The Index

By @jvnixon


Book Manuscript

Overview of Abstraction Space

Attention / Focus

Your Brain at Work

Goleman’s Focus

Deep Work

Attention / Focus Literature

Belief Systems

Belief Systems


Patrick Collision’s Bookshelf

Book List

Topos Library

Books to Consider Buying

Reading Lists

Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Great Reads

Books I Like that I Expect <1% Of My Friends Have Heard Of


Notes Elements of Statistical Learning

Bret Victor’s Library

Patterns of Conflict

Santa Fe Institute Library

Jeremy Nixon’s Bookshelf

Applied Predictive Modeling

Notes Deep Learning Textbook

Notes Strang

Notes The Selfish Gene

Andreeson Horowitz Library

Notes Meanings of Life

Canonical Success

Canonical Success


Communities to Create

High Value Communities

Complex Systems


Optimize for Volatility


Systematizing Creativity

Decision Making

Compressing Decision Making

Winning Decisions


Principles of Decision Making

Decision Making Literature





Compressing Execution


Glass Bead Game


Forces Motivating Greatness



Daily Habits Decision Making


To Those Who Undermine Heroes


Idea List Ideas



Introspection on Hyperanalytic

Language Patterns

Wisdom Language Patterns

Religious Language Patterns

Love Language Patterns


Compressing How to Learn

Meta-Learning: Story of an Autodidact

Autodidact Resource Sharing

Lifestyle Design


Machine Intelligence

Bias Variance vs. Variance, Bias Variance vs. Sensitivity-Specificity

Metalearning the Structure of Information

Deepmind's Path to Neuro-Inspired General Intelligence

High-Level Machine Intelligence Reading Group

Abstract Representation Learning

Google Brain Research Overview

Criticisms of Machine Learning / Deep Learning

Generative / Causal / Hierarchical Model-Based Reinforcement Learning

Against Embodiment, Intuitive Physics & Neuroinspiration

Deepmind Research Overview

Machine Intelligence Research Frontier

Future of Machine Intelligence

Issues in ML Research

Relative Safety of Forms of Machine Intelligence

Deep Learning Frameworks

Interesting Facts in Machine Learning

Open AI Research Breakdown


Recursive Self-Improvement, Task Search, AI-GAs, Powerplay [Beneficial AGI]

NeuroInspiration / Deep RL

Multi-Agent Conversation Notes

Facebook AI Research Overview

Relative Safety of Paths to General Intelligence








Fundamental Human Narratives

Organizing Research

Research Experiments, Processes and Systematization

Miming Great Scientists

Ideas Worth Implementing as Research Org

Publishing Decomposition / Recombination

Properties of Research Orgs

Open Research


Public Policy Positions


To Convert Into Posts


Distinctions in Power


Evaluating Rare Interventions


Productivity Systems

My Life

Experiments List


Silicon Valley Job Skilling & Acquisition Guide

Motivation Idea Space



Good Questions


What is Rationality?

Naive Rationality




Influence Literature

Gottman on Marriage

What Every Body is Saying

High Level Models




Competing Status Hierarchies


Teaching / Learning Superforecasting


High Level Understanding Mathematics

High Level Understanding CS

High Level Understanding Physics

Comprehensive Technical Machine Learning Topics


Systematized Predictive Modeling


Deepmind’s Path to Neuro-Inspired General Intelligence

OpenAI Research Overview

Google Brain Research Overview

Demis Hassabis Resources Aggregate

Limitations of Mathematics


Mind of Demis Hassabis

On Knowing Everything


Industrial Revolution Tech

Tech Trends


Thinkers Who Went Deeper

Peter Thiel on Progress and Stagnation

Thinking / Modeling

Models Worth Creating

Distinctions in Conceptual Style

Algorithmic Thinking



How to Think

Cognitive Categorization


Seduced by Knowledge

Changing my mind about my mind

Thought Loops, Emotion Loops




Vivid Visualization

Idea Lists (Upon Request)

18-11-13 Powerful Concepts in Machine Learning

18-09-22 Efficient Social Search

18-09-22 Anti-Trends (Technologies that need to be trending but aren't)

18-09-19 What is 'Real'?

