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    THUNK - 129. Immortality - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 3 days ago
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    Coping with the knowledge of our own mortality is often tricky – what if we just tried a different angle? #YOLO

    If you’re struggling with suicidal ideation or depression call the national suicide ...
  • Boredom isn't just murderously frustrating, it's a psychological trait with surprisingly far-reaching effects.

    THUNK - 128. Boredom - Duration: 7 minutes, 45 seconds.

    • 2 weeks ago
    • 1,748 views
    Boredom isn't just murderously frustrating, it's a psychological trait with surprisingly far-reaching effects.

    -Links for the Curious-

    Boredom Proneness Test, by Science of Us - http://nymag.com/...
  • Predicting the future is hard. Weirdly enough, you can sometimes do better with *less* information!

    THUNK - 127. Overfitting & Reference Class Forecasting - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 1,562 views
    Predicting the future is hard. Weirdly enough, you can sometimes do better with *less* information!

    -Links for the Curious-

    Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision under Risk (Kahneman & Tversky...
  • Critical thinking is well and good, but it only really helps if you’re willing & able to change your mind!

    THUNK - 126. Debiasing: How to Change Your Mind - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
    • 2,388 views
    Critical thinking is well and good, but it only really helps if you’re willing & able to change your mind!

    -Links for the Curious-

    Giving Debiasing Away: Can Psychological Research on Correcting ...
  • There's much ado about "consciousness," but what even is it? What's the big deal? How hard could it be? @_@

    THUNK - 125. What Is Consciousness? - Duration: 8 minutes, 25 seconds.

    • 1 month ago
    • 3,423 views
    There's much ado about "consciousness," but what even is it? What's the big deal? How hard could it be? @_@ (At least as hard as FOCUSING THE CAMERA GAH)

    -Links for the Curious-

    If you are *at al...
  • All work & no play make Jack not only dull, but also less productive, healthy, neurologically developed...

    THUNK - 124. Play Theory - Duration: 8 minutes, 6 seconds.

    • 2 months ago
    • 2,094 views
    All work & no play make Jack not only dull, but also evolutionarily disadvantaged...

    QUICK NOTE: The most commonly-cited explanation for animal play (practicing direct analogs of survival behavior...
  • What makes me "me?" How can I still be me, even though I change over time? Is Starfleet taking applications yet?

    THUNK - 123. Personal Identity & the Transporter Paradox - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 2 months ago
    • 3,159 views
    What makes me "me?" How can I still be me, even though I change over time? Is Starfleet taking applications yet?

    -Links for the Curious-

    Parfit's review of personal identity - http://home.sandieg...
  • Is discovery the work of genius, or an inevitable social process? The data suggest neither; maybe it’s chance!

    THUNK - 122. The Stochastic Model of Scientific Discovery - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 3 months ago
    • 1,646 views
    Is discovery the work of genius, or an inevitable social process? The data suggest neither; maybe it’s chance!

    (Sorry about video "hunting;" I'm getting used to a new camera!)

    -Links for the Cur...
  • Isaac Arthur - Channel

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  • THUNK - 121. Teleological Bias - Duration: 8 minutes, 3 seconds.

    • 3 months ago
    • 1,738 views
    Teleology: explaining things via their intended purpose. Turns out we've a tendency to use it *everywhere.*

    (Sorry for the re-upload, guys! My computer's on the fritz. :( )

    -Links for the Curious...
  • Networking is an essential part of career advancement in business today, but should it be?

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

    • 4 months ago
    • 2,426 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?

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    • 4 months ago
    • 2,270 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.

    • 5 months ago
    • 2,838 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.

    • 5 months ago
    • 1,950 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.

    • 6 months ago
    • 3,229 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...
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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.

    • 6 months ago
    • 3,378 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.

    • 7 months ago
    • 14,993 views
    Skepticism is an essential tool for rational thought, but knowing when & how to use it is hard...I think???

    (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.

    • 7 months ago
    • 3,704 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.

    • 8 months ago
    • 3,353 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.

    • 8 months ago
    • 3,854 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.

    • 8 months ago
    • 2,804 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.

    • 9 months ago
    • 2,774 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.

    • 9 months ago
    • 3,630 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.

    • 10 months ago
    • 1,199 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.

    • 10 months ago
    • 3,288 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...
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