79 – CyberChristianity

What the heck is CyberChristianity, and can it unite Christianity and Rationalism?

Links to things talked about in today’s episode:

Our previous AlphaGo episodes – 1 & 2 (poor audio, sadly)

AI must decide: Juggalo, or Clown?

We previously spoke more in-depth on paperclip maximizes and other aspects of the rise of our coming AI overlords in Who’s Afraid of AI?

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia in full

Friendship is Optimal

The Japanese game show requiring a man to win write-in sweepstakes wasn’t quite as felonious as Eneasz had remembered… he did agree to the initial challenge.

Chaing’s Hell is the Absence of God (pdf)

The original posts & podcasts on Rationality & Mormonism. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Lord of the Rationality

Hanson’s book The Elephant In The Brain

Scott Alexander on Growth Mindset

Humans are Awesome, Humans Being Bros


LW posts:
Self-deception: Hypocrisy or Akrasia?
Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger)

LW posts for next time:
Tsuyoku vs. the Egalitarian Instinct
“Statistical Bias”


Big thanks to David for our intro music! Check out his music and VFX here!

We’d like to thank creators of our new outro music from the Sumerki Project! Check out their stuff here!

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2 Responses to 79 – CyberChristianity

  1. This episode had me scared for a good while, not at the content of the discussion, but at who I could have been. I was raised Mormon and didnt break into atheism until 6 months into the 2 year Mormon mission trip. Even then, it was a slow process – two steps forward, one step back. That said, if my slightly younger self had heard about Cyber Christianity, I think theres a very good chance I would have bought into it as an excuse to hold on to my beliefs. I like to imagine that I would have eventually shrugged it off, but this could have delayed my de-conversion by months or even years. Worse, I’m cringing because I KNOW I would have shared this idea with all my friends as something I believed in and something they should believe in, too. I wonder what it says that a person can be exposed to the same ideas, but the order to which they were exposed to the ideas can send them down different paths. I’m curious to hear about whether young Eneasz might have fallen into this trap, too.

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