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More ritual than spirituality, honestly. We were aiming for both, but caught up in ritual. Perhaps we’ll revisit the spirituality aspect in a future episode!
Melting Asphalt on Religion, Politics, and Self-Suppression
The type of poetry Eneasz likes is called “villanelles.” Here are four great examples.
From SSC: Meditations on Moloch
From Jai: 500 Million, But Not a Single One More
Sam Harris’s book on spirituality, Waking Up
Sam Harris on Islam and the Misuses of Ecstasy
You can’t control (well) what you can’t count
Samzdat’s posts that served as the basis of much of this episode:
Man as a Rationalist Animal, and
The Meridian of Her Greatness.
Also: The Use and Abuse of Witchdoctors for Life (not Witchdoctors Without Borders, as Eneasz misremembered)
And the original source material, for the purists. 🙂
Under the Aegis of Transhuman Spiderman + Other Considerations (and Listener Feedback Catch-up)
Going beyond our meat-suits
Eneasz with PZ Meyers, Eliezer Yudkowsky, and David Brin: The Immortality Debate
China accused of engineering its most famous sporting export (Yao Ming)
Louis C.K.’s Incurable Shitty Ankle
Eneasz’s short story “Host” (plus others) is now available in a collection, both print and ebook!
The Quantum Thief, by Hannu Rajaniemi
The Golden Age, by John C. Wright
Friendship Is Optimal, by Iceman
AlphaGo is back. Patrick talks about its latest accomplishments, its future, and other topics in game advances.
Our first AlphaGo episode (a very early one, sorry about the audio quality)
News of the most recent AlphaGo adventures
Eneasz’s favorite type of tool-assist challenges – Item Abuse.
Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, and more
All the cool kids are doing podcasts about drugs, so…
How to get addicted to heroin without really trying. Eneasz thought he read this in The New Yorker, but it was actually Cracked, which is like the New Yorker except more prestigious.
Sam Harris’s podcast episode “Drugs And The Meaning of Life”
Slate Star Codex – Why Were Early Psychedelicists So Weird?
Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and is doing pretty well
Some areas of northern Mexico are basically cartel-states now
Eneasz couldn’t find any back-up for his claim that all cultures experience a 100-year pause in development after the discovery of alcohol, and since alcohol has been around since basically the start of civilization, he’s beginning to suspect that anecdote was meant as a joke.
Fake alcohol can still get people drunk (within limits)
The experience of a woman did acid weekly for almost a year and nearly died (not daily, as we’d mentioned in the episode). Fascinating post.
A presidential aide to Nixon reports that the Drug War was specifically about targeting the groups Nixon felt were his enemies.
Do children see the sky as blue, or even see “it” at all, before we tell them it’s there? Maybe Not