Vaden Masrani, a PhD alum in machine learning at UBC, and Ben Chugg, a PhD student in statistics at CMU, get into trouble arguing about everything except machine learning and statistics. Coherence is somewhere on the horizon.
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November 29th, 2023 | 1 hr 40 mins
anti-rational memes, ask-us-anything, books, e-fuels, veganism
In this episode we finally conclude our AUA series. We cover subjects like "how to read and learn more effectively", "can you change your own interests", "which books/authors have influenced you the most", veganism, rational/anti-rational memes, stoicism, and e-fuels.
November 15th, 2023 | 1 hr 1 min
activism, feminism, progress, sexism, the patriarchy
A sneak preview into what is usually reserved for our patrons! We talk patriachy as causal explanation vs patriarchy as description. Let's get spicy
November 1st, 2023 | 1 hr 21 mins
ask-us-anything, belief, certainty, confidence, emergence, moral imperatives
Perhaps you thought, in your infinite ignorance, that the release of the previous episode marked the end of the age of the AMA! But nay: the age of the AMA has just begun!
October 9th, 2023 | 54 mins 9 secs
consciousness, problem-solving, thought
We return to the argument from last episode: Is all thought problem-solving? This epic showdown might catalyze the next world war, listen accordingly.
September 18th, 2023 | 1 hr 18 mins
ask-us-anything, emotions, epistemology, problem-solving, thinking, universality
The third of infinite installments in our ask us anything series. We touch on universality, emotions, epistemology, and whether all thinking is problem solving.
August 14th, 2023 | 1 hr 34 mins
ask-us-anything, bayesianism, decision-making, disagreements, probability
Ask us anything? Ask us everything! Back at it again with AUA Part 2/N. We wax poetic and wane dramatic on disagreements, decision-making, EA, and probability
July 10th, 2023 | 1 hr 13 mins
ask-us-anything, computation, creativity, universality
Our first ask us anything episode! We get through a whopping ... two questions.
May 29th, 2023 | 1 hr 12 mins
chapman, epistemology, nebulosity, popper, rationality
We discuss David Chapman's work on nebulosity, the correspondence theory of truth, and how it relates to Karl Popper's epistemology.
April 24th, 2023 | 2 hrs 53 secs
artwork, brian boyd, evolution, fiction, myth, stories
Why do humans engage in art and storytelling? For our 50th episode, we explore Brian Boyd's thesis that art evolved from selection pressure to better understand the patterns and information around us.
March 22nd, 2023 | 1 hr 24 mins
ai, creativity, existential risks, progress
The delightful Rosie Campbell joins us on the podcast to debate AI, AGI, superintelligence, and rogue computer viruses.
February 24th, 2023 | 1 hr 41 secs
popper, rationality, utopia, violence
Violent utopias? Utopian violence? Are the rationalists going to destroy the world? Chapter 18 of Conjectures and Refutations coming in hot.
January 16th, 2023 | 1 hr 32 mins
abstractions, dualism, explanations, mind body problem, reductionism
Vaden goes on The Declaration podcast to argue about dualism, the reality of abstractions, emergence, and reductionism.
December 19th, 2022 | 1 hr 59 mins
bayesianism, effective altruism, longtermism, probability, statistics
Ben and Vaden make a guest appearance on Nick Anyos' podcast on criticisms of effective altruism. As usual, they end up arguing about probability for most of it.
October 31st, 2022 | 53 mins 29 secs
ai, complexity, intelligence
We chat with Melanie Mitchell about our understanding of artificial intelligence, human intelligence, and whether it's reasonable to expect us to be able to build sophisticated human-like automated systems anytime soon.
October 3rd, 2022 | 1 hr 2 mins
effective altruism, ethics, longtermism, philosophy
Could have seen this one coming. We discuss Will MacAskill's new book "What We Owe the Future."
August 28th, 2022 | 1 hr 7 mins
agi, ai safety, empiricism, existential risk
Is advanced AI going to kill everyone? How close are we to building AGI? Is current AI creative? Put aside your philosophy textbooks, because we have the answers.