157 – A Fistful of Topics

We catch up on stuff and hit a few wandering targets.

0:01 Jace on Lithium
21:10 Feedback
26:05 LW posts
50:06 Nuclear Ukraine
59:43 Nuclear Us
1:05:30 Steven Tries To Get Us Cancelled

Lithium in drinking water linked with lower suicide rates

The Mind Killer – Vladimir Putin’s Small Dick Energy

Warcasting – ACX and Zvi

Razom Ukraine delivers medical supplies

Robert Wiblin leaving London

Potasium Iodide tablets

Eneasz Interviews Ada Palmer

Keep Your Identity Small


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Affective Death Spirals

Resist the Happy Death Spiral

Uncritical Supercriticality

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Fake Fake Utility Functions

Fake Utility Functions

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156 – A Chemical Hunger

We discuss A Chemical Hunger – the paper presenting the hypothesis that the modern obesity epidemic is due to enviromental contamination causing widespread lithium poisoning.

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BMI Calculator

Less Wrong Posts – 5:53
Main Topic – 15:09
Thank the Patron – 1:50:23

[PART I – MYSTERIES]
[PART II – CURRENT THEORIES OF OBESITY ARE INADEQUATE]
[PART III – ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS]
[PART IV – CRITERIA]
[PART V – LIVESTOCK ANTIBIOTICS]
[PART VI – PFAS]
[PART VII – LITHIUM]
[PART VIII – PARADOXICAL REACTIONS]
[INTERLUDE H – WELL WELL WELL]
[PART IX – ANOREXIA IN ANIMALS]
[PART X – WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT]

Eneasz’s tldr notes

Extracting lithium from seawater


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

The Halo Effect

Superhero Bias

Mere Messiahs

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Affective Death Spirals

Resist the Happy Death Spiral

Uncritical Supercriticality

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Trailer For Bonus Aella

This is a trailer for a bonus Patrons-only episode. It’s 45 minutes chatting with Aella about various things that struck Eneasz’s interest.

Aella’s twitter is Aella_Girl. Homepage at Knowingless, also has a substack.

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155 – Normal Predictions, and Change is Bad

The Conspiracy comes out strongly in favor of switching to Normal Predictions, which is safe and easy when you use the Jan Christian Refsgaard method!

Also, we agree with Zvi that Change is Bad.

(Though note that changing to Normal Predictions has so many positives that it outweighs the Bad of Change, so don’t let that dissuade you in this instance.)

Things of interest:

Scott Alexander’s predictions 2022

Timing:
32:15 Main Topic
1:38:43 Thank the Patron


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Evaluability (And Cheap Holiday Shopping)

Unbounded Scales, Huge Jury Awards, & Futurism

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

The Halo Effect

Superhero Bias

Mere Messiahs

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Trailer For Wirehead Extras

A few days ago I asked Wes a couple follow-up questions on wireheading, and later chatted with Emilio from the Discord on-record. I thought it wouldn’t be too long, but it turned out to go about as long as a full episode. So now there’s a bonus episode available for Patrons (and Discord members) on Wireheading. Here’s a trailer, to entice you into getting the full thing.

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154 – Two General Thinkers Discuss General Thinking

Jace and Steven cover this one since Eneasz is busy drinking cocktails out of a coconut in a beach in Hawaii.

Robin Hanson (probably correctly) thinks the world is going to shit (paraphrasing). He thinks that a robust check on the escalating madness out there could be a community of intellectual generalists. Is he right? Are his categories sensible? Find out as we meander through this post!

4:24 – LW Posts
38:17 – Main Topic
2:08:35 – Thank The Patron!


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

LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode:

Purpose and Pragmatism

The Affect Heuristic

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Evaluability (And Cheap Holiday Shopping)

Unbounded Scales, Huge Jury Awards, & Futurism

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