In this week's Unsupervised Learning Podcast, Razib is joined by author and psycholinguist Steven Pinker to discuss his new book Rationality: what is it, why it seems scarce, and why it matters. Pinker makes the case the humans are fundamentally rational beings, and that it's this capacity that has allowed Homo sapiens to spread across the planet and occupy virtually every niche available to us. Our intuitive ability to understand how physical objects, other creatures and other humans think and behave, combined with our cultural innovativeness, has allowed us to become the apex species of planet earth. Our natural logical abilities allow us to remain one step ahead in the evolutionary arms race. Next, they delve into the history of academic discourse on thinking and rationality, from Aristotle to artificial intelligence, and try to probe and characterize the differences between logic and critical thinking, correlation and causation, and domain-specific versus general intelligence. Then they discuss Bayes' theorem and the spread of Bayesian thinking and discourse across the broad population in the 21st century. Pinker suggests that the Bayesian framework can actually be observed quite widely even in hunter-gatherer populations like the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. He argues we are all Bayesians – we just might not consciously realize that when we are applying it to our problem-solving. Pinker believes that having a better understanding of the whole process may aid our decision-making and help us avoid common pitfalls, like ignoring the base rate, which is usually given the spotlight in the heuristics and biases literature. Finally, the discussion then veers into tackling the interplay between rationality and morality, and how the former can aid progress in the latter. They conclude with a discussion on our current cultural climate, and the discourse on sex, race and wokeness. Today's episode of the Unsupervised Learning Podcast has been sponsored by my friends over at Fluent, a chrome extension to help you learn a new language while browsing the web. Fluent teaches you select words on the web pages you're already reading, like on substack, in the new language you're trying to learn. It's great for improving your vocabulary without needing to spend any extra time on apps or flashcards. You can learn French, Spanish, or Italian for free by going to Fluent.co. Subscribe now Give a gift subscription Share
Today it's great to have Steven Pinker on the podcast. Dr. Pinker is the Johnstone professor of psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books. He's been elected to the National Academy of Science, and named as one of Time's “100 Most Influential People”, and one of Foreign Policy's “100 Leading Global Thinkers”. His books include How the Mind Works, The Blank State, The Stuff of Thought, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, Enlightenment Now, and most recently, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters. In this episode, I talk to Steven about the definition of rationality, how it relates to truth, and how it's different from logic. We also discuss the trade-offs in decision making, the limited usefulness of strategic irrationality, the boundaries of socially acceptable fiction, and why people have weird beliefs among other things.Website: stevenpinker.comTwitter: @sapinker Topics01:02 Must we always follow reason? 03:34 Steven's definition of rationality 05:24 Tension between conflicting goals 08:31 What is truth? 13:12 When to apply logic or rationality 23:14 There can be no trade-off between rationality and justice 25:35 Politicizing knowledge and research 29:24 Strategic irrationality has limits 36:13 Taboo trade-offs, heretical counterfactuals, and forbidden base rates 42:04 The changing norms of acceptable fiction 45:56 Why rationality is cool 49:39 The costs of decision making 55:54 Progress came from utilitarian reasoning 57:52 "The pandemic of poppycock" 01:01:23 Expressive rationality: morally empowering beliefs 01:05:26 Bayesian reasoning
Steven Pinker with Niall Ferguson at Live Talks Los Angeles discussing his book, "Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters." The talk took place Oct 13, 2021 from our studios in Los Angeles. To learn more about Live Talks Los Angeles -- upcoming events, videos, podcast and our online store -- visit livetalksla.org
On this week's Tech Nation, Moira speaks withHarvard professor experimental cognitive scientist Steven Pinker about“Rationality … What it is, Why it seems scarce, and Why it matters”. Then Lemony Snicket – the one and only. You know him from his children's book series, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. He's here with “Poison for Breakfast”. You will start bewildered and leave bewildered, but feeling much better about it.
