Recommended Readings

Most readings suggested here fulfill the “insight-a-minute” criteria. As a result, many of those are dense in information and some of the ideas presented may be significantly challenging or disorienting.

Outside of their great literary and informational value, these readings also serve as introductory material to the field of Existential Risk Research and Prevention.

Remember that whatever you read here does not change reality, only your understanding of it. To keep a healthy mind, listen to yourself and take breaks (ideally) before it is necessary for you to do so, spend time with those you love, and take time to recalibrate your thinking against that of reasonable people you know.

Slate Star Codex: The Joyful Reduction of Uncertainty
Rationality: From AI to Zombies
    • by Eliezer Yudkowsky – Online & Offline. Free. (50 hrs). A collection of six volumes further broken down into 300+ essays, bringing forth the science underlying human irrationality in an attempt to fundamentally improve critical reasoning for generations to come.
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Bringing cognitive biases into light one by one, the decision theorist and researcher Eliezer Yudkowsky carefully works his way through the science — and the art — of human rationality. Topics range from computer science, physics, philosophy, to the future of artificial intelligence, and are interlaced with a mix of fables, argumentative essays, and personal vignettes.

A most comprehensive review of this book.
The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
    • by Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson
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Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
    • by Philip E. Tetlock & Dan Gardner
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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
    • by Robert B. Cialdini
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