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    THUNK - 120. Business Networking - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 1 week ago
    • 1,803 views
    Networking is an essential part of career advancement in business today, but should it be?

    -Links for the Curious-

    Networking, Corruption, and Subversion (Ned Dobos, 2015) - https://papers.ssrn.c...
  • Un/satisfying gif albums are scratching a very human itch. Where does it come from, & does it mean anything?

    THUNK - 119. The Limits of Order & Harmony - Duration: 9 minutes, 18 seconds.

    • 3 weeks ago
    • 1,828 views
    Un/satisfying gif albums are scratching a very human itch. Where does it come from, & does it mean anything?

    -Links for the Curious-

    Perception of Symmetry in Infancy, Bornstein et al - http://ww...
  • The Antikythera Mechanism: ancient mechanical astrological calendar, & reminder of the fragility of knowledge.

    THUNK - 118. The Antikythera Mechanism - Duration: 7 minutes, 28 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 2,532 views
    The Antikythera Mechanism: ancient mechanical astrological calendar, & reminder of the fragility of knowledge.

    -Links for the Curious-

    3D Simulation of one theoretical configuration of the mechan...
  • Why are so many smart people interested in finding alien intelligence...and where should we look for them?

    THUNK - 117. SETI & Dyson Spheres - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 1,808 views
    Why are so many smart people interested in finding alien intelligence...and where should we look for them?

    *Links for the Curious*

    "Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation," b...
  • The so-called "War on Science" isn't about hostility, it's a simple case of forgetting how science is different.

    THUNK - 116. The War on Science - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    • 2,924 views
    The so-called "War on Science" isn't about hostility, it's a simple case of forgetting how science is different.

    -Links for the Curious-

    The March for Science Website - https://www.marchforscienc...
  • Trekspertise - Channel

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  • Motte & Bailey Arguments: because defending your actual position is *way* harder than defending a trivial one.

    THUNK - 115. The Motte & Bailey Fallacy - Duration: 7 minutes, 47 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 2,857 views
    Motte & Bailey Arguments: because defending your actual position is *way* harder than defending a trivial one.

    -Links for the Curious-

    "The Vacuity of Postmodernist Methodology," by Nicholas Shac...
  • Skepticism is an essential tool for rational thought, but knowing when & how to use it is hard...I think???

    THUNK - 114. Shades of Skepticism - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    • 14,495 views
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    (NOTE: the form of skepticism described here is sometimes known as "radical skepticism."...
  • In the constant struggle between memes, the punching of Nazis barely scratches the surface of the conflict.

    THUNK - 113. Memetics & Punching Nazis - Duration: 9 minutes, 26 seconds.

    • 3 months ago
    • 3,346 views
    In the constant struggle between memes, the punching of Nazis barely scratches the surface of the conflict.

    CW: Physical assault

    -Links for the Curious-

    Spencer punched while explaining his Pepe...
  • Quantum physics is weird as hell, but this entanglement experiment using stars is simply beautiful.

    THUNK - 112. Quantum Entanglement & the Cosmic Bell Test - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 4 months ago
    • 3,080 views
    Quantum physics is weird as hell, but this entanglement experiment using stars is simply beautiful.

    -Links for the Curious-

    Cosmic Bell Test: Measurement Settings from Milky Way Stars - http://jo...
  • Donald Trump's election is another victory for a worldwide trend of populism...what is it & why is it happening?

    THUNK - 111. Populism - Duration: 7 minutes, 17 seconds.

    • 4 months ago
    • 3,505 views
    Donald Trump's election is another victory for a worldwide trend of populism...what is it & why is it happening?

    (SORRY ABOUT THE FOCUS!)

    QUICK NOTE: I really gloss over the identity component of...
  • Even if the mind *is* totally entailed by the physics of the brain, we've got a long way to go to understand it.

    THUNK - 110. Physicalism & Decoding Minds - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    • 2,492 views
    Even if the mind *is* totally entailed by the physics of the brain, we've got a long way to go to understand it.

    -Links for the Curious-

    The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Physicalism - h...
  • Some say that transparency is the ideological future of journalism, but our brains might not be up to the task.

    THUNK - 109. Psychology, Transparency, & Journalism - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 5 months ago
    • 2,620 views
    Some say that transparency is the ideological future of journalism, but our brains might not be up to the task.

    -Links for the Curious-

    Should Journalism Be Objective? Serial: Part 2 | Idea Chann...
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  • Scientists excel at finding patterns, but statistical significance isn't always quite enough to create policy.

