Over the last several decades, science has developed a new picture of how we succeed or fail to seek true beliefs and achieve our goals. The heuristics and biases program in cognitive psychology has exposed dozens of major flaws in human reasoning, and along with them, insight into the mental processes that produce these flaws. Bayesian probability theory and decision theory have been used in increasingly powerful statistical methods and machine learning algorithms; I believe that they also provide a lens through which to view everyday life. Evolutionary psychology and social psychology are also telling us new and disturbing things about human nature – can we, now knowing, do any better?

The vast bulk of my writings on rationality are contained on the Less Wrong community blog – follow the link to see some of my recommended posts. Hopefully that corpus will be processed into wiki pages and e-books in the near future, followed by an introductory-level physical book – to be notified when (e-)books come out, follow the Subscribe link in the right-hand column.

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