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Schol­ar­ship & Learning

TagLast edit: 30 May 2020 7:06 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
231 points
147 comments5 min readLW link

The Ne­glected Virtue of Scholarship

lukeprog5 Jan 2011 7:22 UTC
319 points
156 comments3 min readLW link

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

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

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

discordy8 Jun 2020 18:44 UTC
209 points
39 comments2 min readLW link

The Best Text­books on Every Subject

lukeprog16 Jan 2011 8:30 UTC
685 points
406 comments7 min readLW link

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

Eli Tyre29 Oct 2019 14:52 UTC
89 points
41 comments1 min readLW link

The 3 Books Tech­nique for Learn­ing a New Skilll

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

How To Write Quickly While Main­tain­ing Epistemic Rigor

johnswentworth28 Aug 2021 17:52 UTC
426 points
38 comments4 min readLW link3 reviews

The Zet­telkas­ten Method

abramdemski20 Sep 2019 13:15 UTC
215 points
90 comments42 min readLW link3 reviews

Fo­rum par­ti­ci­pa­tion as a re­search strategy

Wei Dai30 Jul 2019 18:09 UTC
147 points
44 comments3 min readLW link1 review

Costs and Benefits of Scholarship

lukeprog22 Mar 2011 2:19 UTC
70 points
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Fact Posts: How and Why

sarahconstantin2 Dec 2016 18:55 UTC
255 points
34 comments3 min readLW link

How to (not) do a liter­a­ture review

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

Mark Eichen­laub: How to de­velop sci­en­tific intuition

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

How to take smart notes (Ahrens, 2017)

Yuxi_Liu23 Jul 2019 15:34 UTC
69 points
12 comments6 min readLW link

Ex­er­cises in Com­pre­hen­sive In­for­ma­tion Gathering

johnswentworth15 Feb 2020 17:27 UTC
136 points
18 comments3 min readLW link1 review

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

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

On learn­ing difficult things

So8res11 Nov 2013 23:35 UTC
202 points
47 comments6 min readLW link

Paper-Read­ing for Gears

johnswentworth4 Dec 2019 21:02 UTC
158 points
6 comments4 min readLW link1 review

Schol­ar­ship: how to tell good ad­vice from bad ad­vice?

ChrisHallquist29 Jun 2012 2:13 UTC
18 points
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Refer­ences & Re­sources for LessWrong

XiXiDu10 Oct 2010 14:54 UTC
162 points
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Up­date the best text­books on ev­ery sub­ject list

ryan_b8 Nov 2018 20:54 UTC
92 points
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[Question] Papers to start get­ting into NLP-fo­cused al­ign­ment research

Feraidoon24 Sep 2022 23:53 UTC
6 points
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Where to Start Re­search?

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

Les­sons I’ve Learned from Self-Teaching

TurnTrout23 Jan 2021 19:00 UTC
335 points
74 comments9 min readLW link1 review

Un­der­stand­ing is translation

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

How to teach things well

Neel Nanda28 Aug 2020 16:44 UTC
103 points
16 comments15 min readLW link1 review
(www.neelnanda.io)

14 Tech­niques to Ac­cel­er­ate Your Learning

19 May 2022 13:59 UTC
60 points
9 comments11 min readLW link

Micro feed­back loops and learning

Swimmer963 (Miranda Dixon-Luinenburg) 26 May 2019 0:50 UTC
50 points
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Ap­pren­tice­ship Online

Henrik Karlsson9 Oct 2021 13:50 UTC
51 points
20 comments11 min readLW link
(escapingflatland.substack.com)

On­line dis­cus­sion is bet­ter than pre-pub­li­ca­tion peer review

Wei Dai5 Sep 2017 13:25 UTC
27 points
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Learn the math­e­mat­i­cal struc­ture, not the con­cep­tual structure

Adam Shai1 Mar 2023 22:24 UTC
88 points
35 comments2 min readLW link

Origi­nal Re­search on Less Wrong

lukeprog29 Oct 2012 22:50 UTC
52 points
48 comments12 min readLW link

Free Ed­u­ca­tional and Re­search Resources

Rachel Shu31 Jul 2020 0:24 UTC
54 points
25 comments6 min readLW link

Un­der­stand­ing your understanding

SilasBarta22 Mar 2010 22:33 UTC
102 points
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Where do your eyes go?

