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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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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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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 short sample of posts from the Sequences:
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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]
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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 Lost 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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<font color="red">(These lists were determined mostly by upvotes and are '''extremely''' tentative; more to come on the minor sequences, standalone posts on commonly discussed topics, meetup resources, and other stuff.)</font>

Revision as of 13:30, 1 April 2012

This page will eventually be the "Rationality materials" page requisitioned by Luke. This page is currently a work-in-progress. See the discussion here.


(will add some intro paragraphs later)

To read Less Wrong systematically, read the Sequences. The 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 Overcoming Bias.

The best way to read through the Sequences is via the Sequence index, which lists Yudkowsky's posts in logical order.

There is also a 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: 1 2

Here is a short sample of posts from the Sequences:

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

(These lists were determined mostly by upvotes and are extremely tentative; more to come on the minor sequences, standalone posts on commonly discussed topics, meetup resources, and other stuff.)