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The art of thinking. Systematic methods of attaining a map that reflects the territory, or achieving goals. The primary topic of Less Wrong.
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The [[art]] of [[thinking]]. [[Systematic method]]s of attaining a [[map]] that reflects the [[territory]], or achieving [[goals]]. The primary topic of [[Less Wrong]].
  
 
For the canonical article, see [http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/ What Do We Mean By "Rationality"?].
 
For the canonical article, see [http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/ What Do We Mean By "Rationality"?].
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==Epistemic rationality==
 
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Believing, and updating on evidence, so as to systematically improve the correspondence between your [[The map is not the territory|map and the territory]]. The art of obtaining beliefs that correspond to reality as closely as possible. This correspondence is commonly termed "[[truth]]" or "accuracy", and we're happy to call it that.
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[[belief|Believing]], and [[updating]] on [[evidence]], so as to systematically improve the correspondence between your [[The map is not the territory|map and the territory]]. The art of obtaining beliefs that correspond to [[reality]] as closely as possible. This correspondence is commonly termed "[[truth]]" or "accuracy", and we're happy to call it that.
  
 
==Instrumental rationality==
 
==Instrumental rationality==

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The art of thinking. Systematic methods of attaining a map that reflects the territory, or achieving goals. The primary topic of Less Wrong.

For the canonical article, see What Do We Mean By "Rationality"?.

Epistemic rationality

Believing, and updating on evidence, so as to systematically improve the correspondence between your map and the territory. The art of obtaining beliefs that correspond to reality as closely as possible. This correspondence is commonly termed "truth" or "accuracy", and we're happy to call it that.

Instrumental rationality

Achieving your values. Not necessarily "your values" in the sense of being selfish values or unshared values: "your values" means anything you care about. The art of choosing actions that steer the future toward outcomes ranked higher in your preferences. LW sometimes shortens this to "winning".

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