alkjash19 Sep 2021 22:43 UTC
252 points
22 comments14 min readLW link1 review
(radimentary.wordpress.com)

Build Small Skills in the Right Order

lukeprog17 Apr 2011 23:01 UTC
166 points
219 comments5 min readLW link

Level­ing Up Or Level­ing Off? Un­der­stand­ing The Science Be­hind Skill Plateaus

lynettebye16 Jun 2023 0:18 UTC
45 points
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In­sights from Eu­clid’s ‘Ele­ments’

TurnTrout4 May 2020 15:45 UTC
126 points
17 comments4 min readLW link

Knowl­edge is Worth Pay­ing For

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

Learn­ing How to Learn (And 20+ Stud­ies)

maxa26 Feb 2023 22:46 UTC
57 points
12 comments6 min readLW link
(max2c.com)

Learn­ing By Writing

HoldenKarnofsky22 Feb 2022 15:50 UTC
130 points
12 comments10 min readLW link3 reviews
(www.cold-takes.com)

Us­ing a mem­ory palace to mem­o­rize a text­book.

DirectedEvolution19 Jun 2020 2:09 UTC
62 points
16 comments6 min readLW link1 review

Lev­el­ling Up in AI Safety Re­search Engineering

Gabriel Mukobi2 Sep 2022 4:59 UTC
57 points
9 comments17 min readLW link

The Multi-Tower Study Strategy

DirectedEvolution21 Jan 2021 8:42 UTC
57 points
8 comments8 min readLW link

How do I read things on the internet

Vlad Sitalo20 Aug 2023 5:43 UTC
16 points
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(vlad.roam.garden)

MATS Models

johnswentworth9 Jul 2022 0:14 UTC
86 points
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Study Guide

johnswentworth6 Nov 2021 1:23 UTC
274 points
48 comments16 min readLW link

Book Re­view: Cog­ni­tive Science (MIRI course list)

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

The Wicked Prob­lem Experience

HoldenKarnofsky2 Mar 2022 17:50 UTC
124 points
6 comments9 min readLW link1 review
(www.cold-takes.com)

Les­sons After a Cou­ple Months of Try­ing to Do ML Research

KevinRoWang22 Mar 2022 23:45 UTC
70 points
8 comments6 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
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An ag­ile ap­proach to pre-research

DirectedEvolution25 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
40 points
8 comments2 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

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

TurnTrout29 Dec 2019 18:03 UTC
24 points
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Two pre­scrip­tions for fix­ing a pro­ce­du­ral/​declar­a­tive knowl­edge mis­match.

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

Fea­tures that make a re­port es­pe­cially helpful to me

lukeprog14 Apr 2022 1:12 UTC
40 points
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How I use Anki to learn mathematics

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

Anki on Mac in 60 seconds

lukeprog19 Mar 2011 6:53 UTC
8 points
17 comments1 min readLW link

In­tu­itions about solv­ing hard problems

Richard_Ngo25 Apr 2022 15:29 UTC
102 points
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Dreams of “Matho­pe­dia”

NicholasKross2 Jun 2023 1:30 UTC
40 points
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(www.thinkingmuchbetter.com)

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

Kaj_Sotala13 Dec 2019 13:59 UTC
74 points
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[Question] Re­quest for small text­book recommendations

Alex_Altair25 May 2022 22:19 UTC
12 points
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[Question] How to Nav­i­gate Eval­u­at­ing Poli­ti­cized Re­search?

Davis_Kingsley1 Jul 2022 5:59 UTC
11 points
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Five routes of ac­cess to sci­en­tific literature

DirectedEvolution3 Jul 2022 20:53 UTC
13 points
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[Question] What one pa­per would you show to some­one to get them ex­cited about your field?

oh543217 Jul 2022 2:55 UTC
10 points
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[Question] App idea to help with read­ing STEM text­books (feed­back re­quest)

DirectedEvolution13 Jul 2022 18:28 UTC
16 points
8 comments2 min readLW link

How the ---- did Feyn­man Get Here !?

