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= About Less Wrong =
 
= About Less Wrong =
  
Thinking and deciding are central to our daily lives. The Less Wrong community aims to gain expertise in ''how'' humans think and decide, so that we can do so more successfully. We use the latest insights from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_science cognitive science], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_psychology social psychology], [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Bayesian_probability probability theory], and [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Decision_theory decision theory] to improve our understanding of ''how the world works'' and ''what we can do to achieve our goals''.
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Interested in improving your reasoning and decision-making skills?  Then you've come to the right place. We’re an online community dedicated to the study of human rationality, the general field of improving our decisions. LessWrong pulls together a variety of material from mathematics, economics, cognitive science, and other disciplines which can all be relevant when considering how we think. We’re also interested in technology, the long-term future of humanity, and philosophy.
  
Want to know if your doctor's diagnosis is correct? It helps to understand [http://yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes Bayes' Theorem]. Want to make a plan for achieving your goals? It helps to know the ways in which [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5sk/inferring_our_desires/ we don't know our own desires]. Want to make the world a better place? It helps to know about the cognitive bias called '[http://lesswrong.com/lw/hw/scope_insensitivity/ scope insensitivity]', and that [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3gj/efficient_charity_do_unto_others/ some charities are more efficient than others].
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To get a quick idea of why rationality is important and how to develop it, try reading [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2bu/your_intuitions_are_not_magic/ Your Intuitions Are Not Magic], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/7e5/the_cognitive_science_of_rationality/ The Cognitive Science of Rationality], or [http://lesswrong.com/lw/34m/things_ive_learned_from_less_wrong/ What I've Learned From Less Wrong].
  
We [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5x8/teachable_rationality_skills/ discuss] and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4wm/rationality_boot_camp/ practice] these skills on the [http://lesswrong.com/ main blog], in the [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/ discussion area], and in [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_meetup_groups regular meetups] around the world.
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LessWrong dates back to 2006 when [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliezer_Yudkowsky Eliezer Yudkowsky] starting writing about rationality on economist [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hanson Robin Hanson's] blog [http://www.overcomingbias.com/ Overcoming Bias]. In February 2009, those posts were used as the seed material for Less Wrong.  Since 2006 we have collected many friends.
  
==== Where to start ====
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The best introduction to the ideas on this website is "The Sequences", a collection of posts that introduce cognitive science, philosophy, and mathematics.  An abridged and edited epub version called [https://intelligence.org/rationality-ai-zombies/ Rationality: From AI to Zombies] is also available for download. Eliezer is also well known for writing [http://www.hpmor.com/ Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality] (HPMOR), one of the world’s most popular Harry Potter fanfictions.
  
If you want a sampling of the content on the main blog, you could read some posts on [http://lesswrong.com/lw/i3/making_beliefs_pay_rent_in_anticipated_experiences/ beliefs], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/od/37_ways_that_words_can_be_wrong/ words], [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Bias cognitive] [http://lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/ biases], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jl/what_is_evidence/ evidence], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oj/probability_is_in_the_mind/ probability], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/l4/terminal_values_and_instrumental_values/ decision theory], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/24o/eight_short_studies_on_excuses/ excuses], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5a9/learned_blankness/ task avoidance], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/on/reductionism/ reductionism], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/l0/adaptationexecuters_not_fitnessmaximizers/ evolution], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/r5/the_quantum_physics_sequence/ quantum physics], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5u2/pluralistic_moral_reductionism/ ethics], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gw/politics_is_the_mindkiller/ politics], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2as/diseased_thinking_dissolving_questions_about/ disease], and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3w3/how_to_beat_procrastination/ procrastination].
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== The Less Wrong Community ==
  
To read Less Wrong systematically, read the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Sequences Sequences], especially the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Sequences#Core_Sequences Core Sequences]. They are somewhat long, but [http://lesswrong.com/lw/33j/yes_a_blog/ highly recommended].
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Less Wrong makes heavy use of previously introduced topics for leverage, so you may need to consult the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Category:Concepts Concepts] and [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Jargon Jargon] pages on the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/LessWrong_Wiki Less Wrong Wiki].  You can also do keyword searches of past posts using the search tool near the top right corner of every page.
  
