21 August 2014
Democracy in America
The Glenn Show
The Good Fight
The Mind Report
The Posner Show
The Wright Show
The Good Fight (round 1)
Pros & Conn
The Week in Blog
Big Questions involving philosophy, science, spirituality and religion
Nov 15, 2009 — Robert Greene & Eliezer Yudkowsky
Robert’s new book, “The 50th Law”
Robert says power is better than happiness
Robert’s controversial 7th law: Take credit for others’ work
Eliezer on censorship in online communities
Will politics thwart transhumanists’ dreams?
Do you need a looming threat of death to get stuff done?
Nov 1, 2009 — Anne Helen Petersen & Susan Murray
The balloon boy as harbinger of death for reality TV
Our 21st-century cult of the individual
Anticipating TV’s coming innovations
A brief history of audience disillusionment
Tensions in the nature of celebrity
Octomom (and other dysfunctional stars)
Oct 18, 2009 — Simon Keller & Niko Kolodny
Love as a response to reasons
Will your marriage survive Niko’s analysis of love?
Unrequited love and dysfunctional relationships
What’s the difference between patriotism and racism?
Does patriotic pride require epistemic irresponsibility?
Is unconditional love a worthy ideal?
Oct 11, 2009 — Eliezer Yudkowsky & Andrew Gelman
Fun with coin-flipping
Can probabilistic thinking be completely automated?
The limits of probability theory
How Andrew got shot down by Daily Kos
Is the academic world addicted to easy answers?
The difference between Eliezer and Nassim Taleb
Oct 5, 2009 — Robert Wright & John Horgan
Hard truths and Buddhist consolations
Bob’s Darwinian explanation of John’s career
Bad gurus and good Buddhists
John’s modest brand of enlightenment
The meaning of monks who set themselves on fire
Do you need Buddhism in order to feel oneness with lizards?
Sep 27, 2009 — Simon Critchley & David Shields
Simon’s year of nihilistic stupor in Los Angeles
Living in the present between anxiety and regret
Is obsession with death a guy thing?
Quotation and immortality
How to talk about David Lynch
Is every joke an “epigraph on the death of feeling”?
Sep 13, 2009 — Peter Woit & Craig Callender
How string theory came to dominate physics…
…and acquired its share of enemies
Have we ever had a theory quite like string theory?
Does string theory explain why apples fall from trees?
Can the Anthropic Principle be non-trivial without being absurd?
Math, physics, and beauty
Sep 6, 2009 — Greg Laden & David Dobbs
David’s book “Reef Madness”
Louis Agassiz: one of Darwin’s great 19th-century foes
Charles Darwin, geologist
Alexander Agassiz’s epic battle with Darwin over coral reefs
How the US Navy vindicated Darwin
Darwin’s legendary nose for what matters
Aug 23, 2009 — Anthony Aguirre & Clifford Johnson
The recent evolution of theoretical cosmology
Eternal inflation and the possibility of a beginningless universe
Can string theory explain why our world looks four-dimensional?
The Anthropic Principle: How unlikely is our universe?
Remembering string theorists’ early optimism
In search of alternatives to inflation and to string theory
Aug 16, 2009 — Eliezer Yudkowsky & Scott Aaronson
When will we build the first superintelligence?
Why quantum computing isn’t a recipe for robot apocalypse
How to guilt-trip a machine
The evolutionary psychology of artificial intelligence
Eliezer contends many-worlds is obviously correct
Scott contends many-worlds is ridiculous (but might still be true)
Aug 9, 2009 — Ben Bradley & Roy Sorensen
Did Farrah Fawcett become even worse off after she died?
Reasons to care about Grandpa’s will
Can 4-dimensionalism soothe the fear of death?
How can an early death be bad if a late birth isn’t?
Our weird intuitions about James Dean’s life
Would it be irrational to pass up a chance at immortality?
Aug 2, 2009 — Michael McCullough & Dacher Keltner
What was Obama’s beer summit supposed to accomplish?
The biological origins of getting even
Has our thirst for revenge outlived its usefulness?
How to make modern criminal justice more satisfying
Buddha, Darwin, and compassion
What’s next for the evolutionary science of human nature?