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What does it actually mean to be rational? The kind of rationality where you make good decisions, even when it's hard; where you reason well, even in the face of massive uncertainty; where you recognize and make full use of your fuzzy intuitions and emotions, rather than trying to discard them. In Rationality: From AI to Zombies, Eliezer Yudkowsky explains the science underlying human irrationality with a mix of fables, argumentative essays, and personal vignettes. These eye-opening accounts ...
 
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A listener wants to know if we can reach life extension escape velocity. LessWrong open thread on “true” life expectancy, and post on Three Open Problems in Aging The SENS Research Foundation Elysium announces their NMN trial, and the ClinicalTrials.gov link Charlie’s Notes David Sinclair’s post about NMN vs NR Nootropic’s Depot, where you can buy …
 
The trio, like the rest of the country, has been under a bit of stress lately. We spend some time venting and talking about framing devices to cope with the state of the world, then move onto lighter random topics. In The Time of Tachysensia – The article Jace brought up about distortions in one’s sense of time The bads of ads (I love this title) –…
 
The EARN IT Act was introduce in March, it’s a disgusting censorship policy, and no one is talking about it. But wait it gets worse, because the LAED Act came a few months later and is a direct attack on general purpose computing. The EARN IT Act and why it’s Bad The LAED Act is even worse Cory Doctorow: The War on General Purpose Computing The Dig…
 
The trio sits down to discuss Kevin Simler’s essay “Crony Beliefs“. It’s awesome and absolutely worth reading the whole thing. Ignore all the stuff we said about climate change and the wildfires. The emailers we got were right. Listen to the end for the addendum. Climate Change and Fires (link one and link two) Hey look, we have a discord! What cou…
 
We address frustration with how hard it is to wrangle these brains. Wikipedia on Cognitive Distortions Spamming Mirco Intentions Richard Wiseman’s books 59 Seconds, and As If Replacing Guilt Animal Madness book A free cbt workbook We mention CBT a lot. Internal family systems The movie Velvet Buzzsaw MAPS (psychedelic therapy) Hey look, we have a d…
 
GPT-3 wrote the title of this episode! Join us as we talk with an expert insider and an expert enthusiast about GPT-3! The technology has come a surprisingly long way in a surprisingly short time! Rick and Morty GPT-3: Rick tries to sell Morty on the idea of investing in an HSA GPT-3 on Philosophers by GTP-3: GPT-3 argues with philosophers who clai…
 
Gray joins us to discuss the practicalities of firearms. Be prepared! The Cyberpunk Ezine Jace mentioned The Legend of Murder-Ghandi Uber and Lyft ordered by California judge to classify drivers as employees Americans own a lot of guns. Like, a LOT of guns. Uncultured Swine – the podcast dissecting Iain Banks’ Culture novels – Apple & Sounder Hey l…
 
Alex and David are launching The Guild Of Servants — an outward-facing Rationalist organization for engaging and optimizing your local social enviroment. To apply for inclusion in their Alpha program, email GuildOfServants@gmail.com with a short response (<1000 charecters) explaining your hopes for the course, introducing yourself, and how you rece…
 
Today we’re joined by special guest Alexander Wales! Where is the line between hiding information and censorship? Is censoring content ever desirable? What role does “cancel culture” play in this? Find discussion on these questions and more inside! Nominate What Lies Dreaming for a Dragon Award A Letter on Justice and Open Debate – Harper’s Letter …
 
Does Rationality improve life outcomes? How have we managed to do this show for like 4 years without hitting this question head on?! Tune in to find out! Nominate What Lies Dreaming for a Dragon Award Vice article on CFAR (Center for Applied Rationality) Related CFAR article from the New York Times My IRB Nightmare crosspost at LW Flu Stats that En…
 
Do BLM protests give people a correct impression of the fundamental problem with the police, and is that important as long as shit gets fixed? All sorts of disagreement today. Campaign Zero’s list of reforms. This is not actually a BLM list, as we had originally thought. The official BLM site has no policy demands or requests aside from “#Defund th…
 