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution by: Carl R. Trueman Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by: Elizabeth Kolbert Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't by: Julia Galef Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution by: Mike Duncan This Is How You Lose the Time War by: Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism by: Sharyl Attkisson Plato: Complete Works by: Plato Stillness Is the Key by: Ryan Holiday The Sorrows of Young Werther by: Goethe
How Newcomb's problem applies to real-life. We discuss Newcomblike problems are the norm (LW crosspost). Also mentioned: Replacing Guilt Audiobook! Our episode on Replacing Guilt Our episode on Talking To Strangers part 1, and part 2 Hey look, we have … Continue reading →
A couple of episodes ago, I have Steven Pinker, cognitive psychologist, linguist, and popular science author, on to talk about this new book, Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters. And at the end of this book, there are quizzes to see if you're system 1 or system 2 in terms of Rationality. Naturally, I have to try this quiz on people, so I have my wife, Robyn, and Jay The Engineer on to see how they do on the quiz! We also talked about some of the different biases. My new book Skip The Line is out! Make sure you get a copy wherever you get your new book! Join You Should Run For President 2.0 Facebook Group, and we discuss why should run for president. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Book 5, Part V, Chapter 272: Could Anything Be Right? "Rationality: From AI to Zombies" by Eliezer Yudkowsky Independent audio book project by Walter and James http://from-ai-to-zombies.eu Original source entry: http://lesswrong.com/lw/sb/could_anything_be_right/ The complete book is available at MIRI for pay-what-you-want: https://intelligence.org/rationality-ai-zombies/ Source and podcast licensed CC-BY-NC-SA, full text here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Intro/Outro Music by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com, licensed CC-BY: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100708
In this Part 2 of the episode (make sure you check out Part 1), Steven Pinker, and I discussed how to be more Rational, and how to argue with yourself if you could understand the other "side" better? We also talked about all the biases that are associate with Rationality, and if you recognize them, can you change your behavior? Listen to this Part 2 out of 2, and make sure you check out Part 1 if you missed it! My new book Skip The Line is out! Make sure you get a copy wherever you get your new book! Join You Should Run For President 2.0 Facebook Group, and we discuss why should run for president. I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at jamesaltucher.com/podcast. Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How can we apply the theory of measurement accuracy to human judgments? How can cognitive biases affect both the bias term and the noise term in measurement error? How much noise should we expect in judgments of various kinds? Is there reason to think that machines will eventually make better decisions than humans in all domains? How does machine decision-making differ (if at all) from human decision-making? In what domains should we work to reduce variance in decision-making? If machines learn use human decisions as training data, then to what extent will human biases become "baked into" machine decisions? And can such biases be compensated for? Are there any domains where human judgment will always be preferable to machine judgment? What does the "fragile families" study tell us about the limits of predicting life outcomes? What does good decision "hygiene" look like? Why do people focus more on bias than noise when trying to reduce error? To what extent can people improve their decision-making abilities? How can we recognize good ideas when we have them? Humans aren't fully rational, but are they irrational? Daniel Kahneman is Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Kahneman has held the position of professor of psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1970-1978), the University of British Columbia (1978-1986), and the University of California, Berkeley (1986-1994). He is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Econometric Society. He has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (1982) and the Grawemeyer Prize (2002), both jointly with Amos Tversky, the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (1995), the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology (1995), the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (2002), the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (2007), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2013). He holds honorary degrees from numerous universities. Find out more about him here.
How do Masculine & Feminine values shape our culture around work and life in general? How do you define Masculine & Feminine? Do you get down with Carl Jung and his badass self? This episode attempts to define leisure in my own words, as well as explain why I believe it's important. I do this through exploring masculine and feminine value structures - Doing vs Being, in a nutshell - and linking them to the way our culture thinks about work, and as a consequence, how we approach life. I touch upon Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, I have an excerpt from the Indian guru Sadhguru, and bring in the history of science and empiricism as a potential source for our overwhelming reliance upon the masculine. I welcome your feedback and comments. Please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.orgIG: @thisnakedvoicewww.thisnakedvoice.com Support the show (https://paypal.me/JoeyCardella?locale.x=en_US)
We settle the ultimate question once and for all. also discussed: Julia Galef's quick video on Bayesian Thinking Bulletproofing deters warlords Steven's friend's GoFundMe Our first and second and third episodes on cryonics. The interview with Rudi Hoffman is the … Continue reading →
This ID the Future wraps up a lively four-part series between religious skeptic Michael Shermer and Return of the God Hypothesis author and philosopher of science Stephen Meyer. Here Meyer underscores the fact that every worldview must posit something as the prime reality, and he argues that positing mind (rather than matter) as the prime reality solves far more problems in science, and not just in origins science. What about the idea of a multiverse to explain the fine tuning of the laws and constants of physics? Meyer concedes that this is a solution of sorts, but it comes at a tremendous cost, which he explains. That's just a taste of where Meyer and Shermer go in this final segment. Read More › Source
Stanford University's Jay Bhattacharya returns to the show to discuss the recent southern spike, the prospects for herd immunity, and his grounds for optimism, among much else.