    THUNK - 108. Statistical vs. Clinical Significance - Duration: 5 minutes, 57 seconds.

    • 5 months ago
    • 2,942 views
    Scientists excel at finding patterns, but statistical significance isn't always enough to create policy.

    -Links for the Curious-

    A great summary from UWS about the difference between statistical ...
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  • THUNK 107.5 Addendum - Correction Regarding Up-Arrow Notation - Duration: 2 minutes, 41 seconds.

    • 6 months ago
    • 1,142 views
    Many thanks to John Galmann for his comment pointing this out!
  • Graham's number is...really really big. But our brains start throwing errors at much smaller quantities.

    THUNK - 107. Graham's Number & Number Sense - Duration: 9 minutes, 57 seconds.

    • 6 months ago
    • 2,866 views
    NOTE: My description of parsing up-arrow notation is incorrect; please see my correction here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN-MpWNsXw0

    Graham's number is...really really big. But our brains s...
  • Think you may get into some arguments during the holidays? Steven Toulmin & Reddit can help!

    THUNK - 106. The Toulmin Method of Argumentation - Duration: 8 minutes, 41 seconds.

    • 6 months ago
    • 7,378 views
    Think you may get into some arguments during the holidays? Steven Toulmin & Reddit can help.

    -Links for the Curious-

    "The Uses of Argument" by Steven Toulmin - http://johnnywalters.weebly.com/upl...
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  • There are a lot of people unhappy with the most recent election, & they have good reason - it needs fixing.

    THUNK - 105. Why Elections Suck - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    • 3,300 views
    The most recent presidential election has spawned mass protests, & not just because many are dissatisfied with the results - the process itself is being called into question.

    -Links for the Curiou...
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  • Some believe that voting a certain way this election is right/wrong. Let's look at some ethics & see why.

    THUNK - 104. Ethics Overview & Moral Voting - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 7 months ago
    • 2,788 views
    Some believe that voting a certain way this election is right/wrong. Let's look at some ethics & see why.

    -Links for the Curious-

    First thing's first, a shout-out to my friend Kevin Greenlee (wh...
  • Dimensional analysis is awesome, but human brains are depressingly easy to distract with number-crunching.

    THUNK - 103. Dimensional Analysis - Duration: 7 minutes, 53 seconds.

    • 8 months ago
    • 1,702 views
    Dimensional analysis is awesome, but human brains are depressingly easy to distract with number-crunching.

    -Links for the Curious-

    Randall Monroe's "what if?" blog - http://what-if.xkcd.com/

    A s...
  • Ayn Rand & her "selfish" ideology of objectivism produce both fervor & ridicule...but why?

    THUNK - 102. On Rand-Bashing (Please Read Video Description) - Duration: 8 minutes, 54 seconds.

    • 8 months ago
    • 52,175 views
    NOTE: The purpose of this video is to explain *why Rand's ideas are mocked & rarely taken seriously,* NOT *why they are wrong.* If you are looking for a systematic analysis of her work, please exam...
  • Problem-solving? Well I'm no Mark Watney, but if you're looking for answers, I *do* have a few tricks. #potato

    THUNK - 101. "The Martian" & Problem-Solving - Duration: 8 minutes, 44 seconds.

    • 9 months ago
    • 5,595 views
    Problem-solving? Well I'm no Mark Watney, but if you're looking for answers, I *do* have a few tricks. #potato

    -Links for the Curious-

    An article on how "The Martian" is a great example for teach...
  • THUNK viewers have questions, I have answers...or at least some pretty terrible puns.

    THUNK - 100. Q & A - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 9 months ago
    • 2,853 views
    THUNK viewers have questions, I have answers...or at least some pretty terrible puns.
  • Braitenberg’s “Vehicles,” Searle’s Chinese room, & Cole’s “Virtual Minds" - some thoughts on thinking machines.

    THUNK - 99. Braitenberg's "Vehicles" & the Chinese Room - Duration: 9 minutes, 52 seconds.

    • 10 months ago
    • 3,254 views
    Braitenberg’s “Vehicles,” Searle’s Chinese room, & Cole’s “Virtual Minds" - some thoughts on thinking machines.

    -Links for the Curious-

    Some selections from Valentino Braitenberg's "Vehicles" - h...
  • THUNK - 98. Mixed Reality & "Game" Design - Duration: 9 minutes, 49 seconds.

    • 10 months ago
    • 2,265 views
    Maybe VR isn't a specific thing, but part of a continuum of physical/virtual experience called "mixed reality." Regardless of how you think about it, the virtual already plays a significant role in...
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