Against CFAR

Note: snarky, critical. Happy to be proven wrong. Edit: after writing this, I found some more evidence, but it’s not particularly convincing either. CFAR, The Center for Applied Rationality, is connected to the Less Wrong/rationalist movement. They offer courses where one can: 4-day immersive trainings in applied rationality; form accurate beliefs; learn to get these…

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Rationality and bias test results

I’ve always considered myself a very rational and fairly unbiased person. Being aware of the general tendency for people to overestimate themselves (see also visualization of the Dunning-Kruger effect), this of course reduces my confidence in my own estimates of these. So what better to do than take some actual tests? I have previously taken…

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Review: What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought (Stanovich, 2009)

www.goodreads.com/book/show/6251150-what-intelligence-tests-miss MOBI on libgen I’ve seen this book cited quite a few times and when looking for what to read next, it seemed like on okay choice. The book is written in typical popscience style: no crucial statistical information about the studies is mentioned, so it is impossible for the skeptical reader to know which…

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Human rationality

Induction and deduction are foundational to human rationality because it is impossible for a human to stop using them. Indeed what it means to be humanly rational is that one uses these reasoning systems. There is no sense in trying to discover any justification for these two reasoning systems because even if we discovered that…

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