Less Wrong makes heavy use of previously introduced topics for leverage, so you may need to consult the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Category:Concepts Concepts] and [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Jargon Jargon] pages on the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/LessWrong_Wiki Less Wrong Wiki]. Also see the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/FAQ Less Wrong FAQ].
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The [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/new/ Discussion board] on LessWrong is active, and includes links to other posts around the internet that we find interesting, as well as user-submitted essays on varying topics.  [http://lesswrong.com/promoted/ Main] has been closed since mid-2016, and was reserved for posts that were elevated from the discussion forum for their quality. There are still many posts there of high quality but it no longer updates.
  
==== How to participate ====
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If you are new here we like to encourage you to post in the latest [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/ogw/welcome_to_less_wrong_11th_thread_january_2017/ welcome thread] to introduce yourself and start a conversation, more instructions are in that thread.
  
Introduce yourself to the community [http://lesswrong.com/lw/90l/welcome_to_less_wrong_2012/ here].
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You can find a map of our [https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_meetup_groups physical meetups] on the homepage. If you are in a city with a meetup, it’s a great experience and we love new participants!
  
Start by posting comments and [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/ discussion posts]. To publish a discussion post, click 'Create New Article' and select 'Less Wrong Discussion' next to 'Post to' at the bottom of the page. As with Reddit or Digg, users can vote comments and posts up or down, and this adds or subtracts 1 point to a user's karma score. Generally, if your comment or post is on-topic and thoughtful, it will be upvoted. You need 2 karma points to publish discussion posts. Comments downvoted below -3 will be hidden for most users; you can change this setting under 'Preferences'.
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If you want to put yourself on the [http://lesswrong.com/lw/lv2/a_map_of_lwers_find_members_of_the_community/ map], we would be delighted if you would join us!
  
Once you have 20 or more karma points, you're allowed to make posts to the [http://lesswrong.com/new/ main community blog]. (Click 'Create New Article' and change 'Post to' to 'Less Wrong'.) This section is intended for posts about rationality theory or practice that display well-edited writing, careful argument, and new material. Read the posts linked under 'Where to Start' (above) to get an idea for what types of posts are appropriate for the main community blog. Upvotes and downvotes in this section are worth 10 points. If your post is of especially high quality and popularity, it may be promoted by an editor to the [http://lesswrong.com/ front page]. (Note that we have a gentleman's agreement to [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gw/politics_is_the_mindkiller/ avoid political discussions].)
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There is active conversation on the [https://lesswrongers.slack.com/messages/open/ LessWrongers] [https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_Slack slack] and in the [http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=lesswrong IRC] [https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_IRC_Chatroom chat room]. We also have a [https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/LessWrong_in_Russian Russian] [http://slack.lesswrong.ru/ slack] if you speak Russian.
  
To meet other rationality enthusiasts in meat-space, look for a Less Wrong [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_meetup_groups meetup group] in your area, or [http://lesswrong.com/lw/43s/starting_a_lw_meetup_is_easy start your own]<nowiki>!</nowiki>
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If you need a place to commit to studying alongside others - our [http://redirect.viglink.com/?format=go&jsonp=vglnk_148505766268914&key=9f37ca02a1e3cbd4f3d0a3618a39fbca&libId=iy84zj2j010004xn000DAt0tnxhh0qp5m&loc=http%3A%2F%2Flesswrong.com%2F&v=1&out=https%3A%2F%2Fcomplice.co%2Froom%2Flesswrong&title=Welcome%20to%20Less%20Wrong&txt=%3Cstrong%20style%3D%22font-family%3A%20%26quot%3Bcomic%20sans%20ms%26quot%3B%2C%20chalkboard%2C%20sans-serif%3B%22%3ELess%20Wrong%20Study%20Hall%3C%2Fstrong%3E%0A%20%20%20%20%20%20 Study hall] is a place to visit.
  
