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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 HpMoR and decided they need to be a bit more like Harry - because the opening series of posts can be a little heavy-going.

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="">these</a> posts, and this is also an interesting 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 intested, you'd start reading through the sequences, and you'd be 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). 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 :-)

Rationalist Talks

Luke Muehlhauser - Rationality

Julia Galef: The Straw Vulcan

Julia Galef: Rationality and the Future

Kenzi Amodei - Interview about CFAR

Anna Salamon - CFAR

Julia Galef Short Videos - Rationality

Introducing LessWrong

1) <a href="">The Twelve Virtues</a>

2) <a href="">The Simple Truth</a>

3) <a href="">The Useful Idea of Truth</a>

4) <a href="">Skill: The Map is Not the Territory</a>

5) <a href="">What do we mean by rationality?</a>

6) <a href="">How You Make Judgements: The Elephant and its Rider</a>

7) <a href="">Your Evolved Intuitions</a>

8) <a href="">Intuition and Unconscious Learning</a>

9) <a href="">Rationality: Appreciating Cognitive Algorithms</a>

10) <a href="">Firewalling the Optimal from the Rational</a>

11) <a href="">What is evidence?</a>

12) <a href="">When Intuitions are Useful</a>

13) <a href="">Philosophy by Humans 1: Concepts Don't Work That Way</a>

14) <a href="">Philosophy by Humans 2: Living Metaphorically</a>

15) <a href="">Philosophy by Humans 3: Intuitions Aren't Shared That Way</a>

16) <a href="">The Lens that Sees its Flaws</a>

17) <a href="">How Much Evidence Does it Take?</a>

18) <a href="">What is Bayesianism?</a>

19) <a href=""> No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws</a>

20) <a href="">Cognitive Biases Potentially Affecting Judgement of Global Risk</a>

21) <a href="">The Martial Art of Rationality</a>

22) <a href="">Epistemic Viciousness</a>

23) <a href="">Philosophy Needs to Trust Your Rationality Even Though it Shouldn't</a>

24) <a href="">What Cost for Irrationality?</a>

25) <a href="">Your Rationality is My Business</a>

26) <a href="">Secure Your Beliefs</a>

Introducing LessWrong: Extras

1) <a href="">Hindsight Bias</a>

2) <a href="">Hindsight Devalues Science</a>

3) <a href="">Fake Causality</a>

4) <a href="">Self-Anchoring</a>

5) <a href="">Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You</a>

7) <a href="">Expecting Short Inferential Distances</a>

8) <a href="">Double Illusion of Transparency</a>

9) <a href="">Wiki Entry: Inferential Distance</a>

The Front Kick of Rationality

1) <a href="">A Fable of Science and Politics</a>

2) <a href="">Rationalization</a>

3) <a href="">The Proper Use of Humility</a>

4) <a href="">The Modesty Argument</a>

5) <a href="">Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want to Become Stronger)</a>

6) <a href="">Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct</a>

7) <a href="">The Third Alternative</a>

8) <a href="">The Meditation on Curiosity</a>

9) <a href="">The Proper Use of Doubt</a>

10) <a href="">Guessing the Teacher's Password</a>

11) <a href="">Science as Curiosity-Stopper</a>

12) <a href="">Conversation Halters</a>

13) <a href="">Cached Thoughts<a/>

14) <a href="">Original Seeing</a>

15) <a href="">Philosophical Landmines</a>

16) <a href="">Feeling Rational</a>

17) <a href="">You Can Face Reality</a>

18) <a href="">Semantic Stopsigns</a>

19) <a href="">Knowing about Biases Can Hurt People</a>

20) <a href="">Hug the Query</a>

21) <a href="">Use Curiosity</a>

22) <a href="">Get Curious</a>

Epistemic Rationality Primer

1) <a href="">Universal Fire</a>

2) <a href="">Universal Law</a>

3) <a href="">Your Strength as a Rationalist</a>

4) <a href="">Focus Your Uncertainty</a>

5) <a href="">The Virtue of Narrowness</a>

6) <a href="">Guessing the Teacher's Password</a>

7) <a href="">Tsuyoku Naritai!</a>

8) <a href="">Think Like Reality</a>

9) <a href="">Making Beliefs Pay Rent</a>

10) <a href="">Taboo Your Words</a>

11) <a href="">Replace the Symbol with the Substance</a>

12) <a href="">Fallacies of Compression</a>

13) <a href="">How Much Evidence Does It Take?</a>

14) <a href="">Hindsight Devalues Science</a>

15) <a href="">Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence</a>

16) <a href="">Einstein's Arrogance</a>

17) <a href="">Wiki Entry: Locate the Hypothesis</a>

18) <a href="">Wiki Entry: Privileging the Hypothesis</a>

19) <a href="">Privileging the Question</a>

20) <a href="">But There's Still a Chance, Right?</a>

21) <a href="">The Fallacy of Gray</a>

22) <a href="">Absolute Authority</a>

23) <a href="">Infinite Certainty</a>

24) <a href="">The Proper Use of Humility</a>

Instrumental Rationality Primer

Part 1

1) <a href="">Cached Thoughts<a/>

2) <a href="">Never Leave Your Room</a>

3) <a href="">Cached Selves</a>

4) <a href="">The 'Outside-the-Box' Box</a>

5) <a href="">Generalising from One Example</a>

6) <a href="">Adaptation-Executors, no Fitness-Maximisers</a>

7) <a href="">Evolutionary Psychology</a>

8) <a href="">What is Signalling, Really?</a>

9) <a href="">The Evolutionary-Cognitive Boundary</a>

10) <a href="">The Two-Party Swindle</a>

11) <a href="">Guilt (Another Gift Nobody Wants)</a>

12) <a href="">The Curse of Identity</a>

13) <a href="">Are Beliefs Like Clothes?</a>

14) <a href="">Learned Blankness</a>

15) <a href="">Procrastination</a>

16) <a href="">How to Measure Anything</a>

17) <a href="">How to Beat Procrastination</a>

18) <a href="">My Algorithm for Beating Procrastination</a>

19) <a href="">Efficient Charity: Do Unto Others</a>

20) <a href="">A Modest Proposal</a>

21) <a href="">Humans Are Not Automatically Strategic</a>

22) <a href="">Levels of Action</a>

23) <a href="">Approving Reinforces Low-Effort Behaviours</a>

24) <a href="">That Other Kind of Status</a>

54) <a href="">Urges vs. Goals: The analogy to anticipation and belief</a>

Part 2

1) <a href="">The Bottom Line</a>

2) <a href="">Conjunction Fallacy</a>

3) <a href="">Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark</a>

4) <a href="">Availability</a>

5) <a href="">Anchoring and Adjustment</a>

6) <a href="">The Affect Heuristic</a>

7) <a href="">Burdensome Details</a>

8) <a href="">The Halo Effect</a>

9) <a href="">Correspondance Bias</a>

10) <a href="">Are Your Enemies Innately Evil?</a>

11) <a href="">Keep Your Identity Small (Paul Graham)</a>

12) <a href="">Fake Causality</a>

13) <a href="">Belief in Belief</a>

14) <a href="">Rationalization</a>

15) <a href="">Your Intuitions Aren't Magic</a>

16) <a href="">The Allais Paradox</a>

17) <a href="">Zut Allais!</a>

18) <a href="">Circular Altruism</a>

19) <a href="">Scope Insensetivity</a>

20) <a href="">The "Intuitions" Behind "Utilitarianism"</a>

21) <a href="">Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People</a>

22) <a href="">Something to Protect</a>

23) <a href="">Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality</a>

24) <a href="">Rationality is Systematized Winning</a>

25) <a href="">We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think</a>

26) <a href="">Memetic Tribalism</a>

27) <a href="">Priming and Contamination</a>

28) <a href="">No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws</a>

29) <a href="">A Sense That More Is Possible</a>

Welcome to Bayesianism

1) <a href="">Bayes' Theorem Illustrated (My Way)</a>

2) <a href="">Mind-Projection Fallacy</a>

3) <a href="">Probability is in the Mind</a>

4) <a href="">You're Entitled to Arguments, But Not That (Particular) Proof</a>

5) <a href="">An Intuitive Explanation of Solomonoff Induction</a>

6) <a href="">Occam's Razor</a>

7) <a href="">A Priori</a>

8) <a href="">Being Wrong About Your Own Subjective Experience</a>

9) <a href="">Reality is Weirdly Normal</a>

10) <a href="">The Power of Positivist Thinking</a>

11) <a href="">The Trouble With Good</a>

12) <a href="">The Good News of Situationist Psychology</a>

13) <a href="">The Power of Agency</a>

14) <a href="">Can the Chain Still Hold You?</a>

15) <a href="">Action and Habit</a>

16) <a href="">Break Your Habits: Be More Empirical</a>

17) <a href="">Make Your Training Useful</a>

18) <a href="">Seven Shiny Stories</a>

19) <a href="">How to Seem and Be Deep</a>

20) <a href="">Leave a Line of Retreat</a>

21) <a href="">Confidence Levels Inside and Outside an Argument</a>

22) <a href="">Disguised Queries</a>

23) <a href="">Wiki Entry: Akrasia</a>

24) <a href="">Compartmentalization in Epistemic and Instrumental Rationality</a>

25) <a href="">Understanding Your Understanding</a>

26) <a href="">Hold Off On Proposing Solutions</a>

27) <a href="">How Not To Lose An Argument</a>

28) <a href="">Consequentialism FAQ</a>

29) <a href="">Eight Short Studies on Excuses</a>

30) <a href="">A Theory of Identity</a>

31) <a href="">Diseased Thinking: Dissolving Questions About Disease</a>

32) <a href="">Your Inner Google</a>

33) <a href="">Useful Questions Repository</a>

34) <a href="">Self-Fulfilling Correlations</a>

35) <a href="">The Bias You Didn't Expect</a>

36) <a href="">Self-Improvement or Shiny Distraction</a>

37) <a href="">How to Save the World</a>

38) <a href="">Global Risk</a>

39) <a href="">Best of Rationality Quotes 2012</a>

40) <a href="">Three Ways CFAR has changed my view of rationality</a>

Post-LessWrong: What Rationalists Get Up To

<a href="">A Non-Technical Introductn to AI Risk</a>

<a href="">AI and the Intelligence Explosion (video)</a>

<a href="">Heuristics and Biases (video)</a>

<a href="">Julia Galef YouTube Channel</a>