The Bayesian Conspiracy
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A conversational podcast for the less hardcore rationalist, who wants to level-up their rational skills while having fun.
||ExplicitBonus Mini-Episode: I Did Nazi That Coming||Forgive the pun. I couldn’t help myself. (Steven) In this bonus episode, Eneasz and Steven respond to some of the feedback to the Nazi Punching episode. Thank you to everyone who provided thoughtful comments. Be assured we read everything,||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit28 – Effective Altruism||Being effective vs. feeling good. EA is a big topic, this is really just an intro for the uninitiated. The Life You Can Save, by Peter Singer (and the inspired-by website) Money: The Unit of Caring, by Eliezer Yudkowsky Nobody … Continue reading →||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27 – On Punching Nazis||When is it OK to punch Nazis? Original Richard Spencer being punched video Follow-up video of the guy who punched him being briefly confronted Eneasz’s two posts on the topic Ken White of Popehat On Punching Nazis (he’s against it,||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26 – Concept Networks and Hanging Nodes||Eliezer Yudkowsky’s original post on Neural Categories and hanging nodes. Scott Alexander on Diseased Thinking and a longer essay Concept Networks. The very worthwhile analysis on holiday gift giving reddit comment.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25 – Tinder, Actually||The Conspirators meander through various topics, using a Tinder encounter as a framing story: Steven’s OKCupid stats come from Rationally Speaking episode 89 Katrina’s OKCupid stats (and pic) come from Big Lies People Tell The Toxoplasma of Rag||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24 – Signaling||Robin Hanson’s “What is Signaling?” Scott Alexander’s definition of signaling: a method of conveying information among not-necessarily-trustworthy parties by performing an action which is more likely or less costly if the information is true th||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23 – Desirism with Alonzo Fyfe||Alonzo blogs at The Atheist Ethicist Common Sense Atheism’s ULTIMATE Desirism FAQ Link to The Atheist Ethicist’s overview of Desirism Wikia page on Desirism||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22 – Moral Philosophy||Doing the Right Thing Wikipedia on: Consequentialism Ethical Egoism Deontology Divine Command Theory Moral Relativism Virtue Ethics Care Ethics Euthyphro’s Dilemma Objectivism Katrina mentioned that she’d read that the impact of child rape is less se||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus mini-episode: Trump-Reacting||The conspirators discuss a minor setback. The Safety Pin movement Scott Alexander on your model of the electorate A slightly-more-articulate version of Eneasz’s decision to change the deep past now Eliezer Yudkowsky on the optimism of Trump voters||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21 – Kids, These Days||Considerations on Procreation Not having kids – is it like drinking unicorn blood, in that you’ll lead a cursed life, a half-life? How The Woman Got Her Period (“The endometrium seals off our main blood supply from the newly implanted … Continue r||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20 – What’s important?||Subjects the politicians aren’t talking about, that they really should be talking about. Links! UN resolution on antibiotics US banning of antibiotics in soap Guy with potentially antibiotic resistant tuberculosis (that ended up not so dangerous) sued .||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19 – Political Pitfalls||Note: Oops! We accidentally used a crummy laptop microphone. Audio is lower quality for this episode. Links: Politics is the Mind Killer on Less Wrong “Chimpanzee Politics“: A book about two chimpanzees competing to run the “club of chimpanzees||10/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18 – Robin Hanson Interview||We speak with GMU economist Robin Hanson. (note that the audio improves significantly when we switch mics at ~20min) Robin blogs at Overcoming Bias We discuss his recent book, The Age of Em Robin Hanson discusses prediction markets in greater length …||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17 – The Feels||Feelings – should we have them? The Conspiracy decides! This American Life episode about Testosterone Julia Galef’s presentation on The Straw Vulcan. Also – a text summary of same Less Wrong article: “Feeling Rational” Steven Universe is The Be||9/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16 – Animals Again||We addressed a couple things that we missed last time, and got carried away. Katrina referenced the book “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” Chimps have amazing flash-memory AIs can fly our fighter jets better than we … Continue re||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15 – Animals||Katrina referenced the book “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” Wiki page about the author. See also, wikipedia on animal cognition. About the crow facial recognition and warning study. Prairie dog language study.||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14 – Street Epistemology||Steve (@youngidealist on twitter) talks to us about Street Epistemology The Street Epistemology website, which has been significantly updated and expanded since we recorded this episode. Looking nice! The Street Epistemology book – A Manual For Creatin.