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  1. Episode 19: Joseph Tainter – The Conversation

    I think it is remarkable that, as a historian, Mr. Tainter is unaware of the fact that 70% of the people in pre-industrial Europe were farmers. Which means that they could afford to have three times as many people in non-farm occupations than the 90% figure he brings up. All that with very little of what we consider modern technology.

    Furthermore, the conquests of Rome certainly weren’t made to extract stored solar energy. Grain and food is produced annually and Rome didn’t commit genocides most of the time. The population of the conquered territories was still there and had to be fed with food grown annually on a fixed amount of soil, rain and sunshine.

    The energy density of fossil fuels also pales in comparison to nuclear fuels (whose density is on the order of 10 million times higher). And while an electric tractor or combine harvester is certainly less convenient than conventional ones, they are perfectly feasible. Without putting to much thought into it, you could always hook up a cable on a powerline along the side of a field and spin it off a reel while driving down the field in order to plow it and spinning it back on, on the way back. Move the cable a couple meters to the side as you turn and do it again. You wouldn’t even need a battery. It’s quite a hassle, of course, but much less than a pair of oxen or horses.

    I’m sorry, I’d like to be less dismissive of what he said, but I have no choice since I’ve committed myself to reality.

    https://www.findtheconversation.com/episode-nineteen-joseph-tainter/

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  2. Elucidating the Bridges Between Naturalism and Christianity with John Vervaeke

    In our second discussion, John and I attempt to figure out the bridges between his position and Christianity. We do so both ontologically and existentially.

    Previous discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XccFYuTGskc Video wrap-up of the first discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z35umuP1rXk

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  3. Bitcoin and Gender: What can scaling Bitcoin teach us about the gender conversation?

    At first glance, Bitcoin and Gender don’t seem to belong in the same sentence. But in this video I will argue that both systems demonstrate the same solution to complex growth: one within the domain of external value representation, and the other within the domain of language-mediated identity.

    From this perspective, we can more constructively discuss concepts like gender, and even perhaps apply the conceptual toolset introduced in this video beyond the limited scope of gender politics.

    Other videos mentioned -

    An Ontology of Emergence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=endcgoESYp8

    Don’t Force It: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc653ym4smE

    Bitcoin: A Star, A Planet, A Forest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqQ4muBd0rs

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  4. An Ontology of Emergence, and its Application to Gender

    Quite frequently we communicate as if we exist within a flat ontology, where all concepts and categories rest within the same frame of reference and should be understood by all others, regardless of their unique frame of reference.

    But actually the concepts in question, while connected, often exist within different layers of our emergent reality, and are therefore generally addressed most adequately using concepts specific to that layer’s unique characteristics.

    But that introduces the problem of communicating across and between the unique dialects of these emergent layers. In much the same way that science must communicate across fields, our society is increasingly in need of the tools to communicate about and across these complex structures.

    In this video, I outline an ontology put forward by the philosopher Manuel DeLanda, and demonstrate how it may be used to achieve the goals outlined above.

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    = DeLanda’s Philosophy and Simulation: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1474252842/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1474252842&linkCode=as2&tag=phyldome-20&linkId=58d610a183cbfef7ac8fc15385640243

    Errata: As I suspected, I was wrong about the timing of the Hindenburg. It occurred during the run up to WW2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenbur

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  5. Who Will Save Your Data Soul?

    While charting our daily course through humanity’s digital ocean of socioeconomic interaction, we leave in our wake traces of our most valuable commodity: our identity. Often, without our knowledge or consent, these traces are captured, sorted, then brought to market for sale to the highest bidder. Data owners use these fragments of our identities to create low-resolution holographic representations of our essential nature — in other words, our behavioral profiles. And though their resolution is relatively low today, the primary players in this space work constantly to increase the fidelity of our behavioral avatars."

    • Data Slavery and Decentralized Emancipation

    This is your Data Soul. Don’t lose it.

    Essay: Data Slavery and Decentralized Emancipation: https://medium.com/swlh/data-slavery-and-decentralized-emancipation-ec9cc1265608

    Interview w/ Ben Boyce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z6o5...</a

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  6. Dont Force It: The Tension Between Force and Understanding

    At some point in your life you’ve probably been told: "don’t force it!". But why not? What does the use of force imply about one’s understanding of the situation at hand, and how does this example at the personal level scale up to the systems in which we live out our lives?

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  7. Forgiveness as Technology: The Intersection of Religion and Science

    During my anti-theistic period I began to study quite a bit of evolutionary game theory.

    One aspect that stood out to me was the manner in which "forgiveness" contributed to robust game-theoretic strategies within iterated social games.

    It doesn’t seem a far stretch to imagine religion as a technology for encoding such knowledge within the memetic / social fabric of a society.

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  8. Why Do People Misinterpret Jordan Peterson?

    Jordan Peterson might be the most misrepresented intellectual in the world.

    But why? Of course bad faith has a lot to do with it, but even those who attempt to analyze his work in good faith often make a few critical, but avoidable, mistakes.

    These mistakes flow from a lack of understanding with respect to two primary concepts: Peterson’s resonance with the philosophy of Pragmatism, and the bottoms-up problem-solving approach he’s inherited from the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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  9. Jordan Peterson and Matthew Pirkowski on Iterated Gameplay and Evolutionary Game Theory

    Last Fall I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Dr. Peterson.

    Over the course of the hour we discuss the role of evolutionary game theory and iterated games upon topics ranging from religion to the social dynamics between men and women across time.

    Timestamps: 0:49 - Iterated Game and Evolutionary Psychology 6:21 - Tit for Tat and Feudal Dynamics 10:00 - Chaos Theory, Political Polarization, and the Jungian Pleroma 17:50 - The Distributed Self / Virtualized Identity 19:56 - Why Matthew Left Academia for Software Development 22:00 - Evolutionarily Stable Hierarchies and Pleromal Dynamics 27:48 - Network Dymamics of Male and Female Archetypes 32:47 - The Risks of Humans Playing God 34:00 - Female Aggression - Reputation Demolition 36:11 - The Self-Regulating Aspect of Male Violence 40:00 - Female Communication as Social Venting System 43:49 - Consequences of Conflating Power and Competence 45:00 - Alcohol and Male / Female Interactions 50:20 - Spiral Dynamics / Integral Theory 56:05 - Sam Harris

    If you enjoyed the conversation, consider supporting us further:

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    If you’re interested in more of my writing, I publish on Medium: https://medium.com/@matthewpirkowski

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  10. Jailbreaking the Simulation with George Hotz | SXSW 2019

    We are in a simulation. Has it occurred to you that means God is real? By drawing parallels to worlds we have created, we ask, from inside our simulator, what actions do we have available? Can we get out? Meet God? Kill him?

    About SXSW: SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2019 takes place every March in Austin, Texas.

    Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/user/sxsw?sub_confirmation=1

    Connect with SXSW: Website: https://www.sxsw.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SXSWFestival/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sxsw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sxsw/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sxsw

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