Highlights from the Sequences

"The Sequences" is a series of essays by Eliezer Yudkowsky. They describe how to avoid the typical failure modes of human reason and instead think in ways that more reliably lead to true and accurate beliefs. These essays are the foundational texts of LessWrong.

To provide a quick and accessible introduction to The Sequences, we have selected 50 of the best essays that capture some of the seminal ideas. 

Estimated read time of 8 hours.

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Part 1 of 6 from the Sequence Highlights

Humans can not only think, but think about our own thinking. This makes it possible for us to recognize the shortcomings of our default reasoning and work to improve it – the project of human rationality. 

33 min read

Part 4 of 6 from the Sequence Highlights.

While far better than what came before, "science" and the "scientific method" are still crude, inefficient, and inadequate to prevent you from wasting years of effort on doomed research directions.

18 min read

Part 6 of 6 from the Sequence Highlights.

The pursuit of rationality and that of doing better on purpose, can in fact be rather hard. You have to get the motivation for that from somewhere.

31 min read