The Conspiracy Welcomes You

We now have a Patreon page!

And a Merch store?? Can this timeline get any better?

Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? There’s also a subreddit.

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165 – DREAM: Dunbar Rules Everything Around Me

Dunbar’s Number is both the cause of and downfall of Human Civilization

Low-Status degrades your health

Your Book Review: The Dawn Of Everything

Mentioned in the follow-ups section:

Lithium suspect?

AIs threaten proof-of-work

The Mind Killer podcast

0:00:34 Feedback
0:11:58 Main Topic pt1 Status in Dunbar Spheres
0:46:37 Main Topic pt2 The Dawn of Everything
1:15:08 LW posts
1:30:04 Thank the Patron


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Effortless Technique

Zen and the Art of Rationality

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

The Amazing Virgin Pregnancy

Asch’s Conformity Experiment

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164 – Pregnancy is Body Horror

Katrina is back!! We talk about how pregnancy isn’t super easy, and is borderline body horror.

War In The Womb

Expecting Better book

Pregnant Women Are Smug

Racial Differences in Maternal Mortality

How Pregnancy Changes the Brain, and PubMed version

Clown Registry

Still A Good Mom

1:32:08 LW posts
1:51:00 Thank the Patron


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Two Cult Koans

False Laughter

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Effortless Technique

Zen and the Art of Rationality

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163 – Effective Aesthetics

Étienne Fortier-Dubois argues that Effective Altruism has an Aesthetics problem

But first! Some extended listener feedback

Nuclear War is A-OK if you’re Russian State TV

Three Bodies At Mitani

A Guide To Asking Robots To Design Stained Glass Windows

00:42  Abortion Clarification & Jace’s Addition
14:15  Best Purchase Ever
27:24  Main Topic: Effective Altruism’s Neglect of Aesthetics
1:19:09  LW posts
1:36:37  Thank the Patron


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Guardians of Ayn Rand

The Litany Against Gurus

Politics and Awful Art

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Two Cult Koans

False Laughter

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162 – Roe No Mo’

Roe v Wade is going away. This sucks, but it’s not the end of the world.

Polls show most Americans support allowing abortion in the first weeks, banning it in the last trimester.

In state’s where it’s legal, one can have a self-managed abortion.
AidAccess is available to help. Services like ipostal1 will forward mail from other states.
Misoprostol is relatively easy to acquire from veterinary sources.

Eneasz is unhappy with Kamala Harris

1:08:13  LW posts
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Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast, and the other podcast

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Guardians of the Truth

Guardians of the Gene Pool

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Guardians of Ayn Rand

The Litany Against Gurus

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161 – Restoring the Kingdom of Hawai’i

Not long ago, Hawai’i was a constitutional monarchy. A lot of Hawaiian residents want that restored. Travis Don Kailikea Paradea takes us through what happened, and what’s going down now.

Recommended by Travis:

The Legends and Myths of Hawaii

The Rise and Fall of the Hawaiian Kingdom: A Pictorial History

Unfamiliar Fishes

Weblog of the acting government of the Hawaiian Kingdom

1:17:57  LW posts
1:25:44  Thank the Patron


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Argument Screens Off Authority

Hug the Query

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Guardians of the Truth

Guardians of the Gene Pool

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160 – GAI is Imminent

Four Major AI Advancements In One Week!

New Scaling Laws for Large Language Models – essentially everyone has been training large language models with a deeply suboptimal use of compute

Googles Pathways Language Model explains jokes, and it can distinguish cause and effect and understand counterfactuals

DALL-E 2 makes amazing art on demand

Socratic Modeling system

1:39:51  LW posts

Also mentioned:

Overcoming Bias: AI Language Progress

What an actually pessimistic containment strategy looks like

Github Copilot

Anthropic AI

The Mind Killer


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Every Cause Wants To Be A Cult

Reversed Stupidity Is Not Intelligence

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Argument Screens Off Authority

Hug the Query

(edit: misspellings is how we prove we aren’t AIs :P)

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