The original sequences were a series of essays written by Eliezer Yudkowsky between 2006 and 2009 on the blogs Overcoming Bias and Less Wrong. About half of these essays were organized into a number of thematically linked "sequences" of blog posts--hence the name.
In 2015, these sequences were edited into an ebook, Rationality: From AI to Zombies. The ebook leaves out some of the original posts, as well as adding some essays that were written by Yudkowsky during the same time but never previously collected into a named sequence. This page will serve to collect the older, deprecated sequences.
Of these, "Map and Territory," "Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions," "How to Actually Change Your Mind," and "Reductionism" were classified as "core sequences." There was also a distinction between "major" and "minor" sequences, though this was based on the size of the sequence rather than its importance.
Bolded essays are more important than other posts in the sequence, while italicized essays are relatively unimportant. Small essays are also less important, and are sometimes left out of the post listing altogether. Some essays are indented to indicate that they are tangents or self-contained elaborations upon a previous essay.
The Sequences have been converted to eReader-compatible formats by several projects.
Overly Convenient Excuses
Basic Quantum Mechanics
Rationality and Science