As you become familiar with the site, you may also want to contribute by expanding and editing the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/LessWrong_Wiki Less Wrong Wiki].
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Several organizations spun off from the community, such as [http://www.rationality.org/ The Center For Applied Rationality] (CFAR), the [https://intelligence.org/ Machine Intelligence Research Institute] (MIRI), and the [https://www.effectivealtruism.org/ Effective Altruism] movement.
  
==== Virtues of rationality ====
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Some other notable businesses include [https://www.beeminder.com/ Beeminder], [https://complice.co/ Complice], and [http://www.mealsquares.com/ Mealsquares].
  
Some important aspects of rationality are described in the [http://yudkowsky.net/rational/virtues Twelve Virtues of Rationality]:
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Some blogs of our friends include Scott Alexander’s [http://slatestarcodex.com/ Slate Star Codex], Nate Soares’ [http://mindingourway.com/ MindingOurWay], Gwern’s [http://www.gwern.net/ Gwern.net] and philosopher [http://www.nickbostrom.com/ Nick Bostrom].
  
* '''[http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Curiosity Curiosity]'''<nowiki>: a burning itch to know. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jz/the_meditation_on_curiosity/ The Meditation on Curiosity]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/go/why_truth_and/ Why truth?]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/4ku/use_curiosity/ Use Curiosity].
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We can’t always keep track of all the topics we are interested in. Some of the less mainstream ideas that we entertain include: [http://www.cryonics.org/ Cryonics], [https://hpluspedia.org/wiki/Transhumanism Transhumanism], [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income Universal Basic Income], [http://www.nickbostrom.com/fable/dragon.html Defeating Death], [https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Existential_risk X-risk].
* '''Relinquishment'''<nowiki>: that which can be destroyed by the truth should be. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/i9/the_importance_of_saying_oops/ The Importance of Saying 'Oops']<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/k5/cached_thoughts/ Cached Thoughts]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/gx/just_lose_hope_already/ Just Lose Hope Already]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ur/crisis_of_faith/ Crisis of Faith].
 
* '''Lightness'''<nowiki>: let the winds of evidence blow you about, with no direction of your own. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ij/update_yourself_incrementally/ Update Yourself Incrementally]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/in/scientific_evidence_legal_evidence_rational/ Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence].
 
* '''Evenness'''<nowiki>: do not seek to argue for one side or another, for if you knew your destination, you would already be there. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ik/one_argument_against_an_army/ One Argument Against an Army]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jn/how_much_evidence_does_it_take/ How Much Evidence Does It Take?]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jw/a_rational_argument/ A Rational Argument]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jy/avoiding_your_beliefs_real_weak_points/ Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points].
 
* '''Argument'''<nowiki>: seek a test that lets reality judge between you. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/lx/argument_screens_off_authority/ Argument Screens Off Authority]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes' Theorem].
 
* '''Empiricism'''<nowiki>: the roots of knowledge are in observation, and its fruit is prediction. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/i3/making_beliefs_pay_rent_in_anticipated_experiences/ Making Beliefs Pay Rent]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iu/mysterious_answers_to_mysterious_questions/ Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jl/what_is_evidence/ What is Evidence?]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jm/the_lens_that_sees_its_flaws/ The Lens That Sees Its Flaws]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/k2/a_priori/ A Priori]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/s0/where_recursive_justification_hits_bottom/ Where Recursive Justification Hits Bottom].
 
* '''Simplicity'''<nowiki>: the more steps in your argument, the more likely it is to contain a flaw. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jp/occams_razor/ Occam's Razor]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ji/conjunction_fallacy/ Conjunction Fallacy].
 
* '''[http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Humility Humility]'''<nowiki>: anticipate your own errors, for you are human. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/gq/the_proper_use_of_humility/ The Proper Use of Humility]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/ Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/o4/leave_a_line_of_retreat/ Leave a Line of Retreat].
 
* '''Perfectionism'''<nowiki>: hold yourself to the highest standard you can imagine. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/ Tsuyoku Naritai]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ua/the_level_above_mine/ The Level Above Mine]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/up/shut_up_and_do_the_impossible/ Shut Up and Do the Impossible].
 
