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Crisp conversations with critical thinkers at the leading edge of science, technology, politics, and social systems.
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In this currents episode, Jim talks to Simon DeDeo about his recently co-authored (with Zachary Wojtowicz) paper, “From Probability to Consilience: How Explanatory Values Implement Bayesian Reasoning“. They cover its connection to AI & human development, description vs power in explanation, the value & challenge of using multiple conceptual lenses, the difference between powerful & unifying explanations, co-explanation, the Aristotelian … Continue reading Currents 028: Simon DeDeo on Explaining Explanation → The post Currents 028: Simon DeDeo on Explaining Explanation appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Zak Stein & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about hierarchical complexity: its history, horizontal vs vertical development, the chunking property in development, emergence & evolution, success vs understanding, child development, the development advantage of youth, representational thinking & abstraction, the connection of social complexity & hierarchical development, limitation of measures of general intelligence, core dynamics … Continue reading EP113 Zak Stein on Hierarchical Complexity → The post EP113 Zak Stein on Hierarchical Complexity appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
In this currents episode, Charles Hoskinson talks with Jim about the history of blockchain projects, his history with the Ethereum project and what led him to found Cardano, a 3rd gen project. They cover interoperability & decentralization, other projects & protocols, transactions per second considerations & dubious relevance, downside of proof of work & mining, Cardano‘s … Continue reading Currents 027: Charles Hoskinson on Cardano Blockchain Project → The post Currents 027: Charles Hoskinson on Cardano Blockchain Project appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Annie Duke & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about how key themes in her last two books lead to making better bets & decisions… Annie Duke & Jim talk about some of the key themes in her last two books. They cover how she became a championship level poker player, the deep differences between poker … Continue reading EP112 Annie Duke on Bets & Better Decisions → The post EP112 Annie Duke on Bets & Better Decisions appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Anatol Lieven & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about his latest book, Climate Change and the Nation State: The Realist Case… Anatol Lieven & Jim talk about his latest book, Climate Change and the Nation State: The Realist Case. They cover motivating populations to take actions on climate change, the key role of nations & nationalism, the huge … Continue reading EP111 Anatol Lieven on Climate & Nationalism → The post EP111 Anatol Lieven on Climate & Nationalism appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Brad Kershner & Jim on his book, Understanding Educational Complexity: Integrating Practices and Perspectives for 21st Century Leadership… Brad Kershner talks to Jim about his book, Understanding Educational Complexity: Integrating Practices and Perspectives for 21st Century Leadership. They cover how Brad defines complexity, key contextual aspects of education, the four quadrants of Integral Theory & how he used … Continue reading EP110 Brad Kershner on Education & Complexity → The post EP110 Brad Kershner on Education & Complexity appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Bill Ottman & Jim have a wide-ranging talk on the state of social media and his open-source social platform, Minds.com… In this currents episode, Bill Ottman & Jim have a wide-ranging talk on the state of social media and his open-source social platform (Minds.com). They talk about what makes Minds different than other social networks: open-source, community-owned, profit-shared, decentralized, … Continue reading Currents 026: Bill Ottman on Minds.com → The post Currents 026: Bill Ottman on Minds.com appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Forrest Landry & Jim build on the foundation they built in his last JRS episode to continue to flesh out Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics… Forrest Landry & Jim build on the foundation they built in his last JRS episode to continue to flesh out Forrest’s Immanent Metaphysics. They explore the self, subject/object relationship, perception, the nature … Continue reading EP109 Forrest Landry on Immanent Metaphysics: Part 2 → The post EP109 Forrest Landry on Immanent Metaphysics: Part 2 appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Bernard Baars talks to Jim about some of the key ideas in his book, On Consciousness: Science & Subjectivity… Bernard Baars talks to Jim about some of the key ideas in his book, On Consciousness: Science & Subjectivity. They start by covering some of the history of the scientific study of consciousness & its taboo reputation in science, the … Continue reading EP108 Bernard Baars on Consciousness → The post EP108 Bernard Baars on Consciousness appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
