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[http://intentionalinsights.org/about Intentional Insights] is a nonprofit whose stated goal is to raise the sanity waterline by popularizing rationality and effective altruism for a broad audience. Its co-founder and president, Gleb Tsipursky (gleb[at]intentionalinsights.org) is an active Less Wrong participant (username Gleb_Tsipursky), as [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/mze/marketing_rationality/cwt5 are others] engaged with Intentional Insights, such as Max Harms (username Raelifin)
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Intentional Insights is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by [https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/User:Gleb_Tsipursky Gleb Tsipursky] and Agnes Vishnevkin. Its goal is to raise the sanity waterline, by popularizing rationality and effective altruism for a broad audience. It produces rationality-oriented blog posts, videos, workshops and other materials. Its essays have appeared in [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gleb-tsipursky/3-steps-to-living-intenti_b_8322574.html The Huffington Post], [http://www.salon.com/2015/09/12/get_donald_trump_out_of_my_brain_the_neuroscience_that_explains_why_hes_running_away_with_the_gop/ Salon], [http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/05/21/group-aims-at-finding-meaning-in-life.html The Columbus Dispatch], [http://thehumanist.com/multimedia/podcast/the-humanist-hour-138-intentional-insights-with-gleb-tsipursky-phd the Humanist Hour], and elsewhere.
  
There has been heated debate on Less Wrong (see, e.g., [http://lesswrong.com/lw/mze/marketing_rationality/ this thread]) about the effectiveness of Intentional Insights' work. The principal objections raised are that in writing for a relatively lowbrow audience, Intentional Insights has produced material that (1) promotes not rationality but an oversimplified caricature of rationality that isn't actually effective, and/or (2) seems creepy and unnatural and offputting to Less Wrongers who are used to more highbrow content.  
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There has been debate on Less Wrong (eg [http://lesswrong.com/lw/mze/marketing_rationality/ this thread]) about Intentional Insights' work, with some commenters expressing concern about the writing style and concern that in adapting rationality concepts for a mainstream audience, important nuance may have been lost so that the ideas would no longer be effective.
  
As of the writing of this page, clear evidence either for or against these claims is lacking. There is [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/mze/marketing_rationality/cwgn clear evidence] that Intentional Insights is able to get its content into popular venues and to get people reading these venues to engage with its content. There is not yet clear evidence on the impact of this content on raising people's level of rationality.
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==Links==
  
Here is a [http://lesswrong.com/lw/n0n/promoting_rationality_to_a_broad_audience/ Less Wrong discussion post] that provides the organization's self-description of the methods it uses for Less Wrongers to evaluate these claims for themselves.
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*[http://intentionalinsights.org/ Intentional Insights]
 
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/n0n/promoting_rationality_to_a_broad_audience/ Promoting Rationality to a Broad Audience]
Many examples of Intentional Insights' materials are linked from [http://intentionalinsights.org/news the organization's News page].
 

Revision as of 12:11, 2 December 2015

Intentional Insights is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Gleb Tsipursky and Agnes Vishnevkin. Its goal is to raise the sanity waterline, by popularizing rationality and effective altruism for a broad audience. It produces rationality-oriented blog posts, videos, workshops and other materials. Its essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, Salon, The Columbus Dispatch, the Humanist Hour, and elsewhere.

There has been debate on Less Wrong (eg this thread) about Intentional Insights' work, with some commenters expressing concern about the writing style and concern that in adapting rationality concepts for a mainstream audience, important nuance may have been lost so that the ideas would no longer be effective.

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