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We speak with aspiring rationalists with children.
Our previous episode pondering children – Kids, These Days
Louis C.K. has a bunch of stuff on parenting
I Wonder by Annaka Harris, a book on emotional intelligence for children
Article on treating kids like people
The Rider and the Elephant (and the Path!)
Bryan Caplan argues that kids basically turn out how their genes direct, and parenting has little influence, so don’t sweat it too much (as long as you aren’t neglectful/abusive). Short Post and (comparatively) Long Book.
Julia Galef’s ‘Update Project‘. Check out some of the other links on her website too.
Steven: “There’s a ton of content and techniques in this area that I wanted to cover and didn’t get a chance to. I’m including a couple of further reading suggestions below.”
Brienne Yudkowsky’s blog “Agenty Duck” is the best source of introspective techniques and considerations on this and related topics. I suggest starting with this post.
I’m also a huge fan of the Double Crux Game, which I’ve never had a chance to play formally. Basically you and a willing participant with whom you disagree on something figure out what the root cause of your disagreement is (almost never the apparent disagreement) and analyze the crux of your disagreement. At the end, you shouldn’t disagree anymore (like good Bayesians!) Check out links about this here and here.
More ritual than spirituality, honestly. We were aiming for both, but caught up in ritual. Perhaps we’ll revisit the spirituality aspect in a future episode!
Melting Asphalt on Religion, Politics, and Self-Suppression
The type of poetry Eneasz likes is called “villanelles.” Here are four great examples.
From SSC: Meditations on Moloch
From Jai: 500 Million, But Not a Single One More
Sam Harris’s book on spirituality, Waking Up
Sam Harris on Islam and the Misuses of Ecstasy
You can’t control (well) what you can’t count
Samzdat’s posts that served as the basis of much of this episode:
Man as a Rationalist Animal, and
The Meridian of Her Greatness.
Also: The Use and Abuse of Witchdoctors for Life (not Witchdoctors Without Borders, as Eneasz misremembered)
And the original source material, for the purists. 🙂
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