Against Rationalization

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. “Against Rationalization” [this sequence] speaks to this problem, followed by “Against Doublethink” (on self-deception) and “Seeing with Fresh Eyes” (on the challenge of recognizing evidence that doesn’t fit our expectations and assumptions).

  1. Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People
  2. Update Yourself Incrementally
  3. One Argument Against An Army
  4. The Bottom Line
  5. What Evidence Filtered Evidence?
  6. Rationalization
  7. A Rational Argument
  8. Avoiding Your Belief’s Real Weak Points
  9. Motivated Stopping and Motivating Continuation
  10. Fake Justification
  11. Is That Your True Rejection?
  12. Entangled Truths, Contagious Lies
  13. Of Lies and Black Swan Blowups
  14. Dark Side Epistemology

Human Evil and Muddled Thinking



Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People