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"Whatever you do, or whatever your talent or profession is, you will do much better if you deploy your assets in the right configuration." John Vespacian There are many reasons why history matters, and when history is perceived from a biographical point of view, the stories start to be more relatable and the lessons more applicable at an individual level. Our guest today, John Vespacian, approaches history from this very interesting angle and enables people to see historical patterns that enhance their understanding and insights on how to solve the problems they presently face. John Vespasian is the author of eleven books about rational living, including "When everything fails, try this" https://amzn.to/3xVdAbM (2009), "Rationality is the way to happiness" https://amzn.to/3spQbOL (2009), "The philosophy of builders" https://amzn.to/3CSBoRq (2010), "The 10 principles of rational living" https://amzn.to/3iOlI9P (2012), "Rational living, rational working" https://amzn.to/3xSJWUS (2013), "Consistency: The key to permanent stress relief" https://amzn.to/3z7TGfr (2014), "On becoming unbreakable" https://amzn.to/3iOKk2i (2015), "Thriving in difficult times" https://amzn.to/3xW55NP (2016), "Sequentiality: The amazing power of finding the right sequence of steps" https://amzn.to/3iSZ1kN (2017), "Undisrupted: How highly-effective people deal with disruptions" https://amzn.to/3k06ldZ (2019), and "Asymmetry: The shortcut to success when success seems impossible" https://amzn.to/3iPwEnM (2020). Vespasian has lived in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and The Netherlands. His books combine his passion for history, investing, and personal development, reflecting his philosophy of rational living, productiveness, and respect for the individual. The purpose of Vespacian's work is to draw practical lessons from history and believes that if a person wants to make good decisions, they have to look at the big picture and learn from the wisdom accumulated in centuries of human experience. He argues that knowledge is the only valid response to stress, the only formula that can make a person more effective. His books contain the wisdom he has accumulated in decades of research, and he believes that it is all about learning from other people's successes and mistakes and figuring out how to apply those principles to your own life. In every book, Vespacian goes through biographies and historical events with the goal of extracting from them lessons that people can use right now. In this episode, our guest will tell us more about his approach to history and how he uses the lessons to educate people on handling present situations. He will also highlight a few of the biographies in his book and the lessons derived from them. Listen in! Social media handles https://sites.google.com/view/assymetry/home https://www.facebook.com/john.vespasian https://twitter.com/JohnVespasian http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00IP34FJQ http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com/ https://sites.google.com/view/asymmetry-detailed-info/home What I do is combine my history with personal development. [2:58] Each of my books contains the essence of short biographies of people from different professions, centuries, and countries. [3:03] I try to extract the patterns of success and the patterns of failure by analyzing real stories from real people, which I consider to be a very practical approach to history. [3:13] I look at history as a major teacher of thinking patterns of behavior of human nature where if you don't learn from history, you are likely to repeat the same mistakes that people made centuries ago. [3:40] Unfortunately, the history we learn at school is usually presented in a very useless way, which makes people very frustrated with it. [3:55] I am trying to change this pattern in my books by having a perspective of history that is super practical and entertaining because I try to extract from each biography key points that people can use today in their daily lives. [4:07] My latest book titled asymmetry contains the message that to be successful in life and get something done, it is much easier to do it if you take an asymmetric approach giving the example of Mozart, a very famous musician. [4:46] A lesson from the book is that whatever you do or whatever your talent or profession is, you will do much better if you deploy your assets in the right configuration. [7:44] In the book, I analyze in great detail, how Hannibal who was a general, fought against the Roman Empire very successfully for almost 20 years with fewer soldiers in a foreign territory. [7:57] A very important lesson from history is that you should not get discouraged because you have fewer resources, are less experienced, or have fewer contacts than other people. If you deploy what you have in the right configuration, you can multiply your effectiveness. [9:06] Another lesson from the book is from using chess players to compare their actual lives with their way of playing chess. [ 9:55] There is a great component of personal style when you play chess, as it is a game that allows people to deploy their personalities. [10:12] It is very interesting to see from the great masters how they manage to win when they're playing chess, especially when they had everything against them. [10:22] In the book Asymmetry, I recount the story of Alekhine, who was a grandmaster or world champion, in the 1920s and 1930s, before the Second World War. [10:34] The biography is fascinating because one of the things you learn from his personal life and his way of playing is that you will have situations in life where you can't figure out the right strategy because you don't have all the elements