||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13 – Game Theory||It’s about modeling agents making decisions, not game design. 🙂 – EB …but you can also apply game theory to game design. – KS Yvain’s sequence of posts introducing Game Theory Defecting is MADE OF FIRE Wikipedia on Dr.||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12 – Listener Feedback||We covered ten episodes of feedback in one hour (and a half)! After this, we’ll reply to comments regularly at the end of episodes. Comment either at the website (www.thebayesianconspiracy.com) or at the subreddit (www.reddit.||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11 – Voting||Is it rational to vote? We realize the audio quality when we have live guests is terrible, we’re working to fix that now, hopefully things will start sounding better very soon. Thanks for bearing with us! Eneasz wants to say … Continue reading →||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10 – Polyamory (part 2)||The second half of our conversation on polyamory, because we talked and talked and the episode went long. As with Part 1, positions of other parties, including current and former partners, are very likely misrepresented in this episode.||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9 – Polyamory (part 1)||What’s Polyamory got to do with Rationalism anyway? Be Advised: 1.) This episode contains curse words. 2.) Always, but especially when talking about sensitive, nuanced issues like human relationships, it’s important to note that we are only speaking f||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8 – Interview with Brian Dunning||We speak with Brian Dunning, best known as the host/creator of the Skeptoid podcast. He has also created Here Be Dragons, a 40-minute introduction to critical thinking. Mentioned in this episode: The Vanishing Village of Angikuni Lake Chris Hallquist o...||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7 – Kill All Humans?||[content warning: suicide, human extinction. Might be a bad idea to listen to if you suffer suicidal tendencies.] We speak to Jason, who would take extreme measures to end all suffering. However, lacking extreme powers,||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6 – Cryonics||The Conspirators talk cryonics. Spoiler alert, they are signed up (and signing up soon) for the big freeze. Katrina is a cryocrastinator. The in-depth cryonics article that sparked this conversation, “Why Cryonics Makes Sense” by Tim : Wait But Why E||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5 – When Grandmas ask “What is Rationality?”||An ELI5 (Explain Like I’m 5) episode. Our answers when someone asks “What is Rationality anyway?” and they have a bit of time. (If they don’t have time, Eneasz’s Elevator Pitch is “Rationality is a systematized method of making your beliefs||4/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4 – AlphaGo, with Patrick Chapin||Patrick Chapin (of Top Level Podcast) joins us as a guest-host to talk about AlphaGo’s recent victory over Go master Lee Sedol. We get a primer on how AlphaGo works, a recap of all five games in the match, and … Continue reading →||3/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3 – Interview with Eliezer Yudkowsky||We welcomed the one, the only, Eliezer Yudkowsky to the Bayesian Conspiracy for a quick chat. His latest project is Arbital, an ambitious effort to solve online discussion. It is focusing on solving online explanation.||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2 – What is this “Sanity Waterline” you speak of?||Can the Sanity Waterline be raised? Should it be? And just what does that mean anyway? Based on the post “Raising The Sanity Waterline” Also relevant to today’s discussion: Joy In The Merely Real, Christian Bale Did Nothing Wrong,||3/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1 – What Use is Rationality?||We spent the hour trying to answer a question posed to Eneasz regarding his work with the Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Podcast. Here is the query (with pleasantries removed): Is there evidence that a rational approach to … Continue readi.||2/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Title should say it all
If readers of this review recognized the source of the title of the podcast, I doubt they will bother to read my review, they will probably just jump right in and download a few episodes. So I assume you don't.
Briefly, our three hosts discuss applied rationality in the context of a different topic each week. How do we improve our ability to choose wisely, in spite of the various biases built into our brains by evolution and the limited information available? Sounds a bit dry when I put it like that, but they make it fun.
I couldn't make it past the 1 minute mark on this podcast. Within the first 30 seconds the host refers to you as the listener as not smart enough and that's why you are listening to their podcast. What would possess you to think that when you are trying to build a fan base the best way to do that is by insulting the very people you are courting to patron your podcast?
OMG amazing ^_^
The is a great podcast where three humans (and sometimes a guest) will do their best to try to describe and understand something in our world. This includes being wrong about things, so when some reviewer claims that this is no good because of the first 30 seconds of the first episode, it is worth reading and listening on--they correct each other and show how human they are while at the same time working to better any communication or knowledge issues. ^_^