Prediction is a lot like playing poker...so why do we treat it like it was a coin toss? Enter the Bayesians!
Newcomb's Problem: it's like "Is a hotdog a sandwich?," but WAY nerdier, with deep implications for rationality.
Many people are worried about rogue AI's of the future, but what about the ones that already exist?
A self-replicating 3D printer might be on the horizon, & with it, the exciting potential of Von Neumann probes!
You've changed a lot, but you've got yourself more or less figured out now, right?
Rhetorical jousting has its place, but so does good faith argumentation.
What’s the harm in a little white lie? Well, if you tell enough of them, you may be able to steer an electorate.
Is a brain all you need to have a functional mind? Is the body peripheral to cognition? Many researchers think so, but advocates of embodied cognition have different ideas.
Engineering is a highly technical field, but it makes use of exceedingly useful & straightforward ideas.
Aumann’s Agreement Theorem suggests that rational folk shouldn’t be able to keep disagreeing...and yet...
Is a hot dog a sandwich? Let's examine one of the hardest problems in metaphysics to find out. Because THUNK.
Power structures: Hobbes thought we'd murder each other w/o 'em, but there's a great game-theoretic reason, too!
Gettier problems, radical skepticism, the closure principle - “knowledge” is one hell of a rabbit hole. Let's take a look at some fun epistemology!
Bayesian statistics - what are they? Do I want them? What do they have to do with epistemology, rationality, & prediction? Is it possible they’re happening inside me RIGHT NOW?
Coping with the knowledge of our own mortality is often tricky - what if we just tried a different angle? #YOLO
Boredom isn't just murderously frustrating, it's a psychological trait with surprisingly far-reaching effects.
Predicting the future is hard. Weirdly enough, you can sometimes do better with *less* information!
Critical thinking is well and good, but it only really helps if you’re willing & able to change your mind!
There's much ado about "consciousness," but what even is it? What's the big deal? How hard could it be? @_@
All work & no play make Jack not only dull, but also less productive, healthy, neurologically developed...
What makes me "me?" How can I still be me, even though I change over time? Is Starfleet taking applications yet?
Is discovery the work of genius, or an inevitable social process? The data suggest neither; maybe it’s chance!