In this Currents episode, Ben Goertzel & Jim have a wide-ranging talk about the urgent need for decentralized tech platforms. They cover Jim’s recent banning from Facebook & how it might have happened, the danger of kafkaesque algorithms & the challenge of building AI’s that explain their decisions, the challenges around creating alternatives to big tech, politics power & … Continue reading Currents 025: Ben Goertzel on Decentralizing Social Media → The post Currents 025: Ben Goertzel on Decentralizing Social Media appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Tristan Harris & Jim on his hugely successful documentary, The Social Dilemma: social media good, harms, regulation, bold interventions, and much more… Tristan Harris talks to Jim about his hugely successful documentary, The Social Dilemma. They start by identifying the good aspects of social media, the obvious harms & exploitation tactics, AI-enabled race to the bottom dynamics, digital … Continue reading EP107 Tristan Harris on Our Social Dilemma → The post EP107 Tristan Harris on Our Social Dilemma appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
BJ Campbell has a wide-ranging talk with Jim about article, “Social Justice is a Crowdsourced Religion“, reflects on the future of wokeism, and much more… In this Currents episode, BJ Campbell has a wide-ranging talk with Jim about his article, “Social Justice is a Crowdsourced Religion“: the history of the wokeism & how it can be seen as a … Continue reading Currents 024: BJ Campbell on the Woke Religion → The post Currents 024: BJ Campbell on the Woke Religion appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Michael Stevens talks to Jim about some of the ideas & stories in his book, The Knowledge Machine: How Irrationality Created Modern Science… Michael Stevens talks to Jim about some of the ideas & stories in his book, The Knowledge Machine: How Irrationality Created Modern Science: what the great method debate is & how Popper & Kuhn added to the topic, falsification & … Continue reading EP106 Michael Strevens on the Irrational History of Science → The post EP106 Michael Strevens on the Irrational History of Science appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Christof Koch & Jim have a wide-ranging conversation about the science of consciousness and his book, The Feeling of Life Itself: Why Consciousness Is Widespread But Can’t Be Computed… Christof Koch and Jim have a wide-ranging conversation about the science of consciousness. They start by exploring some key topics brought up in his book, The … Continue reading EP105 Christof Koch on Consciousness → The post EP105 Christof Koch on Consciousness appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Joe Henrich talks to Jim about some of the key insights from his book, The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar & Particularly Prosperous. Joe Henrich talks to Jim about some of the key insights from his book, The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar … Continue reading EP104 Joe Henrich on WEIRD People → The post EP104 Joe Henrich on WEIRD People appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief, Terry Gainer talks to Jim about his views on the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol… In this Currents episode, Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief, Terry Gainer talks to Jim about his views on the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. He discusses shortcomings in preparations, intelligence, and operations, … Continue reading Currents 023: Terry Gainer on the January 6th Riot → The post Currents 023: Terry Gainer on the January 6th Riot appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Jim talks to Curtis Yarvin about his recent article, “2020, the year of everything fake”: presentism, history, COVID-19 response failures, and much more… In this Currents episode, Jim talks to Curtis Yarvin about some key points in his recent article, “2020, the year of everything fake“. They start by talking about the ability &/or inability to take the … Continue reading Currents 022: Curtis Yarvin on Institutional Failure → The post Currents 022: Curtis Yarvin on Institutional Failure appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
John Robb talks to Jim about the Jan 6th events at the US Capitol: intel & ops failures, opensource insurgency, social media, Trump, and much more… In this Currents episode, Jim talks to John Robb about the Jan 6th events at the US Capitol. They cover the intelligence & operations failures, the event as an example of domestic … Continue reading Currents 021: John Robb on Jan 6th, 2021 → The post Currents 021: John Robb on Jan 6th, 2021 appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
James Ehrlich talks to Jim about regen villages: community types, de-urbanization & rural living, materialism, agriculture, and much more… James Ehrlich talks to Jim about what makes a regen village, potential community organization types, how regen villages could learn from each other, utilizing machine learning, working with existing government regulations, the importance & urgent need for regen … Continue reading EP103 James Ehrlich on Regen Villages → The post EP103 James Ehrlich on Regen Villages appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
Debora Spar & Jim have a wide-ranging chat on some of the insights in her book, Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny. