Commission a Sequence Read

Per request, it is now possible to commission Eneasz to read a sequence post. To do so, PayPal $20 to and in the Note section let me know what post you’d like me to read, and who you would like credited for the reading. $10 is fine for really short posts.

Please note that there are two podcasts that read the sequences for free, so this is strictly a “I want to pay extra to hear Eneasz” thing.

I can do approximately one per week until current circumstances change.


Latest Additions:

09/27/21 – The Parable of the Dagger — Sponsored by:  rockham

06/20/21 – Beyond the Reach of God — Sponsored by:  ywecur

01/21/21 – Beware of Other-Optimizing —  Sponsored by:  ywecur

All Sequences:


Title & Text Link Audio Link Sponsored By
The Martial Art of Rationality  
Why truth? And…  
…What’s a bias, again?  
The Proper Use of Humility  
The Modesty Argument  
“I don’t know.”  
A Fable of Science and Politics  
Some Claims Are Just Too Extraordinary  
Outside the Laboratory  
Politics is the Mind-Killer  
Just Lose Hope Already  
You Are Not Hiring the Top 1%  
Policy Debates Should Not Appear One-Sided  
Burch’s Law  
The Scales of Justice, the Notebook of Rationality  
Blue or Green on Regulation?  
Superstimuli and the Collapse of Western Civilization  
Useless Medical Disclaimers  
Archimedes’s Chronophone  
Chronophone Motivations  
Self-deception: Hypocrisy or Akrasia?  
Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger) Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger)
Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct  
“Statistical Bias”  
Useful Statistical Biases  
The Error of Crowds  
The Majority Is Always Wrong  
Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People  
Debiasing as Non-Self-Destruction  
“Inductive Bias”  
Suggested Posts
Futuristic Predictions as Consumable Goods  
Marginally Zero-Sum Efforts  
Priors as Mathematical Objects  
Lotteries: A Waste of Hope  
New Improved Lottery  
Your Rationality is My Business  
Consolidated Nature of Morality Thread  
Feeling Rational  
Universal Fire Universal Fire
Universal Law  
Think Like Reality  
Beware the Unsurprised  
The Third Alternative  
Third Alternatives for Afterlife-ism  
Scope Insensitivity  
One Life Against the World  
Risk-Free Bonds Aren’t  
Correspondence Bias  
Are Your Enemies Innately Evil?  
Open Thread
Two More Things to Unlearn from School  
Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences)  
Belief in Belief  
Bayesian Judo  
Professing and Cheering  
Belief as Attire  
Religion’s Claim to be Non-Disprovable Religion’s Claim to be Non-Disprovable
The Importance of Saying “Oops”  
Focus Your Uncertainty  
The Proper Use of Doubt  
The Virtue of Narrowness  
You Can Face Reality  
The Apocalypse Bet  
Your Strength as a Rationalist Your Strength as a Rationalist
I Defy the Data!  
Absence of Evidence Is Evidence of Absence  
Conservation of Expected Evidence  
Update Yourself Incrementally  
One Argument Against An Army  
Hindsight bias  
Hindsight Devalues Science  
Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence Scientific Evidence, Legal Evidence, Rational Evidence  ywecur
Is Molecular Nanotechnology “Scientific”?  
Fake Explanations Fake Explanations
Guessing the Teacher’s Password  
Science as Attire  
Fake Causality  
Semantic Stopsigns  
Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions  
The Futility of Emergence  
Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark  
Say Not “Complexity”  
My Wild and Reckless Youth  
Failing to Learn from History  
Making History Available  
Stranger Than History  
“Science” as Curiosity-Stopper  
Absurdity Heuristic, Absurdity Bias  
Why is the Future So Absurd?  
Anchoring and Adjustment  
The Crackpot Offer  
Radical Honesty  
We Don’t Really Want Your Participation  
Applause Lights  
Rationality and the English Language  
Human Evil and Muddled Thinking  
Doublethink (Choosing to be Biased)  
Why I’m Blooking
Planning Fallacy  
Kahneman’s Planning Anecdote  
Conjunction Fallacy  
Conjunction Controversy (Or, How They Nail It Down)  
Burdensome Details  
What is Evidence?  