or the situation is too complex. Still, you will eventually find an opening and win the battle by taking small initiatives and testing the waters. [10:56] Commercial Break. [12:54] It is very important that in life, you get the right perspective, and for most people, this is going to be 85 years to try to see progress in perspective, because otherwise, it's very easy to go crazy, it's very easy to become desperate if you take a very short-term perspective. [14:15] If you take this perspective, you will see your problems from a different perspective as long as you keep using your time effectively and try to improve the situation little by little; after a few years, you will not even remember. [15:13] One thing that I am very skeptical about in my books is positive thinking in the way that most people understand it. [16:42] People don't realize that positive thinking is very dangerous unless coupled with rational and consistent action because it makes people super anxious. [17:18] It is much better to have a low-key approach to try to come up first with a solid plan and objective you can pursue, and then you will have plenty of time to become enthusiastic. [18:02] The results of the analysis are that most successful careers are asymmetric. This is very important to understand because when you analyze the lives of successful people in history, you see that many of them became successful after failures. [19:24] When you look at the biographies in detail, you will see the enormous amount of failure and distress. It is only by doing asymmetric strategies, trying different things, and focusing on what works that people will emerge successful and happy. [21:32] Another aspect that I often underline in my books is that you have to find sustainable ways to take care of your health before you become sick. [22:29] I spend a lot of time researching Ancient Medicine, especially herbal medicine and ancient Greek medicine. I have to tell you that the principles of maintaining your health have been known since ancient Greek and haven't changed a lot despite new technology. [23:14] When you go to Ancient Greece and see that people lived fairly long and were able to stay healthy with very few resources, there are important lessons to draw. [23:39] One of the good habits I think everybody should acquire because it's very inexpensive and beneficial is to get used to drinking herbal tea such as chamomile, mint, sage. [23:52] Whatever business you do, wherever your profession or career, you have to find a way by looking at your processes, dedication, and time allocation to develop asymmetric advantages. [25:59] You have to spend time identifying the steps that add most of the value to what you're doing and try to focus and optimize on those. [26:26] I have the biography of Velasquez, a very famous artist in the 17th century, and he made a fortune just because he changed his procedure. [27:17] It would be best to spend some time per month, maybe a couple of hours, trying to read some history or something that you find interesting to gain some perspective. [30:25] It is a very good investment which will make you much more logical in your thinking and much more relaxed because you will get the perspective of the centuries [30:58] ….………...……… Thank you to our January sponsor! KukuaBiz can provide dedicated and affordable talent from Kenya to help you grow and scale your business. Virtual employees are skilled in administrative functions, sales, podcast management, video editing, marketing, social media marketing, website design and management, and more. Learn more: https://www.kukuabiz.com
又是一年开学季，猫头鹰依旧没有来。本期自由潜水，跳岛拉来了可能是中文播客界最懂哈利·波特的主播婉莹，和潜水员钟娜和润哲一起，从手游、周边还有黄油啤酒聊起，说一说这部陪伴我们成长的作品。 长大之后再来读“哈利·波特”系列小说，对糟糕恋爱线的观感好像又发生了改变，也开始明白一些之前以为是bug的地方，其实是最深刻的死亡教育和人生课程。当我们一次次穿过魔法和真实之间的活板门，因为虚实之间的模糊边界而目眩神迷，罗琳埋下的文化密码和历史政治梗也让读者一次次再度兴奋。从系列作品第一部出版到今天的二十多年里，魔法世界本身也在全世界哈迷的殷切注视中不断延展和形变，不变的，是对勇气、信念和爱的体验。当九又四分之三站台的火车在想象中驶来，已长大成人的我们，依旧想义无反顾地跳上列车。 【本期潜水成员】 何润哲，跳岛FM策划编辑，正在经历社会化的法语人。 钟娜，中英双语写作者，译者。译有《聊天记录》《正常人》。（豆瓣ID：阿枣） 婉莹，小黄鱼播客制作人，挖坑爱好者，野生哈学家，正在制作的播客有：博物志、哈利播客、蒙台啥利和不时尚。 【时间轴】 05:16 官方售卖的黄油啤酒不含酒精？原著党大摇其头 17:30 如何看待罗琳在七本书之外的衍生创作和种种声明？ 26:13 原著党的两难：想听你多说点，又怕你滥用权威 33:36 谁能看见夜骐？奇幻文学教我们学会面对死亡 43:03 哈利·波特世界里的文化密码：咒语、人名、三兄弟的故事 48:55 “魔法甚至都不是平行于现实，而是内置于现实” 51:04 英国首相、北美草药、中国符咒？魔法宇宙中，还有很多尚待破土的种子 【节目中提到的作品】 “哈利·波特”系列衍生作品： 《神奇的魁地奇球》(Quidditch Through the Ages) 《诗翁彼豆故事集》(The Tales of Beedle the Bard) 《神奇动物在哪里》(Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) 《哈利·波特与被诅咒的孩子》(Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) 婉莹提到的展览配套图书： Harry Potter: A History of Magic Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature 钟娜提到的厄休拉·勒古恩文集： The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction by Ursula K. Le Guin 【潜水员推荐的书】 《胡吃乱想》 胡续冬 著 《罪与罚》 [俄]陀思妥耶夫斯基 著 Harry Potter and the Method of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky 【出品人】蔡欣 【主理人】猫弟 【策划】何润哲 【音乐】 片头 上海彩虹室内合唱团 – 跑！跑！跑起来跟着流星（无念白版） 片尾 上海彩虹室内合唱团 – 晨昏森林（无念白版） 【后期制作】AURA.pote 【视觉设计】孙晓曦 王尊一 【文字整理】黄鱼 何润哲
How we can get better at thinking critically and objectively is the far-reaching topic of this discussion. Author Julia Galef discusses the findings of her new book, The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't, including why many of us cling to our beliefs without the benefit of good reasoning. Host Matt Miller helps bring the importance of adopting the “scout mindset” front and center to the world of investing. Julia Galef hosts the podcast Rationally Speaking and is the co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality. For industry-leading insights, support tools and more, subscribe to Capital Ideas at getcapitalideas.com. The Capital Ideas website is not intended for use outside the U.S. In Canada visit capitalgroup.com/ca for Capital Group insights.
