Previously: Eliezer's "Against Rationalization" sequence
I've run out of things to say about rationalization for the moment. Hopefully there'll be an Against Rationalization III a few years from now, but ideally some third author will write it.
For now, a quick recap to double as a table of contents:
- Why a New Rationalization Sequence? -- What is rationalization and why is it worth fighting?
- Red Flags for Rationalization -- When you see these signs, you should worry. And do something. Even though sometimes you'll conclude everything is fine.
- Avoiding Rationalization -- If a chain of logic is endangered by rationalization, the best thing to do is not need that chain of logic.
- Testing for Rationalization -- If you can't avoid needing the logic, try using these tools to check if it's dangerously tainted by rationalization.
- Using Expert Disagreement -- In the particular case that you're worried because you disagree with the experts, try these tools