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= Welcome to Less Wrong =
 
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LessWrong has changed significantly over the years. Originally, it was centered around Eliezer Yudkowsky's daily blog posts on rationality, then saw rapid growth fueled by both discussion of the material and [http://yudkowsky.net/other/fiction Yudkowsky's fiction]. As it further matured, the community moved from mostly online discussion to mostly offline work. Some prominent organizations are showcased below:
== Less Wrong is… ==
 
  
* A curated community [http://lesswrong.com/promoted blog]&hellip;
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* A source of edited rationality [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Rationality_materials materials]&hellip;
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* And a promoter of regular [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Less_Wrong_meetup_groups meetups] around the world.
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Topics covered on LessWrong include modern cognitive science, the long-run future of humanity, metaethics, artificial intelligence, mathematics, economics, decision making, and a variety of other fields related to the study of rationality. The best introduction to the material on this website is a series of blogposts colloquially called "the sequences". These are written by the original founders of this site, and capture a good chunk of the ideas that were formed in this community. The first post is [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gn/the_martial_art_of_rationality/ here].
  
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.
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[http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/ Read the Sequences]
  
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.
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[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].
 
 
 
Less Wrong users aim to develop accurate predictive models of the world, and [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/How_To_Actually_Change_Your_Mind change their mind] when they find evidence disconfirming those models, instead of being able to [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ip/fake_explanations/ explain] [http://lesswrong.com/lw/if/your_strength_as_a_rationalist/ anything].
 
  
For more, see the Less Wrong [http://lesswrong.com/about/ about page] and [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/FAQ FAQ].
 
  
  

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Welcome to Less Wrong

LessWrong has changed significantly over the years. Originally, it was centered around Eliezer Yudkowsky's daily blog posts on rationality, then saw rapid growth fueled by both discussion of the material and Yudkowsky's fiction. As it further matured, the community moved from mostly online discussion to mostly offline work. Some prominent organizations are showcased below:

CFAR MIRI FHI

Topics covered on LessWrong include modern cognitive science, the long-run future of humanity, metaethics, artificial intelligence, mathematics, economics, decision making, and a variety of other fields related to the study of rationality. The best introduction to the material on this website is a series of blogposts colloquially called "the sequences". These are written by the original founders of this site, and capture a good chunk of the ideas that were formed in this community. The first post is here.

Read the Sequences

There's also an abridged and edited epub version available here.



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