18-09-19 High Value Communities

18-09-18 Rare Concepts I Think With Daily

18-09-10 Counterfactuals Fact List

18-09-10 Words to Create (Creating Concepts)

18-09-29 My Favorite Books

18-09-05 Sources of Value

18-09-05 Sources of Contrarian Truth

18-09-15 Renaming Generalization

18-10-12 How to Overcome Approach / Conversation Anxiety at Brain

18-10-22 Gradient Variance

18-08-31 Thoughts on Valuable Research Events

18-10-29 Strengths

18-11-02 Transcendent Self Awareness

18-11-02 Types of Transcendence

18-11-05 People Who Know Me Best in the World

18-11-06 Common Mistakes in Thinking (Why it's hard to think)

18-11-06 Decomposing Intelligence

18-11-10 Properties of Relationship

18-11-10 Unmodelability, Mechanisms of Chaos

18-11-20 How to Handle the Truth

18-10-15 Funding Transcendent Enlightenment / Startup Ideas

18-08-29 Meta-concepts

18-06-24 Compassion Language Patterns

18-04-08 Wisdom Language Patterns

18-06-02 Grand Scientific Projects

18-06-07 Powerful Rituals (Ritual Design)

18-06-19 Vulnerability Language Patterns

18-11-27 Consciousness Decomposition

18-06-25 Admiration Language Patterns

18-06-25 Empathy Language Patterns

18-06-25 Kindness Language Patterns

18-06-25 Love Language Patterns

18-06-27 Words of Power

18-06-29 Honesty

18-06-29 Joy Language Patterns

18-06-29 Openness Language Patterns

18-07-03 x without x

18-07-05 Systematizing Humor

18-07-15 Agency Language Patterns

18-08-03 Generators of Great Questions

18-08-03 How to use my time more effectively

18-08-10 Ideas that most changed my decisions

18-08-12 Sharable Bucket List

18-08-15 Most Valuable Research Events

18-08-16 Implementations of Concepts in Representation Learning

18-08-21 Independent, First Principles Thinking

18-08-22 Types of Truth You Can't Handle

18-08-26 Deconstruction

18-08-27 New Concrete Representation Learning Ideas

18-11-28 Most General Concepts

07-01-14 Website Ideas

18-12-13 What is Precision?

15-08-18 Technical Hyperanalytic Posts

16-11-23 Guaranteeing I be Meta

16-12-09 Learning Maths

17-01-27 Synthesizing Information from Worldview Building

17-01-29 Ideas for topics with Sebastian

17-02-01 Ideas for Learning Machine Learning

17-02-01 Ways to Discover Contrarian Truths

17-02-05 Machine Learning Startup Ideas

17-02-09 Learning How to Focus

17-03-23 Unusual Startup Ideas

17-04-08 Systematizing Creativity

17-07-05 Ways to Increase Action Bias

17-07-07 Ways to Explain Machine Learning Algorithms

17-07-21 Meta-Modeling

17-07-25 Reputation Building

17-07-26 Contrarian Ideas I Have

17-07-26 Running Model-Technique

17-07-26 Things to do once a billionaire

17-07-27 Alignment & Control Solutions

17-07-28 How to Be Like Me

17-07-30 Expanding Attention Span

17-07-31 System 1 Breakdown

17-08-01 Examples of Structure

17-08-02 How to Silence the Chatter

15-08-05 Data Science Projects I Would Love

18-11-28 The Big Questions

15-07-21 Writing Ideas

15-07-16 Idea Lists (Meta)

