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If you're new to Less Wrong, a good place to start is with the Sequences. The Core Sequences are the ones that focus on the fundamentals of rationality.

The Sequence index lists sequence posts in logical order. There is also a dependency tree of all of Eliezer Yudkowsky's posts from November 2006 to December 2008, and a couple of "abridged" versions of the Sequences: 1, 2.

Here is a sampling of various sequence posts:

Core Sequences

Map and Territory

Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions

A Human's Guide to Words

How To Actually Change Your Mind


Other Sequences

Positivism, Self Deception, and Neuroscience

Decision Theory of Newcomblike Problems

The Science of Winning at Life

Metaethics sequence

Priming and Implicit Association

Fun theory

Living Luminously

Challenging the Difficult

Decision Analysis

Rationality and Philosophy

The Craft and the Community

Quantum Physics

Here are some "standalone" posts that are worth reading:

Heuristics and biases


Identity and signalling

Scholarship and learning

Moral philosophy



Belief calibration

Decision theory

Akrasia, motivation, and self-improvement

Existential risk and risks from artificial intelligence

If you're interested in starting a Less Wrong meetup, How to Run a Successful Less Wrong Meetup is a guide for meetup organizers (pdf here).