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In this episode, we discuss 3 or 4 popular things currently (or recently) circulating Rationalist circles online.
Yudkowsky on no fire alarms for AI.
Zvi on the concept of Slack.
Ben Hoffman “Sabbath Hard and Go Home“.
A Lesswrong Crypto Autopsy on Lesserwrong by Scott Alexander:
Gwern discussing bitcoin on Lesswrong back in the day.
Robin Hanson returns to talk about his new book: The Elephant In The Brain
Robin’s classic “X is not about Y” post. 2008! Man, time flies.
Eneasz mentioned The North Pond Hermit. Relevant quote: “Solitude did increase my perception. But here’s the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn’t even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free.”
Yudkowsky’s short “Lord of the Rationality”
The Zvi’s review of Elephant In The Brain
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.
A discussions as to whether marriage is outdated and net-harmful.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
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.