18-12-17 Fields by Transferability

18-12-19 Fields to Create

18-12-22 Modes of Thought

18-12-28 My MI Contrarian Truths

18-12-29 Types of Transcendence applied to Research Labs

18-12-30 Extremely Useful Tools & Heuristics

18-12-31 Generators of Meaning

19-01-01 Maximizing Relationship Longevity

19-01-16 Places to Intervene in a System

19-01-18 Learning Judgment

19-01-20 Generating Generators

19-01-27 Modes of Thinking worth Internalizing

19-01-29 Games Decomposition

19-01-29 Machine Learning Interview Recombination

19-01-30 Different Definitions of Rationality in Use

19-01-30 Measuring Network Similarity

06-16-14 Hello World

06-17-14 Writing

06-19-14 Energy

06-21-14 Learning Programming

18-03-05 Metalearning Research Ideas

07-02-14 Careers, Backward Induction

07-06-14 To Synthesize Reading

15-02-19 Experiments I should be doing

15-03-19 Ideas for Learning ML/AI

15-05-07 Ideas for Learning Algorithms

15-07-14 Ideas for Ingraining Thinking Framework

15-07-17 Intellectual Habits/Lifestyle

18-02-28 Implementing the Structure of Information

17-12-27 Map / Territory Confusions

18-02-18 How to Become Obsessed

17-08-04 What I would do if I didn't care about reputation

17-08-05 Social at ICML

17-08-07 Deep Problems with Machine Learning

17-08-08 Juicy sides to mathematics and programming

17-08-09 Breakthroughs leading to machine intelligence

17-08-10 Machine Intelligence Contrarian

17-08-11 Hierarchical Structure

17-08-14 New Types of Structure in Information

17-08-18 Continuing Worldview Building

17-08-19 Fighting back against HN

17-08-20 Communities to Create

17-08-21 Desedirata for Deep Learning Libraries

17-08-24 Ways to Induce Anger

17-08-25 Ways to Induce Action Bias in a Community

17-08-27 Contrarian Truths about Machine Learning (Linear Regression)

15-08-25 Getting Good at Algorithms

17-08-27 Interesting Facts in Machine Learning (Linear Regression)

17-08-28 Interesting Facts in Machine Learning (Logistic Regression)

17-08-29 Interesting Facts in Machine Learning (Decision Trees)

17-11-06 Thoughts On Pinker

17-11-11 Potential Language Patterns

17-11-23 How to Control System 1

17-11-30 Envision Ideas To Make Happen

17-12-10 Operationalizing Systematizing Creativity

17-12-24 Questions Whose Answers Would Tweak my Goals

18-01-02 Validation Seeking Language Patterns

18-01-02 Ways to Become a Billionaire

18-01-04 Building a Work Ethic

18-01-06 Future Changes in Morality

18-01-08 Glimpses of Reality

18-01-08 How to Clarify Thoughts

18-01-09 Fundamental Human Narratives

18-01-12 Counter Utilitarian Intuitions

18-01-13 Grigory's Compiled Creativity, Shannon

18-01-13 Strengths

18-01-16 How to Talk About Abstraction

18-01-22 Conversational Mental Motions

18-01-23 Emotion & RL

18-01-23 Religious Language Patterns

18-01-24 ML Contrarian Truths Worth Testing

18-01-25 Valuable Properties of Representations

18-01-28 What People Want, as a Function of Personality

18-02-04 Destroying the Ego

18-02-11 Workshopping Creativity

17-11-06 Options Given a Break

17-11-04 What to do with a billion dollars.

17-11-03 Differentiating Factors Between Brain and MSR

17-10-30 NIPS Creativity and Interpretable Representation Ideas

17-08-30 Deep Learning Library Ideas

17-08-31 Machine Learning Projects

17-09-02 Interesting Facts about Neural Networks

17-09-06 Types of Relational Structure

17-09-09 The Selfish Gene on Memetics

17-09-11 Components of Voice

17-09-11 Experiment Ideas

17-09-13 Interesting Icebreakers

17-09-14 Principles of Structure

17-09-17 Books to Write

17-09-17 Longevity Interventions

17-09-20 Persuasive Framing of FoMI

17-09-21 Life & Productivity Coach Ideas

17-09-21 Types of Temporal Structure

17-09-23 Common Insecurities

17-09-24 Upsides to Low Status

17-09-25 Additional Weakness

17-09-26 Additional Weakness Experiments

17-09-27 Interesting Approaches to AI Safety

17-09-28 Frontier Conversations

17-10-06 Post Religion Ideologies

17-10-07 Dominance Language Patterns

17-10-14 Interesting Facts in Machine Learning (Neural Networks)

