Mere Reality is the fourth book contained in the ebook Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky. It focuses on practical and philosophical questions related to science and the character of physical law.
Mere Reality contains six sequences of thematically connected essays, plus the stand-alone essay A Technical Explanation of Technical Explanation. These are all collected in the Rationality: From AI to Zombies ebook, but the essay names below also link to the original blog posts.
The previous book in the series is The Machine in the Ghost, and the next book is Mere Goodness.
181. Universal Fire
182. Universal Law
183. Is Reality Ugly?
186. The Second Law of Thermodynamics, and Engines of Cognition
188. Searching for Bayes-Structure
190. Wrong Questions
191. Righting a Wrong Question
193. Probability is in the Mind
194. The Quotation is not the Referent
196. Think Like Reality
197. Chaotic Inversion
199. Explaining vs. Explaining Away
200. Fake Reductionism
201. Savanna Poets
203. Joy in Discovery
205. If You Demand Magic, Magic Won't Help
206. Mundane Magic
207. The Beauty of Settled Science
208. Amazing Breakthrough Day: April 1st
209. Is Humanism a Religion-Substitute?
211. The Sacred Mundane
212. To Spread Science, Keep It Secret
213. Initiation Ceremony
R. Physicalism 201
214. Hand vs. Fingers
215. Angry Atoms
216. Heat vs. Motion
217. Brain Breakthrough! It's Made of Neurons!
218. When Anthropomorphism Became Stupid
219. A Priori
220. Reductive Reference
221. Zombies! Zombies?
222. Zombie Responses
223. The Generalized Anti-Zombie Principle
224. GAZP vs. GLUT
225. Belief in the Implied Invisible
226. Zombies: The Movie
227. Excluding the Supernatural
228. Psychic Powers
229. Quantum Explanations
230. Configurations and Amplitude
231. Joint Configurations
233. Collapse Postulates
235. Decoherence is Falsifiable and Testable
236. Privileging the Hypothesis
238. Quantum Non-Realism
239. If Many-Worlds Had Come First
240. Where Philosophy Meets Science
241. Thou Art Physics
242. Many Worlds, One Best Guess
243. The Failures of Eld Science
244. The Dilemma: Science or Bayes?
245. Science Doesn't Trust Your Rationality
247. Science Isn't Strict Enough
248. Do Scientists Already Know This Stuff?
249. No Safe Defense, Not Even Science
250. Changing the Definition of Science
251. Faster Than Science
252. Einstein's Speed
253. That Alien Message
256. Class Project