George3d618 Jul 2022 9:43 UTC
4 points
8 comments3 min readLW link
(www.epistem.ink)

Hard prob­lem? Hack away at the edges.

lukeprog26 Sep 2011 10:03 UTC
66 points
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Spaced rep­e­ti­tion for teach­ing two-year olds how to read (In­ter­view)

Chipmonk26 Nov 2023 16:52 UTC
45 points
9 comments5 min readLW link
(chipmonk.substack.com)

MIRI Re­search Guide

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

How SIAI could pub­lish in main­stream cog­ni­tive sci­ence journals

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

Prac­ti­cal Ad­vice Backed By Deep Theories

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

Tips and Tricks for An­swer­ing Hard Questions

Wei Dai17 Jan 2010 23:56 UTC
97 points
54 comments2 min readLW link

Learn­ing To Love Scien­tific Consensus

Scott Alexander2 Sep 2017 8:44 UTC
29 points
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[Question] Find­ing Great Tutors

Ulisse Mini5 Oct 2022 22:08 UTC
27 points
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[Question] De­liber­ate prac­tice for re­search?

Alex_Altair8 Oct 2022 3:45 UTC
28 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

Ra­tional Read­ing: Thoughts On Pri­ori­tiz­ing Books

patrissimo27 Mar 2011 19:54 UTC
44 points
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Con­crete Steps to Get Started in Trans­former Mechanis­tic Interpretability

Neel Nanda25 Dec 2022 22:21 UTC
54 points
7 comments12 min readLW link
(www.neelnanda.io)

Im­prov­ing En­joy­ment and Re­ten­tion Read­ing Tech­ni­cal Literature

sentientplatypus7 Aug 2013 6:29 UTC
45 points
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Strong stances

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

In­dex of Yvain’s (Ex­cel­lent) Articles

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

Qual­ities that al­ign­ment men­tors value in ju­nior researchers

Akash14 Feb 2023 23:27 UTC
84 points
13 comments3 min readLW link

How to Read Papers Effi­ciently: Fast-then-Slow Three pass method

25 Feb 2023 2:56 UTC
34 points
4 comments4 min readLW link
(ccr.sigcomm.org)

The Benefits of Distil­la­tion in Research

Jonas Hallgren4 Mar 2023 17:45 UTC
14 points
2 comments5 min readLW link

How I do research

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

Write

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

[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
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How do you take notes?

ChristianKl22 Jun 2014 10:45 UTC
19 points
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Ex­plor­ing Tacit Linked Premises with GPT

romeostevensit24 Mar 2023 18:09 UTC
42 points
3 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] What makes peo­ple in­tel­lec­tu­ally ac­tive?

abramdemski29 Dec 2018 22:29 UTC
116 points
71 comments1 min readLW link

How to Read

Peter Wildeford22 Dec 2014 5:40 UTC
20 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

DirectedEvolution4 Jun 2020 18:49 UTC
46 points
2 comments8 min readLW link

Vi­su­al­iz­ing the text­book for fun and profit

DirectedEvolution24 Sep 2020 19:37 UTC
25 points
4 comments6 min readLW link

Learn­ing how to learn

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

[Question] Would you pay for a search en­g­ine limited to ra­tio­nal­ist sites?

Conor2 Aug 2023 18:06 UTC
4 points
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Zetetic explanation

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

Schol­ar­ship and DIY Science

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

Pro­ce­du­ral Knowl­edge Gaps

Alicorn8 Feb 2011 3:17 UTC
189 points
1,496 comments1 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
70 points
16 comments4 min readLW link

Learn­ing-In­ten­tions vs Do­ing-In­ten­tions

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

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

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

AI Safety 101 - Chap­ter 5.2 - Un­re­stricted Ad­ver­sar­ial Training

Charbel-Raphaël31 Oct 2023 14:34 UTC
12 points
0 comments19 min readLW link

The Beauty of Set­tled Science

Eliezer Yudkowsky24 Mar 2008 5:30 UTC
89 points
22 comments2 min readLW link

Cult of Error

bayesyatina30 Apr 2023 23:33 UTC
5 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Ask­ing for help as an O(1) lookup

Adam Zerner17 Sep 2023 0:25 UTC
19 points
1 comment6 min readLW link

What it’s like to dis­sect a cadaver

Alok Singh10 Nov 2022 6:40 UTC
204 points
23 comments5 min readLW link
(alok.github.io)

What is the fer­til­ity rate?

