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In the past four decades, behavioral economists and cognitive psychologists have discovered many [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases cognitive biases] human brains fall prey to when thinking and deciding.
 
In the past four decades, behavioral economists and cognitive psychologists have discovered many [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases cognitive biases] human brains fall prey to when thinking and deciding.
  
Less Wrong is an online community for people who want to ''apply'' the discovery of biases like [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ji/conjunction_fallacy/ the conjunction fallacy], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/lg/the_affect_heuristic/ the affect heuristic], and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hw/scope_insensitivity/ scope insensitivity] in order to fix their own thinking.
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Less Wrong is an online community for people who want to ''apply'' the discovery of biases like [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ji/conjunction_fallacy/ the conjunction fallacy], [http://lesswrong.com/lw/lg/the_affect_heuristic/ the affect heuristic], and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hw/scope_insensitivity/ scope insensitivity] in order to improve their own thinking.
  
 
[http://lesswrong.com/lw/1to/what_is_bayesianism/ Bayesian] reasoning offers a way to improve on the native human reasoning style. Reasoning naively, we [http://lesswrong.com/lw/iw/positive_bias_look_into_the_dark/ tend not to seek alternative explanations], and sometimes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_rate_fallacy underrate] the influence of prior probabilities in [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2b0/bayes_theorem_illustrated_my_way Bayes' theorem].
 
[http://lesswrong.com/lw/1to/what_is_bayesianism/ Bayesian] reasoning offers a way to improve on the native human reasoning style. Reasoning naively, we [http://lesswrong.com/lw/iw/positive_bias_look_into_the_dark/ tend not to seek alternative explanations], and sometimes [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_rate_fallacy underrate] the influence of prior probabilities in [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2b0/bayes_theorem_illustrated_my_way Bayes' theorem].

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Welcome to Less Wrong

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In the past four decades, behavioral economists and cognitive psychologists have discovered many cognitive biases human brains fall prey to when thinking and deciding.

Less Wrong is an online community for people who want to apply the discovery of biases like the conjunction fallacy, the affect heuristic, and scope insensitivity in order to improve their own thinking.

Bayesian reasoning offers a way to improve on the native human reasoning style. Reasoning naively, we tend not to seek alternative explanations, and sometimes underrate the influence of prior probabilities in Bayes' theorem.

Less Wrong users aim to develop accurate predictive models of the world, and change their mind when they find evidence disconfirming those models, instead of being able to explain anything.

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