Wes joins Steven and Jace in order to to talk a bit about the current conversation around police brutality and help clarify some of the arguments in favor of Niceness from our last episode. I think we may have had some synchronization issues, as well as some background noise I tried to edit out. Here’s an article mentioning Daniel Shaver, the guy w…
 
For Niceness to triumph within the Heart of Darkness that is the internet, we gotta make an effort. The Evolution of Trust A Briefer History of Time Unweaving the Rainbow Key and Peele communicating via text Dan Dennett on Rappaport’s Rules Where ‘Grok’ comes from Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? Rationality: From AI to Zo…
 
We got to see each other for the first time in months, AND Jace wasn’t there to keep us on track, so this went long. Whoops! Pitch Meeting The Virtue of Silence 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: Science as Attire F…
 
Intro/outro music: On Sale by Golden Duck Orchestra Follow us! RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/themindkiller?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mind-killer/id1507508029?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Google: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iqs7r7t6cdxw465zdulvwikhekm?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss…
 
Sorry for the delay on this one. We had some technical difficulties. Episodes will resume on their normal schedule, don’t worry. This episode we discuss the SSC post Socratic Grilling! We also talk about sea lioning We mentioned the other SSC post Black People Are Less Likely Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? Rationality: F…
 
New intro/outro music: On Sale by Golden Duck Orchestra Follow us! RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/themindkiller?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mind-killer/id1507508029?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Google: https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/Iqs7r7t6cdxw465zdulvwikhekm?utm_source=rss&utm_medium…
 
What’s been getting the Conspirators through this lockdown? Steven: Hollow Knight Horizon Zero Dawn Kingdom Brooklyn 99 Better Call Saul Santa Clarita Diet Eneasz: Nier: Automata When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Billie Eilish) Jace: What Remains of Edith Finch Baba is You Polyphasic Sleep Wobble Cushion Hey look, we have a discord! What co…
 
Don’t Socially Distance your mind — Subscribe at http://themindkiller.libsyn.com/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss or http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheMindKiller?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss WHO is reporting statistics from Taiwan together with China’s stats WHO originally repeated China’s claim that COVID wasn’t human-transmissible. Time’s Up Legal De…
 
Long time listeners will have heard Steven plug his name several times, but now we’ve got the man himself! Futurist, Cryonicist, and life insurance guru Rudi Hoffman is here to give the best sales pitch for signing up for Cryonics that I (Steven, and I suspect all of the hosts) have heard. I promise we’ll work out the audio issues by the next episo…
 
Politics is the mind killer, so come get mind-killed! Your hosts Wesley Fenza, Eneasz Brodski, and David Spearman discuss the week’s news. There’s a new podcast in town, and we’re giving it a kick-start. We will host the first four episodes of The Mind Killer here on The Bayesian Conspiracy’s feed. After that, you’ll have to subscribe to it separat…
 
The conspirators go more in-depth on how little we know about the people we don’t know (Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers), plus more COVID19 chattering. Apologies for the audio quality–now that everybody’s working from home and practicing safe social distancing… well, it’s Skype o’clock. Content warning: this episode contains some discussion…
 
We open up with some pre-episode chatter that I left in, then talk for a bit about Coronavirus before moving into the scheduled topic of Malcom Gladwell’s book Talking to Strangers! UPDATE: Given the situation in Italy, we’re upping our concern. Please increase the emotional volume of the Coronavirus section by about 1.5 levels. SSC Coronavirus See…
 
What conclusions can you draw from the fact that you’re here? The Anthropic Principle – 5 short examples Anthropics and Biased Models – “we can’t use anthropic reasoning on a single side of a model” An Anthropic Principle Fairy Tale Hanson’s “Great Filter” and does the Anthropic Principle affect it? Max Tegmark’s mathematical universe levels New De…
 
