link

[CORE] Con­cepts for Un­der­stand­ing the World

SquirrelInHell16 Jul 2016 10:53 UTC
4 points
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[LINK] How Do Top Stu­dents Study?

JQuinton3 Jun 2014 15:03 UTC
12 points
3 comments2 min readLW link

How do you take notes?

ChristianKl22 Jun 2014 10:45 UTC
18 points
29 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] What makes peo­ple in­tel­lec­tu­ally ac­tive?

abramdemski29 Dec 2018 22:29 UTC
90 points
63 comments1 min readLW link

How to Read

peter_hurford22 Dec 2014 5:40 UTC
18 points
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[Question] How would you take math notes to make the most of them?

Eugleo15 Mar 2020 6:18 UTC
11 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Vi­sual Bab­ble and Prune

AllAmericanBreakfast4 Jun 2020 18:49 UTC
47 points
2 comments8 min readLW link

Vi­su­al­iz­ing the text­book for fun and profit

AllAmericanBreakfast24 Sep 2020 19:37 UTC
24 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

Schol­ar­ship and DIY Science

[deleted]18 Feb 2011 6:37 UTC
22 points
21 comments5 min readLW link

Pro­ce­du­ral Knowl­edge Gaps

Alicorn8 Feb 2011 3:17 UTC
169 points
1,479 comments1 min readLW link

Less Wrong Ra­tion­al­ity and Main­stream Philosophy

lukeprog20 Mar 2011 20:28 UTC
148 points
341 comments5 min readLW link

What Comes After Epistemic Spot Checks?

Elizabeth22 Oct 2019 17:00 UTC
118 points
9 comments3 min readLW link1 nomination
(acesounderglass.com)

Levels of Action

alyssavance14 Apr 2011 0:18 UTC
158 points
47 comments9 min readLW link

Up­date the best text­books on ev­ery sub­ject list

ryan_b8 Nov 2018 20:54 UTC
80 points
14 comments1 min readLW link

The Monthly Newslet­ter as Think­ing Tool

moridinamael2 Feb 2018 16:42 UTC
39 points
15 comments3 min readLW link

Soon: a weekly AI Safety pre­req­ui­sites mod­ule on LessWrong

toonalfrink30 Apr 2018 13:23 UTC
35 points
10 comments1 min readLW link

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

TurnTrout22 Apr 2018 5:23 UTC
32 points
12 comments10 min readLW link

Epistemic Luck

Alicorn8 Feb 2010 0:02 UTC
98 points
133 comments3 min readLW link

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

Vladimir_M15 Feb 2011 9:17 UTC
97 points
278 comments9 min readLW link

Eight Books To Read

Samo Burja14 May 2019 17:40 UTC
63 points
11 comments6 min readLW link
(medium.com)

“Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”

moridinamael24 Jan 2018 16:52 UTC
40 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

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

TurnTrout25 Mar 2018 6:55 UTC
22 points
8 comments15 min readLW link

Course recom­men­da­tions for Friendli­ness researchers

Louie9 Jan 2013 14:33 UTC
90 points
112 comments10 min readLW link

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

TurnTrout28 Feb 2018 2:01 UTC
22 points
40 comments3 min readLW link

Pa­ter­nal Formats

abramdemski9 Jun 2019 1:26 UTC
50 points
35 comments2 min readLW link

The YouTube Revolu­tion in Knowl­edge Transfer

Samo Burja17 Sep 2019 20:10 UTC
50 points
7 comments4 min readLW link
(medium.com)

Learn­ing strate­gies and the Poke­mon league parable

Jsevillamol7 Aug 2018 9:37 UTC
40 points
5 comments4 min readLW link

Read­ing Papers in Undergrad

ryan_b9 Nov 2017 19:24 UTC
17 points
7 comments2 min readLW link

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

Andrew Quinn22 May 2018 12:59 UTC
10 points
2 comments2 min readLW link

How to Be­come a 1000 Year Old Vampire

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

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

MichaelVassar2 Mar 2010 8:11 UTC
62 points
115 comments3 min readLW link

Un­der­stand­ing-1-2-3

Zvi23 Jan 2018 0:10 UTC
19 points
7 comments1 min readLW link
(thezvi.wordpress.com)

The an­swer sheet

Elo31 Dec 2017 0:26 UTC
13 points
9 comments5 min readLW link

Prospect­ing for Con­cep­tual Holes

lsusr30 Oct 2019 8:34 UTC
57 points
19 comments2 min readLW link

Don’t Get Dis­tracted by the Boilerplate

johnswentworth26 Jul 2018 2:15 UTC
46 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

[Question] How Can Peo­ple Eval­u­ate Com­plex Ques­tions Con­sis­tently?

Elizabeth26 Aug 2019 20:33 UTC
46 points
12 comments1 min readLW link

In­tel­lec­tual Dark Matter

Samo Burja16 Jul 2019 15:20 UTC
43 points
10 comments1 min readLW link
(medium.com)

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

Alicorn24 May 2009 2:38 UTC
44 points
29 comments4 min readLW link

On Equiv­alence of Supergoals

Alexey Feldgendler20 Apr 2018 15:06 UTC
22 points
8 comments5 min readLW link

The RAIN Frame­work for In­for­ma­tional Effectiveness

ozziegooen13 Feb 2019 12:54 UTC
33 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

Recom­mended read­ing for new rationalists

XFrequentist9 Jul 2009 19:47 UTC
36 points
168 comments1 min readLW link

Eric Drexler on Learn­ing About Everything

Vladimir_Nesov27 May 2009 12:57 UTC
37 points
15 comments1 min readLW link

[Math] Towards Proof Writ­ing as a Skill In Itself

Andrew Quinn13 Jun 2018 4:39 UTC
25 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

Anki decks by LW users

Pablo2 Apr 2013 17:50 UTC
43 points
57 comments2 min readLW link

How valuable is it to learn math deeply?

