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LessWrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. The many thousands of posts however, are difficult to get into, and can feel quite overwhelming. This is my first attempt at an introductory list, as I do not think that there is a good equivalent set. This guide, however, is probably only useful to someone who has a goal of getting into LessWrong - perhaps, someone who has read [http://hpmor.com/ HpMoR] and decided they need to be a bit more like Harry - because the opening series of posts can be a little heavy-going.
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LessWrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. The many thousands of posts however, are difficult to get into, and can feel quite overwhelming. This is my first attempt at an ordered list, with the aim of getting across the core ideas as concisely as possible. This guide is hopefully useful to someone who has a goal of getting into LessWrong - perhaps, someone who has read [http://hpmor.com/ HpMoR] and decided they need to be a bit more like Harry - or at least start thinking like him.
  
Before reading the posts though, I've added a list of talks. These are brilliant, light, and interesting talks about the sorts of content below, and these are probably the best place to start learning about rationality and LessWrong. If you'd like a few posts that don't require lots of adding though, I'd recommend picking some of <a href="http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Rationality_materials">these</a> posts, and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8gv/the_curse_of_identity/ this] is also an interesting example of LessWrong-style Rationality in action.
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Before reading the posts though, I've added a list of talks. These are light and interesting talks about the sorts of content below, and these are probably the best place to start learning about rationality and LessWrong, even if you're not currently planning on working through the lists. If you'd like a few posts that don't require lots of reading, I'd recommend picking some of [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Rationality_materials these] posts, and [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8gv/the_curse_of_identity/ this] is a great example of LessWrong-style Rationality in action.
  
 
One of the main problems that I had, when I started reading the core archives of LessWrong, was that I didn't see how a lot of the ideas fit together, or where they were heading, which is one of the main reasons that I've written this intro. Once you've read all of this, if you're were to continue, you'd start reading through the sequences, and you'd instantly be able to see how it all fits together.
 
One of the main problems that I had, when I started reading the core archives of LessWrong, was that I didn't see how a lot of the ideas fit together, or where they were heading, which is one of the main reasons that I've written this intro. Once you've read all of this, if you're were to continue, you'd start reading through the sequences, and you'd instantly be able to see how it all fits together.
  
Suggestions for reading rate: For the introductory section, read at whatever rate you find comfortable. Forcing yourself to read isn't going to make the information seem interesting to you, and some of them are long (especially the second one).
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Suggestions for reading rate: For the Primers and the Front Kick sections, perhaps read one or two per day to let them sink in. For the Central Philosophy section, read at whatever rate you find comfortable. Forcing yourself to read isn't going to make the information seem interesting to you, and some of those articles are hard (and long). That's just one person's advice, do it differently as it suits, make sure to process them fully and enjoy :-)
Once you reach the Primers and the Front Kick section, perhaps read one or two per day to let them sink in. That's just one person's advice, do it differently as it suits, make sure to process them fully and enjoy :-)
 
  
  
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Anna Salamon - [http://youtu.be/7_DA-hbuafU CFAR]
 
Anna Salamon - [http://youtu.be/7_DA-hbuafU CFAR]
  
Julia Galef Short Videos - [http://rationality.org/videos/ Rationality]
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Rationality Short Videos - [http://rationality.org/videos/ Rationality]
  
  
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<h2>The Front Kick of Rationality</h2>
  
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1) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gt/a_fable_of_science_and_politics/ A Fable of Science and Politics]
  
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2) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gq/the_proper_use_of_humility/ The Proper Use of Humility]
  
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3) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gr/the_modesty_argument/ The Modesty Argument]
  
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4) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/ Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want to Become Stronger)]
  
<h2>Introducing LessWrong</h2>
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5) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/h9/tsuyoku_vs_the_egalitarian_instinct/ Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct]
  
1) [http://yudkowsky.net/rational/virtues The Twelve Virtues]
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6) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hu/the_third_alternative/ The Third Alternative]
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7) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jz/the_meditation_on_curiosity/ The Meditation on Curiosity]
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8) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/js/the_bottom_line/ The Bottom Line]
  
2) [http://yudkowsky.net/rational/the-simple-truth The Simple Truth]
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9) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ju/rationalization/ Rationalization]
  
3) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/eqn/the_useful_idea_of_truth/ The Useful Idea of Truth]
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10) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ib/the_proper_use_of_doubt/ The Proper Use of Doubt]
  
4) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/erp/skill_the_map_is_not_the_territory/ Skill: The Map is Not the Territory]
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11) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/iq/guessing_the_teachers_password/ Guessing the Teacher's Password]
  
5) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/ What do we mean by rationality?]
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12) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/j3/science_as_curiositystopper/ Science as Curiosity-Stopper]
  
6) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/531/how_you_make_judgments_the_elephant_and_its_rider/ How You Make Judgements: The Elephant and its Rider]
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13) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1p2/conversation_halters/ Conversation Halters]
  
7) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5bw/your_evolved_intuitions/ Your Evolved Intuitions]
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14) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k5/cached_thoughts/ Cached Thoughts]
  
8) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/59v/intuition_and_unconscious_learning/ Intuition and Unconscious Learning]
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15) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k7/original_seeing/ Original Seeing]
  
9) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/eta/rationality_appreciating_cognitive_algorithms/ Rationality: Appreciating Cognitive Algorithms]
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16) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gm9/philosophical_landmines/ Philosophical Landmines]
  
10) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/etf/firewalling_the_optimal_from_the_rational/ Firewalling the Optimal from the Rational]
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17) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hp/feeling_rational/ Feeling Rational]
  
11) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jl/what_is_evidence/ What is evidence?]
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18) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/id/you_can_face_reality/ You Can Face Reality]
  
12) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4vs/when_intuitions_are_useful/ When Intuitions are Useful]
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19) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/it/semantic_stopsigns/ Semantic Stopsigns]
  
13) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/7tz/philosophy_by_humans_1_concepts_dont_work_that_way/ Philosophy by Humans 1: Concepts Don't Work That Way]
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20) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/ Knowing about Biases Can Hurt People]
  
14) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8lz/philosophy_by_humans_2_living_metaphorically/ Philosophy by Humans 2: Living Metaphorically]
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21) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ly/hug_the_query/ Hug the Query]
  
15) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/foz/philosophy_by_humans_3_intuitions_arent_shared/ Philosophy by Humans 3: Intuitions Aren't Shared That Way]
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22) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4ku/use_curiosity/ Use Curiosity]
  
16) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jm/the_lens_that_sees_its_flaws/ The Lens that Sees its Flaws]
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23) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/aa7/get_curious/ Get Curious]
  
17) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jn/how_much_evidence_does_it_take/ How Much Evidence Does it Take?]
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<h3>Extra - The Principle of Charity and Inferential Gaps</h3>
  
18) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1to/what_is_bayesianism/ What is Bayesianism?]
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1) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/il/hindsight_bias/ Hindsight Bias]
  
19) [http://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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2) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/im/hindsight_devalues_science/ Hindsight Devalues Science]
  
20) [http://intelligence.org/files/CognitiveBiases.pdf Cognitive Biases Potentially Affecting Judgement of Global Risk]
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3) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/is/fake_causality/ Fake Causality]
  
21) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gn/the_martial_art_of_rationality/ The Martial Art of Rationality]
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4) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/kf/selfanchoring/ Self-Anchoring]
  
22) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2i/epistemic_viciousness/ Epistemic Viciousness]
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5) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ke/illusion_of_transparency_why_no_one_understands/ Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You]
  
23) [http://lesswrong.com/r/lesswrong/lw/fpe/philosophy_needs_to_trust_your_rationality_even/ Philosophy Needs to Trust Your Rationality Even Though it Shouldn't]
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7) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/kg/expecting_short_inferential_distances/ Expecting Short Inferential Distances]
  
24) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2et/what_cost_for_irrationality/ What Cost for Irrationality?]
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8) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ki/double_illusion_of_transparency/ Double Illusion of Transparency]
  
25) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hn/your_rationality_is_my_business/ Your Rationality is My Business]
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9) [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Inferential_distance Wiki Entry: Inferential Distance]
  
26) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/48j/secure_your_beliefs/ Secure Your Beliefs]
 
  
<h3>Extras</h3>
 
  
1) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/il/hindsight_bias/">Hindsight Bias</a>
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<h2>The Central Philosophy of LessWrong</h2>
  
2) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/im/hindsight_devalues_science/">Hindsight Devalues Science</a>
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1) [http://yudkowsky.net/rational/virtues The Twelve Virtues]
  
3) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/is/fake_causality/">Fake Causality</a>
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2) [http://yudkowsky.net/rational/the-simple-truth The Simple Truth]
  
4) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/kf/selfanchoring/">Self-Anchoring</a>
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3) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/ What do we mean by rationality?]
  
5) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ke/illusion_of_transparency_why_no_one_understands/">Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You</a>
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4) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/eqn/the_useful_idea_of_truth/ The Useful Idea of Truth]
  
7) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/kg/expecting_short_inferential_distances/">Expecting Short Inferential Distances</a>
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5) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/erp/skill_the_map_is_not_the_territory/ Skill: The Map is Not the Territory]
  
8) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ki/double_illusion_of_transparency/">Double Illusion of Transparency</a>
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6) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/531/how_you_make_judgments_the_elephant_and_its_rider/ How You Make Judgements: The Elephant and its Rider]
  
9) <a href="http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Inferential_distance">Wiki Entry: Inferential Distance</a>
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7) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5bw/your_evolved_intuitions/ Your Evolved Intuitions]
  
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8) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/59v/intuition_and_unconscious_learning/ Intuition and Unconscious Learning]
  
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9) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/eta/rationality_appreciating_cognitive_algorithms/ Rationality: Appreciating Cognitive Algorithms]
  
<h2>The Front Kick of Rationality</h2>
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10) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/etf/firewalling_the_optimal_from_the_rational/ Firewalling the Optimal from the Rational]
  
1) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/gt/a_fable_of_science_and_politics/">A Fable of Science and Politics</a>
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11) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4vs/when_intuitions_are_useful/ When Intuitions are Useful]
  
2) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ju/rationalization/">Rationalization</a>
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12) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/7tz/philosophy_by_humans_1_concepts_dont_work_that_way/ Philosophy by Humans 1: Concepts Don't Work That Way]
  
3) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/gq/the_proper_use_of_humility/">The Proper Use of Humility</a>
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13) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8lz/philosophy_by_humans_2_living_metaphorically/ Philosophy by Humans 2: Living Metaphorically]
  
4) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/gr/the_modesty_argument/">The Modesty Argument</a>
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14) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/foz/philosophy_by_humans_3_intuitions_arent_shared/ Philosophy by Humans 3: Intuitions Aren't Shared That Way]
  
5) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/">Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want to Become Stronger)</a>
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15) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jl/what_is_evidence/ What is evidence?]
  
6) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/h9/tsuyoku_vs_the_egalitarian_instinct/">Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct</a>
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16) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jm/the_lens_that_sees_its_flaws/ The Lens that Sees its Flaws]
  
7) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/hu/the_third_alternative/">The Third Alternative</a>
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17) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jn/how_much_evidence_does_it_take/ How Much Evidence Does it Take?]
  
8) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/jz/the_meditation_on_curiosity/">The Meditation on Curiosity</a>
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18) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1to/what_is_bayesianism/ What is Bayesianism?]
  
9) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ib/the_proper_use_of_doubt/">The Proper Use of Doubt</a>
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19) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gn/the_martial_art_of_rationality/ The Martial Art of Rationality]
  
10) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/iq/guessing_the_teachers_password/">Guessing the Teacher's Password</a>
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20) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2et/what_cost_for_irrationality/ What Cost for Irrationality?]
  
11) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/j3/science_as_curiositystopper/">Science as Curiosity-Stopper</a>
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21) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hn/your_rationality_is_my_business/ Your Rationality is My Business]
  
12) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/1p2/conversation_halters/">Conversation Halters</a>
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22) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2i/epistemic_viciousness/ Epistemic Viciousness]
  
13) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/k5/cached_thoughts/">Cached Thoughts<a/>
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23) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/48j/secure_your_beliefs/ Secure Your Beliefs]
  
14) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/k7/original_seeing/">Original Seeing</a>
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24) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k1/no_one_can_exempt_you_from_rationalitys_laws/ No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws]
  
15) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/gm9/philosophical_landmines/">Philosophical Landmines</a>
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25) [http://intelligence.org/files/CognitiveBiases.pdf Cognitive Biases Potentially Affecting Judgement of Global Risk]
  
16) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/hp/feeling_rational/">Feeling Rational</a>
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26) [http://lesswrong.com/r/lesswrong/lw/fpe/philosophy_needs_to_trust_your_rationality_even/ Philosophy Needs to Trust Your Rationality Even Though it Shouldn't]
  
17) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/id/you_can_face_reality/">You Can Face Reality</a>
 
  
18) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/it/semantic_stopsigns/">Semantic Stopsigns</a>
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<h2>Epistemic Rationality Primer</h2>
  
19) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/">Knowing about Biases Can Hurt People</a>
 
  
20) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ly/hug_the_query/">Hug the Query</a>
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1) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hq/universal_fire Universal Fire]
  
21) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/4ku/use_curiosity/">Use Curiosity</a>
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2) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hr/universal_law/ Universal Law]
  
22) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/aa7/get_curious/">Get Curious</a>
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3) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/if/your_strength_as_a_rationalist/ Your Strength as a Rationalist]
  
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4) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ia/focus_your_uncertainty/ Focus Your Uncertainty]
  
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5) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ic/the_virtue_of_narrowness/ The Virtue of Narrowness]
  
<h2>Epistemic Rationality Primer</h2>
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6) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/iq/guessing_the_teachers_password/ Guessing the Teacher's Password]
  
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7) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/ Tsuyoku Naritai!]
  
1) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/hq/universal_fire/">Universal Fire</a>
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8) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hs/think_like_reality/ Think Like Reality]
  
2) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/hr/universal_law/">Universal Law</a>
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9) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/i3/making_beliefs_pay_rent_in_anticipated_experiences/ Making Beliefs Pay Rent]
  
3) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/if/your_strength_as_a_rationalist/">Your Strength as a Rationalist</a>
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10) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nu/taboo_your_words/ Taboo Your Words]
  
4) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ia/focus_your_uncertainty/">Focus Your Uncertainty</a>
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11) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nv/replace_the_symbol_with_the_substance/ Replace the Symbol with the Substance]
  
5) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ic/the_virtue_of_narrowness/">The Virtue of Narrowness</a>
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12) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nw/fallacies_of_compression/ Fallacies of Compression]
  
6) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/iq/guessing_the_teachers_password/">Guessing the Teacher's Password</a>
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13) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ip/fake_explanations/ Fake Explanations]
  
7) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/h8/tsuyoku_naritai_i_want_to_become_stronger/">Tsuyoku Naritai!</a>
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14) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jn/how_much_evidence_does_it_take/ How Much Evidence Does It Take?]
  
8) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/hs/think_like_reality/">Think Like Reality</a>
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15) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/im/hindsight_devalues_science/ Hindsight Devalues Science]
  
9) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/i3/making_beliefs_pay_rent_in_anticipated_experiences/">Making Beliefs Pay Rent</a>
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16) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/in/scientific_evidence_legal_evidence_rational/ Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence]
  
10) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/nu/taboo_your_words/">Taboo Your Words</a>
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17) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jo/einsteins_arrogance/ Einstein's Arrogance]
  
11) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/nv/replace_the_symbol_with_the_substance/">Replace the Symbol with the Substance</a>
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18) [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Locate_the_hypothesis Wiki Entry: Locate the Hypothesis]
  
12) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/nw/fallacies_of_compression/">Fallacies of Compression</a>
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19) [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Privileging_the_hypothesis Wiki Entry: Privileging the Hypothesis]
  
13) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/jn/how_much_evidence_does_it_take/">How Much Evidence Does It Take?</a>
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20) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hba/privileging_the_question/ Privileging the Question]
  
14) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/im/hindsight_devalues_science/">Hindsight Devalues Science</a>
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21) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ml/but_theres_still_a_chance_right/ But There's Still a Chance, Right?]
  
15) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/in/scientific_evidence_legal_evidence_rational/">Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence</a>
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22) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/mm/the_fallacy_of_gray/ The Fallacy of Gray]
  
16) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/jo/einsteins_arrogance/">Einstein's Arrogance</a>
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23) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/mn/absolute_authority/ Absolute Authority]
  
17) <a href="http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Locate_the_hypothesis">Wiki Entry: Locate the Hypothesis</a>
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24) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/mo/infinite_certainty/ Infinite Certainty]
  
18) <a href="http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Privileging_the_hypothesis">Wiki Entry: Privileging the Hypothesis</a>
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25) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gq/the_proper_use_of_humility/ The Proper Use of Humility]
  
19) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/hba/privileging_the_question/">Privileging the Question</a>
 
  
20) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ml/but_theres_still_a_chance_right/">But There's Still a Chance, Right?</a>
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<h2>Instrumental Rationality Primer</h2>
  
21) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/mm/the_fallacy_of_gray/">The Fallacy of Gray</a>
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<h3>Part 1</h3>
  
22) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/mn/absolute_authority/">Absolute Authority</a>
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1) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k5/cached_thoughts/ Cached Thoughts]
  
23) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/mo/infinite_certainty/">Infinite Certainty</a>
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2) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3b/never_leave_your_room/ Never Leave Your Room]
  
24) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/gq/the_proper_use_of_humility/">The Proper Use of Humility</a>
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3) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/4e/cached_selves/ Cached Selves]
  
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4) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k6/the_outside_the_box_box/ The 'Outside-the-Box' Box]
  
<h2>Instrumental Rationality Primer</h2>
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5) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/dr/generalizing_from_one_example/ Generalising from One Example]
  
<h3>Part 1</h3>
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6) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/l0/adaptationexecuters_not_fitnessmaximizers/ Adaptation-Executors, no Fitness-Maximisers]
  
1) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/k5/cached_thoughts/">Cached Thoughts<a/>
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7) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/l1/evolutionary_psychology/ Evolutionary Psychology]
  
2) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/3b/never_leave_your_room/">Never Leave Your Room</a>
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8) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/did/what_is_signaling_really/ What is Signalling, Really?]
  
3) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/4e/cached_selves/">Cached Selves</a>
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9) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/yi/the_evolutionarycognitive_boundary/ The Evolutionary-Cognitive Boundary]
  
4) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/k6/the_outside_the_box_box/">The 'Outside-the-Box' Box</a>
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10) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/mg/the_twoparty_swindle/ The Two-Party Swindle]
  
5) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/dr/generalizing_from_one_example/">Generalising from One Example</a>
+
11) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/51f/guilt_another_gift_nobody_wants/ Guilt (Another Gift Nobody Wants)]
  
6) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/l0/adaptationexecuters_not_fitnessmaximizers/">Adaptation-Executors, no Fitness-Maximisers</a>
+
12) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8gv/the_curse_of_identity/ The Curse of Identity]
  
7) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/l1/evolutionary_psychology/">Evolutionary Psychology</a>
+
13) [http://hanson.gmu.edu/belieflikeclothes.html Are Beliefs Like Clothes?]
  
8) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/did/what_is_signaling_really/">What is Signalling, Really?</a>
+
14) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5a9/learned_blankness/ Learned Blankness]
  
9) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/yi/the_evolutionarycognitive_boundary/">The Evolutionary-Cognitive Boundary</a>
+
15) [http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/10/27/procrastination/ Procrastination]
  
10) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/mg/the_twoparty_swindle/">The Two-Party Swindle</a>
+
16) [http://lesswrong.com/r/lesswrong/lw/i8n/how_to_measure_anything/ How to Measure Anything]
  
11) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/51f/guilt_another_gift_nobody_wants/">Guilt (Another Gift Nobody Wants)</a>
+
17) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3w3/how_to_beat_procrastination/ How to Beat Procrastination]
  
12) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/8gv/the_curse_of_identity/">The Curse of Identity</a>
+
18) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/9wr/my_algorithm_for_beating_procrastination/ My Algorithm for Beating Procrastination]
  
13) <a href="http://hanson.gmu.edu/belieflikeclothes.html">Are Beliefs Like Clothes?</a>
+
19) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3gj/efficient_charity_do_unto_others/ Efficient Charity: Do Unto Others]
  
14) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/5a9/learned_blankness/">Learned Blankness</a>
+
20) [http://raikoth.net/deadchild.html A Modest Proposal]
  
15) <a href="http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/10/27/procrastination/">Procrastination</a>
+
21) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2p5/humans_are_not_automatically_strategic/ Humans Are Not Automatically Strategic]
  
16) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/r/lesswrong/lw/i8n/how_to_measure_anything/">How to Measure Anything</a>
+
22) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/58g/levels_of_action/ Levels of Action]
  
17) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/3w3/how_to_beat_procrastination/">How to Beat Procrastination</a>
+
23) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/6nz/approving_reinforces_loweffort_behaviors/ Approving Reinforces Low-Effort Behaviours]
  
18) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/9wr/my_algorithm_for_beating_procrastination/">My Algorithm for Beating Procrastination</a>
+
24) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1kr/that_other_kind_of_status/ That Other Kind of Status]
  
19) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/3gj/efficient_charity_do_unto_others/">Efficient Charity: Do Unto Others</a>
+
25) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/8q8/urges_vs_goals_the_analogy_to_anticipation_and/ Urges vs. Goals: The analogy to anticipation and belief]
  
20) <a href="http://raikoth.net/deadchild.html">A Modest Proposal</a>
 
  
21) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2p5/humans_are_not_automatically_strategic/">Humans Are Not Automatically Strategic</a>
+
<h3>Part 2</h3>
  
22) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/58g/levels_of_action/">Levels of Action</a>
+
1) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/js/the_bottom_line/ The Bottom Line]
  
23) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/6nz/approving_reinforces_loweffort_behaviors/">Approving Reinforces Low-Effort Behaviours</a>
+
2) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ji/conjunction_fallacy/ Conjunction Fallacy]
  
24) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/1kr/that_other_kind_of_status/">That Other Kind of Status</a>
+
3) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/iw/positive_bias_look_into_the_dark/ Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark]
  
54) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/8q8/urges_vs_goals_the_analogy_to_anticipation_and/">Urges vs. Goals: The analogy to anticipation and belief</a>
+
4) [http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/ Confirmation Bias]
  
 +
5) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/j5/availability/ Availability]
  
<h3>Part 2</h3>
+
6) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/j7/anchoring_and_adjustment/ Anchoring and Adjustment]
  
1) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/js/the_bottom_line/">The Bottom Line</a>
+
7) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/lg/the_affect_heuristic/ The Affect Heuristic]
  
2) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ji/conjunction_fallacy/">Conjunction Fallacy</a>
+
8) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jk/burdensome_details/ Burdensome Details]
  
3) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/iw/positive_bias_look_into_the_dark/">Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark</a>
+
9) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/lj/the_halo_effect/ The Halo Effect]
  
4) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/j5/availability/">Availability</a>
+
10) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hz/correspondence_bias/ Correspondence Bias]
  
5) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/j7/anchoring_and_adjustment/">Anchoring and Adjustment</a>
+
11) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/i0/are_your_enemies_innately_evil/ Are Your Enemies Innately Evil?]
  
6) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/lg/the_affect_heuristic/">The Affect Heuristic</a>
+
12) [http://paulgraham.com/identity.html Keep Your Identity Small (Paul Graham)]
  
7) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/jk/burdensome_details/">Burdensome Details</a>
+
13) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/is/fake_causality/ Fake Causality]
  
8) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/lj/the_halo_effect/">The Halo Effect</a>
+
14) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/i4/belief_in_belief/ Belief in Belief]
  
9) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/hz/correspondence_bias/">Correspondance Bias</a>
+
15) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ju/rationalization/ Rationalization]
  
10) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/i0/are_your_enemies_innately_evil/">Are Your Enemies Innately Evil?</a>
+
16) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2bu/your_intuitions_are_not_magic/ Your Intuitions Aren't Magic]
  
11) <a href="http://paulgraham.com/identity.html">Keep Your Identity Small (Paul Graham)</a>
+
17) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/my/the_allais_paradox/ The Allais Paradox]
  
12) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/is/fake_causality/">Fake Causality</a>
+
18) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/mz/zut_allais/ Zut Allais!]
  
13) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/i4/belief_in_belief/">Belief in Belief</a>
+
19) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/n3/circular_altruism/ Circular Altruism]
  
14) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ju/rationalization/">Rationalization</a>
+
20) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/hw/scope_insensitivity/ Scope Insensetivity]
  
15) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2bu/your_intuitions_are_not_magic/">Your Intuitions Aren't Magic</a>
+
21) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/n9/the_intuitions_behind_utilitarianism/ The "Intuitions" Behind "Utilitarianism"]
  
16) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/my/the_allais_paradox/">The Allais Paradox</a>
+
22) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/ Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People]
  
17) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/mz/zut_allais/">Zut Allais!</a>
+
23) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nb/something_to_protect/ Something to Protect]
  
18) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/n3/circular_altruism/">Circular Altruism</a>
+
24) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nc/newcombs_problem_and_regret_of_rationality Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality]
  
19) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/hw/scope_insensitivity/">Scope Insensetivity</a>
+
25) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/7i/rationality_is_systematized_winning/ Rationality is Systematized Winning]
  
20) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/n9/the_intuitions_behind_utilitarianism/">The "Intuitions" Behind "Utilitarianism"</a>
+
26) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jx/we_change_our_minds_less_often_than_we_think/ We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think]
  
21) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/he/knowing_about_biases_can_hurt_people/">Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People</a>
+
27) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/gnl/memetic_tribalism/ Memetic Tribalism]
  
22) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/nb/something_to_protect/">Something to Protect</a>
+
28) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k3/priming_and_contamination/ Priming and Contamination]
  
23) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/nc/newcombs_problem_and_regret_of_rationality">Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality</a>
+
29) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k1/no_one_can_exempt_you_from_rationalitys_laws/ No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws]
  
24) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/7i/rationality_is_systematized_winning/">Rationality is Systematized Winning</a>
+
30 [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2c/a_sense_that_more_is_possible/ A Sense That More Is Possible]
  
25) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/jx/we_change_our_minds_less_often_than_we_think/">We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think</a>
 
  
26) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/gnl/memetic_tribalism/">Memetic Tribalism</a>
 
  
27) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/k3/priming_and_contamination/">Priming and Contamination</a>
+
<h2>Welcome to Bayesianism</h2>
  
28) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/k1/no_one_can_exempt_you_from_rationalitys_laws/">No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws</a>
+
1) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2b0/bayes_theorem_illustrated_my_way/ Bayes' Theorem Illustrated (My Way)]
  
29) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2c/a_sense_that_more_is_possible/">A Sense That More Is Possible</a>
+
2) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oi/mind_projection_fallacy/ Mind-Projection Fallacy]
  
 +
3) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/oj/probability_is_in_the_mind/ Probability is in the Mind]
  
 +
4) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1ph/youre_entitled_to_arguments_but_not_that/ You're Entitled to Arguments, But Not That (Particular) Proof]
  
 +
5) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/dhg/an_intuitive_explanation_of_solomonoff_induction/ An Intuitive Explanation of Solomonoff Induction]
  
<h2>Welcome to Bayesianism</h2>
+
6) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/jp/occams_razor/ Occam's Razor]
 +
 
 +
7) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k2/a_priori/ A Priori]
  
1) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2b0/bayes_theorem_illustrated_my_way/">Bayes' Theorem Illustrated (My Way)</a>
+
8) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5ee/being_wrong_about_your_own_subjective_experience/ Being Wrong About Your Own Subjective Experience]
  
2) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/oi/mind_projection_fallacy/">Mind-Projection Fallacy</a>
+
9) [http://lesswrong.com/r/lesswrong/lw/icn/reality_is_weirdly_normal/ Reality is Weirdly Normal]
  
3) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/oj/probability_is_in_the_mind/">Probability is in the Mind</a>
+
10) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/48/the_power_of_positivist_thinking/ The Power of Positivist Thinking]
  
4) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/1ph/youre_entitled_to_arguments_but_not_that/">You're Entitled to Arguments, But Not That (Particular) Proof</a>
+
11) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/bk/the_trouble_with_good/ The Trouble With Good]
  
5) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/dhg/an_intuitive_explanation_of_solomonoff_induction/">An Intuitive Explanation of Solomonoff Induction</a>
+
12) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/52g/the_good_news_of_situationist_psychology/ The Good News of Situationist Psychology]
  
6) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/jp/occams_razor/">Occam's Razor</a>
+
13) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/5i8/the_power_of_agency The Power of Agency]
  
7) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/k2/a_priori/">A Priori</a>
+
14) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/99t/can_the_chain_still_hold_you/ Can the Chain Still Hold You?]
  
8) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/5ee/being_wrong_about_your_own_subjective_experience/">Being Wrong About Your Own Subjective Experience</a>
+
15) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/60y/action_and_habit/ Action and Habit]
  
9) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/r/lesswrong/lw/icn/reality_is_weirdly_normal/">Reality is Weirdly Normal</a>
+
16) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2sh/break_your_habits_be_more_empirical/ Break Your Habits: Be More Empirical]
  
10) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/48/the_power_of_positivist_thinking/">The Power of Positivist Thinking</a>
+
17) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/47j/make_your_training_useful/ Make Your Training Useful]
  
11) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/bk/the_trouble_with_good/">The Trouble With Good</a>
+
18) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2aw/seven_shiny_stories/ Seven Shiny Stories]
  
12) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/52g/the_good_news_of_situationist_psychology/">The Good News of Situationist Psychology</a>
+
19) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/k8/how_to_seem_and_be_deep/ How to Seem and Be Deep]
  
13) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/5i8/the_power_of_agency/">The Power of Agency</a>
+
20) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/o4/leave_a_line_of_retreat/ Leave a Line of Retreat]
  
14) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/99t/can_the_chain_still_hold_you/">Can the Chain Still Hold You?</a>
+
21) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/sk/changing_your_metaethics/ Changing Your Metaethics]
  
15) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/60y/action_and_habit/">Action and Habit</a>
+
21) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3be/confidence_levels_inside_and_outside_an_argument/ Confidence Levels Inside and Outside an Argument]
  
16) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2sh/break_your_habits_be_more_empirical/">Break Your Habits: Be More Empirical</a>
+
22) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nm/disguised_queries/ Disguised Queries]
  
17) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/47j/make_your_training_useful/">Make Your Training Useful</a>
+
23) [http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Akrasia Wiki Entry: Akrasia]
  
18) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2aw/seven_shiny_stories/">Seven Shiny Stories</a>
+
24) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2q6/compartmentalization_in_epistemic_and/ Compartmentalization in Epistemic and Instrumental Rationality]
  
19) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/k8/how_to_seem_and_be_deep/">How to Seem and Be Deep</a>
+
25) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/1yq/understanding_your_understanding/ Understanding Your Understanding]
  
20) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/o4/leave_a_line_of_retreat/">Leave a Line of Retreat</a>
+
26) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/ka/hold_off_on_proposing_solutions/ Hold Off On Proposing Solutions]
  
21) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/3be/confidence_levels_inside_and_outside_an_argument/">Confidence Levels Inside and Outside an Argument</a>
+
27) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/le/lost_purposes/ Lost Purposes]
  
22) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/nm/disguised_queries/">Disguised Queries</a>
+
28) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/3k/how_to_not_lose_an_argument/ How Not To Lose An Argument]
  
23) <a href="http://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Akrasia">Wiki Entry: Akrasia</a>
+
29) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/no/how_an_algorithm_feels_from_inside/ How An Algorithm Feels From The Inside]
  
24) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2q6/compartmentalization_in_epistemic_and/">Compartmentalization in Epistemic and Instrumental Rationality</a>
+
30) [http://raikoth.net/consequentialism.html Consequentialism FAQ]
  
25) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/1yq/understanding_your_understanding/">Understanding Your Understanding</a>
+
31) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/24o/eight_short_studies_on_excuses/ Eight Short Studies on Excuses]
  
26) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/ka/hold_off_on_proposing_solutions/">Hold Off On Proposing Solutions</a>
+
32) [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/08/a-theory-of-identity.html A Theory of Identity]
  
http://lesswrong.com/lw/le/lost_purposes/
+
33) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2as/diseased_thinking_dissolving_questions_about/ Diseased Thinking: Dissolving Questions About Disease]
  
27) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/3k/how_to_not_lose_an_argument/">How Not To Lose An Argument</a>
+
34) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/7mx/your_inner_google/ Your Inner Google]
  
http://lesswrong.com/lw/no/how_an_algorithm_feels_from_inside/
+
35) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/i4l/useful_questions_repository/ Useful Questions Repository]
  
28) <a href="http://raikoth.net/consequentialism.html">Consequentialism FAQ</a>
+
36) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2n5/selffulfilling_correlations/ Self-Fulfilling Correlations]
  
29) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/24o/eight_short_studies_on_excuses/">Eight Short Studies on Excuses</a>
+
37) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/58y/the_bias_you_didnt_expect/ The Bias You Didn't Expect]
  
30) <a href="http://www.overcomingbias.com/2009/08/a-theory-of-identity.html">A Theory of Identity</a>
+
38) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/2po/selfimprovement_or_shiny_distraction_why_less/ Self-Improvement or Shiny Distraction]
  
31) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2as/diseased_thinking_dissolving_questions_about/">Diseased Thinking: Dissolving Questions About Disease</a>
+
39) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/h6b/explicit_and_tacit_rationality/ Explicit and Tacit Rationality]
  
32) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/7mx/your_inner_google/">Your Inner Google</a>
+
40) [http://lesswrong.com/lw/il3/three_ways_cfar_has_changed_my_view_of_rationality/ Three Ways CFAR has changed my view of rationality]
  
33) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/i4l/useful_questions_repository/">Useful Questions Repository</a>
 
  
http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/
+
<h2>Post-LessWrong: What Rationalists Get Up To</h2>
  
34) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2n5/selffulfilling_correlations/">Self-Fulfilling Correlations</a>
+
Effective Altruism
  
35) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/58y/the_bias_you_didnt_expect/">The Bias You Didn't Expect</a>
+
[http://www.ted.com/talks/peter_singer_the_why_and_how_of_effective_altruism.html The Why and How of Effective Altruism]
  
36) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/2po/selfimprovement_or_shiny_distraction_why_less/">Self-Improvement or Shiny Distraction</a>
+
[http://lesswrong.com/lw/373/how_to_save_the_world/ How to Save the World]
  
37) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/373/how_to_save_the_world/">How to Save the World</a>
+
Intelligence Explosion
  
38) <a href="http://intelligence.org/files/AIPosNegFactor.pdf">Global Risk</a>
+
[http://youtu.be/CK5w3wh4G-M Intelligence Explosion]
  
39) <a href="http://people.mokk.bme.hu/~daniel/rationality_quotes_2012/rq_only2012.html">Best of Rationality Quotes 2012</a>
+
[http://intelligenceexplosion.com Facing the Intelligence Explosion]
  
40) <a href="http://lesswrong.com/lw/il3/three_ways_cfar_has_changed_my_view_of_rationality/">Three Ways CFAR has changed my view of rationality</a>
+
[http://youtu.be/07TNrKDHwaA AI and the Intelligence Explosion]
  
 +
[http://nothingismere.com/2013/08/28/a-non-technical-introduction-to-ai-risk/ A Non-Technical Introduction to AI Risk]
  
<h2>Post-LessWrong: What Rationalists Get Up To</h2>
+
[http://intelligence.org/files/AIPosNegFactor.pdf Global Risk]
  
<a href="http://nothingismere.com/2013/08/28/a-non-technical-introduction-to-ai-risk/">A Non-Technical Introductn to AI Risk</a>
+
General
  
<a href="http://youtu.be/07TNrKDHwaA">AI and the Intelligence Explosion (video)</a>
+
[http://people.mokk.bme.hu/~daniel/rationality_quotes_2012/rq_only2012.html Best of Rationality Quotes 2012]
  
<a href="http://youtu.be/TwqYB1uzcU4">Heuristics and Biases (video)</a>
+
[http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=12147 Becoming a Rationalist - Podcast with Eliezer Yudkowsky]
  
<a href="http://m.youtube.com/channel/UCz-RZblnhjXK_krP1jDybeQ">Julia Galef YouTube Channel</a>
+
[http://youtu.be/TwqYB1uzcU4 Heuristics and Biases]

Latest revision as of 05:23, 3 March 2014

LessWrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. The many thousands of posts however, are difficult to get into, and can feel quite overwhelming. This is my first attempt at an ordered list, with the aim of getting across the core ideas as concisely as possible. This guide is hopefully useful to someone who has a goal of getting into LessWrong - perhaps, someone who has read HpMoR and decided they need to be a bit more like Harry - or at least start thinking like him.

Before reading the posts though, I've added a list of talks. These are light and interesting talks about the sorts of content below, and these are probably the best place to start learning about rationality and LessWrong, even if you're not currently planning on working through the lists. If you'd like a few posts that don't require lots of reading, I'd recommend picking some of these posts, and this is a great example of LessWrong-style Rationality in action.

One of the main problems that I had, when I started reading the core archives of LessWrong, was that I didn't see how a lot of the ideas fit together, or where they were heading, which is one of the main reasons that I've written this intro. Once you've read all of this, if you're were to continue, you'd start reading through the sequences, and you'd instantly be able to see how it all fits together.

Suggestions for reading rate: For the Primers and the Front Kick sections, perhaps read one or two per day to let them sink in. For the Central Philosophy section, read at whatever rate you find comfortable. Forcing yourself to read isn't going to make the information seem interesting to you, and some of those articles are hard (and long). That's just one person's advice, do it differently as it suits, make sure to process them fully and enjoy :-)


Rationalist Talks

Luke Muehlhauser - Rationality

Julia Galef: The Straw Vulcan

Julia Galef: Rationality and the Future

Kenzi Amodei - Interview about CFAR

Anna Salamon - CFAR

Rationality Short Videos - Rationality


The Front Kick of Rationality

1) A Fable of Science and Politics

2) The Proper Use of Humility

3) The Modesty Argument

4) Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want to Become Stronger)

5) Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct

6) The Third Alternative

7) The Meditation on Curiosity

8) The Bottom Line

9) Rationalization

10) The Proper Use of Doubt

11) Guessing the Teacher's Password

12) Science as Curiosity-Stopper

13) Conversation Halters

14) Cached Thoughts

15) Original Seeing

16) Philosophical Landmines

17) Feeling Rational

18) You Can Face Reality

19) Semantic Stopsigns

20) Knowing about Biases Can Hurt People

21) Hug the Query

22) Use Curiosity

23) Get Curious

Extra - The Principle of Charity and Inferential Gaps

1) Hindsight Bias

2) Hindsight Devalues Science

3) Fake Causality

4) Self-Anchoring

5) Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You

7) Expecting Short Inferential Distances

8) Double Illusion of Transparency

9) Wiki Entry: Inferential Distance


The Central Philosophy of LessWrong

1) The Twelve Virtues

2) The Simple Truth

3) What do we mean by rationality?

