Reading Yudkowsky, part 60

by Luke Muehlhauser on July 29, 2011 in Eliezer Yudkowsky,Resources,Reviews

AI researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky is something of an expert at human rationality, and at teaching it to others. His hundreds of posts at Less Wrong are a treasure trove for those who want to improve their own rationality. As such, I’m reading all of them, chronologically.

I suspect some of my readers want to “level up” their rationality, too. So I’m keeping a diary of my Yudkowsky reading. Feel free to follow along.

In his 586th post is High Challenge, which suggests that fun is not just winning:

There must be the true effort, the true victory, and the true experience – the journey, the destination and the traveler.

Which reminds me of flow. In Complex Novelty, Eliezer frames the Fun Theory sequence as a response to a passage from Greg Egan’s novel Permutation City.

Sensual Experience concludes:

I do want to nudge people into adopting something of a questioning attitude toward the senses we have now, rather than assuming that the existing senses are The Way Things Have Been And Will Always Be.

Living by Your Own Strength suggests that we lose something by not doing it ourselves. Then there’s more rationality quotes, and a complaint against being straw-manned.

Harmful Options considers Barry Schwartz’s The Paradox of Choice. The Fun Theory sequence continues in Devil’s Offers and Nonperson Predicates and Nonsentient Optimizers. (Nonsentient Bloggers apologizes for publishing the previous post prematurely.)

Why not create a sentient AI? To start, because you Can’t Unbirth a Child.

The Fun Theory sequence continues in the following posts, which I won’t summarize:

The series is broken up by more rationality quotes: parts 21, 2223, and 24She has joined the Conspiracy is a link to a webcomic. Investing for the Long Slump is an aside. There’s also a bloggingheads post.

Getting Nearer is a commentary on Robin Hanson’s description of Near and Far thinking.

The Fun Theory sequence continues:

But you’ll probably just want to read the overviews: The Fun Theory Sequence and 31 Laws of Fun, “the compressed advice to the would-be author or futurist who wishes to imagine a world where people might actually want to live.”

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