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TONS of links this episode, because we covered such a variety of stuff:
Judith Rich Harris argues that parenting doesn’t matter that much. So you should worry less about screwing up your kids, as long as you aren’t actually hurting them. Bryan Caplan says much the same.
Project MKUltra – a real conspiracy by the CIA to effect mind-control
Robert Nozick’s “Experience Machine” thought experiment.
Fun Theory Sequence (which is mostly a list of links to even more articles, so… this’ll take a while if you haven’t read it before)
Or more briefly (but much less comprehensively) – Morality is Awesome!
GiveWell estimates their most effective charity – the Against Malaria Foundation – saves lives at a cost of ~$3,000 per life saved (I was off a bit). They consider anything under $5,000 to be extremely cost-effective.
Eliezer’s essay on the ethics of signing up your children for cryonics.
“On The Origin of Circuits“, discussing the chip evolution experiment
Article on Google’s AI-specific chip design
The story of Stu Rasmussen, who became the first transgender mayor in the USA, in a small rural town. Turns out it’s a RadioLab episode, not 99PI.
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell’s book about the power of human intuition.
The episode of Skeptoid regarding the fire in Waco and David Koresh. I think it’s a great way to give some more info on the topic and sneak some critical thinking in as well.