Thomas Sepulchre28 Feb 2023 12:55 UTC
28 points
1 comment5 min readLW link

Prop­er­ties of Good Textbooks

niplav7 May 2023 8:38 UTC
50 points
11 comments1 min readLW link

The Hand­book of Ra­tion­al­ity (2021, MIT press) is now open access

romeostevensit10 Oct 2023 0:30 UTC
48 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

Why it’s nec­es­sary to shoot your­self in the foot

g-w111 Jul 2023 21:17 UTC
39 points
7 comments2 min readLW link
(g-w1.github.io)

Define Your Learn­ing Goal: Com­pe­tence Or Broad Knowledge

DirectedEvolution25 Jan 2021 20:47 UTC
35 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] How do you learn for­eign lan­guage vo­cab­u­lary, be­yond Anki?

Elizabeth26 Aug 2019 21:00 UTC
9 points
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[Question] For those who ad­vo­cate Anki

jmh31 Jan 2021 0:01 UTC
20 points
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A Gen­tle In­tro­duc­tion on How to Use Anki to Im­prove Your Memory

simbyotic4 Feb 2021 9:59 UTC
18 points
2 comments14 min readLW link

The Com­pre­hen­sion Curve

DirectedEvolution22 Feb 2021 22:51 UTC
32 points
8 comments10 min readLW link

Fi­nally just cre­ated com­pre­hen­sive re­source col­lec­tions/​guides for au­to­di­dac­tism/​sev­eral sci­en­tific subjects

InquilineKea26 Jun 2011 20:47 UTC
5 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

Check OK, bab­ble-read, op­ti­mize (how I read text­books)

DirectedEvolution6 Mar 2021 3:17 UTC
25 points
3 comments5 min readLW link

Pro­gres­sive High­light­ing: Pick­ing What To Make Into Flashcards

DirectedEvolution29 Mar 2021 22:57 UTC
50 points
4 comments3 min readLW link

(Try­ing To) Study Text­books Effec­tively: A Year of Experimentation

DirectedEvolution28 May 2021 5:51 UTC
67 points
13 comments5 min readLW link

An Ap­pren­tice Ex­per­i­ment in Python Programming

4 Jul 2021 3:29 UTC
67 points
4 comments9 min readLW link

The Re­duc­tion­ist Trap

J Bostock9 Aug 2021 17:00 UTC
11 points
6 comments4 min readLW link

[Question] How do you or­ganise your read­ing?

brook6 Aug 2020 14:54 UTC
20 points
16 comments1 min readLW link

Re­search pro­duc­tivity tip: “Solve The Whole Prob­lem Day”

Steven Byrnes27 Aug 2021 13:05 UTC
50 points
5 comments4 min readLW link

A Lay­man’s Guide to Re­cre­ational Math­e­mat­ics Videos

Sam Enright31 Aug 2021 23:11 UTC
33 points
5 comments5 min readLW link

Film Study for Research

jsteinhardt14 Sep 2021 18:53 UTC
50 points
7 comments6 min readLW link

Re­search speedruns

drossbucket17 Sep 2021 6:54 UTC
40 points
6 comments3 min readLW link

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

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

Where did the 5 micron num­ber come from? Nowhere good. [Wired.com]

Elizabeth9 Nov 2021 7:14 UTC
108 points
8 comments1 min readLW link1 review
(www.wired.com)

Self-study­ing to de­velop an in­side-view model of AI al­ign­ment; co-studiers wel­come!

Vael Gates30 Nov 2021 9:25 UTC
13 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

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

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

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

Can you learn (mu­sic) effi­ciently by grind­ing?

