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''This page will eventually be the "Rationality materials" page [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/baw/new_front_page/66od requisitioned by Luke]. This page is currently a work-in-progress.  
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If you're new to Less Wrong, a good place to start is with the [[Sequences]]. The [[Sequences#Core Sequences|Core Sequences]] are the ones that focus on the fundamentals of rationality.
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The '''[[Sequences|Sequence index]]''' lists sequence posts in logical order. There is also a [http://web.archive.org/web/20170413135521/https://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~andwhay/graphsfiles/dependencygraphs.html dependency tree] of all of Eliezer Yudkowsky's posts from November 2006 to December 2008, and a couple of "abridged" versions of the Sequences: [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/66u/rewriting_the_sequences/4cc0 1], [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/User:Academian#Abridged_entry_to_the_LessWrong_community 2].
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Here is a sampling of various sequence posts:
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'''[[Map and Territory (sequence)|Map and Territory]]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/ What Do We Mean By "Rationality"?]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jl/what_is_evidence/ What is Evidence?]
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* [http://www.yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes' Theorem (at yudkowsky.net)]
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'''[[Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]]'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/i3/making_beliefs_pay_rent_in_anticipated_experiences/ Making Beliefs Pay Rent]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/jb/applause_lights/ Applause lights]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/im/hindsight_devalues_science/ Hindsight Devalues Science]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/iu/mysterious_answers_to_mysterious_questions/ Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]
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'''[[A Human's Guide to Words]]'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/nu/taboo_your_words/ Taboo Your Words]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/nm/disguised_queries/ Disguised Queries]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/no/how_an_algorithm_feels_from_inside/ How An Algorithm Feels From Inside]
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'''[[How To Actually Change Your Mind]]'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/gt/a_fable_of_science_and_politics/ A Fable of Science and Politics]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/mm/the_fallacy_of_gray/ The Fallacy of Gray]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/gw/politics_is_the_mindkiller/ Politics is the Mind-Killer]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/ Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/js/the_bottom_line/ The Bottom Line]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/gq/the_proper_use_of_humility/ The Proper Use of Humility]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/k1/no_one_can_exempt_you_from_rationalitys_laws/ No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws]
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'''[[Reductionism]]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oi/mind_projection_fallacy/ Mind Projection Fallacy]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oh/righting_a_wrong_question/ Righting a Wrong Question]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oo/explaining_vs_explaining_away/ Explaining vs. Explaining Away]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/on/reductionism/ Reductionism]
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'''[[Positivism, Self_Deception, and Neuroscience (sequence)|Positivism, Self Deception, and Neuroscience]]'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/20/the_apologist_and_the_revolutionary/ The Apologist and the Revolutionary]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3k/how_to_not_lose_an_argument/ How Not to Lose an Argument]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/1l/the_mystery_of_the_haunted_rationalist/ The Mystery of the Haunted Rationalist]
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'''[[Decision_Theory_of_Newcomblike_Problems_(sequence)#Sequence_by_AnnaSalamon|Decision Theory of Newcomblike Problems]]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/16i/confusion_about_newcomb_is_confusion_about/ Confusion About Newcomb is Confusion About Counterfactuals]
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'''[[The Science of Winning at Life]]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3nn/scientific_selfhelp_the_state_of_our_knowledge Scientific Self-Help: The State of Our Knowledge]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/3w3/how_to_beat_procrastination/ How to Beat Procrastination]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/4su/how_to_be_happy/ How to Be Happy]
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'''[[Metaethics sequence]]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/s0/where_recursive_justification_hits_bottom/ Where Recursive Justification Hits Bottom]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/rn/no_universally_compelling_arguments/ No Universally Compelling Arguments]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/sy/sorting_pebbles_into_correct_heaps/ Sorting Pebbles Into Correct Heaps]
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'''[[Priming_and_Implicit_Association_(sequence)|Priming and Implicit Association]]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3b/never_leave_your_room/ Never Leave Your Room]
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'''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/xy/the_fun_theory_sequence/ Fun theory]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/xl/eutopia_is_scary/ Eutopia is Scary]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/wx/complex_novelty/ Complex Novelty]
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'''[http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/1xh/living_luminously/ Living Luminously]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2aw/seven_shiny_stories/ Seven Shiny Stories]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/20l/ureshiku_naritai/ Ureshiku Naritai]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1xi/you_are_likely_to_be_eaten_by_a_grue/ You Are Likely To Be Eaten By A Grue]
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'''[[Challenging the Difficult]]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/ Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger)]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nb/something_to_protect/ Something to Protect]
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'''[http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/8xr/decision_analysis_sequence/ Decision Analysis]'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/85x/value_of_information_four_examples/ Value of Information: Four Examples]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8m5/5_axioms_of_decision_making/ 5 Axioms of Decision Making]
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'''[[Rationality and Philosophy]]'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/4zs/philosophy_a_diseased_discipline/ Philosophy: A Diseased Discipline]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/7tz/philosophy_by_humans_1_concepts_dont_work_that_way/ Philosophy by Humans, 1]
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'''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/cz/the_craft_and_the_community/ The Craft and the Community]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3h/why_our_kind_cant_cooperate/ Why Our Kind Can't Cooperate]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1e/raising_the_sanity_waterline/ Raising the Sanity Waterline]
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'''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/r5/the_quantum_physics_sequence/ Quantum Physics]'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/pc/quantum_explanations/ Quantum Explanations]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ph/can_you_prove_two_particles_are_identical/ Can You Prove Two Particles Are Identical?]
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'''[[Bias|Heuristics and biases]]'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/7e5/the_cognitive_science_of_rationality/ The Cognitive Science of Rationality]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/ji/conjunction_fallacy/ Conjunction Fallacy]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/j7/anchoring_and_adjustment/ Anchoring and Adjustment]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/58y/the_bias_you_didnt_expect The Bias You Didn't Expect]
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'''Epistemology'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/1r1/epistemic_luck/ Epistemic Luck]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/48/the_power_of_positivist_thinking/ The Power of Positivist Thinking]
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'''Identity and [[signalling]]'''
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* [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/08/a-theory-of-identity.html A Theory of Identity (at overcomingbias.com)]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/4e/cached_selves/ Cached Selves]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/8gv/the_curse_of_identity/ The Curse of Identity]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/31i/have_no_heroes_and_no_villains/ Have no Heroes, and no Villains]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4b/dont_revere_the_bearer_of_good_info/ Don't Revere The Bearer of Good Info]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2pv/intellectual_hipsters_and_metacontrarianism/ Intellectual Hipsters and Meta-Contrarianism]
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* [http://www.paulgraham.com/identity.html Keep Your Identity Small (at paulgraham.com)]
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'''[[Scholarship]] and learning'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/1yq/understanding_your_understanding/ Understanding Your Understanding]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/3m3/the_neglected_virtue_of_scholarship/ The Neglected Virtue of Scholarship]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4ba/some_heuristics_for_evaluating_the_soundness_of/ Some Heuristics for Evaluating the Soundness of the Academic Mainstream in Unfamiliar Fields]
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'''Moral philosophy'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/kn/torture_vs_dust_specks/ Torture vs. Dust Specks]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1op/a_much_better_life/ A Much Better Life?]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1d9/doing_your_good_deed_for_the_day/ Doing your good deed for the day]
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'''Statistics'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1to/what_is_bayesianism/ What is Bayesianism?]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3q3/simpsons_paradox/ Simpson's Paradox]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1gc/frequentist_statistics_are_frequently_subjective Frequentist Statistics are Frequently Subjective]
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'''Charity'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/65/money_the_unit_of_caring/ Money: The Unit of Caring]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/3gj/efficient_charity_do_unto_others/ Efficient Charity: Do Unto Others...]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3kl/optimizing_fuzzies_and_utilons_the_altruism_chip/ Optimizing Fuzzies And Utilons: The Altruism Chip Jar]
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'''Belief calibration'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/3be/confidence_levels_inside_and_outside_an_argument/ Confidence levels inside and outside an argument]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/2n5/selffulfilling_correlations/ Self-fulfilling correlations]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/7z9/1001_predictionbook_nights/ 1001 PredictionBook Nights]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/19m/privileging_the_hypothesis/ Privileging the hypothesis]
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'''[[Decision theory]]'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/aq9/decision_theories_a_less_wrong_primer/ Decision Theories: A Less Wrong Primer]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/nc/newcombs_problem_and_regret_of_rationality/ Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/24o/eight_short_studies_on_excuses/ Eight Short Studies on Excuses]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/32o/if_a_tree_falls_on_sleeping_beauty/ If a tree falls on Sleeping Beauty...]
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'''[[Akrasia]], motivation, and self-improvement'''
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/21b/ugh_fields Ugh fields]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/2p5/humans_are_not_automatically_strategic/ Humans are not automatically strategic]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/58g/levels_of_action/ Levels of Action]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/60y/action_and_habit/ Action and habit]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/2q6/compartmentalization_in_epistemic_and/ Compartmentalization in epistemic and instrumental rationality]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/1ln/a_suite_of_pragmatic_considerations_in_favor_of/ A Suite of Pragmatic Considerations in Favor of Niceness]
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'''[[Existential risk]] and risks from artificial intelligence'''
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/91c/so_you_want_to_save_the_world/ So You Want To Save The World]
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* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/qk/that_alien_message/ That Alien Message]
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* [[The Hanson-Yudkowsky AI-Foom Debate]]
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If you're interested in starting a Less Wrong meetup, [http://lesswrong.com/lw/crs/how_to_run_a_successful_less_wrong_meetup/ How to Run a Successful Less Wrong Meetup] is a guide for meetup organizers ([http://wiki.lesswrong.com/mediawiki/images/c/ca/How_to_Run_a_Successful_Less_Wrong_Meetup_Group.pdf pdf here]).
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[[Category:Resource lists]]

