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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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79 – CyberChristianity

What the heck is CyberChristianity, and can it unite Christianity and Rationalism?

Links to things talked about in today’s episode:

Our previous AlphaGo episodes – 1 & 2 (poor audio, sadly)

AI must decide: Juggalo, or Clown?

We previously spoke more in-depth on paperclip maximizes and other aspects of the rise of our coming AI overlords in Who’s Afraid of AI?

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia in full

Friendship is Optimal

The Japanese game show requiring a man to win write-in sweepstakes wasn’t quite as felonious as Eneasz had remembered… he did agree to the initial challenge.

Chaing’s Hell is the Absence of God (pdf)

The original posts & podcasts on Rationality & Mormonism. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Lord of the Rationality

Hanson’s book The Elephant In The Brain

Scott Alexander on Growth Mindset

Humans are Awesome, Humans Being Bros

 

LW posts:
Self-deception: Hypocrisy or Akrasia?
Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger)

LW posts for next time:
Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct
“Statistical Bias”

 

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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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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