Nicole Dieker2 Jan 2022 19:07 UTC
5 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] The best cur­ricu­lum for ev­ery goal

Randomized, Controlled8 Jan 2022 18:47 UTC
24 points
4 comments1 min readLW link

[Re­view] Move First, Think Later: Sense and Non­sense in Im­prov­ing Your Chess

Arjun Panickssery18 Sep 2023 15:10 UTC
33 points
2 comments6 min readLW link
(arjunpanickssery.substack.com)

How to de­velop a pho­to­graphic mem­ory 2/​3

PhilosophicalSoul30 Dec 2023 20:18 UTC
23 points
7 comments12 min readLW link

How to de­velop a pho­to­graphic mem­ory 3/​3

PhilosophicalSoul8 Feb 2024 9:22 UTC
3 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Choos­ing a book on causality

martinkunev7 Feb 2024 21:16 UTC
2 points
3 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Best re­sources to learn philos­o­phy of mind and AI?

Sky Moo27 Mar 2023 18:22 UTC
1 point
0 comments1 min readLW link

“Un­in­ten­tional AI safety re­search”: Why not sys­tem­at­i­cally mine AI tech­ni­cal re­search for safety pur­poses?

ghostwheel29 Mar 2023 15:56 UTC
27 points
3 comments6 min readLW link

Effi­cient Learn­ing: Memorization

Alvin Ånestrand16 Apr 2023 17:58 UTC
4 points
2 comments5 min readLW link
(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

Un­der­stand­ing new terms via etymology

corruptedCatapillar26 Apr 2023 20:48 UTC
4 points
1 comment2 min readLW link
(forum.effectivealtruism.org)

[Question] Com­pre­hen­si­ble In­put is the only way peo­ple learn lan­guages—is it the only way peo­ple *learn*?

lillybaeum30 Nov 2023 13:31 UTC
8 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Less Wrong Ra­tion­al­ity and Main­stream Philosophy

lukeprog20 Mar 2011 20:28 UTC
160 points
334 comments5 min readLW link

What Comes After Epistemic Spot Checks?

Elizabeth22 Oct 2019 17:00 UTC
121 points
9 comments3 min readLW link
(acesounderglass.com)

Levels of Action

alyssavance14 Apr 2011 0:18 UTC
179 points
47 comments9 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

null30 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
40 points
12 comments10 min readLW link

Epistemic Luck

Alicorn8 Feb 2010 0:02 UTC
107 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
101 points
276 comments9 min readLW link

Eight Books To Read

Samo Burja14 May 2019 17:40 UTC
69 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
31 points
8 comments15 min readLW link

Course recom­men­da­tions for Friendli­ness researchers

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

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

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

Pa­ter­nal Formats

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

The YouTube Revolu­tion in Knowl­edge Transfer

Samo Burja17 Sep 2019 20:10 UTC
66 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
131 points
127 comments8 min readLW link

Creat­ing Flash­cards with LLMs

Diogo Cruz29 May 2023 16:55 UTC
14 points
3 comments9 min readLW link

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

MichaelVassar2 Mar 2010 8:11 UTC
74 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
8 comments5 min readLW link

How I learned to stop wor­ry­ing and love skill trees

junk heap homotopy23 May 2023 4:08 UTC
80 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Prospect­ing for Con­cep­tual Holes

lsusr30 Oct 2019 8:34 UTC
70 points
20 comments2 min readLW link

Don’t Get Dis­tracted by the Boilerplate

johnswentworth26 Jul 2018 2:15 UTC
55 points
16 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
46 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
35 points
16 comments6 min readLW link

Recom­mended read­ing for new rationalists

XFrequentist9 Jul 2009 19:47 UTC
39 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
44 points
60 comments1 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?

Pee Doom18 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

AI Safety Fun­da­men­tals: An In­for­mal Co­hort Start­ing Soon!

Tiago de Vassal4 Jun 2023 17:15 UTC
4 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

Read­ing habits/​tech­niques/​strate­gies (sec­ond post on the topic)

Torello29 Sep 2013 12:55 UTC
28 points
12 comments2 min readLW link

Bet­ter think­ing through ex­pe­ri­en­tial games

Morendil23 Oct 2009 12:59 UTC
32 points
36 comments3 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
26 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
17 points
10 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
23 comments3 min readLW link

[Question] Least-prob­le­matic Re­source for learn­ing RL?

