Against Rationalization

Aug 24, 2017

by Eliezer Yudkowsky

The last sequence focused in on how feeling tribal often distorts our ability to reason. Now we'll explore one particular cognitive mechanism that causes this: much of our reasoning process is really rationalization—story-telling that makes our current beliefs feel more coherent and justified, without necessarily improving their accuracy.

Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People

8012y2 min readShow Highlight
80

Update Yourself Incrementally

3611y3 min readShow Highlight
28

One Argument Against An Army

4411y1 min readShow Highlight
34

The Bottom Line

5111y3 min readShow Highlight
14

What Evidence Filtered Evidence?

4611y3 min readShow Highlight
43

Rationalization

2411y2 min readShow Highlight
25

A Rational Argument

4211y2 min readShow Highlight
40

Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points

5311y4 min readShow Highlight
208

Motivated Stopping and Motivated Continuation

3211y2 min readShow Highlight
7

Fake Justification

4311y2 min readShow Highlight
56

Is That Your True Rejection?

5710y4 min readShow Highlight
99

Entangled Truths, Contagious Lies

2610y3 min readShow Highlight
38

Of Lies and Black Swan Blowups

1810y1 min readShow Highlight
7

Dark Side Epistemology

4310y5 min readShow Highlight
110