This post consists of the Sequences Highlights compiled to a zoomer-readable format, i.e., video. If you'd prefer to watch these videos on YouTube proper rather than on this post, use this YouTube playlist

These videos may or may not suit your mind well; as far as I can tell, there's substantial individual variance with respect to how much mental friction they take to parse. I'd guess that you're more likely to extract value from these videos if:

  • You find audiobooks/podcasts tolerable
  • You were born after 1997
  • You have a low executive function budget due to ADHD, depression, or just being Extremely Online

Thinking Better on Purpose

The Lens That Sees Its Flaws

What Do We Mean By "Rationality"?

Humans are not automatically strategic

Use the Try Harder, Luke

Your Strength as a Rationalist

The Meditation on Curiosity

The Importance of Saying "Oops"

The Martial Art of Rationality

Twelve Virtues of Rationality

Pitfalls of Human Cognition

The Bottom Line


You Can Face Reality

Is That Your True Rejection?

Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points

Belief as Attire

Cached Thoughts

The Fallacy of Gray

Lonely Dissent

Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark

Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People

Politics is the Mind-Killer

The Laws Governing Belief

Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences)

What is Evidence?

How Much Evidence Does It Take?

Absence of Evidence Is Evidence of Absence

Conservation of Expected Evidence

Argument Screens Off Authority

An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes's Theorem

The Second Law of Thermodynamics, and Engines of Cognition

Toolbox-thinking and Law-thinking

Local Validity as a Key to Sanity and Civilization

Science Isn't Enough

When Science Can't Help

Faster Than Science

Science Doesn't Trust Your Rationality

No Safe Defense, Not Even Science

Connecting Words to Reality

Taboo Your Words

Dissolving the Question

Diseased thinking: dissolving questions about disease

Hug the Query

Say Not "Complexity"

Mind Projection Fallacy

How An Algorithm Feels From Inside

Expecting Short Inferential Distances

Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You

Why We Fight

Something to Protect

The Gift We Give To Tomorrow

On Caring

Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger)

A Sense That More Is Possible


  1. I do expect many (most?) people to get a superior understanding of the Sequences Highlights by reading them directly, instead of watching these videos. The perfect should not be the enemy of the good, though, as I also expect these videos to have much higher user-retention rates than the raw Highlights.
  2. If you've already read the content, these videos could act as a low-effort means to refresh the relevant thought-patterns, making them more mentally available.
  3. Kudos to trevor for suggesting both the background video and the idea of converting the Highlights.


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2 comments, sorted by Click to highlight new comments since: Today at 8:37 PM

This is exactly the kind of strange, experimental, large-action-space kind of idea that I've only so far seen in effective altruist / rationalist circles. I love it.


Man, the Minecraft-with-loopy-Inceptiony-warping+nice-shaders background is really cool, and actually makes me want to listen more.

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