On December 2nd, 2020, Dr. Timnit Gebru - co-lead of Google’s Ethical AI team - got an email that said Google had accepted her resignation. A resignation she didn’t think she made. Her exit is just the latest sign of the crisis unfolding within Google — a loss of trust between many of its employees…
I Don’t Speak German: 82: Scott Alexander & Slate Star Codex, with David Gerard and Elizabeth Sandifer
Another special episode this time, as we welcome to the show David Gerard, author of acclaimed takedown of cryptocurrency Attack of the 50ft Blockchain, and Elizabeth Sandifer, author of acclaimed takedown of neo-reaction Neoreaction a Basilisk, to discuss Scott Alexander (or is it Siskind?) and his blog Slate Star Codex, with digressions into Less Wrong, ‘rationalism’, and why David is responsible for Grimes hooking up with Elon Musk. Content Warnings apply, as ever. Also, we once again we have audio that doesn’t quite meet our recent standards, though its perfectly listenable. Podcast Notes: Please consider donating to help us make the show and stay independent. Patrons get exclusive access to one full extra episode a month. Daniel’s Patreon:
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In this episode, Kyle and Joe interview Dr. Matthew Johnson: Professor at Johns Hopkins, writer of the recent paper, “Consciousness, Religion, and Gurus: Pitfalls of Psychedelic Medicine,” and researcher (with others) on several trials through Johns Hopkins involving psilocybin: for smoking cessation, anorexia, mood and effects of early-stage Alzheimer’s, opioid addiction, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, … Continue reading "PT229 – Dr. Matthew Johnson – What is Consciousness?"
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In this special bonus interview, Beatrice speaks with virologist Paul Bieniasz about his concerns over policy proposals that could allow a second dose of vaccines be delayed, as well as the failure of certain countries to effectively control the pandemic.
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Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone, Interrobang, Schmanners, Can I Pet Your Dog) stops by the show to talk about being a part of numerous popular podcasts, wanting… MORE
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Listen to Remco Heesen & Liam Bright on Peer Review from Ipse Dixit. In this episode, Remco Heesen, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia School of Humanities, and Liam Kofi Bright, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic, and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics, discuss their article "Is Peer Review a Good Idea?," which is published in the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. They begin by explaining what peer review is, how it came to be, and what it is supposed to accomplish. They observe that peer review doesn’t appear to actually deliver any of its purported benefits, and comes with many costs. They argue that we should eliminate pre-publication peer review, and use other methods of evaluating the quality of scholarship. For more information, see their subsequent article "Jury Theorems for Peer Review," which they co-authored with Marcus Arvan. Bright is on Twitter at @lastpositivist. This episode was hosted byBrian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at@brianlfrye.
A deep dive on Tarsem Singh’s singular - and hard-to-find - 2006 masterpiece.
Listen now | Gov. Jerry Brown, a longtime friend of Ivan Illich’s and student of his work sat down to talk to me about his friendship with Illich and the value of his work.
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