The Lens That Sees Its Flaws  
How Much Evidence Does It Take?  
Einstein’s Arrogance  
Occam’s Razor  
9/26 is Petrov Day
How to Convince Me That 2 + 2 = 3  
The Bottom Line  
What Evidence Filtered Evidence?  
Recommended Rationalist Reading
A Rational Argument  
We Change Our Minds Less Often Than We Think  
Avoiding Your Belief’s Real Weak Points  
The Meditation on Curiosity  
No One Can Exempt You From Rationality’s Laws  
A Priori  
Priming and Contamination  
Do We Believe Everything We’re Told?  
Cached Thoughts  
The “Outside the Box” Box  
Original Seeing  
How to Seem (and Be) Deep  
The Logical Fallacy of Generalization from Fictional Evidence  
Hold Off On Proposing Solutions  
“Can’t Say No” Spending
Congratulations to Paris Hilton
Pascal’s Mugging: Tiny Probabilities of Vast Utilities  
Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You  
Expecting Short Inferential Distances Expecting Short Inferential Distances
Explainers Shoot High. Aim Low!  
Double Illusion of Transparency  
No One Knows What Science Doesn’t Know  
Why Are Individual IQ Differences OK?
Bay Area Bayesians Unite!
Motivated Stopping and Motivated Continuation  
Torture vs. Dust Specks  
A Case Study of Motivated Continuation  
A Terrifying Halloween Costume
Fake Justification  
An Alien God An Alien God
The Wonder of Evolution  
Evolutions Are Stupid (But Work Anyway)  
Natural Selection’s Speed Limit and Complexity Bound  
Beware of Stephen J. Gould  
The Tragedy of Group Selectionism  
Fake Selfishness  
Fake Morality  
Fake Optimization Criteria  
Adaptation-Executers, not Fitness-Maximizers  
Evolutionary Psychology  
Protein Reinforcement and DNA Consequentialism  
Thou Art Godshatter Thou Art Godshatter
Terminal Values and Instrumental Values  
Evolving to Extinction  
No Evolutions for Corporations or Nanodevices  
The Simple Math of Everything  
Conjuring An Evolution To Serve You  
Artificial Addition
Truly Part Of You  
Not for the Sake of Happiness (Alone)  
Leaky Generalizations
The Hidden Complexity of Wishes The Hidden Complexity of Wishes ywecur
Lost Purposes  
Purpose and Pragmatism
The Affect Heuristic  
Evaluability (And Cheap Holiday Shopping)  
Unbounded Scales, Huge Jury Awards, & Futurism  
The Halo Effect  
Superhero Bias  
Mere Messiahs  
Affective Death Spirals  
Resist the Happy Death Spiral  
Uncritical Supercriticality  
Fake Fake Utility Functions  
Fake Utility Functions  
Evaporative Cooling of Group Beliefs  
When None Dare Urge Restraint  
The Robbers Cave Experiment  
Misc Meta
Every Cause Wants To Be A Cult  
Reversed Stupidity Is Not Intelligence  
Argument Screens Off Authority  
Hug the Query  
Guardians of the Truth  
Guardians of the Gene Pool  
Guardians of Ayn Rand  
The Litany Against Gurus  
Politics and Awful Art  
Two Cult Koans  
False Laughter  
Effortless Technique
Zen and the Art of Rationality
The Amazing Virgin Pregnancy
Asch’s Conformity Experiment  
On Expressing Your Concerns  
Lonely Dissent  
To Lead, You Must Stand Up
Cultish Countercultishness  
My Strange Beliefs
Posting on Politics
The Two-Party Swindle  
The American System and Misleading Labels
Stop Voting For Nincompoops
Rational vs. Scientific Ev-Psych  
A Failed Just-So Story  
But There’s Still A Chance, Right?  
The Fallacy of Gray  
Absolute Authority  
Infinite Certainty  
0 And 1 Are Not Probabilities  
Beautiful Math  
Expecting Beauty  
Is Reality Ugly?  
Beautiful Probability  
Trust in Math  
Rationality Quotes 1  
Rationality Quotes 2  
Rationality Quotes 3  
The Allais Paradox  
Zut Allais!  
