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* [[Map and territory]], [[Rationality]], [[Truth]], [[Improper belief]], [[Evidence]], [[Bayes' theorem]], [[Priors]], [[Belief in belief]].
 
* [[Map and territory]], [[Rationality]], [[Truth]], [[Improper belief]], [[Evidence]], [[Bayes' theorem]], [[Priors]], [[Belief in belief]].
  
[[Map and Territory]] favorites:
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Selected from [[Map and Territory]]:
 
* [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://yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes' Theorem] (for those not yet familiar)
 
* [http://yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes' Theorem] (for those not yet familiar)
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jm/the_lens_that_sees_its_flaws/ The lens that sees its flaws]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jm/the_lens_that_sees_its_flaws/ The lens that sees its flaws]
 
   
 
   
[[Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]] favorites
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Selected [[Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]]:
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/i3/making_beliefs_pay_rent_in_anticipated_experiences/ Making Beliefs Pay Rent]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/i3/making_beliefs_pay_rent_in_anticipated_experiences/ Making Beliefs Pay Rent]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ic/the_virtue_of_narrowness/ The Virtue of Narrowness]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ic/the_virtue_of_narrowness/ The Virtue of Narrowness]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/j2/explainworshipignore/ Explain/Worship/Ignore]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/j2/explainworshipignore/ Explain/Worship/Ignore]
  
[http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Sequences#A_Human.27s_Guide_to_Words A Human's Guide to Words] favorites:
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Selected from [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Sequences#A_Human.27s_Guide_to_Words A Human's Guide to Words]:
 
* '''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/no/how_an_algorithm_feels_from_inside/ How An Algorithm Feels From Inside]'''
 
* '''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/no/how_an_algorithm_feels_from_inside/ How An Algorithm Feels From Inside]'''
 
* ''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nq/feel_the_meaning/ Feel the Meaning]''
 
* ''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nq/feel_the_meaning/ Feel the Meaning]''
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* ''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nv/replace_the_symbol_with_the_substance/ Replace the Symbol with the Substance]''
 
* ''[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nv/replace_the_symbol_with_the_substance/ Replace the Symbol with the Substance]''
  
[[Reductionism (sequence)]] early favorites:
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Selected from [[Reductionism (sequence)]] (first half):
  
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/of/dissolving_the_question/ Dissolving the Question]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/of/dissolving_the_question/ Dissolving the Question]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oo/explaining_vs_explaining_away/ Explaining vs. Explaining Away]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oo/explaining_vs_explaining_away/ Explaining vs. Explaining Away]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/op/fake_reductionism/ Fake Reductionism]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/op/fake_reductionism/ Fake Reductionism]
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Selected from [[Joy in the Merely Real]]:
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/or/joy_in_the_merely_real/ Joy in the Merely Real]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ot/bind_yourself_to_reality/ Bind Yourself to Reality]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ou/if_you_demand_magic_magic_wont_help/ If You Demand Magic, Magic Won't Help]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ve/mundane_magic/ Mundane Magic]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ow/the_beauty_of_settled_science/ The Beauty of Settled Science]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oz/scarcity/ Scarcity]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/p0/to_spread_science_keep_it_secret/ To Spread Science, Keep It Secret]
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Selected from [[Reductionism (sequence)]] (second half):
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/p3/angry_atoms/ Angry Atoms]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/p4/heat_vs_motion/ Heat vs. Motion]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/p5/brain_breakthrough_its_made_of_neurons/ Brain Breakthrough! It's Made of Neurons!]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/p6/reductive_reference/ Reductive Reference]
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* Selected from [[Zombies (sequence) | Zombies]] and supernaturality:
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/p7/zombies_zombies/ Zombies! Zombies?]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/p8/zombie_responses/ Zombie Responses]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/p9/the_generalized_antizombie_principle/ The Generalized Anti-Zombie Principle]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/pa/gazp_vs_glut/ GAZP vs. GLUT]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/pb/belief_in_the_implied_invisible/ Belief in the Implied Invisible]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/pn/zombies_the_movie/ Zombies: The Movie]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/tv/excluding_the_supernatural/ Excluding the Supernatural]
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/tw/psychic_powers/ Psychic Powers]
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Revision as of 07:41, 30 October 2010

Abridged entry to the LessWrong community

Hint: Open links in new tabs (CTRL+click), so this index stays open.

There's a lot of material on LessWrong... just take a look at the sequences, top scoring, or recently promoted posts, and something will probably catch your eye. If you want a shorter introduction to the community, here is my personal pick of material to read or glance at, in order:

Basic concepts. To assure you that LessWrong treats abstract nonsense as it should: quickly.

Selected from Map and Territory:

Selected Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions:

Selected from A Human's Guide to Words:

Selected from Reductionism (sequence) (first half):

Selected from Joy in the Merely Real:

Selected from Reductionism (sequence) (second half):




List under construction...

About me

My rationalist imperative

"I especially want to attract people in academia and positions of intellectual leadership to being actively and morally rational, since their attitudes spread to their students and apprentices. When you have an intelligent mentor who isn't using her intelligence to directly analyze and improve her own life, you're unconsciously less convinced it's a fruitful pursuit. When the opposite happens, it can really start a cascade.
Provided such a cascade preserves peoples' sense of morality, which requires some serious care to ensure, it can be a great thing for them and the people around them."
-- Academian comments on Too busy to think about life

I don't do sarcasm

On the internet, I am never being sarcastic. If you're already worried you're being tricked you with meta-sarcasm, then you understand my complaint: there's simply too much sarcasm online.

So I'm inviting you to relax. Please, accept that I'm at least a half-decent person, who's publicly pre-committing to sincerity because

  • I value being understood, and
  • I don't take pride in deceiving others.

In particular, I consider optimism a valuable commodity when it's justified, so I never portray it sarcastically. If I say "Good for you", it's because I actually mean it.