In this episode we’re joined by Matt Freeman and Wes Fenza! Matt from The Doofcast joins us. Their next big audio project is Kingslingers, but be sure to check out We’ve Got Ward and Doofcast too! Wes writes at livingwithinreason.com and practice divorce and family law in South Jersey. As always, there’s a relevant XKCD. Is Monroe’s Law a thing yet…
 
People you may or may not have met before discuss Radical Honesty. (One of those people also has their own podcast–however, it is Very Different From Ours….) Stuff mentioned in the episode: Friend of the podcast Within Reason’s take (recommended read): Not-So-Radical Honesty The official (?) Radical Honesty site: Old and New Admonymous: Anonymous A…
 
Everyone else is doing it, so why can’t we? Matt from The Doofcast joins us. His next audio project is Kingslingers You can still partake in the SSC survey! If you’re even a casual reader, Scott is interested in your data. He will only mine it for Good. Remember THUNK? They’re a cool youtube channel! Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly…
 
This is a recording of the live stream. Due to technical incompetence on our side, we lost the original audio, but managed to recover the episode due to listener April’s diligence! Many thanks to April! Since it’s a 2nd-source recording of a Discord stream, the audio on this is bad. We apologize for how hard much of this will be to understand. Hey …
 
This is a recording of the live stream. Due to technical incompetence on our side, we lost the original audio, but managed to recover the episode due to listener April’s diligence! Many thanks to April! Since it’s a 2nd-source recording of a Discord stream, the audio on this is bad. We apologize for how hard much of this will be to understand. Hey …
 
Eneasz shares his reading of Whiteshift by Eric Kaufmann News story about the CFAR barricading Ted Cruz bad lip reading 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, we ran out of time, doh! Next Episode’s Sequence Posts…
 
We are joined by Discord user GSV to talk about Legal Systems Very Different From Ours The Podcast Very Different From Ours is available at SoundCloud, as well as GooglePodcasts. iTunes link coming soon. Scott Alexander’s fiction discussed: Samsara, The Study of Anglophysics (audio), Unsong (audio) This Waifu Does Not Exist Brad Pitt in Snatch Pro …
 
We get to back-logged feedback. We Want MoR is now live, back at the old home of the HP:MoR Podcast! Ra, by Sam Hughes (also on Amazon) Helpful links provided by commentor Lorien: references on air pollution (quick and dirty search): https://www.calhealthreport.org/2018/01/31/teen-exposure-air-pollution-reduce-iq-levels-long-term/?utm_source=rss&ut…
 
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…
 
Trigger warnings: Gender! Culture Wars! Opinons! Facts? (Also, some amount of tension/discomfort in this episode. Be ye warned.) Please contribute to this discussion! Please keep it non-terrible. Articles that sparked the discussion: The Disappearing Thems, Versus Them, Reducing the Spectrum to a Binary Also relevant: Hofstadter Person Purity essay…
 
Elite education institutions aren’t give us Bruce Waynes anymore, and this is a problem. Our article: The Real Problem At Yale Is Not Free Speech Also relevant: The Wayne Republican Tradition, and Against Against Billionaire Philanthropy Hey look, we have a discord! Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The Podcast… and the other podcast LessWrong posts…
 
In this episode, we try to explain the Slate Star Codex post, Conflict vs Mistake. We hope we didn’t make any major mistakes, and if we did, that it won’t cause any kind of conflict. Links: – SSC: Conflict vs Mistake – Also: Highlights from the Comments on Conflict vs Mistake – Ratfic Rec: Draco Malfoy and the Practice of Rationality – Eneasz Book …
 
Jess and Phoenix tell us about Replacing Guilt. Favorites from the series: “Should” considered harmful and Confidence all the way up Another recommended book is The Courage To Be Disliked Also mentioned – Flint’s water is OK now. Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? And What Lies Dreaming now has audio of the early chapters, w…
 
