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Under the Aegis of Transhuman Spiderman + Other Considerations (and Listener Feedback Catch-up)
Going beyond our meat-suits
Eneasz with PZ Meyers, Eliezer Yudkowsky, and David Brin: The Immortality Debate
China accused of engineering its most famous sporting export (Yao Ming)
Louis C.K.’s Incurable Shitty Ankle
Eneasz’s short story “Host” (plus others) is now available in a collection, both print and ebook!
The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi
The Golden Age, by John C. Wright
Friendship Is Optimal, by Iceman
AlphaGo is back. Patrick talks about its latest accomplishments, its future, and other topics in game advances.
Our first AlphaGo episode (a very early one, sorry about the audio quality)
News of the most recent AlphaGo adventures
Eneasz’s favorite type of tool-assist challenges – Item Abuse.
Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, and more
All the cool kids are doing podcasts about drugs, so…
How to get addicted to heroin without really trying. Eneasz thought he read this in The New Yorker, but it was actually Cracked, which is like the New Yorker except more prestigious.
Sam Harris’s podcast episode “Drugs And The Meaning of Life”
Slate Star Codex – Why Were Early Psychedelicists So Weird?
Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and is doing pretty well
Some areas of northern Mexico are basically cartel-states now
Eneasz couldn’t find any back-up for his claim that all cultures experience a 100-year pause in development after the discovery of alcohol, and since alcohol has been around since basically the start of civilization, he’s beginning to suspect that anecdote was meant as a joke.
Fake alcohol can still get people drunk (within limits)
The experience of a woman did acid weekly for almost a year and nearly died (not daily, as we’d mentioned in the episode). Fascinating post.
A presidential aide to Nixon reports that the Drug War was specifically about targeting the groups Nixon felt were his enemies.
Do children see the sky as blue, or even see “it” at all, before we tell them it’s there? Maybe Not
** Fixed the audio. Please re-download for the correct episode. **
Drugs that boost mental performance for dummies.
/r/nootropics for your nootropic discussion needs
The Last Psychiatrist’s Ritalin/Adderall post
The survey project where they’re gathering data on what humans would want self-driving cars to do in trolley-problem-like situations. Pretty fun!
What Is It Like To Be A Bat? (note: PDF)
Slate Star Codex article – You Kant Dismiss Universalizability
Wikipedia page on the Revelation Principle
Eliezer’s post on LessWrong – Ends Don’t Justify Means (Among Humans)
Another LessWrong post – Protected From Myself
Louis CK bit on Lying (1:46 seconds long)
Scott Alexander post on LessWrong – The Worst Argument in the World
The Prevalence of Lying in America: Three Studies of Self-Reported Lies
Kim B. Serota, Timothy R. Levine, & Franklin J. Boster
Eliezer_Yudkowsky 05 July 2009 comment on Not Technically Lying by Psychohistorian
S Kuczaj, K Tranel, M Trone, H Hill
Animal Welfare. Special Issue 10:161- 173 (2001)
Comadena’s study finds that friends & spouses have better deception rates than acquaintances, but friends have better deception rates than spouses. So, it’s more like closeness helps your lie-detection ability up to a point, but past that point of closeness, it starts to hurt instead of help. Some other studies show no significant difference between detection rates of strangers vs people in close relationships