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The very worthwhile analysis on holiday gift giving reddit comment.
Google’s deep learning utilizes these sorts of networks. “The Great AI Awakening” discusses this at some length, and is Eneasz’s source for visual recognition software finding cats in youtube videos and The Hidden Watchers.
This Alien Shore is what inspired Eneasz’s face-tattoos, it contains a society where every morning people apply very elaborate face make-up to signal their interests, social status, careers, education, etc. Those who are very confident they won’t have personality shifts over time get them tattooed on.
TED talk by David Epstein regarding extreme body-types of the most elite athletes. Link starts at 6:00, but the first six minutes of the talk is about how new technology has led to record-breaking improvements in performance, which is also very interesting.
The Conspirators meander through various topics, using a Tinder encounter as a framing story:
Steven’s OKCupid stats come from Rationally Speaking episode 89
Katrina’s OKCupid stats (and pic) come from Big Lies People Tell
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Fun on Tinder!
Ho hum, I’ll just flip through this person’s images…
I didn’t get the sad Kermit memo
Robin Hanson’s “What is Signaling?”
Scott Alexander’s definition of signaling: a method of conveying information among not-necessarily-trustworthy parties by performing an action which is more likely or less costly if the information is true than if it is not true.
A list of some blog posts about signaling courtesy of Less Wrong.
Hanson on sitting in on classes at Stanford.
*You usually need a degree for a job in academia 😛
Brian Caplan on illegal IQ tests
Venomous. We mean that the snakes are venomous, not poisonous.
Batesian mimicry is parasitic in that one species (the most edible one) benefits to the detriment of the model species. It can only be maintained if the harm caused to the predator by eating the model outweighs the benefit of eating the mimic. –Sterns & Hoekstra. Evolution: An Introduction (5th ed.). p. 464.
Katrina: To clarify, it’s hard for me to tell where the truth lies on the cost/benefit analysis of making a child. It isn’t hard to predict a child’s impact on carbon emissions. That’s clearly a cost.
Alonzo blogs at The Atheist Ethicist
Common Sense Atheism’s ULTIMATE Desirism FAQ
Link to The Atheist Ethicist’s overview of Desirism
Wikia page on Desirism
Doing the Right Thing
Katrina mentioned that she’d read that the impact of child rape is less severe on cultures where this practice is typical. It turns out is was a comment on this LessWrong post and the validity of this statement is not certain.
Kant bites the bullet on not lying to murderers in his typically named essay “On A Supposed Right To Lie From Altruistic Motives“.
SSC somewhat in favor of Deontology – You Kant Dismiss Universalizability
Common Rationalist saying: Consequentialism is Ideal, But Deontology is Safe for Humans
YouTube video where Katrina is arguing with a video gamer about the goodness of the protagonist of The Last Of Us.
Video of a bloody penguin fight over a female.
Planet Money episode on economic policies all economists are fully behind, but which will never be implemented.
Our Voting episode (with Tim!)