Map and Territory is the first book contained in the ebook Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky. It is the edited and expanded version of a series of blog posts in "the Sequences", and discusses the nature of rationality, belief, and explanation.

Map and Territory contains four sequences of essays, which are followed by the stand-alone essay The Simple Truth. These are all collected in the Rationality: From AI to Zombies ebook, but the essay names below are also linked to the original blog posts.

The next book in the series is How to Actually Change Your Mind.


A. Predictably Wrong

1. What Do I Mean By “Rationality”?

2. Feeling Rational

3. Why Truth? And…

4. … What’s a Bias, Again?

5. Availability

6. Burdensome Details

7. Planning Fallacy

8. Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You

9. Expecting Short Inferential Distances

10. The Lens That Sees Its Own Flaws


B. Fake Beliefs

11. Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences)

12. A Fable of Science and Politics

13. Belief in Belief

14. Bayesian Judo

15. Pretending to be Wise

16. Religion's Claim to be Non-Disprovable

17. Professing and Cheering

18. Belief as Attire

19. Applause Light


C. Noticing Confusion

20. Focus Your Uncertainty

21. What is Evidence?

22. Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence

23. How Much Evidence Does it Take?

24. Einstein's Arrogance

25. Occam's Razor

26. Your Strength As A Rationalist

27. Absence of Evidence is Evidence of Absence

28. Conservation of Expected Evidence

29. Hindsight Devalues Science


D. Mysterious Answers

30. Fake Explanations

31. Guessing the Teacher's Password

32. Science as Attire

33. Fake Causality

34. Semantic Stopsigns

35. Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions

36. The Futility of Emergence

37. Say Not "Complexity"

38. Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark

39. Lawful Uncertainty

40. My Wild and Reckless Youth

41. Failing to Learn from History

42. Making History Available

43. Explain/Worship/Ignore?

44. "Science" as Curiosity-Stopper

45. Truly Part of You



See also