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Less Wrong: Map and Territory

A collection of posts dealing with the fundamentals of rationality: the difference between the map and the territory, the nature of evidence, why anyone should care about truth, and minds as reflective cognitive engines.

This channel includes:

  • eight articles written by Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • over 1.5 hours of audio read by George Thomas

Note: This package excludes An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes’s Theorem. We recommend visiting the original article, as it’s full of interactive material.


How To Convince Me That 2 + 2 = 3

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  1. The Simple Truth

    This article is licensed under the "Creative Commons BY SA license":http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ license.

  2. What Do We Mean By "Rationality"?

    http://lesswrong.com/lw/31/what_do_we_mean_by_rationality/

  3. [Omitted] An Intuitive Explanation Of Bayes' Theorem

    http://yudkowsky.net/rational/bayes

  4. Why Truth? And...

  5. What Is Evidence?

  6. How Much Evidence Does It Take?

  7. How To Convince Me That 2 + 2 = 3

  8. Occam's Razor

  9. The Lens That Sees Its Flaws

    Light leaves the Sun and strikes your shoelaces and bounces off; some photons enter the pupils of your eyes and strike your retina; the energy of the photons triggers neural impulses; the neural impulses are transmitted to the visual-processing areas of the brain; and there the optical information is processed and reconstructed into a 3D model that is recognized as an untied shoelace; and so you believe that your shoelaces are untied.