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Bayes’ Rule is a theorem from probability theory about how to adjust your confidence in your beliefs, as you learn new information. It’s often featured in CFAR workshops. In a recent video blog, Julia uses animations to explain how Bayes’ Rule works, and how she uses it in her everyday reasoning and decision making:

We spend a fair amount of time at CFAR workshops tackling “bugs” in our daily lives. But does learning to solve small problems really make a big difference? Recent CFAR alum and Oxford student, Ben Albert Pace, posted this thoughtful discussion of the “debugging” mindset on his personal blog. Excerpt below; read the whole thing

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May 08

Back from Boston

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We’re back from running our first-ever rationality workshop in Boston. (Well, actually, a rustic retreat in Harvard, MA, about 50 minutes outside of Boston). We usually try a few new things each time we run a workshop, while keeping most of our tried-and-true features constant. This workshop was no exception. For one, we had an

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We’ll be taking people’s questions about life, philosophy, and rationality, and giving them our best off-the-cuff answers here on the CFAR blog. Q: “How do we confront the fact that having false beliefs is sometimes more efficient and productive?” A: I’m willing to accept that, in principle, false beliefs can help you achieve your goals.

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What’s one thing you can do to improve your physical and mental health, be happier and more successful? Before I tell you the answer, first try answering these questions (interpretation in the footnotes [1]). For each question select the statement (a or b) that you agree with the most. a) Many of the unhappy things

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