Rationality Quotes 4  
Allais Malaise  
Against Discount Rates
Circular Altruism  
Rationality Quotes 5  
Rationality Quotes 6  
Rationality Quotes 7  
Rationality Quotes 8  
Rationality Quotes 9  
The “Intuitions” Behind “Utilitarianism”  
Trust in Bayes  
Something to Protect  
Newcomb’s Problem and Regret of Rationality  
OB Meetup: Millbrae, Thu 21 Feb, 7pm
The Parable of the Dagger The Parable of the Dagger  rockham  
The Parable of Hemlock  
Words as Hidden Inferences  
Extensions and Intensions  
Buy Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace
Similarity Clusters  
Typicality and Asymmetrical Similarity  
The Cluster Structure of Thingspace  
Disguised Queries  
Neural Categories  
How An Algorithm Feels From Inside  
Disputing Definitions  
Feel the Meaning  
The Argument from Common Usage  
Empty Labels  
Classic Sichuan in Millbrae, Thu Feb 21, 7pm
Taboo Your Words  
Replace the Symbol with the Substance  
Fallacies of Compression  
Categorizing Has Consequences  
Sneaking in Connotations  
Arguing “By Definition”  
Where to Draw the Boundary?  
Entropy, and Short Codes  
Mutual Information, and Density in Thingspace  
Superexponential Conceptspace, and Simple Words  
Leave a Line of Retreat  
The Second Law of Thermodynamics, and Engines of Cognition  
Perpetual Motion Beliefs  
Searching for Bayes-Structure  
Conditional Independence, and Naive Bayes  
Words as Mental Paintbrush Handles  
Rationality Quotes 10  
Rationality Quotes 11  
Variable Question Fallacies  
37 Ways That Words Can Be Wrong  
Gary Gygax Annihilated at 69
Dissolving the Question  
Wrong Questions  
Righting a Wrong Question  
Mind Projection Fallacy  
Probability is in the Mind  
The Quotation is not the Referent  
Penguicon & Blook
Qualitatively Confused  
Explaining vs. Explaining Away  
Fake Reductionism  
Savanna Poets  
Joy in the Merely Real Joy in the Merely Real
Joy in Discovery  
Bind Yourself to Reality  
If You Demand Magic, Magic Won’t Help  
New York OB Meetup (ad-hoc) on Monday, Mar 24, @6pm
The Beauty of Settled Science  
Amazing Breakthrough Day: April 1st  
Is Humanism A Religion-Substitute?  
To Spread Science, Keep It Secret  
Initiation Ceremony  
Hand vs. Fingers  
Angry Atoms  
Heat vs. Motion  
Brain Breakthrough! It’s Made of Neurons!  
Reductive Reference  
Zombies! Zombies?  
Zombie Responses  
The Generalized Anti-Zombie Principle  
Belief in the Implied Invisible  
Quantum Explanations  
Configurations and Amplitude  
Joint Configurations  
Distinct Configurations  
Where Philosophy Meets Science  
Can You Prove Two Particles Are Identical?  
Classical Configuration Spaces  
The Quantum Arena  
Feynman Paths  
No Individual Particles  
Identity Isn’t In Specific Atoms  
Zombies: The Movie  
Three Dialogues on Identity
The So-Called Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle  
Which Basis Is More Fundamental?  
Where Physics Meets Experience  
Where Experience Confuses Physicists  
On Being Decoherent  
The Conscious Sorites Paradox  
Decoherence is Pointless  
Decoherent Essences  
The Born Probabilities  
Decoherence as Projection  
Entangled Photons  
Bell’s Theorem: No EPR “Reality”  
Spooky Action at a Distance: The No-Communication Theorem  
Decoherence is Simple  
Decoherence is Falsifiable and Testable  
Quantum Non-Realism  
Collapse Postulates  
If Many-Worlds Had Come First  
Many Worlds, One Best Guess  
The Failures of Eld Science  
The Dilemma: Science or Bayes?  
Science Doesn’t Trust Your Rationality  
When Science Can’t Help  
Science Isn’t Strict Enough  
Do Scientists Already Know This Stuff?  