17-10-16 Accomplishing Arbitrary Deadlines

17-10-17 Interesting Facts in Memetics

17-10-21 Ordered List of Breakthroughs for Machine Intelligence

17-10-26 Representation Learning Research Ideas

19-02-01 Book Dissection

19-01-31 Humor Decomposition

19-02-01 Conceptual Decomposition

19-02-02 Quality Examples of Newly Created Concepts

19-02-02 Things I Should Read Daily

19-02-03 How to make ideas or concepts generative

20-01-29 Computational Neuroscience Theories

20-01-22 Productive and Practical Research Ideas

20-01-11 My Needs

20-01-09 Writing Down Culture

20-01-09 Amazing Nature (Ritual Worthy)

20-01-07 Overcoming Anxiety

20-01-06 Becoming Autocatalytic

20-01-06 Accountability Schemes

20-01-01 Trans-X

19-12-31 Meta-X

19-12-26 Worlds I know little about

19-11-08 Optimization Algorithms

19-10-24 Emotional Space

19-10-12 Ways to Improve Focus

19-10-07 Novel Feedback-Loop Based Machine Learning Algorithms

20-02-08 Innovations in Research Organization

20-02-10 Favorite Complement Categories

20-02-21 My Lifestyle Creep

20-02-21 Transhumanist Adjacent Communities

20-07-28 Worthy Problems

20-07-20 Reward System Options

20-07-19 Learning Tools

20-07-13 Deep Ideas in Class Discovery

20-07-10 Depth in Research

20-07-05 Brain Healthy Foods Jeremy Doesn't Hate

20-07-02 Common changes in Agency

20-07-01 Symptoms and Drivers of Civilizational Decline

19-10-07 Mathematical Creativity

20-05-12 Novel Methodology

20-04-30 Effectively Running Seminars

20-04-12 Ways in which people tend to be asleep

20-04-12 Knowing Someone

20-03-10 Questions to ask regularly / Life Reframes

20-03-09 Potential Life Updates

20-02-29 Deep Truths

20-06-29 Ethics Topics

19-10-07 Language Re-Representation

19-10-07 Culture Tells

19-10-05 Ways to Engage with a Presentation

19-05-20 Projects Worth Doing

19-05-20 21st Century Major Scientific Breakthroughs

19-05-15 Properties of Self-Reference

19-05-04 Posts / Essays / Articles to Write

19-05-02 Recent Breakthroughs in Deep Learning

19-05-01 Research Failure Stories

19-04-22 Social Movements

19-04-21 Technical Worldview Breaking

19-05-27 Examples of Transcendence

19-04-08 Ideas Which Dramatically Shift Your Decision Making (Extends Worldview Breaking Ideas)

19-03-25 Love Validating Questions

19-03-17 Paradigms in Machine Intelligence worth Questioning

19-02-24 Calibration (Conceptual Decomposition)

19-02-23 Counterarguments to the Learning Paradigm

19-02-11 Physical Connection

19-02-04 How to be way ahead of your time

19-04-07 New Paradigms in Safety

19-05-27 Relative Safety of Forms of General Intelligence

19-06-06 10 Systems Worth Having

19-09-20 Ranking of Companies by Religiosity

19-09-14 Traps to Avoid

19-08-02 Landmark Language Patterns

19-07-14 Valuable Unexplored Communities

19-07-02 Ordered List of Great Interventions

19-06-25 Kinds of Introduction

19-06-24 Ways to Induce Hypomania

19-06-05 Research Ideas in Robustness + Alignment + Security + Long Term Safety

19-06-23 Truly Disgusting Concepts

19-06-18 Ways to Read My Whole Library

19-06-18 How to Become Deep

19-06-15 Obviously Correct Diet Interventions

19-06-13 Transcendent Self-Awareness

19-06-11 Forms of Reappraisal

19-06-11 Elements of Great Storytelling

19-06-20 Forms of Recursive Self Improvement