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Kaj_Sotala comments on Recommended reading for new rationalists - Less Wrong

27 Post author: XFrequentist 09 July 2009 07:47PM

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Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 11 July 2009 08:35:53PM 0 points [-]

you will find useful things there that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Could you give some examples?

Comment author: brian_jaress 12 July 2009 09:42:12AM 0 points [-]

The analyses I mentioned in another comment, saying they might be dangerous, are also quite useful. The specific ideas he analyzes are often hard to find even mentioned elsewhere.

What's useful about the analyses is that they are fairly detailed case studies. They weren't written just to show that the ideas were wrong, or warn of making similar mistakes, but to give a feel for how the ideas seemed to the people who came up with them.