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To read Less Wrong systematically, read the [[Sequences]]. The [[Sequences#Core Sequences|Core Sequences]] are a collection of posts that focus on fundamental rationality skills, and they are the foundation for most of the concepts discussed on Less Wrong. The Core Sequences were written by Eliezer Yudkowsky between 2006 and 2009 on economist Robin Hanson's blog [http://www.overcomingbias.com/ Overcoming Bias.]
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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.
  
The best way to read through the Sequences is via the '''[[Sequences|Sequence index]]''', which lists Yudkowsky's posts in logical order.  
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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].
  
There is also a [http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~andwhay/postlist.html dependency tree] of all of Eliezer Yudkowsky's posts from November 2006 to December 2008 that can be used as a more thorough index of the material. In addition, Less Wrong users have created several alternative indexes 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:  
 
 
[http://lesswrong.com/lw/crs/how_to_run_a_successful_less_wrong_meetup/ How to Run a Successful Less Wrong Meetup] is a booklet that can help organize better meetups, available in nicely formatted [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/mediawiki/images/c/ca/How_to_Run_a_Successful_Less_Wrong_Meetup_Group.pdf pdf] and [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ryam-CJCYC1KmD6MersJLFkU6Yb1jUac-geaQX6EYY8/view Google Docs] version (plain formatting, without images).
 
 
 
Here is a short sample of posts from the Sequences:  
 
  
 
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'''[[Positivism, Self_Deception, and Neuroscience (sequence)|Positivism, Self Deception, and Neuroscience]]'''
 
'''[[Positivism, Self_Deception, and Neuroscience (sequence)|Positivism, Self Deception, and Neuroscience]]'''
 
* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/20/the_apologist_and_the_revolutionary/ The Apologist and the Revolutionary]
 
* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/20/the_apologist_and_the_revolutionary/ The Apologist and the Revolutionary]
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3k/how_to_not_lose_an_argument/ How Not to Lost an Argument]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3k/how_to_not_lose_an_argument/ How Not to Lose an Argument]
 
* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/1l/the_mystery_of_the_haunted_rationalist/ The Mystery of the Haunted Rationalist]
 
* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/1l/the_mystery_of_the_haunted_rationalist/ The Mystery of the Haunted Rationalist]
 
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In addition to the Sequences, Less Wrong contributors [http://lesswrong.com/promoted/ blog] about cognitive science, statistics, philosophy, and other topics related to epistemic and instrumental rationality. An archive of all of Less Wrong's articles, dating back to 2006, can be found [[Less Wrong/All articles|here]]. Here is a sampling of content from the main blog:  
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'''Identity and [[signalling]]'''
 
'''Identity and [[signalling]]'''
* [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/08/a-theory-of-identity.html A Theory of Identity]
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* [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/08/a-theory-of-identity.html A Theory of Identity (at overcomingbias.com)]
 
* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/4e/cached_selves/ Cached Selves]
 
* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/4e/cached_selves/ Cached Selves]
 
* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/8gv/the_curse_of_identity/ The Curse of Identity]
 
* [http://www.lesswrong.com/lw/8gv/the_curse_of_identity/ The Curse of Identity]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4b/dont_revere_the_bearer_of_good_info/ Don't Revere The Bearer of Good Info]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4b/dont_revere_the_bearer_of_good_info/ Don't Revere The Bearer of Good Info]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2pv/intellectual_hipsters_and_metacontrarianism/ Intellectual Hipsters and Meta-Contrarianism]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2pv/intellectual_hipsters_and_metacontrarianism/ Intellectual Hipsters and Meta-Contrarianism]
* [http://www.paulgraham.com/identity.html Keep Your Identity Small]
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* [http://www.paulgraham.com/identity.html Keep Your Identity Small (at paulgraham.com)]
 
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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).