How To Actually Change Your Mind

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How to Actually Change Your Mind is the second book contained in the ebook Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky. It is the edited version of a series of blog posts in "the Sequences", and covers the ultra-high-level penultimate technique of rationality: triumphing over confirmation bias and motivated cognition.

How to Actually Change Your Mind contains seven sequences of essays. These are all collected in the Rationality: From AI to Zombies ebook, but the essay names below are also linked to the original blog posts.


F. Politics and Rationality

57. Politics is the Mind-Killer
58. Policy Debates Should Not Appear One-Sided
59. The Scales of Justice, the Notebook of Rationality
60. Correspondence Bias
61. Are Your Enemies Innately Evil?
62. Reversed Stupidity is Not Intelligence
63. Argument Screens Off Authority
64. Hug the Query
65. Rationality and the English Language
66. Human Evil and Muddled Thinking

I. Seeing with Fresh Eyes

87. Anchoring and Adjustment
88. Priming and Contamination
89. Do We Believe Everything We're Told?
90. Cached Thoughts
91. The 'Outside the Box' Box
92. Original Seeing
93. Stranger Than History
94. The Logical Fallacy of Generalization from Fictional Evidence
95. The Virtue of Narrowness
96. How to Seem (and Be) Deep
97. We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think
98. Hold Off On Proposing Solutions
99. The Genetic Fallacy

J. Death Spirals and the Cult Attractor

100. The Affect Heuristic
101. Evaluability and Cheap Holiday Shopping
102. Unbounded Scales, Huge Jury Awards, & Futurism
103. The Halo Effect
104. Superhero Bias
105. Mere Messiahs
106. Affective Death Spirals
107. Resist the Happy Death Spiral
108. Uncritical Supercriticality
109. Evaporative Cooling of Group Beliefs
110. When None Dare Urge Restraint
111. The Robbers Cave Experiment
112. Every Cause Wants to be a Cult
113. Guardians of the Truth
114. Guardians of the Gene Pool
115. Guardians of Ayn Rand
116. Two Cult Koans
117. Asch's Conformity Experiment
118. On Expressing Your Concerns
119. Lonely Dissent
120. Cultish Countercultishness

G. Against Rationalization

Against Doublethink

Overly Convenient Excuses

Letting Go

See also

Alternative formats