4) The Useful Idea of Truth

5) Skill: The Map is Not the Territory

6) How You Make Judgements: The Elephant and its Rider

7) Your Evolved Intuitions

8) Intuition and Unconscious Learning

9) Rationality: Appreciating Cognitive Algorithms

10) Firewalling the Optimal from the Rational

11) When Intuitions are Useful

12) Philosophy by Humans 1: Concepts Don't Work That Way

13) Philosophy by Humans 2: Living Metaphorically

14) Philosophy by Humans 3: Intuitions Aren't Shared That Way

15) What is evidence?

16) The Lens that Sees its Flaws

17) How Much Evidence Does it Take?

18) What is Bayesianism?

19) The Martial Art of Rationality

20) What Cost for Irrationality?

21) Your Rationality is My Business

22) Epistemic Viciousness

23) Secure Your Beliefs

24) No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws

25) Cognitive Biases Potentially Affecting Judgement of Global Risk

26) Philosophy Needs to Trust Your Rationality Even Though it Shouldn't


Epistemic Rationality Primer


1) Universal Fire

2) Universal Law

3) Your Strength as a Rationalist

4) Focus Your Uncertainty

5) The Virtue of Narrowness

6) Guessing the Teacher's Password

7) Tsuyoku Naritai!

8) Think Like Reality

9) Making Beliefs Pay Rent

10) Taboo Your Words

11) Replace the Symbol with the Substance

12) Fallacies of Compression

13) Fake Explanations

14) How Much Evidence Does It Take?

15) Hindsight Devalues Science

16) Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence

17) Einstein's Arrogance

18) Wiki Entry: Locate the Hypothesis

19) Wiki Entry: Privileging the Hypothesis

20) Privileging the Question

21) But There's Still a Chance, Right?

22) The Fallacy of Gray

23) Absolute Authority

24) Infinite Certainty

25) The Proper Use of Humility


Instrumental Rationality Primer

Part 1

1) Cached Thoughts

2) Never Leave Your Room

3) Cached Selves

4) The 'Outside-the-Box' Box

5) Generalising from One Example

6) Adaptation-Executors, no Fitness-Maximisers

7) Evolutionary Psychology

8) What is Signalling, Really?

9) The Evolutionary-Cognitive Boundary

10) The Two-Party Swindle

11) Guilt (Another Gift Nobody Wants)

12) The Curse of Identity

13) Are Beliefs Like Clothes?

14) Learned Blankness

15) Procrastination

16) How to Measure Anything

17) How to Beat Procrastination

18) My Algorithm for Beating Procrastination

19) Efficient Charity: Do Unto Others

20) A Modest Proposal

21) Humans Are Not Automatically Strategic

22) Levels of Action

23) Approving Reinforces Low-Effort Behaviours

24) That Other Kind of Status

25) Urges vs. Goals: The analogy to anticipation and belief


Part 2

1) The Bottom Line

2) Conjunction Fallacy

3) Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark

4) Confirmation Bias

5) Availability

6) Anchoring and Adjustment

7) The Affect Heuristic

8) Burdensome Details

9) The Halo Effect

10) Correspondence Bias

11) Are Your Enemies Innately Evil?

12) Keep Your Identity Small (Paul Graham)

13) Fake Causality

14) Belief in Belief

15) Rationalization

16) Your Intuitions Aren't Magic

17) The Allais Paradox

18) Zut Allais!

19) Circular Altruism

20) Scope Insensetivity

21) The "Intuitions" Behind "Utilitarianism"

22) Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People

23) Something to Protect

24) Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality

25) Rationality is Systematized Winning

26) We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think

27) Memetic Tribalism

28) Priming and Contamination

29) No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws

30 A Sense That More Is Possible


Welcome to Bayesianism

1) Bayes' Theorem Illustrated (My Way)

2) Mind-Projection Fallacy

3) Probability is in the Mind

4) You're Entitled to Arguments, But Not That (Particular) Proof

5) An Intuitive Explanation of Solomonoff Induction

6) Occam's Razor

7) A Priori

8) Being Wrong About Your Own Subjective Experience

9) Reality is Weirdly Normal

10) The Power of Positivist Thinking

11) The Trouble With Good

12) The Good News of Situationist Psychology

13) The Power of Agency

14) Can the Chain Still Hold You?

15) Action and Habit

16) Break Your Habits: Be More Empirical

17) Make Your Training Useful

18) Seven Shiny Stories

19) How to Seem and Be Deep

20) Leave a Line of Retreat

21) Changing Your Metaethics

21) Confidence Levels Inside and Outside an Argument

22) Disguised Queries

23) Wiki Entry: Akrasia

24) Compartmentalization in Epistemic and Instrumental Rationality

25) Understanding Your Understanding

26) Hold Off On Proposing Solutions

27) Lost Purposes

28) How Not To Lose An Argument

29) How An Algorithm Feels From The Inside

30) Consequentialism FAQ

31) Eight Short Studies on Excuses

32) A Theory of Identity

33) Diseased Thinking: Dissolving Questions About Disease

34) Your Inner Google

35) Useful Questions Repository

36) Self-Fulfilling Correlations

37) The Bias You Didn't Expect

38) Self-Improvement or Shiny Distraction

39) Explicit and Tacit Rationality

40) Three Ways CFAR has changed my view of rationality


Post-LessWrong: What Rationalists Get Up To

Effective Altruism

The Why and How of Effective Altruism

How to Save the World

Intelligence Explosion

Intelligence Explosion

Facing the Intelligence Explosion

AI and the Intelligence Explosion

A Non-Technical Introduction to AI Risk

Global Risk

General

Best of Rationality Quotes 2012

Becoming a Rationalist - Podcast with Eliezer Yudkowsky

Heuristics and Biases