115 – Does Rationality Actually Do Anything?

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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 Eneasz mentioned (and another source)

Random New Yorker Article on the reaction to SSC being deleted

Aella’s Tweet about being an aid for people struggling with their faith

Eneasz mentioned No More Cruelty to Elephants 🙂


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:

My Wild and Reckless Youth

Failing to Learn from History

Next Episode’s Sequence Posts:

Making History Available

Stranger Than History


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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