* '''Precision'''<nowiki>: quantify and use probability theory. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ic/the_virtue_of_narrowness/ The Virtue of Narrowness], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/mm/the_fallacy_of_gray/ The Fallacy of Gray]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/l7/the_simple_math_of_everything/ The Simple Math of Everything]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://yudkowsky.net/rational/technical A Technical Explanation of Technical Explanation]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/oj/probability_is_in_the_mind/ Probability is in the Mind]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes' Theorem].
 
* '''[http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Scholarship Scholarship]'''<nowiki>: study many sciences and absorb their power as your own. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/3m3/the_neglected_virtue_of_scholarship/ The Neglected Virtue of Scholarship]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/5me/scholarship_how_to_do_it_efficiently/ Scholarship: How to Do It Efficiently].
 
* '''The nameless virtue'''<nowiki>: perhaps you describe incorrectly the nameless virtue. How will you discover your mistake? Not by comparing your description to itself, but by comparing it to that which you did not name. See </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/le/lost_purposes/ Lost Purposes]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nb/something_to_protect/ Something to Protect]<nowiki>; </nowiki>[http://lesswrong.com/lw/m7/zen_and_the_art_of_rationality/ Zen and the Art of Rationality].
 
  
There are also some principles of using words in discussion that are generally accepted as useful by this community. For example: don't [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ny/sneaking_in_connotations/ sneak in connotations] or [http://lesswrong.com/lw/np/disputing_definitions/ endlessly debate definitions]. See [http://lesswrong.com/lw/od/37_ways_that_words_can_be_wrong/ 37 Ways Words Can Be Wrong].
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== Where do I begin? ==
  
==== About Less Wrong ====
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If you want to know more about Less Wrong, try the [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/FAQ Less Wrong FAQ].  Otherwise, here's a selection of other posts from the extensive Less Wrong [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Rationality_materials archives] that might appeal to you:
  
In November 2006, Eliezer Yudkowsky [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gn/the_martial_art_of_rationality/ began] posting about rationality on Robin Hanson's blog [http://www.overcomingbias.com/ Overcoming Bias]. In [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1/about_less_wrong/ February 2009], Yudkowsky's posts were used as the seed material for a new community website, Less Wrong. Overcoming Bias remains Less Wrong's "sister site."
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* Like thinking about politics? Try [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gt/a_fable_of_science_and_politics/ A Fable of Science and Politics].
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* Enjoy thought experiments? [http://lesswrong.com/lw/6ha/the_blueminimizing_robot/ Here's a good one] about the nature of intention.
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* Want to teach yourself something? We've compiled [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3gu/the_best_textbooks_on_every_subject/ a list of the best textbooks on every subject]. Try [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Spaced_repetition spaced repetition] for helping you remember what you read ([http://lesswrong.com/lw/juq/a_vote_against_spaced_repetition/ or don't]).
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* Not sure if rational thinking has practical applications? Read Less Wrong on [http://lesswrong.com/lw/awm/how_to_avoid_dying_in_a_car_crash/ driving] or [http://lesswrong.com/lw/7am/rational_home_buying/ buying a house].
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* Want to improve your effectiveness? [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2p5/humans_are_not_automatically_strategic/ Humans are not automatically strategic], so learning to think [http://lesswrong.com/lw/58g/levels_of_action/ more strategically] can give you a leg up.
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* Looking for greater purpose or meaning in life? Read a Less Wrong user's [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3gj/efficient_charity_do_unto_others/ case] for [http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism effective] [http://effectivealtruism.org/ altruism].
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* Are you a busy intellectual? Consider [http://lesswrong.com/lw/25d/too_busy_to_think_about_life/ taking time to introspect] on whether you're working towards something worth achieving, and how you could operate more effectively.
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* Want to make sure your study of biases doesn't backfire?  Read how [http://lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/ knowing about biases can hurt people].
  
