The Library

Rationality: A-Z

Also known as "The Sequences"

How can we think better on purpose? Why should we think better on purpose?

For two years Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote a blogpost a day, braindumping thoughts on rationality, ambition and artificial intelligence. Those posts were edited into this introductory collection, recommended reading for all Lesswrong users.

Sequence Highlights

An overview of key rationality concepts

LessWrong can be kind of intimidating - there's a lot of concepts to learn. We recommend getting started with the Highlights, a collection of 50 top posts from Eliezer's Sequences.

A day or two read, covering the foundations of rationality.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

What if Harry Potter was a scientist? What would you do if the universe had magic in it?
A story that conveys many rationality concepts, making them more visceral and emotionally compelling.

The Codex

Essays by Scott Alexander exploring science, medicine, philosophy, futurism, and hallucinatory cactus people.

Best of LessWrong

Each year, the LessWrong community votes on which posts have stood the tests of time.

Curated Sequences

AGI safety from first principles
Embedded Agency
2022 MIRI Alignment Discussion
2021 MIRI Conversations
Iterated Amplification
Value Learning
Risks from Learned Optimization
Cartesian Frames

Community Sequences

"Why Not Just..."
Law-Following AI
The Shard Theory of Human Values
AGI-assisted Alignment
Selection Theorems: Modularity
Breaking Down Goal-Directed Behaviour
Basic Foundations for Agent Models
Pragmatic AI Safety
AI Races and Macrostrategy
Treacherous Turn
The Inside View (Podcast)
Interpretability Research for the Most Important Century
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