Against Rationalization

Aug 24, 2017

by Eliezer Yudkowsky

The last sequence focused in on how feeling tribal often distorts our ability to reason. Now we'll explore one particular cognitive mechanism that causes this: much of our reasoning process is really rationalization—story-telling that makes our current beliefs feel more coherent and justified, without necessarily improving their accuracy.

Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People

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Update Yourself Incrementally

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One Argument Against An Army

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The Bottom Line

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What Evidence Filtered Evidence?

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Rationalization

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A Rational Argument

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Avoiding Your Belief's Real Weak Points

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Motivated Stopping and Motivated Continuation

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Fake Justification

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Is That Your True Rejection?

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Entangled Truths, Contagious Lies

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Of Lies and Black Swan Blowups

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Dark Side Epistemology

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