The Machine in the Ghost

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The Machine in the Ghost is the third book contained in the ebook Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky. It covers topics related to cognition, concepts, and the general notion of goal-oriented behavior.

The Machine in the Ghost contains three sequences of thematically connected essays, plus the stand-alone essay An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes's Theorem. These are all collected in the Rationality: From AI to Zombies ebook, but the essay names below also link to the original blog posts.

The previous book in the series is How to Actually Change Your Mind, and the next book is Mere Reality.


L. The Simple Math of Evolution

M. Fragile Purposes

N. A Human's Guide to Words

153. The Parable of the Dagger
154. The Parable of Hemlock
155. Words as Hidden Inferences
156. Extensions and Intensions
157. Similarity Clusters
158. Typicality and Asymmetrical Similarity
159. The Cluster Structure of Thingspace
160. Disguised Queries
161. Neural Categories
162. How An Algorithm Feels From Inside
163. Disputing Definitions
164. Feel the Meaning
165. The Argument From Common Usage
166. Empty Labels
167. Taboo Your Words
168. Replace the Symbol with the Substance
169. Fallacies of Compression
170. Categorizing Has Consequences
171. Sneaking in Connotations
172. Arguing "By Definition"
173. Where to Draw the Boundary?
174. Entropy, and Short Codes
175. Mutual Information, and Density in Thingspace
176. Superexponential Conceptspace, and Simple Words
177. Conditional Independence, and Naive Bayes
178. Words as Mental Paintbrush Handles
179. Variable Question Fallacies
180. 37 Ways That Suboptimal Use Of Categories Can Have Negative Side Effects On Your Cognition