We discuss You Are In Newcomb's Box and The IQ Shredder also touched on – Why Does Singapore Have Such A Low Birthrate? Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? Also merch! Rationality: From AI to Zombies, … Continue reading →
In episode 205, Michael Shermer speaks with Richard Dawkins, the author of The Selfish Gene, voted The Royal Society's Most Inspiring Science Book of All Time, and also the bestsellers The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, The God Delusion, and two volumes of autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder and Brief Candle in the Dark. He is a Fellow of New College, Oxford and both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world's top thinker in Prospect magazine's poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries. This episode is heavily edited because Dawkins was having trouble with his voice, and Shermer tried to speak a little more to give Dawkins a chance to let his voice rest.
In Episode 102, Arrow's Impossibility Theorem is discussed by University of Queensland Senior Lecturer in Economics Dr Priscilla Man and Economics Explored host Gene Tunny.Links relevant to the conversationConversation article Gene mentions in intro: https://theconversation.com/kenneth-arrows-legacy-and-why-elections-can-be-flawed-73675The paradox of democracy: Arrow impossibility explained: https://youtu.be/dzS-RkzRRVMPlease send any questions, comments, or suggestions to email@example.com.
In this episode we go over how Colonialism and Capitalism directly led to the creation of Empires such as the British Empire, the Dutch, the Spanish and now the US Empire. We discuss Imperialism and how it is the way in which Empires stay in power, and how the US Empire today is restructuring itself. We also hit on the need for Revolution, not reform. Power to the People's Struggle!
Carrying on our broader conversation on Apologetics, we are joined by an analytic theologian, Dr. James T. Turner, who is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Anderson University and the author of On the Resurrection of the Dead: A New Metaphysics of Afterlife for Christian Thought(published by Routledge). In this conversation we touch on the nature of apologetics as an enterprise designed to demonstrate that Christianity is not fundamentally irrational. As Dr. Turner contends, this is all apologetics really ought to be, and he goes further to explain that the idea of removing intellectual objections to the faith won't actually lead people to bow the knee to King Jesus. Another branch of our conversation then delves into the subject matter of Dr. Turner's book, which is the resurrection and the nature of the afterlife. Dr. Turner is a hylomorphist, which is the view that everything is comprised of matter and form. The soul, then, is the form of all living organisms (humans, plants, trees, dogs). The form thus can't float free from the matter, and cannot be separated from it. This has huge implications for popular apologetics that point to near death experiences as an argument for God (usually implicitly given in the form of a narrative, such as books like Heaven Is For Real). Dr. Turner explains that he holds this view because he believes that the Bible places all of its hope on the bodily resurrection of human beings, as well as the physical restoration of creation, not on immaterial souls going off to Heaven after the body dies. Team members from The Two Cities on the episode include: Dr. Amber Bowen and Dr. John Anthony Dunne.
