19 – Political Pitfalls

Note: Oops! We accidentally used a crummy laptop microphone. Audio is lower quality for this episode. 

Links:

Politics is the Mind Killer on Less Wrong

Chimpanzee Politics“: A book about two chimpanzees competing to run the “club of chimpanzees” featured on HPMoR

Predictive power of party politics: one position can predict 85% of other, unrelated positions.

Elizabeth Edwards, a New Hampshire State Representative. The first(?) LessWrong oriented politician elected to high public office. 

Five Case Studies on Politicization on Slate Star Codex

Anti-genetically modified organism sentiment by party affiliation – scroll to the last section for relevant graphs. (Eneasz was right about greater-than-60% of Democrats being anti-GMO… but so are >60% of Republicans! /sigh)

Borders vs. Puritans? Scott Alexander’s post on the origins of America

Policy Debates Should Not Appear One-sided on Less Wrong, along with Are Your Enemies Innately Evil?

Brian Dunning’s three part Skeptoid episode on the moon landing hoax.  

 

Feedback Section:

Desirism moral theory.

 

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5 Responses to 19 – Political Pitfalls

  1. Westward101 says:

    A few random notes I made while listening…

    “Leave Newton, he’s already dead!” Brilliant.

    See, Zube, (may I call you Zube?) I like the burning building discussion, dropping down the rabbit hole into the value of a painting vs a baby. That’s interesting to me. No one mentioned grabbing the painting because it has more value. I wouldn’t, but some people would choose the Rembrandt. You can always make another baby.

    I’ve seen a chicken win at Tic Tac Toe in Chinatown arcade. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t eat it. (I’m not 100% sure what I had in mind when I wrote this down)

    How do you pronounce “Bayesian”??
    I’ve always said bays-ee-an
    But someone said bay-shen. (a homophone of ‘Bajan’, which means “someone from Barbados”)
    Is there an official ruling on that?

    Lots of animals are granted rights, not just companion animals. (There’s the individual vs species issue again). But “endangered species” lists is an example. Local zoning often protects colonies of some animals. Heck, we grant/recognize some limited ‘rights’ to non-living things like national parks and monuments too.

    There are more tigers in private ownership in the continental United States are exist in the wild worldwide.

    -Westward

  2. Eddie says:

    A multi-part podcast about the moon landing hoax was mentioned. Does anybody have a link?

  3. Eddie says:

    Speaking of Animal Sanctuaries, there are plenty all over america. Living in Southern IL, the one we have gone to is the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in the middle of nowhere across the border in Indiana. They take in lions, tigers, pumas, and other big cats retired from circuses or from idiots thinking they can have a wild animal as a pet. The tours they give are really neat and informative. The animals are behind fences, but you get a lot closer than you do at the zoo, and I don’t know if this was me projecting, but the animals seemed much happier than the ones at the zoo.
    But yeah, check out your local animal sanctuary and support them.

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