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120 – Why Can’t We Brain Good?

We address frustration with how hard it is to wrangle these brains.

Wikipedia on Cognitive Distortions

Spamming Mirco Intentions

Richard Wiseman’s books 59 Seconds, and As If

Replacing Guilt

Animal Madness book

A free cbt workbook
We mention CBT a lot.

Internal family systems

The movie Velvet Buzzsaw

MAPS (psychedelic therapy)


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Radical Honesty
We Don’t Really Want Your Participation
Applause Lights

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Rationality and the English Language

Human Evil and Muddled Thinking


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Episode 119 – If You’re A Human, You’re Already Losing To GPT-3

GPT-3 wrote the title of this episode!

Join us as we talk with an expert insider and an expert enthusiast about GPT-3! The technology has come a surprisingly long way in a surprisingly short time!

Rick and Morty GPT-3: Rick tries to sell Morty on the idea of investing in an HSA

GPT-3 on Philosophers by GTP-3: GPT-3 argues with philosophers who claim it’s not conscious

Gwern’s page of GPT-3 stuff

The following is an excerpt of the perfect OK Cupid profile:

I believe in the importance of a good joke and a good book. I also believe in the importance of a good meal. I am a big fan of “The Simpsons” and “The Big Bang Theory.” I also enjoy “Family Guy,” “South Park,” “The Office,” “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” “30 Rock,” and a few others. I like a lot of TV shows. I like to listen to a lot of podcasts. I spend a lot of time at the gym. I’m on a kickboxing class that I love. I also like to run and swim. I’m not sure how I’ll incorporate these things into my future family life, but I know I will. My favorite musicians are The National, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, and so many others. I also love classical music. I’m not sure how I’ll incorporate these things into my future family life, but I know I will. I like to read. I don’t read as much as I used to, but I love to read. I love to read books that make me think. I also love to read books that make me laugh.

 

The following is an excerpt of the perfect OK Cupid profile for someone who loves The Nightmare Before Christmas:

I love Tim Burton’s films and wish that I lived in Halloween Town. I sometimes dress like Jack Skeleton for Halloween. I own a replica of the Santa Claw. I have a collection of Oogie Boogie’s wiggling eyes in my closet. I think it’s adorable when Jack and Sally kiss. I want to be the Mayor of Halloween Town when I grow up. I want to marry a skeleton. I am a skeleton. I want to be a skeleton.


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Anchoring and Adjustment

The Crackpot Offer

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Radical Honesty
We Don’t Really Want Your Participation
Applause Lights


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We’d like to thank creators of our new outro music from the Sumerki Project! Check out their stuff here!

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118 – Guns, Germs, and Guns (except the Germs are actually More Guns)

Gray joins us to discuss the practicalities of firearms. Be prepared!

The Cyberpunk Ezine Jace mentioned

The Legend of Murder-Ghandi

Uber and Lyft ordered by California judge to classify drivers as employees

Americans own a lot of guns.

Like, a LOT of guns.

 

Uncultured Swine – the podcast dissecting Iain Banks’ Culture novels – Apple & Sounder


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Absurdity Heuristic, Absurdity Bias

Availability

Why is the Future So Absurd?

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Anchoring and Adjustment

The Crackpot Offer


Big thanks to David for our intro music! Check out his music and VFX here!

We’d like to thank creators of our new outro music from the Sumerki Project! Check out their stuff here!

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117 – The Guild of Servants

Alex and David are launching The Guild Of Servants — an outward-facing Rationalist organization for engaging and optimizing your local social enviroment.

To apply for inclusion in their Alpha program, email GuildOfServants@gmail.com with a short response (<1000 charecters) explaining your hopes for the course, introducing yourself, and how you received this invitation. Hearing this podcast counts as having received an invitation to apply.

You can email Alex for logistics advice on creating LW meetups in your area – alex.hedtke@gmail.com

Also mentioned in this episode:
Stand-up mathematician shows how digital pictures work and are basically all just spreadsheets
The Roots of Wokeness


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Explain/Worship/Ignore?

“Science” as Curiosity-Stopper

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Absurdity Heuristic, Absurdity Bias

Availability

Why is the Future So Absurd?


Big thanks to David for our intro music! Check out his music and VFX here!

We’d like to thank creators of our new outro music from the Sumerki Project! Check out their stuff here!

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116 – Truth, Falsity, and Censorship

Today we’re joined by special guest Alexander Wales!

Where is the line between hiding information and censorship? Is censoring content ever desirable? What role does “cancel culture” play in this? Find discussion on these questions and more inside!


Nominate What Lies Dreaming for a Dragon Award

A Letter on Justice and Open Debate – Harper’s Letter


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Making History Available

Stranger Than History

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Explain/Worship/Ignore?

“Science” as Curiosity-Stopper


Big thanks to David for our intro music! Check out his music and VFX here!

We’d like to thank creators of our new outro music from the Sumerki Project! Check out their stuff here!

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115 – Does Rationality Actually Do Anything?

Does Rationality improve life outcomes? How have we managed to do this show for like 4 years without hitting this question head on?! Tune in to find out!


Nominate What Lies Dreaming for a Dragon Award

Vice article on CFAR (Center for Applied Rationality)

Related CFAR article from the New York Times

My IRB Nightmare crosspost at LW

Flu Stats that Eneasz mentioned (and another source)

Random New Yorker Article on the reaction to SSC being deleted

Aella’s Tweet about being an aid for people struggling with their faith

Eneasz mentioned No More Cruelty to Elephants 🙂


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

My Wild and Reckless Youth

Failing to Learn from History

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Making History Available

Stranger Than History


Big thanks to David for our intro music! Check out his music and VFX here!

We’d like to thank creators of our new outro music from the Sumerki Project! Check out their stuff here!

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