Reading rationalpoker.com is very +EV

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Rationality. Poker. These are two topics which are very near and dear to me. And now, finally, there is a blog that aims to elucidate “how to use poker to reduce cognitive biases and improve your rationality.” Woo-hoo!

I’ve always believed poker to be an excellent test of rationality and encourage poker players to familiarize themselves with rudimentary rationality concepts (especially cognitive biases). In fact, many good players are probably already using Bayesian logic without even knowing about it (at least Phil Galfond discusses this). This knowledge is guaranteed to improve your game — so do it! Rationalpoker.com promises to be a great source for introducing these concepts through the framework of poker. The site already has some stellar posts on topics such as correcting the self-serving bias, poker as a transferrable skill, and even poker as a zen practice. Good stuff! 

What’s more, the site liberally references a lot of material on the seminal online rationality community Less Wrong. For readers who want to dig a little deeper and learn more about rationality, I can’t recommend Less Wrong more strongly. In particular, a good place to start are the Core Sequences. (Note: All revenue from rationalpoker.com will be donated to The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, one of the sponsors of Less Wrong).  

At this point I would write “good luck” if I would believe in it. Rather, in the vein of Mr. Sheen, I’ll just say: “go win!” 

Bonus reading: The 12 Virtues of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky