51 – Robert McIntyre Returns

Robert McIntyre talks about the future of aldehyde-stabilized cryopreservation

I’m sure you’re all stoked about the sound on this one. All we can say is that we took steps to correct it (like we all recorded our audio independently, including having Robert send his own recording to us) and somehow the heavens conspired to make this sound harsher than the first. Sorry for the ear damage.

Robert’s blog

AlphaZero news

Yudkowsky contends that AlphaZero is evidence for fast-take-off AI

Colorado has some right-to-die laws 🙂

Heroic Responsibility

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Happy Holidays! Nothing this new this week, but here’s some Star Wars 🙂

The Methods of Rationality main page

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50 – Approaching Rationality with Kyle Moore

In this episode we have our sound engineer Kyle Moore on the show. I thought it would be fun to talk with someone who sort of has to listen to the show and get their take on it. The conversation was, in my opinion, very fun and engaging. I also edited this episode since Kyle has been busy with his day job. – Steven

Discussed in this episode:

Straw Man vs Steel Man arguments

Eneasz’s panel discussion on death (with PZ Meyers, David Brin and Eliezer Yudkowsky)

Transhumanism (Quick reference link)

Transhumanism (Good essay)

The Bottom Line

Minecraft Calculator

Long explanation of the Double Crux game

Previous episode where we talked about moral philosophy

” “is normative ethics boring and/or completely disconnected from any actual moral reasoning you do in your everyday life?” If your answer is “yes”, you are not a Ravenclaw primary. If your answer is “no”, welcome to Team Ravenclaw. ” – from Ozy’s  blog, Thing of Things.

The Wired article explaining what the current internet architecture looks like, and why Net Neutrality is most a fight between CDNs (like Netflix) and ISPs (like Comcast).

Tyler Cowen comes out against the current Net Neutrality regulations

A Forbes opinion piece on the matter, pointing out that the battle isn’t over what people think it’s over, internet “fast lanes” already exist, and linking to:

This FCC report (pdf) that says as of Dec 31 2106, 94% of the US population had access to 3+ providers in their area that provide speeds of 10Mbps download, and 76% had access to at least 2 providers of 25Mbps download.

According to the graph on this page, as of June 30 2015, only about 20% of people in the United States had access to at least two ISPs who provide speeds up to 25 Mbps of download speed. About 89% had access to 2+ providers at 10 Mbps.

Either there’s been a lot of ISP expansion in the past two years, or the FCC has changed how they measure access.

The actual numbers required unlocking everything in Star Wars Battlefront 2 (before the fanbase exploded and EA temporarily disabled the ability to buy loot boxes).

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49 – Spirituality via Drugs

Make me one with everything.

We went a little off-format for this one.

Peter Singer – All Animals Are Equal (pdf)

Scott Alexander tries to do a study, but it’s unethical…

Eliezer Yudkowsky on Joy In The Merely Real

Richard Dawkins – The Greatest Show on Earth

William The Conqueror (Sexyback parody)

Rick Strassman – DMT: The Spirit Molecule

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48 – Cryonics 2 – Lacuna Matata (with Robert McIntyre)

We speak with Robert McIntyre, winner of the Small Animal Brain Preservation Prize, about recent advances in brain preservation.

A pretty good introduction to connectomics is this TED Talk by Sebastian Seung

Robert recommends some papers on recent advances in scanning and simulation of brain tissue — 1, 2, 3, 4 — and also the Whole Brain Emulation Roadmap

Robert’s paper on Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation, as well as a more straight-forward introduction.

Robert’s blog where he talks shares ideas and talks about his work

The Alcor Case we talked about


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47 – Post Scarcity

If this episode sounds a little sub-par, it’s because Steven edited it since Kyle was on vacation. Let his reputation remain intact!

Check out Naveen Mishra on twitter! @urstrulymishra


Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

Stanford’s Legal Design Lab

Legalese: an open-source project to draft legal documents the way programmers develop software!

Quantifying Decentralization


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