Less Wrong is associated with the [http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/ Future of Humanity Institute] at Oxford University and the [http://intelligence.org/ Singularity Institute], where Yudkowsky is a senior researcher. The site is hosted and maintained by [http://trikeapps.com/ Trike Apps].
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2b0/bayes_theorem_illustrated_my_way Bayes' Theorem Illustrated]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/im/hindsight_devalues_science/ Hindsight Devalues Science]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/no/how_an_algorithm_feels_from_inside/ How an Algorithm Feels from the Inside]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/47j/make_your_training_useful/ Make Your Training Useful]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5me/scholarship_how_to_do_it_efficiently/ Scholarship: How to Do It Efficiently]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/blr/attention_control_is_critical_for/ Attention Control Is Critical for Changing/Increasing/Altering Motivation]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/qk/that_alien_message/ That Alien Message]
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* Decision Theories: A Semi-Formal Analysis parts [http://lesswrong.com/lw/aq9/decision_theories_a_less_wrong_primer/ 0], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/axl/decision_theories_a_semiformal_analysis_part_i 1], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/az6/decision_theories_a_semiformal_analysis_part_ii/ 2], and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/b7w/decision_theories_a_semiformal_analysis_part_iii/ 3]
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The best part about LessWrong is that although we don’t always agree, we find it easy to maintain our charitable and friendly attitude to all. We hope you will join us for some interesting discussions and enjoy your stay!
  
 
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About Less Wrong

Interested in improving your reasoning and decision-making skills? Then you've come to the right place. We’re an online community dedicated to the study of human rationality, the general field of improving our decisions. LessWrong pulls together a variety of material from mathematics, economics, cognitive science, and other disciplines which can all be relevant when considering how we think. We’re also interested in technology, the long-term future of humanity, and philosophy.

To get a quick idea of why rationality is important and how to develop it, try reading Your Intuitions Are Not Magic, The Cognitive Science of Rationality, or What I've Learned From Less Wrong.

LessWrong dates back to 2006 when Eliezer Yudkowsky starting writing about rationality on economist Robin Hanson's blog Overcoming Bias. In February 2009, those posts were used as the seed material for Less Wrong. Since 2006 we have collected many friends.

The best introduction to the ideas on this website is "The Sequences", a collection of posts that introduce cognitive science, philosophy, and mathematics. An abridged and edited epub version called Rationality: From AI to Zombies is also available for download. Eliezer is also well known for writing Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR), one of the world’s most popular Harry Potter fanfictions.

The Less Wrong Community

Less Wrong makes heavy use of previously introduced topics for leverage, so you may need to consult the Concepts and Jargon pages on the Less Wrong Wiki. You can also do keyword searches of past posts using the search tool near the top right corner of every page.

The Discussion board on LessWrong is active, and includes links to other posts around the internet that we find interesting, as well as user-submitted essays on varying topics. Main has been closed since mid-2016, and was reserved for posts that were elevated from the discussion forum for their quality. There are still many posts there of high quality but it no longer updates.

If you are new here we like to encourage you to post in the latest welcome thread to introduce yourself and start a conversation, more instructions are in that thread.

You can find a map of our physical meetups on the homepage. If you are in a city with a meetup, it’s a great experience and we love new participants!

If you want to put yourself on the map, we would be delighted if you would join us!

There is active conversation on the LessWrongers slack and in the IRC chat room. We also have a Russian slack if you speak Russian.

If you need a place to commit to studying alongside others - our Study hall is a place to visit.

Several organizations spun off from the community, such as The Center For Applied Rationality (CFAR), the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), and the Effective Altruism movement.

Some other notable businesses include Beeminder, Complice, and Mealsquares.

Some blogs of our friends include Scott Alexander’s Slate Star Codex, Nate Soares’ MindingOurWay, Gwern’s Gwern.net and philosopher Nick Bostrom.

We can’t always keep track of all the topics we are interested in. Some of the less mainstream ideas that we entertain include: Cryonics, Transhumanism, Universal Basic Income, Defeating Death, X-risk.

Where do I begin?

If you want to know more about Less Wrong, try the Less Wrong FAQ. Otherwise, here's a selection of other posts from the extensive Less Wrong archives that might appeal to you:

And some slightly meatier stuff:


The best part about LessWrong is that although we don’t always agree, we find it easy to maintain our charitable and friendly attitude to all. We hope you will join us for some interesting discussions and enjoy your stay!