In this episode our hosts come together to try and figure out if it’s worth worrying about the possibility that we’re living in a simulation, with a fun twist. We also do plenty of listener feedback. Steven mentioned Eneasz’s book. When I googled the short story Eneasz talked about “Steve Fever” (which was written by Greg Egan), the fifth result wa…
 
We talk about Cultural Evolution, and why it is so terrible. Links: The Secret to Our Success: SSC The Book Melting Asphalt on Prestige Versus Dominance I, Pencil (About How No One Can Make a Pencil Anymore) Caveman Sci-Fi The Mr. Rogers Documentary Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode…
 
We talk with David about his question on our subreddit. There’s a lot of other comments and thoughts about the subject at that thread, which you can read here. Sorry about the lateness of this episode, just some growing pains. Related Links: Scott Alexander on the economic costs of racism Jordan Peterson 12 rules for life & maps of meaning Raymond …
 
The Conspiracy sits down with David Spearman, a long time listener and commenter who told us why we were all wrong about UBI and we figured he should tell you too. Here’s the homework problem David spoke about. The answer is at the bottom. Suppose a firm has to workers: Bob and Omega. It makes two goods: Ultraspace Drives, worth $1000 each (like I …
 
We discuss Sarah Constantin’s recent post Degrees of Freedom, addressing where optimization and free-will conflict. Mentioned in this episode: The parable of The Whispering Earring The Transporter Argument Our episode about Desirism with Alonzo Fyfe Eneasz’s Classic WoW guild – The Tail End (US – Alliance – PvE, eventually raiding Sun/Mon 9-12EST) …
 
This is not an episode of The Bayesian Conspiracy. It’s just some additional feedback and informal thoughts on abortion, particularly in the USA. If this is not a topic of interest to you, please move on. A regular episode will air at the regular time. Relevant Links: Our subreddit where people post comments is reddit.com/r/thebayesianconspiracy/ D…
 
We dive into the Consolidated Nature of Morality Thread in a lot more detail than originally planned. We seem to get a bit off track. Stuff that came up this episode: Read Eneasz’s novel, What Lies Dreaming, online here Or preorder the ebook: The short story “The Secret Number” Next Episode’s Sequence Posts: Universal Fire Universal Law Think Like …
 
This episode Jess, Eneasz, and Steven sit down to discuss… well, you tell us. We’re kind of all over the map here because things have, in the majority, been weird for us lately. We cover some random things about how America is going to shit, how to conduct yourself in public when making an effort not to spook people, and “magic” life hacks. Stuff t…
 
Eneasz has a thing for Andrew Yang He’s ex-goth Yang interview on Freakonomics Quick summary of Fosta/Sesta Archer’s dead hookers Where does Denver’s Pot Money go? Hear Steven discuss Endgame on The Doofecast! Chess-Boxing LessWrong posts Discussed in this Episode: Priors as Mathematical Objects Lotteries: A Waste of Hope New Improved Lottery Next …
 
Jess is back from their pilgrimage to Rationalist Mecca and Eneasz is dying to know all about it, while Steven tries his best to understand why anyone would want to live there. Brian Caplan on Collusion in the Classroom The Spoon Theory (also as a PDF here, for those who don’t want to wrestle with the hosting websites awful anti-adblocker) Berkeley…
 
Jess is on a trip, so Eneasz and Steven do some more digging into our mailbag (last episode on feedback for now, we promise!). Stick around after the outro music starts because we keep going for another 25 minutes or so! Skeptoid Episode on Fast Food Phobia (there’s a few more related episodes if you find the topic interesting) Patreon supporter Da…
 
We dive into the neglected mailbag Steven referenced this SSC post on the Intellectual Dark Web (see also this prior post) It’s been revealed that James Gunn is back! Johnny Depp is an abuse survivor The incredibly shoddy plot to smear Robert Mueller with rape claims, explained, the Obama fake mutilation, and the Planned Parenthood libel. Blue Alie…
 
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