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85 – Stuff is Weird, Yo

This episode Jess, Eneasz, and Steven sit down to discuss… well, you tell us. We’re kind of all over the map here because things have, in the majority, been weird for us lately. We cover some random things about how America is going to shit, how to conduct yourself in public when making an effort not to spook people, and “magic” life hacks.

 


Stuff that came up this episode:

Georgia Heartbeat Bill

Doof! Media’s (called The Daly Planet at the time) episode on Alien and Aliens

Moridinamael (Matt Freeman) on Spamming Micro-Intentions to Generate Willpower

Reddit’s r/askmen thread on What the fuck are you supposed to do when you walk past a woman alone at night to let her know you’re not a murderer?

The related book, Whistling Vivaldi and a talk on the subject


LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Your Rationality is My Business

Feeling Rational

Briefly Discussed: Consolidated Nature of Morality Thread

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Universal Fire 

Universal Law

Think Like Reality

 


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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84 – Yang-arang!

Eneasz has a thing for Andrew Yang

He’s ex-goth

Yang interview on Freakonomics

Quick summary of Fosta/Sesta

Archer’s dead hookers

Where does Denver’s Pot Money go?

Hear Steven discuss Endgame on The Doofecast!

Chess-Boxing

 

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Priors as Mathematical Objects

Lotteries: A Waste of Hope

New Improved Lottery

 

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Your Rationality is My Business

Feeling Rational

and there will be a quick shout-out to the Consolidated Nature of Morality Thread


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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83 – REACH

Jess is back from their pilgrimage to Rationalist Mecca and Eneasz is dying to know all about it, while Steven tries his best to understand why anyone would want to live there.


Brian Caplan on Collusion in the Classroom

The Spoon Theory (also as a PDF here, for those who don’t want to wrestle with the hosting websites awful anti-adblocker)

Berkeley REACH

A Luminator!

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia bit where Mac says science is a LIE!

Adversarial Collaborations on SSC


LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

“Inductive Bias”

Futuristic Predictions as Consumable Goods

Marginally Zero-Sum Efforts


Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Priors as Mathematical Objects

Lotteries: A Waste of Hope

New Improved Lottery


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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82 – Revenge of the Feedback!

Jess is on a trip, so Eneasz and Steven do some more digging into our mailbag (last episode on feedback for now, we promise!). Stick around after the outro music starts because we keep going for another 25 minutes or so!

Skeptoid Episode on Fast Food Phobia (there’s a few more related episodes if you find the topic interesting)

Patreon supporter David sent us this talk given by Dr. Helen Fisher

One of Eliezer Yudkowsky’s Youtube videos on Heuristics and Biases (there are others if you search Youtube)

Eneasz mentioned a Chrome extension designed to filter out toxic comments


LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People

Debiasing as Non-Self-Destruction


Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

“Inductive Bias”

Futuristic Predictions as Consumable Goods


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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81 – That’s Too Much Feedback, Man

We dive into the neglected mailbag

Steven referenced this SSC post on the Intellectual Dark Web (see also this prior post)

It’s been revealed that James Gunn is back!

Johnny Depp is an abuse survivor

The incredibly shoddy plot to smear Robert Mueller with rape claims, explained, the Obama fake mutilation, and the Planned Parenthood libel.

 Blue Aliens comics!

McDonald’s Coffee Suit, which was absolutely legit

There are only seven (or six, or three, or one) stories

TED talk – getting Better, Faster, Stronger

Our previous Transhumanism episode

Book – Traffic: Why We Drive The Way We Do

As Tom Vanderbilt, the author of “Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us),” noted, “Merging late, that purported symbol of individual greed, actually makes things better for everyone.”
The result? A 15 percent increase in the volume of cars moving through the work zone and a 50 percent decrease in the length of the line

Book – The Wisdom of Crowds

Dvorak Keyboard


LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Useful Statistical Biases

The Error of Crowds

The Majority Is Always Wrong


Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Knowing About Biases Can Hurt People

Debiasing as Non-Self-Destruction


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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80 – The Reward and Peril of GPT2

Join us as we sit down with Alexander Whales (returning from Episode 63 about rational fiction and writes rational short stories, like the very popular Metropolitan Man) who is on to guide our discussion of GPT2, a new neural net language model/text analyzer/…author?


Discussed in this Episode:

Humans Who Are Not Concentrating Are Not General Intelligences

Can AI Change Your Mind (AI debate)

Alexander is currently writing Worth the Candle!

The book Eneasz mentioned, The Monster Baru Cormorant

Be sure to check out Eneasz’s book, What Lies Dreaming and Vote for What Lies Dreaming at Top Web Fiction!


LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct

“Statistical Bias”


Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Useful Statistical Biases

The Error of Crowds

The Majority Is Always Wrong


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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