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What does it actually mean to be rational? The kind of rationality where you make good decisions, even when it's hard; where you reason well, even in the face of massive uncertainty; where you recognize and make full use of your fuzzy intuitions and emotions, rather than trying to discard them. In Rationality: From AI to Zombies, Eliezer Yudkowsky explains the science underlying human irrationality with a mix of fables, argumentative essays, and personal vignettes. These eye-opening accounts of how the mind works (and how, all too often, it doesn't) are then put to the test through some genuinely difficult puzzles: questions in computer science about the future of artificial intelligence (AI), questions in physics about the relationship between the quantum and classical worlds, questions in philosophy about the metaphysics of zombies and the nature of morality, and many more.

Rationality: From AI to Zombies Eliezer Yudkowsky

    • Philosophy

What does it actually mean to be rational? The kind of rationality where you make good decisions, even when it's hard; where you reason well, even in the face of massive uncertainty; where you recognize and make full use of your fuzzy intuitions and emotions, rather than trying to discard them. In Rationality: From AI to Zombies, Eliezer Yudkowsky explains the science underlying human irrationality with a mix of fables, argumentative essays, and personal vignettes. These eye-opening accounts of how the mind works (and how, all too often, it doesn't) are then put to the test through some genuinely difficult puzzles: questions in computer science about the future of artificial intelligence (AI), questions in physics about the relationship between the quantum and classical worlds, questions in philosophy about the metaphysics of zombies and the nature of morality, and many more.

    Go Forth and Create the Art!

    Go Forth and Create the Art!

    Book VI: Becoming Stronger - Part Z: The Craft and the Community - Go Forth and Create the Art!

    • 9 min
    Can Humanism Match Religions Output?

    Can Humanism Match Religions Output?

    Book VI: Becoming Stronger - Part Z: The Craft and the Community - Can Humanism Match Religion's Output?

    • 9 min
    Why Our Kind Can't Cooperate

    Why Our Kind Can't Cooperate

    Book VI: Becoming Stronger - Part Z: The Craft and the Community - Why Our Kind Can't Cooperate

    • 18 min
    Shut Up and Do the Impossible!

    Shut Up and Do the Impossible!

    Book VI: Becoming Stronger - Part Y: Challenging the Difficult - Shut Up and Do the Impossible!

    • 22 min
    Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality

    Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality

    Book V: Mere Goodness - Part W: Quantified Humanism - Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality

    • 20 min
    Ends Don't Justify Means (Among Humans)

    Ends Don't Justify Means (Among Humans)

    Book V: Mere Goodness - Part W: Quantified Humanism - Ends Don't Justify Means (Among Humans)

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

Professor Girth ,

Well written & well read

After hearing Eliezer Yudkowsky on episode #116 of Sam Harris’ podcast (now called ‘Making Sense’) I immediately sought out more of him. This podcast series is a reading of many of his essays, condensed into a single book. It explores a surprisingly large range of topics from the obvious A.G.I. Worries & critiques, to an interesting theological thought experiment in section VI of the book. The focus on rationality and the authors ability to levy hefty critique against his past self make this a phenomenally provocative text. Although I admit I thought the voice I was hearing was an e-reader at first, the production picks up and becomes much more vibrant after the first few episodes. Yudkowsky’s ability to simplify and coherently explain complex concepts reminds me of my first time reading Milton Friedman. The metaphors and thought experiments throughout make this a very digestible read regardless of familiarity with the field or of contemporary jargon.

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