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78 – Seriously, an Atheism Episode?

Eneasz, Jess, and Steven take an hour or so to talk about the New Atheism movement that occurred in the mid 2000’s. We experienced a bit of audio loss in the second half of the episode, so the conversation occasionally jumps around a bit, especially around an hour and 20 minutes in for about 5 minutes… Sorry about that. We’re buying an SSD to hopefully prevent any lossy recording in the future.

 

Links to things talked about in today’s episode:

Gwern’s (a popular contributor to LessWrong) personal website

Guided Path Decision Advisor that Jess mentioned (other tools here)

The first part of the Four Horsemen of the New Atheists group conversation

The Amazing IQ Squared debate with Hitch and Fry

Jai’s Blog post “Foes Without Faces” that Eneasz brought up

On Immunity, the book Jess mentioned

 

Be sure to check out Eneasz’s book, What Lies Dreaming

Vote for What Lies Dreaming at Top Web Fiction!

 

Sequence Posts for next time:

Self Deception: Hypocrisy of Akrasia? 

Tsuyoku Naritai (I Want to Become Stronger!)

 

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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77 – Meandering Around Albion’s Seed

This episode is a continuation of episode 75 – Culture Roots of American. Eneasz and Steven are alone in the recording studio, which means we have no one to keep us in check as we finish out discussion of Albion’s Seed and fall down plenty of rabbit holes.

The Cracked.com After Hours ninja turtles/everything is one of four things video

 

Sequence Posts for next time:

Archimedes’s Chronophone

Chronophone Motivators 

 

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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76 – Patreon and Censorship

 

David and Jess sit down with Eneasz and Steven to discuss the controversy of Patreon banning contributors from its platform.

David mentioned the connection between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein’s many, many accusations of raping young girls and soliciting the opportunity for others to do so. In Trump’s words: “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Pheidi’s link to a video on our AMA thread that sparked our conversation.

We’re now unapologetic shills for Tide.

An article talking about the recent poor-taste joke made by Louis CK.

 

 

Sequence Posts for next time:

Superstimuli and the Collapse of Western Civilization

Useless Medical Disclaimers 

 

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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75 – Culture Roots of America

We discuss these two SSC posts:

BOOK REVIEW: EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

BOOK REVIEW: ALBION’S SEED

also mentioned:

ALBION’S SEED, GENOTYPED, and the Dark Matter Conservative Universe is mentioned in I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup

 

Sequence Posts for next time:

The Scales of Justice, the Notebook of Rationality

Blue or Green on Regulation?

 

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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74 – Adventures in Feedback!

Eneasz, Jess, and Steven go down rabbit hole after rabbit hole while attempting to address some of our feedback backlog. Enjoy!

Rationality from AI to Zombies: The Simple Truth (Audio Version)

Stan Lee Cameo in Spiderman Game

Massimo Pigliucci vs Eliezer Yudkowsky blogging heads debate

Side by side of 60s olympics vs now (links to a bunch of gifs from Google – I couldn’t decide on just one to illustrate the point)

SSC post mentioned regarding diminishing returns from increased inputs

Guilt-Free Chocolate Cookie Recipe!

Next Week’s LessWrong Posts

Policy Debates Should Not Appear One Sided (Audio Link) (Text Link)

Birch’s Law (No Audio Link) (Text Link)

 

Big thanks to David for our intro music! Check out his music and VFX here!

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73 – Truth and Winning

The conspiracy worries about our post-truth government and looks at the question of why Rationalists aren’t at the top of everything they do.

 

Articles/things discussed in this episode

Link with analysis and discussion of the Jim Acosta incident

Sailor Vulcan’s post on LessWrong

Scott Alexander’s reply in the comments

The Last Rationalist’s take on the question

 

Relevant Links

The wonderful Rationality From AI to Zombies podcast’s episode on The Simple Truth (It turns out Eneasz didn’t actually do it)

 

Sequence Posts for next time:

Politics is the Mind-Killer

Just Lose Hope Already

You Are Not Hiring the Top 1%

 

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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