Dalcy18 Jul 2023 16:30 UTC
6 points
3 comments1 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

Read More Books but Pre­tend to Read Even More

Arjun Panickssery5 Aug 2023 0:07 UTC
26 points
12 comments4 min readLW link
(arjunpanickssery.substack.com)

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

Ronny Fernandez7 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
36 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
37 points
155 comments3 min readLW link

Learn­ing takes a long time

JonahS31 May 2015 3:21 UTC
42 points
37 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
30 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
29 points
33 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

How to de­velop a pho­to­graphic mem­ory 1/​3

PhilosophicalSoul28 Dec 2023 13:26 UTC
33 points
6 comments14 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
21 points
39 comments3 min readLW link

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

Gordon Seidoh Worley6 Jul 2009 15:16 UTC
14 points
38 comments5 min readLW link

[Question] Any ex­am­ples of peo­ple an­a­lyz­ing/​cri­tiquing sci­en­tific stud­ies or pa­pers?

warrenjordan13 Jan 2021 18:00 UTC
3 points
6 comments1 min readLW link

The True Face of the Enemy

Space L Clottey12 Jan 2021 10:03 UTC
30 points
77 comments10 min readLW link

Notes on effec­tive-al­tru­ism-re­lated re­search, writ­ing, test­ing fit, learn­ing, and the EA Forum

MichaelA28 Mar 2021 23:43 UTC
14 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

Us­ing Flash­cards for De­liber­ate Practice

DirectedEvolution12 Apr 2021 19:07 UTC
23 points
5 comments3 min readLW link

Re­search Mo­ti­va­tions and “The Divi­sion of Cog­ni­tive La­bor”

Aidan_Kierans16 May 2021 0:00 UTC
4 points
3 comments5 min readLW link

On “Epistemic Tres­pass­ing” and In­tel­lec­tual Modesty

Aidan_Kierans16 May 2021 0:40 UTC
9 points
7 comments9 min readLW link

Chang­ing my life in 2021, halfway through

Borasko10 Jun 2021 1:36 UTC
42 points
6 comments7 min readLW link

(Another) Us­ing a Me­mory Palace to Me­morize a Textbook

Spencer_Green14 Jun 2021 22:12 UTC
13 points
4 comments5 min readLW link

Rage Against The MOOChine

Borasko7 Aug 2021 17:57 UTC
20 points
12 comments7 min readLW link

Googling is the first step. Con­sider adding schol­arly searches to your ar­se­nal.

Tenoke7 May 2013 13:30 UTC
30 points
46 comments4 min readLW link

The Learn­ing System

Henrik Karlsson3 Dec 2021 19:08 UTC
18 points
12 comments10 min readLW link
(escapingflatland.substack.com)

On (Not) Read­ing Papers

Jan21 Dec 2021 9:57 UTC
52 points
10 comments7 min readLW link
(universalprior.substack.com)

This Year I Tried To Teach My­self Math. How Did It Go?

Borasko31 Dec 2021 17:55 UTC
65 points
10 comments10 min readLW link

Books Wor­thy of Integration

Roven Skyfal20 Feb 2022 8:03 UTC
13 points
2 comments3 min readLW link

Know of any ran­domised tri­als teach­ing de­bi­as­ing in schools? Want to help re­view them, or would that re­view help your work?

MNoetel20 Mar 2022 4:52 UTC
29 points
2 comments4 min readLW link

Fake Jour­nal Club proposal

gwern25 Mar 2022 14:23 UTC
25 points
5 comments1 min readLW link
(www.gwern.net)

Sum­mary: “How to write a the­sis” by Um­berto Eco

Pablo Repetto25 Mar 2022 21:40 UTC
7 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(pabloernesto.github.io)

Sum­mary: “How to read a book” by Mor­timer Adler

Pablo Repetto29 Mar 2022 0:34 UTC
5 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(pabloernesto.github.io)

A bi­cy­cle for your memory

sortega30 Mar 2022 21:41 UTC
38 points
8 comments8 min readLW link

[Question] How to write a LW se­quence to learn a topic?

