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107 – Talking to Even More Strangers

The conspirators go more in-depth on how little we know about the people we don’t know (Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers), plus more COVID19 chattering.

Apologies for the audio quality–now that everybody’s working from home and practicing safe social distancing… well, it’s Skype o’clock.

Content warning: this episode contains some discussion of sexual assault, as it relates to the book. Non-graphic.

Show links:


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Hindsight Bias

Hindsight Devalues Science

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Illusion of Transparency: Why No One Understands You

Expecting Short Inferential Distances


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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106 – Talking to Strangers (with COVID-19)

We open up with some pre-episode chatter that I left in, then talk for a bit about Coronavirus before moving into the scheduled topic of Malcom Gladwell’s book Talking to Strangers!


UPDATE: Given the situation in Italy, we’re upping our concern. Please increase the emotional volume of the Coronavirus section by about 1.5 levels.

 

 

 

SSC Coronavirus

Seeing The Smoke

Last Week Tonight on Coronavirus

SMBC Steven mentioned in the pre-episode stuff


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Update Yourself Incrementally

One Argument Against An Army

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Hindsight Bias

Hindsight Devalues Science


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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105 – The Anthropic Principle is da bomb

What conclusions can you draw from the fact that you’re here?

The Anthropic Principle – 5 short examples

Anthropics and Biased Models – “we can’t use anthropic reasoning on a single side of a model”

An Anthropic Principle Fairy Tale

Hanson’s “Great Filter” and does the Anthropic Principle affect it?

Max Tegmark’s mathematical universe levels

New Death Note one-shot chapter

Key & Peele get tone confused over texts


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

We didn’t get around to discussing any LessWrong posts in this episode. Whoops!

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Update Yourself Incrementally

One Argument Against An Army


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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104 – Do You Want To Ask or Guess This Episode’s Topic?

In this episode we’re joined by Matt Freeman and Wes Fenza!

Matt from The Doofcast joins us. Their next big audio project is Kingslingers, but be sure to check out We’ve Got Ward and Doofcast too!

Wes writes at livingwithinreason.com and practice divorce and family law in South Jersey.

As always, there’s a relevant XKCD. Is Monroe’s Law a thing yet?

Also check out Matt’s quick write up he did during the Discord conversation that prompted this episode. It’s an unfinished/unedited short essay, and his thoughts have updated since he wrote this.

And I found that Matt Braunger comedy bit about failing at both Ask and Guess Culture (and basic picking up signals)


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

We didn’t get around to discussing any LessWrong posts in this episode. Whoops!

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Update Yourself Incrementally

One Argument Against An Army


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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103 – Radical Honesty

People you may or may not have met before discuss Radical Honesty. (One of those people also has their own podcast–however, it is Very Different From Ours….)

Stuff mentioned in the episode:

Friend of the podcast Within Reason’s take (recommended read): Not-So-Radical Honesty

The official (?) Radical Honesty site: Old and New

Admonymous: Anonymous Admonition and Admiration

Pact! Magic users cannot tell lies…

Webcomic (recommended by Drake): Subnormality (Tells the Truth)

Multiamory Podcast: lots of good tools for all kinds of relationships here

Reciprocity.io: you check boxes, they check boxes…

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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Absence of Evidence Is Evidence of Absence

Conservation of Expected Evidence

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Update Yourself Incrementally

One Argument Against An Army

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102 – Decade in Review

Everyone else is doing it, so why can’t we?

Matt from The Doofcast joins us. His next audio project is Kingslingers

You can still partake in the SSC survey! If you’re even a casual reader, Scott is interested in your data. He will only mine it for Good. 🙂

Remember THUNK? They’re a cool youtube channel!


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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Your Strength as a Rationalist

I Defy the Data!

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Absence of Evidence Is Evidence of Absence

Conservation of Expected Evidence


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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