We discuss The Guild of the Rose with Matt Freeman. This is somewhat of a follow-up, we first did a show about them when they were called The Guild of Servants. Join their beta! Things we mention: Of course The … Continue reading →
Josh and M review Lee Basham's chapter in "Beyond Rationality," "Conspiracy Theories and Rationality." — Josh is @monkeyfluids and M is @conspiracism on Twitter You can also contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Why not support The Podcaster's Guide to the Conspiracy by donating to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/podcastersguidetotheconspiracy or Podbean crowdfunding? http://www.podbean.com/patron/crowdfund/profile/id/muv5b-79
We discuss the review of the book Crazy Like Us Also the highlights from the comments of the review Quick single-line spoiler for ep 3 of Loki occurs at 41:52 and lasts for ~20 seconds. Discussed in the show: The … Continue reading →
In this episode, Alex-Jason continues with the dauntless power of man to overcome his challenges in life. Will to survive and to reason with true self strikes the heart of Objectivist Philosophy. The polarities between Free Will objectivism and Narrow and Negative Determinism has split Continental philosophy into two ethical schools of thought. It is often a fierce debate issue in society and boils down on a case-to-case basis for constant enforcement. There is always a choice, never a prison. Learn to harness decision-making and reaffirm full responsibility for your actions. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT FREE WILL IS YOUR NATURE. Let's join Alex-Jason as we learn about being objective in truth embedded in everyday life and help using rationality. www.higherdensityliving.com
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/X6qeFzrmRqU Zubin interviews Curt, interviewing Zubin. Sponsors: https://brilliant.org/TOE for 20% off. http://algo.com for supply chain AI. Patreon: https://patreon.com/curtjaimungal Crypto: https://tinyurl.com/cryptoTOE PayPal: https://tinyurl.com/paypalTOE Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOEwithCurt Discord Invite: https://discord.com/invite/kBcnfNVwqs iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/better-left-unsaid-with-curt-jaimungal/id1521758802 Pandora: https://pdora.co/33b9lfP Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4gL14b92xAErofYQA7bU4e Subreddit r/TheoriesOfEverything: https://reddit.com/r/theoriesofeverything LINKS MENTIONED: ZdoggMD (Zubin's channel): https://www.youtube.com/user/ZDoggMD TIMESTAMPS: 00:00:00 Introduction 00:06:02 Similarities between ZdoggMD and Theories of Everything 00:09:34 Uncertainty and the present moment 00:13:11 Self deception and lies 00:22:59 The nature of reality and ancient texts (Bible, Vedas, etc.) 00:28:06 Curt's problems with sleeping 00:39:11 Free will and too much chatter in the brain 00:47:54 Nonduality (who's experiencing the experiences?) 00:54:24 Belief isn't just a "thought" 01:02:34 Limits of language 01:08:22 Limits of science 01:10:50 Science 2.0 (abhijgnosis) 01:23:05 Placebo and self-fulfilling beliefs being as primary as consciousness 01:28:07 Atheism and Sam Harris 01:34:20 What's fundamental, in nondualism? 01:37:14 Nondualism is nihilism 01:51:41 The public's mistrust of "science" is warranted 02:00:57 As podcasters, should we delete comments that decelerate conversations? 02:05:38 When certain topics / viewpoints become demonitized, suspicion is raised 02:12:10 Fasting and difficulty sleeping 02:15:46 Zubin and Curt exchange podcasting foibles 02:24:17 Rationality doesn't motivate you, and perhaps shouldn't. 02:32:20 Admonishments against being "left" or "right" 02:44:40 Live audience questions answered by Zubin on meditation and nondualism * * * Just wrapped (April 2021) a documentary called Better Left Unsaid http://betterleftunsaidfilm.com on the topic of "when does the left go too far?" Visit that site if you'd like to watch it.
We discuss Dan Sivers Do This Directives Mentioned: Dan’s interviews The Scout Mindset book Jace’s Funny Dance video An Alien God audio Hey look, we have a discord! What could possibly go wrong? Also merch! Rationality: From AI to Zombies, The … Continue reading →
The Rationality Thesis We take a look at the rationality thesis and delve into the rationality debate asking; are humans rational creatures that make performance errors or irrational creatures that sometimes demonstrate rationality? Dave talks about slides in this stream which you can find here: To Be or Not Be Rational – The Video This Podcast was from our Live Video Stream. If you prefer to watch than listen, check out the below: 00:00 – Intro 06:05 – Start of... Read More... Read More
In 1986, the American economist, political scientist and cognitive psychologist Herbert Simon published "Rationality in Psychology and Economics" in the Journal of Business. Continuing with Simon's critique of neoclassical assumptions of economic behavior, Simon asserts that the standard of rationality used in neoclassical economic analysis is insufficient to analyze the real world. In particular, he critiques the over-use of assumptions in the works of Gary Becker and others, that he contends makes economic science unreplicable and ascientific. "Research into the decision-making process within economic organizations" won Simon the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 1978.This article was read by Luce Nguyen, who is on Twitter at @NguyenLuce. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After listening to state/church news and decrying the religious anti-vaxxers, we hear Shelley Segal's song "I Don't Believe in Fairies" from her "Atheist Album." Then we talk with cognitive psychologist, linguist and author Steven Pinker (FFRF's Honorary Chair) about his book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Humanism, Science, and Progress.
