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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

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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.

    Update Yourself Incrementally

    Update Yourself Incrementally

    Book II: How to Actually Change Your Mind - Part G: Against Rationalization - Update Yourself Incrementally

    • 7 min
    Reductionism

    Reductionism

    Book IV: Mere Reality - Part P: Reductionism 101 - Reductionism

    • 8 min
    Righting a Wrong Question

    Righting a Wrong Question

    Book IV: Mere Reality - Part P: Reductionism 101 - Righting a Wrong Question

    • 6 min
    Conservation of Expected Evidence

    Conservation of Expected Evidence

    Book I: Map and Territory - Part C: Noticing Confusion - Conservation of Expected Evidence

    • 5 min
    Infinite Certainty

    Infinite Certainty

    Book II: How to Actually Change Your Mind - Part E: Overly Convenient Excuses - Infinite Certainty

    • 9 min
    Lotteries A Waste of Hope

    Lotteries A Waste of Hope

    Book II: How to Actually Change Your Mind - Part E: Overly Convenient Excuses - Lotteries A Waste of Hope

    • 3 min

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