JonahS2 Sep 2013 18:01 UTC
33 points
79 comments3 min readLW link

Op­ti­miz­ing a Week of Ma­chine Learn­ing Learning

Raemon9 Jan 2018 6:55 UTC
8 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] What are good prac­tices for us­ing Google Scholar to re­search an­swers to LessWrong Ques­tions?

DonyChristie18 May 2019 21:44 UTC
28 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] What’s the best ap­proach to cu­rat­ing a news­feed to max­i­mize use­ful con­trast­ing POV?

bgold26 Apr 2019 17:29 UTC
25 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Which text­book would you recom­mend to learn de­ci­sion the­ory?

supermartingale29 Jan 2019 20:48 UTC
27 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

All free Stan­ford classes, con­tinu­ally updated

XFrequentist29 Nov 2011 16:41 UTC
39 points
21 comments1 min readLW link

Stan­ford In­tro to AI course to be taught for free online

Psy-Kosh30 Jul 2011 16:22 UTC
38 points
39 comments1 min readLW link

Bet­ter think­ing through ex­pe­ri­en­tial games

Morendil23 Oct 2009 12:59 UTC
32 points
36 comments3 min readLW link

Ra­tional Read­ing: Thoughts On Pri­ori­tiz­ing Books

patrissimo27 Mar 2011 19:54 UTC
40 points
44 comments5 min readLW link

The Pop­u­lariza­tion Bias

Wei_Dai17 Jul 2009 15:43 UTC
30 points
54 comments1 min readLW link

Valuable eco­nomics knowl­edge available, iron­i­cally, for free

Stuart_Armstrong18 Jul 2013 11:30 UTC
38 points
37 comments6 min readLW link

Drown­ing In An In­for­ma­tion Ocean

diegocaleiro30 Mar 2013 4:32 UTC
36 points
21 comments6 min readLW link

LDL 7: I wish I had a map

magfrump30 Nov 2017 2:03 UTC
13 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

A frame­work for speed reading

limerott16 Sep 2019 18:52 UTC
25 points
6 comments12 min readLW link
(limerott.com)

How not to be a Naïve Computationalist

diegocaleiro13 Apr 2011 19:45 UTC
38 points
36 comments2 min readLW link

Books I read 2017 - Part 1. Re­la­tion­ships, Learning

Elo18 Dec 2017 9:38 UTC
13 points
8 comments19 min readLW link

Ran­dom ad­vice: Teenage U.S. LW-ers should prob­a­bly be tak­ing more AP exams

HonoreDB7 Apr 2011 4:37 UTC
34 points
22 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] How of­ten are new ideas dis­cov­ered in old pa­pers?

TurnTrout26 Jul 2019 1:00 UTC
23 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

Learn­ing how to learn

Neel Nanda30 Sep 2020 16:50 UTC
24 points
0 comments15 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

[Question] Ask­ing for help teach­ing a crit­i­cal think­ing class.

Ronny7 Mar 2019 2:15 UTC
22 points
9 comments1 min readLW link

How my math skills im­proved dramatically

JonahS5 Mar 2014 20:27 UTC
34 points
25 comments2 min readLW link

My case for start­ing blogging

Neel Nanda22 Oct 2020 17:43 UTC
27 points
2 comments16 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

[Question] How do you study a math text­book?

Rudi C24 Mar 2020 18:43 UTC
20 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

De­liber­ate Grad School

Academian4 Oct 2015 10:11 UTC
36 points
155 comments3 min readLW link

Learn­ing takes a long time

JonahS31 May 2015 3:21 UTC
32 points
36 comments2 min readLW link

Ab­stract Plans Lead to Failure

Chris_Leong27 Feb 2020 21:20 UTC
21 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

{Math} A times ta­bles mem­ory.

aaq1 Dec 2019 15:40 UTC
19 points
9 comments2 min readLW link

Math pre­req­ui­sites for un­der­stand­ing LW stuff

cousin_it4 Oct 2010 11:30 UTC
26 points
16 comments1 min readLW link

What should I have for din­ner? (A case study in de­ci­sion mak­ing)

bentarm12 Aug 2010 13:29 UTC
29 points
106 comments3 min readLW link

MIT Challenge complete

komponisto29 Sep 2012 15:54 UTC
29 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

MIT Challenge: blog­ger to at­tempt CS cur­ricu­lum on own

komponisto27 Sep 2011 23:01 UTC
12 points
43 comments1 min readLW link

Find a study partner

Mati_Roy24 Jan 2014 2:27 UTC
28 points
34 comments1 min readLW link

Learnday

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

Ra­tion­al­is­tic Losing

MrHen30 Apr 2009 12:48 UTC
7 points
17 comments5 min readLW link

Free Stats Text­book: Prin­ci­ples of Uncertainty

badger24 May 2011 19:45 UTC
29 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

How to learn a new area X that you have no idea about.

Elo18 Aug 2015 5:42 UTC
20 points
39 comments3 min readLW link

Learn­ing How to Learn (And 20+ Stud­ies)

maxa23 Nov 2020 0:29 UTC
19 points
5 comments6 min readLW link

The Dangers of Par­tial Knowl­edge of the Way: Failing in School

G Gordon Worley III6 Jul 2009 15:16 UTC
14 points
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[Question] Any ex­am­ples of peo­ple an­a­lyz­ing/​cri­tiquing sci­en­tific stud­ies or pa­pers?

warrenjordan13 Jan 2021 18:00 UTC
1 point
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