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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 01 October 2007 06:38:14PM 8 points [-]

Robyn Dawes, "Rational Choice in an Uncertain World", great intro for a popular educated audience.

The edited volumes "Judgment Under Uncertainty", "Heuristics and Biases", and optionally "Choices, Values, and Frames", in that order, for a survey of the research in heuristics and biases.

Probability theory for complicated problems that can be solved by calculus: E.T. Jaynes, "Probability Theory: The Logic of Science"

Probability theory and the structure of the real world exploited by tractable cognitive algorithms: Judea Pearl, "Probabilistic Reasoning in Intelligent Systems"

Some other books I found important on my journey:

"The Moral Animal" by Robert Wright, popular intro to ev-psych

"The Adapted Mind", especially "The Psychological Foundations of Culture", by Tooby and Cosmides (less popular ev-psych)

"Adaptation and Natural Selection" by George Williams (how to stop anthropomorphizing evolution)

"The Tao is Silent" by Raymond Smullyan (correct action does not have to be effortful or rigidly controlled)