116 – Truth, Falsity, and Censorship

Today we’re joined by special guest Alexander Wales!

Where is the line between hiding information and censorship? Is censoring content ever desirable? What role does “cancel culture” play in this? Find discussion on these questions and more inside!


Nominate What Lies Dreaming for a Dragon Award

A Letter on Justice and Open Debate – Harper’s Letter


Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Making History Available

Stranger Than History

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Explain/Worship/Ignore?

“Science” as Curiosity-Stopper


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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115 – Does Rationality Actually Do Anything?

Does Rationality improve life outcomes? How have we managed to do this show for like 4 years without hitting this question head on?! Tune in to find out!


Nominate What Lies Dreaming for a Dragon Award

Vice article on CFAR (Center for Applied Rationality)

Related CFAR article from the New York Times

My IRB Nightmare crosspost at LW

Flu Stats that Eneasz mentioned (and another source)

Random New Yorker Article on the reaction to SSC being deleted

Aella’s Tweet about being an aid for people struggling with their faith

Eneasz mentioned No More Cruelty to Elephants 🙂


Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

My Wild and Reckless Youth

Failing to Learn from History

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Making History Available

Stranger Than History


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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114 – Epistemic Rigor and BLM

Do BLM protests give people a correct impression of the fundamental problem with the police, and is that important as long as shit gets fixed? All sorts of disagreement today.

Campaign Zero’s list of reforms. This is not actually a BLM list, as we had originally thought.

The official BLM site has no policy demands or requests aside from “#Defund the Police” which is vauge to say the least.

Movement For Black Lives isn’t BLM either. They have a bit of a manifesto calling to End The War on Black People.

Yudkowsky’s Comprehensive Reboot of Law Enforcement has more to recommend it than anything BLM is putting forth at the time of this posting, which is surprising.

Simpson’s Paradox wiki, and tailored for police stats

NPYD Stop & Frisk Data

Dave Chappelle’s 8:46

Sam Harris’s podcast episode, which sparked this discussion in our Discord

A Soho Forum Debate on the same matter

You Have About Five Words

Slate Star Codex is gone

SlateStarScratchpad


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark

Say Not “Complexity”

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

My Wild and Reckless Youth

Failing to Learn from History


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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113 – Refining Niceness with Wes Fenza

Wes joins Steven and Jace in order to to talk a bit about the current conversation around police brutality and help clarify some of the arguments in favor of Niceness from our last episode. I think we may have had some synchronization issues, as well as some background noise I tried to edit out.

Here’s an article mentioning Daniel Shaver, the guy who was murdered by cops who’s name Steven couldn’t remember. It also talks about much more current events. Ah… bummer warning on this link.

Be sure to check out the Mind Killer podcast if this podcast isn’t inflammatory enough for you!


Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

We didn’t get to them this episode. Oops.

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark

Say Not “Complexity”


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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112 – Nice Places Are Nice

For Niceness to triumph within the Heart of Darkness that is the internet, we gotta make an effort.

The Evolution of Trust

A Briefer History of Time

Unweaving the Rainbow

Key and Peele communicating via text

Dan Dennett on Rappaport’s Rules

Where ‘Grok’ comes from


Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Semantic Stopsigns

Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions

The Futility of Emergence

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Positive Bias: Look Into the Dark

Say Not “Complexity”


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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111 – Rational Practices in Everyday Living

We got to see each other for the first time in months, AND Jace wasn’t there to keep us on track, so this went long. Whoops!

Pitch Meeting

The Virtue of Silence


Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Science as Attire

Fake Causality

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Semantic Stopsigns

Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions

The Futility of Emergence


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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