No Safe Defense, Not Even Science  
Changing the Definition of Science  
Conference on Global Catastrophic Risks
Faster Than Science  
Einstein’s Speed  
That Alien Message  
My Childhood Role Model  
Mach’s Principle: Anti-Epiphenomenal Physics  
A Broken Koan
Relative Configuration Space  
Timeless Physics  
Timeless Beauty  
Timeless Causality  
Einstein’s Superpowers  
Class Project  
A Premature Word on AI
The Rhythm of Disagreement  
Principles of Disagreement  
Timeless Identity  
Why Quantum?  
Living in Many Worlds  
Thou Art Physics  
Timeless Control  
Bloggingheads: Yudkowsky and Horgan
Against Devil’s Advocacy
Eliezer’s Post Dependencies; Book Notification; Graphic Designer Wanted
The Quantum Physics Sequence  
An Intuitive Explanation of Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Physics Revealed As Non-Mysterious
And the Winner is… Many-Worlds!  
Quantum Mechanics and Personal Identity  
Causality and Moral Responsibility  
Possibility and Could-ness  
The Ultimate Source  
Passing the Recursive Buck  
Grasping Slippery Things
Ghosts in the Machine
LA-602 vs. RHIC Review
Heading Toward Morality  
The Outside View’s Domain
Surface Analogies and Deep Causes  
Optimization and the Singularity  
The Psychological Unity of Humankind  
The Design Space of Minds-In-General  
No Universally Compelling Arguments  
2-Place and 1-Place Words  
The Opposite Sex
What Would You Do Without Morality?  
The Moral Void  
Created Already In Motion  
I’d take it
The Bedrock of Fairness  
2 of 10, not 3 total
Moral Complexities  
Is Morality Preference?  
Is Morality Given?  
Will As Thou Wilt
Where Recursive Justification Hits Bottom  
The Fear of Common Knowledge
My Kind of Reflection  
The Genetic Fallacy  
Fundamental Doubts  
Rebelling Within Nature  
Probability is Subjectively Objective  
Lawrence Watt-Evans’s Fiction
Posting May Slow
Whither Moral Progress?  
The Gift We Give To Tomorrow  
Could Anything Be Right?  
Existential Angst Factory  
Touching the Old
Should We Ban Physics?
Fake Norms, or “Truth” vs. Truth  
When (Not) To Use Probabilities  
Can Counterfactuals Be True?  
Math is Subjunctively Objective  
Does Your Morality Care What You Think?  
Changing Your Metaethics  
Setting Up Metaethics  
The Meaning of Right  
Interpersonal Morality  
Humans in Funny Suits  
Detached Lever Fallacy  
A Genius for Destruction
The Comedy of Behaviorism
No Logical Positivist I
Anthropomorphic Optimism  
Contaminated by Optimism  
Hiroshima Day
Morality as Fixed Computation  
Inseparably Right; or, Joy in the Merely Good  
Sorting Pebbles Into Correct Heaps  
Moral Error and Moral Disagreement  
Abstracted Idealized Dynamics  
Is Fairness Arbitrary?  
The Bedrock of Morality: Arbitrary?  
Hot Air Doesn’t Disagree
When Anthropomorphism Became Stupid  
The Cartoon Guide to Lob’s Theorem
Dumb Deplaning
You Provably Can’t Trust Yourself  
No License To Be Human  
Invisible Frameworks  
Mirrors and Paintings
Unnatural Categories
Magical Categories  
Three Fallacies of Teleology  
Dreams of AI Design
Against Modal Logics  
Harder Choices Matter Less
Qualitative Strategies of Friendliness
Dreams of Friendliness
Brief Break
Rationality Quotes 12  
Rationality Quotes 13  
The True Prisoner’s Dilemma  
The Truly Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma
Rationality Quotes 14  
Rationality Quotes 15  
Rationality Quotes 16  
Singularity Summit 2008
Points of Departure
Rationality Quotes 17  
Excluding the Supernatural  
Psychic Powers  
My Childhood Death Spiral  
My Best and Worst Mistake  
Raised in Technophilia  
A Prodigy of Refutation  
The Sheer Folly of Callow Youth  
Say It Loud
Ban the Bear
How Many LHC Failures Is Too Many?
