Vaden Masrani, a PhD student in machine learning at UBC and Ben Chugg, a research fellow at Stanford Law School, get into trouble arguing about everything except machine learning and law. Coherence is somewhere on the horizon.
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April 27th, 2022 | 1 hr 1 min
bias, cognitive biases, evolution, psychology, rationality, reason
A discussion of The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber.
March 8th, 2022 | 1 hr 3 mins
conjectures and refutations, philosophical problems, popper, wittgenstein, wittgenstein's poker
What made Wittgenstein so angry with Popper that he threatened him with a poker? We analyze Chapter 2 of C&R to find out.
February 16th, 2022 | 1 hr 21 mins
child development, childhood, education, education reform, maria montessori, work
We're joined by Matt Bateman, the director of the Montessori think tank Montessorium, to talk all things education.
January 26th, 2022 | 56 mins 15 secs
core values, cults, effective altruism, groupthink, social movements
Vaden and Ben debate Effective Altruism and provocatively ask "Is EA a cult?" and come up with a resounding... Kinda. Maybe. It's hard to say.
November 29th, 2021 | 47 mins 48 secs
climate change, energy, energy transitions, fossil fuels, peak oil, shale gas revolution, vaclav smil
A dive into the science and politics of fossil fuels, guided by the inimitable Vaclav Smil.
November 9th, 2021 | 55 mins 3 secs
apocalypticism, climate change, degrowth, economic growth, optimism, specialization, trade
Round two of climate change! We talk about the degrowth movement, why economic growth is good for wellbeing, and respond to some of the criticism we received in the previous episode.
October 25th, 2021 | 40 mins 10 secs
essentialism, instrumentalism, language, politics, progress
We discuss Popper's delicious criticism of two dominant approaches to knowledge in physics and philosophy departments: instrumentalism and essentialism.
October 5th, 2021 | 51 mins
alarmism, climate change, environmentalism, nuclear energy, renewables
We dip our toes into the heated (heating?) waters of the climate debate. Sorry Greta.
September 14th, 2021 | 54 mins 51 secs
animal suffering, physics, secular guru, tim nguyen, weinstein
We had a semi-serious conversation about environmentalism in store for you, but we got trapped by the WIN (Weinsteinian institutional narrative). Like a black hole, the epic meltdown of Weinstein's and the confrontation with Tim Nguyen -- apparently the only adult in the room -- pulled us in, and we couldn't avoid talking about it.
August 30th, 2021 | 1 hr 39 mins
community, criticism, crying, david deutsch, free will, labels
Christofer Lövgren joins us for a wide ranging discussion on community, criticism, and crying.
August 16th, 2021 | 45 mins 20 secs
good judgement project, philip tetlock, politics, probability, superforecasting
We discuss Philip Tetlock's work on Superforecasting.
July 19th, 2021 | 1 hr 1 min
arithmetic, logic, philosophy of mathematics, rules of inference
We discuss Chapter 9 of Conjectures and Refutations: Why are the Calculi of Logic and Arithmetic Applicable to Reality?
June 28th, 2021 | 2 hrs 1 min
activism, police, politics, race, social media
Marianne recounts her summer. That's all we'll say for now.
June 8th, 2021 | 1 hr 33 mins
cluelessness, derek parfit, meta-ethics, thought experiments, wild animal suffering
Dan Hageman joins us to celebrate our completely fair treatment of Derek Parfit, to utterly agree with our use of thought experiments, and to deem us the world's most renown meta-ethicists.
May 24th, 2021 | 2 hrs 7 mins
counterfactual, explanation, logic, philosophy of mathematics, probability, thought experiments
We're joined by professor Mark Colyvan to talk about the philosophy of mathematics, logic, and thought experiments.
May 11th, 2021 | 1 hr 13 mins
abstractions, explanation, logic, popper, reality