Latest revision as of 11:41, 12 December 2019

If you're new to Less Wrong, a good place to start is with the Sequences. The Core Sequences are the ones that focus on the fundamentals of rationality.

The Sequence index lists sequence posts in logical order. There is also a dependency tree of all of Eliezer Yudkowsky's posts from November 2006 to December 2008, and a couple of "abridged" versions of the Sequences: 1, 2.

Here is a sampling of various sequence posts:

Core Sequences

Map and Territory


Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions


A Human's Guide to Words

How To Actually Change Your Mind


Reductionism

Other Sequences

Positivism, Self Deception, and Neuroscience


Decision Theory of Newcomblike Problems


The Science of Winning at Life


Metaethics sequence


Priming and Implicit Association


Fun theory

Living Luminously


Challenging the Difficult


Decision Analysis


Rationality and Philosophy


The Craft and the Community


Quantum Physics


Here are some "standalone" posts that are worth reading:

Heuristics and biases


Epistemology


Identity and signalling


Scholarship and learning


Moral philosophy


Statistics

Charity


Belief calibration


Decision theory


Akrasia, motivation, and self-improvement


Existential risk and risks from artificial intelligence


If you're interested in starting a Less Wrong meetup, How to Run a Successful Less Wrong Meetup is a guide for meetup organizers (pdf here).