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.
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.
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:
- Amputation of Destiny
- Dunbar’s Function
- A New Day
- Free to Optimize
- The Uses of Fun (Theory)
- Growing Up is Hard
- Changing Emotions
- Emotional Inolvement
- Serious Stories
- Continuous Improvement
- Eutopia is Scary
- Building Weirdtopia
- Justified Expectation of Pleasant Surprises
- Seduced by Imagination
The series is broken up by more rationality quotes: parts 21, 22, 23, and 24. She has joined the Conspiracy is a link to a webcomic. Investing for the Long Slump is an aside. There’s also a bloggingheads post.
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.”