“Piddle Twiddle and Resolve!”

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Bracing for an Intelligence Explosion [Guest Post]

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While I’m on vacation in Ireland, I’ve invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  Claire began this series with her post on prayers following communion, K.Chen followed on the virtues of YouTube covers, Ben Conroy talked about how stories enchant us, and today's post is from James D. Miller, an associate professor of economics at Smith College and the author of Singularity Rising.Mankind is going t … [Read more...]

“Careful the Tale You Tell, That is the Spell” [Guest Post]

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While I’m on vacation in Ireland, I’ve invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  Claire began this series with her post on prayers following communion, K.Chen followed on the virtues of YouTube covers, and the next entry is from Ben Conroy, a columnist at The Irish Catholic and an aspiring fantasy author.Anyone observing the human race for any length of time would very quickly conclude that mo … [Read more...]

Play it Again, YouTube! [Guest Post]

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While I'm on vacation in Ireland, I've invited Unequally Yoked readers to assemble a wunderkammer of guest posts on books, practices, ideas, etc that particularly delight them.  Claire began this series with her post on prayers following communion, and the next entry is from K. Chen, who usually blogs at See Infra.   I’d like to open by thanking Leah for this opportunity to embarrass myself in front of a large audience made of strangers and the occasional debate opponent. Leah asked for posts o … [Read more...]

Staging Better Fights (in Ireland!)

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This Wednesday, I'll be giving a talk under the aegis of The Irish Catholic on techniques for having better fights about religion.  (Appropriately enough, the venue is in the 'Donnybrook' neighborhood of Dublin).Here's the event link and the full details (Wednesday, July 2 at 7pm in St Mary’s, Bloomfield Ave, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. To book a place contact Geraldine on 01-6874095 or email  geraldine@irishcatholic.ie).If you'd like me to speak in your neck of the woods, you can always cont … [Read more...]

In the Game of Markets, You Win or You Lie

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This past week, I've been doing another guest stint at the Center for Applied Rationality as a teacher and the Prediction Markets Mistress.  When I design and run prediction markers, I try to be pretty careful to avoid perverse incentives (that's why the marker on whether a randomly chosen participant had ever broken a bone specified that I would only count bones broken before the beginning of the workshop).But it turns out one Game of Thrones-related market I created sparked a series of st … [Read more...]

When a Dog is a Distraction

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I've been in the midst of trying to choose the next topic for my DC debating circle.  So far, although everyone seems very excited about debating crowning a king in America (prompted by the Spanish king's abdication), we are apparently all mostly excited to tell each other about what a bad idea it would be, so I'm still looking for a high-interest topic we're actually divided on.But, in the meantime, our last resolution (R: Every Dollar spent on Dog Food is taken directly from the Mouths of t … [Read more...]


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