206 – What Chronic Pain and Trauma Junkies Have In Common

Steven explains the Mind-Body Vicious Cycle of chronic pain to Eneasz, and Eneasz opines on feedback cycles in psychological trauma.

Main: The “mind-body vicious cycle” model of RSI & back pain

OTHER LINKS
Play Tetris after traumatic events to prevent PTSD
ACX review of Crazy Like Us
Our Episode about Crazy Like Us
Eneasz’s post about Trauma Junkies
80,000 Hours episode about Evolutionary Psychiatry
Yudkowsky tweet on trauma

0:01:22 – Mind-Body Vicious Cycle of Chronic Pain
0:33:23 – The Social-Psychological Vicious Cycle of Trauma
1:15:50 – Guild of the Rose Update
1:17:41 – Less Wrong Posts
1:49:35 – Thank the Patron


We now partner with The Guild of the Rose, check them out.
Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?
Our Patreon page–your support is most rational, and totally effective. (also merch)


Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast

LessWrong Sequence Posts Discussed in this Episode:

37 Ways That Words Can Be Wrong

Dissolving the Question

Next Sequence Posts:

Wrong Questions

Righting a Wrong Question

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Bayes Blast 25 – Betting On Love

Where we marvel at the unparalleled game of our man Phil.

Watch Bet On Love, starts at 17 minutes. Dating show portion starts at 24 minutes.
The Death Bed Song
Wes’s twitter reply

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Bayes Blast 24 – The Answerers

Lets teach our gods ancient Sumerian only

The case for training frontier AIs on Sumerian-only corpus
Our previous Snake Cult of Consciousness episode
LLAMA PRO: Progressive LLaMA with Block Expansion

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205.ai – The Snake Cult of Consciousness narration

AskWho from the TBC Discord kindly provided full audio narration of Andrew Cutler’s original post!

This is taken directly from AskWho’s substack. You can help him out at his Patreon.

Many thanks to AskWho for creating this and giving permission to share here in full, and to Andrew Cutler for writing it and giving permission to share as well. Y’all are great!

 

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205 – The Snake Cult of Consciousness

We discuss the idea that human consciousness may have literally been kick-started by a ritual developed by a snake cult, which is surprisingly plausible.

The Snake Cult of Consciousness by Andrew Cutler
or listen to the original post in audio, thanks to AskWho for providing!

OTHER LINKS
Review of Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Scott Alexander
Eve Theory of Consciousness (v2) also by Andrew Cutler
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Pronouns by Andrew Cutler
Erowid Psychedelics FAQ, read before tripping!
Sam Harris’s Episode 346 – The Best Kept Secret In History?
We found the account of young hunter-gatherer boys living in a flow state, here
Our analysis of The Truman Show as a retelling of the Genesis Fall From Grace myth
Our aborted attempt at an analysiscast of Planecrash
When Steven mentions Marcus speaking to his son Quintus he is reference Eneasz’s historic fantasy novel What Lies Dreaming

0:02:19 – Feedback
0:13:06 – Snake Cults!
1:36:51 – Guild of the Rose Update
1:39:01 – Less Wrong Posts
1:55:15 – Thank the Patron


We now partner with The Guild of the Rose, check them out.
Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?
Our Patreon page–your support is most rational, and totally effective. (also merch)


Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast

LessWrong Sequence Posts Discussed in this Episode:

Words as Mental Paintbrush Handles

Variable Question Fallacies

Next Sequence Posts:

37 Ways That Words Can Be Wrong

Dissolving the Question

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204 – Simulacra Levels with Zvi (and more)

We speak with Zvi Mowshowitz about his work and recent history, what happened at OpenAI, and then really dig into Simulacra Levels – a way to categorize the different types of things people are attempting to do when they say words to other people.

OTHER LINKS
Zvi’s Simulacra Levels Summary
Less Wrong Simulacra Page
Zvi on the Clearer Thinking podcast re Simulacra
Zvi on OpenAI’s Battle of the Board
On Bounded Distrust
Zvi’s Substack
Zvi’s Twitter
You Get About Five Words
More Dakka

0:00:23 – Zvi’s many exploits with rationalism
0:26:13 – What happened at OpenAI?
0:41:49 – Simulacra Level 1
0:45:43 – Simulacra Level 2
1:02:38 – Simulacra Level 3
1:11:02 – Why these terms?
1:18:19 – 1-3 Recap
1:22:15 – Simulacra Level 4
1:42:56 – Less Wrong Posts
1:59:17 – Guild of the Rose Update
2:00:33 – Thank the Patron


We now partner with The Guild of the Rose, check them out.
Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong?
Our Patreon page–your support is most rational, and totally effective. (also merch)


Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast

LessWrong Sequence Posts Discussed in this Episode:

Searching for Bayes-Structure

Conditional Independence, and Naive Bayes

Next Sequence Posts:

Words as Mental Paintbrush Handles

Variable Question Fallacies

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