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Welcome to Less Wrong
A curatedcommunityblogA community discussion boardA source of edited rationality materials ... And a promoter of regular meetups around the world. Less Wrong is: In the past four decades, behavioral economists and cognitive psychologists have discovered many cognitive biases human brains fall prey to when thinking and deciding. Less Wrong is an online community for people who want to apply the discovery of biases like the conjunction fallacy, the affect heuristic, and scope insensitivity in order to fix their own thinking. Bayesian reasoning offers a way to improve on the native human reasoning style.

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Sequences A sequence is a series of multiple posts on Less Wrong on the same topic, to coherently and fully explore a particular thesis. Reading the sequences is the most systematic way to approach the Less Wrong archives. If you'd like an abridged index of the sequences, try XiXiDu's guide, or Academian's guide targeted at people who already have a science background. Benito's Guide aims to systematically fill the reader in on the most important ideas discussed on LessWrong (not just in the sequences). It also begins with a series of videos, which are a friendly introduction, and useful if you enjoy talks and interviews. If you prefer books over blog posts, Thinking and Deciding by Jonathan Baron and Good and Real by Gary Drescher have been mentioned as books that overlap significantly with the sequences.

WAKE UP! We are all ONE - Change YOURSELF to change the World Modern science is now beginning to confirm what spirituality, philosophy, sages, ancient teachings and psychedelics have been saying for millennia: the entire Universe is One and what we think of as "reality" is just an illusion; the only real thing in the Universe is Consciousness. “If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.” -Niels Bohr, Nobel Prize in Physics 1922 “The total number of minds in the universe is one.” -Erwin Schrödinger, Nobel Prize in Physics 1933

Human Genome Project Information Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institutes of Health. During the early years of the HGP, the Wellcome Trust (U.K.) became a major partner; additional contributions came from Japan, France, Germany, China, and others. Project goals were to identify all the approximately 20,500 genes in human DNA,determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA,store this information in databases,improve tools for data analysis,transfer related technologies to the private sector, andaddress the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project.

100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hlizifikh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike.

Have conferences like TED, and the explosion of the "Idea Class" run out of ideas? (Flickr/TEDxJakarta) Back in 1986, a guy named Richard Saul Wurman put together a meeting. A conference if you will. It was part show and tell, part 18th century salon. Wheaton's Law About Wheaton’s Law is an internet axiom which states “Don’t be a dick.” It was originally used in the context of sportsmanship in online gaming but its scope was eventually expanded to apply to life in general. Origin Ancient Greece <ul><li><a title=" href=" target="_self">Home </a></li><li><a title=" href=" target="_self"> Cultures</a></li><li><a title=" href=" target="_self"> World War II</a></li><li><a title=" href=" target="_self"> Picture Galleries</a></li><li><a title=" href=" target="_self"> Art </a></li><li><a title=" href=" target="_self">Other Resources</a></li></ul> Follow our updates on Facebook or Twitter Pictures on this page are for viewing only.

News and Investigative Journalism from Around the World The Syrian Peace Talks Look Like a Tragic Farce The "Geneva II" talks got off to a bad start, as participants immediately accused one another of being illegitimate and committing horrible crimes. And even if the two sides could come together, they'd have to figure out how to deal with the jihadist extremists on the ground. VICE News Khat Power Khat is a chewable herbal stimulant, popular among the UK's Somali and Yemeni communities. Despite there being little or no evidence that the drug causes harm to its users, the British government is working to outlaw khat. Bubble 2.0 Is Popping I've discussed Bubble 2.0 -- the new crop of social media companies that have enjoyed sharp appreciation in the private markets, often funded by Goldman Sachs (GS) -- numerous times before, observing how many of these companies have outlandish expectations, no profits, and a flawed growth strategy that focuses on user acquisition rather than increasing key metrics such as revenue from assets or revenue per customer. The companies that I lump into Bubble 2.0 are Facebook (FB), Zynga (ZNGA), LinkedIn (LNKD), Groupon (GRPN), Yelp (YELP), Zillow (Z), and Pandora (P); others in the IPO pipeline include Twitter, Foursquare, AirBnb, and Spotify. There are some signs, however, that the bubble is beginning to pop. This could be an opportunity for short sellers looking for a quick profit, or a sign for bulls to take profits and close their position.

Inventors' handbook Disclosure and confidentiality Know the important difference between protecting your idea against disclosure and protecting your idea against infringement. Proving the invention Prototypes are necessary. 30 Fantastic Websites To Lose Yourself In If you follow me on Twitter you might know that I moved to London last September. You might also know that since then I’ve had nothing but trouble trying to get an Internet connection set up in my home. Fortunately, last week I finally got everything up and running and to mark my triumphant return to the world of the Internet I went a little crazy and shared 30 of my favourite websites on Twitter.

Analysis & Opinion By Peter Thal Larsen The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

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