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Map and Territory is the first book contained in the ebook Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky. It is the edited and expanded version of a series of blog posts in "the Sequences", and discusses the nature of rationality, belief, and explanation.

Map and Territory contains four sequences of essays, which are followed by the stand-alone essay The Simple Truth. These are all collected in the Rationality: From AI to Zombies ebook, but the essay names below are also linked to the original blog posts.

The next book in the series is How to Actually Change Your Mind.



A. Predictably Wrong

1. What Do I Mean By “Rationality”?
2. Feeling Rational
3. Why Truth? And…
4. … What’s a Bias, Again?
5. Availability
6. Burdensome Details
7. Planning Fallacy
8. Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You
9. Expecting Short Inferential Distances
10. The Lens That Sees Its Own Flaws

B. Fake Beliefs

11. Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences)
12. A Fable of Science and Politics
13. Belief in Belief
14. Bayesian Judo
15. Pretending to be Wise
16. Religion's Claim to be Non-Disprovable
17. Professing and Cheering
18. Belief as Attire
19. Applause Lights

C. Noticing Confusion

20. Focus Your Uncertainty
21. What is Evidence?
22. Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence
23. How Much Evidence Does it Take?
24. Einstein's Arrogance
25. Occam's Razor
26. Your Strength As A Rationalist
27. Absence of Evidence is Evidence of Absence
28. Conservation of Expected Evidence
29. Hindsight Devalues Science

D. Mysterious Answers

30. Fake Explanations
31. Guessing the Teacher's Password
32. Science as Attire
33. Fake Causality
34. Semantic Stopsigns
35. Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions
36. The Futility of Emergence
37. Say Not "Complexity"
38. Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark
39. Lawful Uncertainty
40. My Wild and Reckless Youth
41. Failing to Learn from History
42. Making History Available
43. Explain/Worship/Ignore?
44. "Science" as Curiosity-Stopper
45. Truly Part of You


The Simple Truth