A Human's Guide to Words

Aug 24, 2017

by Eliezer Yudkowsky

This sequence discusses the basic relationship between cognition and concept formation.

The Parable of the Dagger
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The Parable of Hemlock
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Words as Hidden Inferences
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Extensions and Intensions
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Similarity Clusters
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Typicality and Asymmetrical Similarity
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The Cluster Structure of Thingspace
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Disguised Queries
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Neural Categories
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How An Algorithm Feels From Inside
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Disputing Definitions
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Feel the Meaning
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The Argument from Common Usage
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Empty Labels
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Taboo Your Words
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Replace the Symbol with the Substance
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Fallacies of Compression
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Categorizing Has Consequences
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Sneaking in Connotations
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Arguing "By Definition"
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Where to Draw the Boundary?
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Entropy, and Short Codes
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Mutual Information, and Density in Thingspace
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Superexponential Conceptspace, and Simple Words
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Conditional Independence, and Naive Bayes
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Words as Mental Paintbrush Handles
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Variable Question Fallacies
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37 Ways That Words Can Be Wrong
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Interlude

An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes's Theorem
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