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53 – Principles of Curiosity with Brian Dunning

Brian Dunning of the Skeptoid podcast and Skeptoid Media Inc. returns to talk with us about his newest documentary, The Principles of Curiosity! (Website Link, Video Link)

It presents a general introduction to the foundations of scientific skepticism and critical thinking, focusing on a simple process they call the three Cs: Challenge, Consider, and Conclude.

It’s the spiritual successor to his 2011 intro to critical thinking documentary, Here Be Dragons.

Coming in 2018, Skeptoid Media’s new feature documentary: Science Friction! In their own words:

Finally, a documentary about scientists who get misrepresented by the media.
Those TV documentaries you see, and the science experts they feature? Did you know that producers often edit them out of context, and twist their words, to make it seem like they promoted some pop sensationalism instead of the real facts?

Science Friction is going to expose these faux documentaries by name, and will give the scientists a chance to clear the record. The film is intended for theatrical release. The networks are not going to like us very much, so we are crowdfunding the production.”

This project is still receiving funding and the more money they receive for funding, the better this film will be. Seriously, consider clicking the link above and throw them a few bucks to help bring this documentary to the public and have it pack as much of a punch as possible.

We also discuss a recently released Skeptoid episode 605 – The Civil War Pterosaur.

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52 – Marriage is Obsolete Technology

A discussions as to whether marriage is outdated and net-harmful.

In large part based on Eneasz’s blog post.

Naveen recommends this discussion between 3Blue1Brown and Ben Eater on Net Neutrality

See also Naveen’s current project – Standard Meta

Next episode: The Principles of Curiosity

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51 – Robert McIntyre Returns

Robert McIntyre talks about the future of aldehyde-stabilized cryopreservation

I’m sure you’re all stoked about the sound on this one. All we can say is that we took steps to correct it (like we all recorded our audio independently, including having Robert send his own recording to us) and somehow the heavens conspired to make this sound harsher than the first. Sorry for the ear damage.

Robert’s blog

AlphaZero news

Yudkowsky contends that AlphaZero is evidence for fast-take-off AI

Colorado has some right-to-die laws 🙂

Heroic Responsibility

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Happy Holidays! Nothing this new this week, but here’s some Star Wars 🙂

The Methods of Rationality main page

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50 – Approaching Rationality with Kyle Moore

In this episode we have our sound engineer Kyle Moore on the show. I thought it would be fun to talk with someone who sort of has to listen to the show and get their take on it. The conversation was, in my opinion, very fun and engaging. I also edited this episode since Kyle has been busy with his day job. – Steven

Discussed in this episode:

Straw Man vs Steel Man arguments

Eneasz’s panel discussion on death (with PZ Meyers, David Brin and Eliezer Yudkowsky)

Transhumanism (Quick reference link)

Transhumanism (Good essay)

The Bottom Line

Minecraft Calculator

Long explanation of the Double Crux game

Previous episode where we talked about moral philosophy

” “is normative ethics boring and/or completely disconnected from any actual moral reasoning you do in your everyday life?” If your answer is “yes”, you are not a Ravenclaw primary. If your answer is “no”, welcome to Team Ravenclaw. ” – from Ozy’s  blog, Thing of Things.

The Wired article explaining what the current internet architecture looks like, and why Net Neutrality is most a fight between CDNs (like Netflix) and ISPs (like Comcast).

Tyler Cowen comes out against the current Net Neutrality regulations

A Forbes opinion piece on the matter, pointing out that the battle isn’t over what people think it’s over, internet “fast lanes” already exist, and linking to:

This FCC report (pdf) that says as of Dec 31 2106, 94% of the US population had access to 3+ providers in their area that provide speeds of 10Mbps download, and 76% had access to at least 2 providers of 25Mbps download.

According to the graph on this page, as of June 30 2015, only about 20% of people in the United States had access to at least two ISPs who provide speeds up to 25 Mbps of download speed. About 89% had access to 2+ providers at 10 Mbps.

Either there’s been a lot of ISP expansion in the past two years, or the FCC has changed how they measure access.

The actual numbers required unlocking everything in Star Wars Battlefront 2 (before the fanbase exploded and EA temporarily disabled the ability to buy loot boxes).

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49 – Spirituality via Drugs

Make me one with everything.

We went a little off-format for this one.

Peter Singer – All Animals Are Equal (pdf)

Scott Alexander tries to do a study, but it’s unethical…

Eliezer Yudkowsky on Joy In The Merely Real

Richard Dawkins – The Greatest Show on Earth

William The Conqueror (Sexyback parody)

Rick Strassman – DMT: The Spirit Molecule

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