Horrible LHC Inconsistency  
That Tiny Note of Discord  
Fighting a Rearguard Action Against the Truth  
My Naturalistic Awakening  
The Level Above Mine  
Competent Elites  
Above-Average AI Scientists  
Friedman’s “Prediction vs. Explanation”
The Magnitude of His Own Folly  
Awww, a Zebra  
Intrade and the Dow Drop
Trying to Try  
Use the Try Harder, Luke  
Rationality Quotes 18  
Beyond the Reach of God Beyond the Reach of God  ywecur  
My Bayesian Enlightenment  
Bay Area Meetup for Singularity Summit
On Doing the Impossible  
Make an Extraordinary Effort  
Shut up and do the impossible!  
AIs and Gatekeepers Unite!
Crisis of Faith  
The Ritual  
Rationality Quotes 19  
Why Does Power Corrupt?
Ends Don’t Justify Means (Among Humans)
Entangled Truths, Contagious Lies  
Traditional Capitalist Values
Dark Side Epistemology  
Protected From Myself
Ethical Inhibitions
Ethical Injunctions  
Prices or Bindings?
Ethics Notes
Which Parts Are “Me”?  
Inner Goodness
San Jose Meetup, Sat 10/25 @ 7:30pm
Expected Creative Surprises  
Belief in Intelligence  
Aiming at the Target
Measuring Optimization Power  
Efficient Cross-Domain Optimization
Economic Definition of Intelligence?
Intelligence in Economics
Mundane Magic Mundane Magic
BHTV: Jaron Lanier and Yudkowsky
Building Something Smarter  
Complexity and Intelligence  
Today’s Inspirational Tale
Hanging Out My Speaker’s Shingle
Back Up and Ask Whether, Not Why  
Recognizing Intelligence  
Lawful Creativity  
Ask OB: Leaving the Fold
Lawful Uncertainty  
Worse Than Random  
The Weighted Majority Algorithm  
Bay Area Meetup: 11/17 8PM Menlo Park
Selling Nonapples  
The Nature of Logic  
Boston-area Meetup: 11/18/08 9pm MIT/Cambridge
Logical or Connectionist AI?  
Whither OB?
Failure By Analogy  
Failure By Affective Analogy  
The Weak Inside View  
The First World Takeover  
Whence Your Abstractions?  
Observing Optimization  
Life’s Story Continues  
Surprised by Brains  
Cascades, Cycles, Insight…  
…Recursion, Magic  
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ad Hominem
Engelbart: Insufficiently Recursive  
Total Nano Domination  
Thanksgiving Prayer
Chaotic Inversion  
Singletons Rule OK  
Disappointment in the Future  
Recursive Self-Improvement  
Hard Takeoff  
Permitted Possibilities, & Locality  
Underconstrained Abstractions  
Sustained Strong Recursion  
Is That Your True Rejection?  
Artificial Mysterious Intelligence  
True Sources of Disagreement  
Disjunctions, Antipredictions, Etc.  
Bay Area Meetup Wed 12/10 @8pm
The Mechanics of Disagreement  
What I Think, If Not Why  
You Only Live Twice  
BHTV: de Grey and Yudkowsky
For The People Who Are Still Alive
Not Taking Over the World
Visualizing Eutopia
Prolegomena to a Theory of Fun  
High Challenge  
Complex Novelty  
Sensual Experience  
Living By Your Own Strength  
Rationality Quotes 20  
Imaginary Positions
Harmful Options  
Devil’s Offers  
Nonperson Predicates  
Nonsentient Optimizers
Nonsentient Bloggers
Can’t Unbirth a Child
Amputation of Destiny  
Dunbar’s Function  
A New Day
Free to Optimize  
The Uses of Fun (Theory)  
Growing Up is Hard  
Changing Emotions  
Rationality Quotes 21  
Emotional Involvement  
Rationality Quotes 22  
Serious Stories  
Rationality Quotes 23  
Continuous Improvement  
Eutopia is Scary  
Building Weirdtopia  
She has joined the Conspiracy
Justified Expectation of Pleasant Surprises  
Seduced by Imagination  
Getting Nearer
In Praise of Boredom  
Sympathetic Minds  
Interpersonal Entanglement  
Failed Utopia #4-2  
Investing for the Long Slump
Higher Purpose  
Rationality Quotes 24  
The Fun Theory Sequence  
BHTV: Yudkowsky / Wilkinson
31 Laws of Fun
OB Status Update
Rationality Quotes 25  
Value is Fragile
Three Worlds Collide (0/8)
The Baby-Eating Aliens (1/8)
War and/or Peace (2/8)
The Super Happy People (3/8)
Interlude with the Confessor (4/8)
Three Worlds Decide (5/8)
Normal Ending: Last Tears (6/8)
True Ending: Sacrificial Fire (7/8)
Epilogue: Atonement (8/8)
The Thing That I Protect
…And Say No More Of It
(Moral) Truth in Fiction?
