54 – Nothing Can Prepare You For Robin Hanson

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

Conflict Theory vs Mistake Theory

Charles Stross’s “Martian Invaders” formulation of corporate optimizers & Ted Chiang on corporate optimizers, with unfortunate AI-placidity thrown in.

Our previous interview with Robin, about his book Age of Em

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3 Responses to 54 – Nothing Can Prepare You For Robin Hanson

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  2. A.J. says:

    New to your Podcast. Excellent guest.
    May I humbly suggest a simple idea to the hosts: You don’t have to speak too fast, possibly this would avoid the reliance on the all too common fillers:

    “… and I was like…”
    “…I mean… like…”
    “and like… You know?…like…”
    “and I think that… like”
    “learning about…like… successful treatment”.

    It’s really annoying

  3. James says:

    I feel like that point is super timely.

    I am always surprised when the news takes things people say at face value no matter how outlandish. It drives me crazy.

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