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 Post subject: Rationality PostPosted: 2010-06-12 05:41am
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So, I'm reading this story called "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality." Its on fanfiction.net, and links to a site called lesswrong. Ive been wandering there most of the night, and they are really big on Bayesian Logic. I went from there to game theory, and wiki had some things on Rand Corporation's System Analysis, and my question is;

Where do I learn more? I don't even know where to begin research on these things. Statistics classes? Books on amazon? Where do these topics come up, how can I learn them, and how useful are they in day to day life?



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 Post subject: Re: Rationality PostPosted: 2010-06-12 12:59pm
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So, I'm reading this story called "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality." Its on fanfiction.net, and links to a site called lesswrong. Ive been wandering there most of the night, and they are really big on Bayesian Logic. I went from there to game theory, and wiki had some things on Rand Corporation's System Analysis, and my question is;

Where do I learn more? I don't even know where to begin research on these things. Statistics classes? Books on amazon? Where do these topics come up, how can I learn them, and how useful are they in day to day life?


You mean about rational choice theory with probabilistic uncertainty?

That's pretty much inside game theory. You can buy this excellent textbook: http://www.amazon.com/Game-Theory-Analysis-Roger-Myerson/dp/0674341163/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276361855&sr=1-1.

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 Post subject: Re: Rationality PostPosted: 2010-06-12 01:59pm
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Awesome fanfiction. IT's writer is the guy behind the "AI in a Box" experiment.



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 Post subject: Re: Rationality PostPosted: 2010-06-12 05:25pm
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LessWrong does have quite a lot of explanations of their view of Rationality, how it works, it's problems, etc.

Many of them can be found here. Haven't read all of it myself (there is a lot of difficult stuff in there).

Obviously it is pretty one-sided, but they do try to support whatever they say.

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 Post subject: Re: Rationality PostPosted: 2010-06-12 08:10pm
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He's also written some original fiction that you may like. It's a little depressing though...

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