Informers and Persuaders  
Cynicism in Ev-Psych (and Econ?)  
The Evolutionary-Cognitive Boundary  
An Especially Elegant Evpsych Experiment  
Rationality Quotes 26  
An African Folktale
Cynical About Cynicism
Good Idealistic Books are Rare
Against Maturity
Pretending to be Wise
Wise Pretensions v.0
Rationality Quotes 27  
Fairness vs. Goodness
On Not Having an Advance Abyssal Plan
About Less Wrong  
Formative Youth
Tell Your Rationalist Origin Story
Markets are Anti-Inductive
Issues, Bugs, and Requested Features
Tell Your Rationalist Origin Story… at Less Wrong
The Most Important Thing You Learned
The Most Important Thing You Learned
The Most Frequently Useful Thing
The Most Frequently Useful Thing
That You’d Tell All Your Friends
Unteachable Excellence  
Teaching the Unteachable
No, Really, I’ve Deceived Myself  
Belief in Self-Deception  
Posting now enabled
Posting now enabled on Less Wrong
Slow down a little… maybe?
Moore’s Paradox  
Don’t Believe You’ll Self-Deceive  
Striving to Accept
Wanted: Python open source volunteers
Raising the Sanity Waterline  
A Sense That More Is Possible  
Epistemic Viciousness  
Schools Proliferating Without Evidence  
3 Levels of Rationality Verification  
What Do We Mean By “Rationality”? What Do We Mean By “Rationality”? ywecur
Comments for “Rationality”
The Pascal’s Wager Fallacy Fallacy
Rationalist Fiction
Why Our Kind Can’t Cooperate  
Tolerate Tolerance  
You’re Calling *Who* A Cult Leader?  
BHTV: Yudkowsky & Adam Frank on “religious experience”  
On Things that are Awesome  
Hyakujo’s Fox
The Sacred Mundane  
Your Price for Joining  
Can Humanism Match Religion’s Output?  
Church vs. Taskforce  
Rationality: Common Interest of Many Causes  
Helpless Individuals  
Money: The Unit of Caring  
Purchase Fuzzies and Utilons Separately  
Wrong Tomorrow
Selecting Rationalist Groups  
Rationality is Systematized Winning  
Another Call to End Aid to Africa
Incremental Progress and the Valley  
Real-Life Anthropic Weirdness
Newcomb’s Problem standard positions  
Extenuating Circumstances
Of Lies and Black Swan Blowups  
Whining-Based Communities  
Zero-based karma coming through
Mandatory Secret Identities  
Beware of Other-Optimizing Beware of Other-Optimizing  ywecur
That Crisis thing seems pretty useful
The Unfinished Mystery of the Shangri-La Diet  
Akrasia and Shangri-La  
Twelve Virtues booklet printing?
Bystander Apathy
Collective Apathy and the Internet  
Bayesians vs. Barbarians  
Of Gender and Rationality  
My Way  
Rationality Quotes – April 2009  
Great Books of Failure
The Sin of Underconfidence  
Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism  
Proposal: Use the Wiki for Concepts
Go Forth and Create the Art!  
This Didn’t Have To Happen
Practical Advice Backed By Deep Theories  
Less Meta  
The Craft and the Community  
The End (of Sequences)
Final Words  
BONUS Non-Sequence Reading
Transhumanism As Simplified Humanism Transhumanism As Simplified Humanism