sturob / Stu Rob

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  1. Mao Famine

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  2. Art of Manliness #395: Skin in the Game

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  3. comics_on_comics

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  4. Chapo 194 - Peterson Rules

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  5. Chapo - Denis Peterson

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  6. Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams (The PC Gamer Show GDC special)

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  7. Gruber apple watch

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  8. The Tuesday Podcast: The Million-Dollar Microsecond : Planet Money : NPR

    In high-frequency trading, a millionth of a second can be worth $1 million a day.

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  9. Ocean Mind, Part 2

    Episode 2 - Inside the Whale

    I’m interested in flotation tanks because I’m kind of obsessed with an idea called the Umwelt. Umwelt is a German word that means environment, but it also has a specific meaning in the world of consciousness studies.

    It was coined back in 1930 by a romantic German biologist named Jacob Von Uexkull. Von Uexkull was fed up with the era’s dominant behaviorist view of animals, which considered only how animals acted - their behavior. He was more interested in what animals experienced, in the texture and quality of their felt sensory worlds. In an attempt to address this question, he published a curious monograph called A Stroll Through the Worlds of Animals and Men.

    The book begins in a meadow, teaming with animal life. To get a glimpse into how these animals may experience the meadow, Von Uexkull writes "we must first blow, in fancy, a soap bubble around each creature to represent its own world, filled with the perceptions which it alone knows."

    As we step into each of these bubbles, von Uexkull goes on, "a new world comes into being." Each "new world" Von Uexkull called an Umwelt, a richly-detailed self-world which corresponds to the unique senses and environments of each animal. In this way, he was able to imaginatively position himself inside the heads - inside the Umwelt bubbles - of different species.

    The isolation tank is a kind of Umwelt. It puts you into a unique, sensory bubble that’s very different from everyday experience.

    You’re removed from gravity. You can’t see anything, but you can hear all kinds of strange clicks and creaks coming from your body. The slightest sound is amplified. Thoughts drift in unexpected directions.

    This episode is about the limits of human knowledge. It’s about imagination and empathy - and science - and how we may be able use all of these things to get insights into the fantastic alien world of the great whales.

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  10. Ocean Mind, Part 1

    Life on earth began in the ocean and then moved onto the land. But one precocious line of mammals returned to the sea. How has water shaped the minds, the bodies, the sensory worlds and the societies of whales? Our guide is Jeff Warren. Jeff is an explorer of consciousness in its various forms. In 2007 he published a book called The Head Trip: Adventures on The Wheel of Consciousness. He’s spent the past 2 years thinking about whales and dolphins, visiting researchers in their labs and in their boats around North America and the Caribbean to find out what they’re learning about mind, culture and society in the ocean.

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