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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. See the discussion [http://lesswrong.com/r/discussion/lw/bbw/collaborative_project_new_rationality_materials/ here].
 
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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.]
 
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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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/ What Do We Mean By "Rationality"?]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/ What Do We Mean By "Rationality"?]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jl/what_is_evidence/ What is Evidence?]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jl/what_is_evidence/ What is Evidence?]
* [http://www.yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes' Theorem]
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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]]'''
 
'''[[Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]]'''
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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:
  
<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>
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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.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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'''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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Revision as of 12:32, 3 April 2012

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


In addition to the Sequences, Less Wrong contributors 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 here. Here is a sampling of content from the main blog:

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