Tim and I sit down to chat about a recent episode of the Free Will Show. In this episode, Tim and I react to a not-so-subtle nod to Tim's work and the Freethinking Argument on the Free Will show.
Velcro from the subreddit and discord joins us to offer a much-valued parent’s perspective on child rearing from the perspective of someone who’s actually reared children. Jace was out looking at tiny houses (it’s a thing, they’re adorable/awesome and you … Continue reading →
Book 5, Part V, Chapter 271: Changing Your Metaethics "Rationality: From AI to Zombies" by Eliezer Yudkowsky Independent audio book project by Walter and James http://from-ai-to-zombies.eu Original source entry: http://lesswrong.com/lw/sk/changing_your_metaethics/ The complete book is available at MIRI for pay-what-you-want: https://intelligence.org/rationality-ai-zombies/ Source and podcast licensed CC-BY-NC-SA, full text here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Intro/Outro Music by Kevin MacLeod of www.incompetech.com, licensed CC-BY: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100708
Luke Burgis is an author, entrepreneur, and professor. In his new book Wanting, Luke discusses the mimetic (mimicking) roots of our desires and behaviors. Viewing our species from this lens yields a vast wealth of insights about the nature of society, and we discuss how the internet (and crypto) pose to dramatically shift our understanding of these things. ------
In 1857 guests at Washington D.C.'s National Hotel began to come down with a mysterious illness. One of them was James Buchanan, who was preparing to assume the presidency of the United States. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll describe the deadly outbreak and the many theories that were offered to explain it. We'll also contemplate timpani and puzzle over an Old West astronaut. Intro: The words overnervousnesses and overnumerousnesses are vertically compact. Harvard mathematician George Birkhoff reduced the principle underlying beauty to a formula. Sources for our feature on the National Hotel Disease: Kerry Walters, Outbreak in Washington, D.C.: The 1857 Mystery of the National Hotel Disease, 2014. George Alfred Townsend, Washington, Outside and Inside, 1874. Ruth D. Reichard, "A 'National Distemper': The National Hotel Sickness of 1857, Public Health and Sanitation, and the Limits of Rationality," Journal of Planning History 15:3 (August 2016), 175-190. Brian D. Crane, "Filth, Garbage, and Rubbish: Refuse Disposal, Sanitary Reform, and Nineteenth-Century Yard Deposits in Washington, D. C.," Historical Archaeology 34:1 (2000), 20-38. Homer T. Rosenberger, "Inauguration of President Buchanan a Century Ago," Records of the Columbia Historical Society 57/59 (1957/1959), 96-122. H.J. Forrest, "The National Hotel Epidemic of 1857," Medical Annals of the District of Columbia 16:3 (1947), 132-134. Isaac O. Barnes, "The National Hotel Disease — Letter to Dr. D.H. Storer," New Hampshire Journal of Medicine 7:8 (August 1857), 238-243. "The National Hotel Disease," Scientific American 12:46 (July 25, 1857), 365. "The 'Hotel Endemic' at Washington," Peninsular Journal of Medicine 5:1 (July 1857), 31-34. "National Hotel Disease," New York Journal of Medicine 3:1 (July 1857), 90-92. "Chemical Opinions of the National Hotel Disease," Scientific American 12:37 (May 23, 1857), 296. "National Hotel Disease," Scientific American 12:36 (May 16, 1857), 286. Philip Bump, "Concerns About Members of Congress Being Poisoned Date to 1857 -- and D.C.'s National Hotel," Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2015. Clinton Yates, "Book on National Hotel Disease Shows Not Much Has Changed in D.C. Since 1850s," Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2014. Scott McCabe, "Congressman Dies From D.C. Hotel Affliction," Washington Examiner, July 17, 2012. "National Hotel Disease," [New York] Sun, Nov. 14, 1916. "The National Hotel Disease," Shepherdstown [W.Va.] Register, April 10, 1858 "National Hotel Disease," [Washington, D.C.] Evening Star, June 16, 1857. "Another Victim of the National Hotel Disease," New York Times, May 16, 1857. "The National Hotel Disease," New York Times, May 15, 1857. "The 'National Hotel' Poison," Holmes County [Ohio] Republican, May 14, 1857. "The National Hotel Disease," New York Times, May 8, 1857. "The National Hotel Disease -- Fatal Cases," National Era, May 7, 1857. "The Health of President Buchanan," [Ebensburg, Pa.] Democrat and Sentinel, May 6, 1857. "The Washington Mystery," New York Times, May 5, 1857. "The National Hotel Mystery," New York Times, May 2, 1857. "Death of Hon. John G. Montgomery," [Bloomsburg, Pa.] Star of the North, April 29, 1857. "The Washington Epidemic," Times, April 11, 1857. "Effects of the National Hotel Disease," New York Times, April 4, 1857. "Sickness at the National Hotel," [Wilmington, N.C.] Tri-Weekly Commercial, March 