96 – Do Words Mean Things, Also Sex Science!

The Conspirators sort of continue the conversation from our last episode, after meandering around about the meaning of words/their relevance to current usage. Eventually we’ll get to the LessWrong sequence on the Human Use of Words and this confusion will hopefully dissolve.


Comic Relief: Omeleto video featuring Nick offerman

Patreon supporter Welf wrote a blog post that they shared with us and we touched on in this discussion. It’s really good if this topic interests you.

Ryan Gosling Avatar Papyrus freak out on SNL

Jess’s favorite dinosaur

What if we had only the bones of modern animals and drew them like we draw dinosaurs? (link with whale, link to book)

Wikipedia and other links from Jess

Alicorn transgender story? From Jess

Skeptoid episode Transgender: Fact or Fiction

Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?

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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

None! Postponed till next time 🙁

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts: (Are still…)

Focus Your Uncertainty

The Proper Use of Doubt

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 96 – Do Words Mean Things, Also Sex Science!

  1. Pingback: Rational Newsletter | Issue #83

  2. Aidan says:

    I generally have no issue referring to people as the gender they identify as (including agender), but I categorically refuse to refer to people using arbitrary pronouns (people who identify as male but only respond to “she/her”; people who want to be referred to with “xe/xir”).
    And that’s not even a political issue, it’s a grammatical one. Your gender identity is yours, but the words I use to refer to it are mine.

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