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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5 Responses to 50 – Approaching Rationality with Kyle Moore

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  2. Eddie says:

    Hey conspirators, I loved this episode as per usual.

    However, in this episode, Eneaz made the claim that “the CDC has killed far more people than it has saved” which I found to be an outrageously unqualified claim, especially coming from you guys, especially on this podcast.

    While I don’t deny that the strictness of their regulations and lengthy time to market for obviously safe drugs are bad things that have definitely caused people to die, I have to imagine that without them, vaccines wouldn’t be a thing and lead poisoning would be everywhere and asbestus and other cancer causing materials would still be prevalent, and meat wouldn’t always be properly handled leading to stuff like mad cow and salmonella outbreaks, and factory accidents would be more frequent and severe, and people would be less informed about health and diseases. They fucking eliminated malaria in the US.

    The rationalist in me thinks that if the CDC has done more overall harm than good then it would have been abolished. Especially with our current anti-regulation administration.

    CDC has killed people (indirectly). But they have also done a fuck lot of good.

    Anyways, I don’t mean to offend and sorry if this comes across harsh, but it has been rattling in my mind the past few weeks, and I’ve debated on and off about it, so I thought I should comment. Also, I’m not an expert, so if there is some obvious bit of research that backs up the claim that I couldn’t find when I googled, please let me know.

    • Oh holy crap, did I say CDC? I have mad respect for the CDC! I think I said FDA, and I absolutely *meant* FDA. If that’s not what I said I’ll go back and insert a quick note there correcting myself… I don’t suppose you remember whereabouts in the episode I made that statement?

      Also it doesn’t come off as harsh. We encourage counter-views, and we’re always eager to be less wrong in our beliefs, which can’t happen if we discourage others from helping us see where we’re mistaken. So please always feel free to object/counter!

  3. James says:

    Late to the episode but I don’t feel like you properly examined the idea that Nazi’s are good to punch.

    And I agree with your claim that government regulation is problematic. However the reasons that government regulation are troubled are the same business interests that strong regulation combat.

    • BayesianAdmin says:

      Hey James! We discussed topic of Nazi punching at length in episode 27 “On Punching Nazis”. 🙂 There’s some more discussion of the topic a couple of episodes later in the bonus mini episode.

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