31, 1857. "The Washington Epidemic -- Report of the Committee of the Board of Health," New York Times, March 25, 1857. Ludwig Deppisch, "The National Hotel Disease," The Grog Ration 4:1 (January-February 2009), 1-5. "Historical Highlights: The Mysterious National Hotel Disease," United States House of Representatives (accessed June 23, 2021). Andrew Glass, "National Hotel Disease Claims Many Victims, June 24, 1859," Politico, June 24, 2010. Listener mail: "Feyenoord Keeper Treijtel Shoots Seagull Out of the Sky," De Dag van Toen (accessed June 14, 2021). "Eddy Treijtel over doodgeschoten meeuw: 'Iedereen heeft het gezien, behalve ik,'" [Dutch], Rijnmond, Nov. 15, 2020. "Span's Mother Struck by Line Drive," Associated Press, March 31, 2010. Judge Morton Krase, "Take Me Out to the Courtroom: The Legal Battle for Ownership of Barry Bonds' Historic 73rd Home Run Baseball," Philadelphia Lawyer 67:1 (Spring 2004). "Popov v. Hayashi," Wikipedia (accessed June 25, 2021). "Timpani," Wikipedia (accessed June 14, 2021). "Timpani," Merriam-Webster (accessed June 14, 2021). This week's lateral thinking puzzle was contributed by listener Peter Le Pard. You can listen using the player above, download this episode directly, or subscribe on Google Podcasts, on Apple Podcasts, or via the RSS feed at https://futilitycloset.libsyn.com/rss. Please consider becoming a patron of Futility Closet -- you can choose the amount you want to pledge, and we've set up some rewards to help thank you for your support. You can also make a one-time donation on the Support Us page of the Futility Closet website. Many thanks to Doug Ross for the music in this episode. If you have any questions or comments you can reach us at email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
When two smart people or groups disagree, what is happening? Sometimes one is plainly wrong about the facts. But more often than not, these two people are arguing from a local rationale. We'll talk about local vs global rationale in this episode and how they apply to your job as an engineer or manager.✨ Sponsor: Remote Works (Podcast)The way we work has changed forever. In each episode of Remote Works, Host Melanie Green, tells an insightful story about how people and companies are adapting.Check out Remote Works wherever you get your podcasts!
Many of the courageous heroes we have discussed have one thing in common: an ability to think rationally and control their feelings. Today, Connor and Brittany brainstorm some ways to help you learn how to control your emotions and think about the facts, not just your feelings.
There’s too many clouds, and they’re ruining stuff that’s good! Mentioned in this episode: Do This. Directives. A very early episode of ours about Feelings Top ACLU lawyer comes out as pro-book-burning Replatforming? Discusses the overview of the Dean of … Continue reading →
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The classic economic theory embedded in western democracies holds an assumption that human beings will almost always behave rationally in the end and make logical choices that will keep our society balanced on the whole. Daniel Kahneman is the psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics for showing that this is simply not true. There’s something sobering — but also helpfully grounding — in speaking with this brilliant and humane scholar who explains why none of us is an equation that computes. As surely as we breathe, we will contradict ourselves and confound each other.Daniel Kahneman received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. He’s best known for his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow and is now releasing a new book, Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, written with Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein. He’s the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.This show originally aired on October 5, 2017.
The classic economic theory embedded in western democracies holds an assumption that human beings will almost always behave rationally in the end and make logical choices that will keep our society balanced on the whole. Daniel Kahneman is the psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics for showing that this is simply not true. There’s something sobering — but also helpfully grounding — in speaking with this brilliant and humane scholar who explains why none of us is an equation that computes. As surely as we breathe, we will contradict ourselves and confound each other.Daniel Kahneman received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. He’s best known for his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow and is now releasing a new book, Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment, written with Olivier Sibony and Cass R. Sunstein. He’s the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.