PabloAMC3 Apr 2022 20:09 UTC
3 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Sum­mary: “In­ter­net Search tips” by Gw­ern Branwen

Pablo Repetto8 Apr 2022 2:02 UTC
12 points
2 comments4 min readLW link
(pabloernesto.github.io)

Sum­mary: “How to Write Quickly...” by John Wentworth

Pablo Repetto11 Apr 2022 23:26 UTC
4 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(pabloernesto.github.io)

How I use Anki: ex­pand­ing the scope of SRS

CallumMcDougall12 Apr 2022 8:28 UTC
35 points
8 comments19 min readLW link

Sum­mary: “How to Do Re­search” by OSP’s Red

Pablo Repetto13 Apr 2022 19:46 UTC
9 points
0 comments3 min readLW link
(pabloernesto.github.io)

Sum­mary: “How to Read Books and Write Es­says” by OSP’s Blue

Pablo Repetto15 Apr 2022 21:17 UTC
8 points
2 comments4 min readLW link
(pabloernesto.github.io)

Learn­ing as clos­ing feed­back loops

ambigram17 Apr 2022 9:50 UTC
8 points
0 comments17 min readLW link

Notes from a con­ver­sa­tion with Ing. Agr. Adri­ana Balzarini

Pablo Repetto8 May 2022 15:56 UTC
5 points
0 comments2 min readLW link
(pabloernesto.github.io)

Tech­ni­cal AI Align­ment Study Group

Eric K1 Aug 2022 18:33 UTC
5 points
0 comments1 min readLW link

A Starter-kit for Ra­tion­al­ity Space

Jesse Hoogland1 Sep 2022 13:04 UTC
41 points
0 comments1 min readLW link
(github.com)

How to Do Re­search. v1

Pablo Repetto8 Sep 2022 1:08 UTC
29 points
4 comments41 min readLW link
(pabloernesto.github.io)

Some of the most im­por­tant en­trepreneur­ship skills are tacit knowledge

Ruhul20 Sep 2022 12:06 UTC
20 points
0 comments7 min readLW link

Ex­am­ples in Mathematics

kgalias14 Dec 2013 22:15 UTC
23 points
31 comments2 min readLW link

Fund­ing is All You Need: Get­ting into Grad School by Hack­ing the NSF GRFP Fellowship

hapanin22 Sep 2022 21:39 UTC
96 points
9 comments12 min readLW link

[Question] Is a PhD nec­es­sary to con­tribute mean­ingfully to a field?

TrudosKudos27 Sep 2022 21:27 UTC
4 points
7 comments1 min readLW link

Reflec­tion on a Con­sult­ing Workshop

myutin29 Sep 2022 3:04 UTC
12 points
1 comment3 min readLW link

If it seems in­tu­itive, you’re not build­ing intuition

myutin30 Sep 2022 7:46 UTC
4 points
0 comments2 min readLW link

Be more effec­tive by learn­ing im­por­tant prac­ti­cal knowl­edge us­ing flashcards

Stenemo12 Oct 2022 18:05 UTC
5 points
2 comments1 min readLW link

Un­tapped Po­ten­tial at 13-18

belkarx18 Oct 2022 18:09 UTC
78 points
53 comments1 min readLW link

[Question] Ed­u­ca­tion not meant for mass-consumption

Tolo24 Oct 2022 19:45 UTC
7 points
5 comments2 min readLW link

Effec­tively self-study­ing over the Internet

libai3 Jan 2023 16:23 UTC
4 points
0 comments4 min readLW link

Kolb’s: an ap­proach to con­sciously get bet­ter at anything

jacquesthibs3 Jan 2023 18:16 UTC
10 points
1 comment6 min readLW link

Fea­ture sug­ges­tion: add a ‘clar­ity score’ to posts

LVSN8 Jan 2023 1:00 UTC
17 points
5 comments1 min readLW link

A multi-dis­ci­plinary view on AI safety research

Roman Leventov8 Feb 2023 16:50 UTC
43 points
4 comments26 min readLW link

Prob­a­bil­ity The­ory: The Logic of Science, Jaynes

David Udell16 Feb 2023 21:57 UTC
29 points
0 comments18 min readLW link
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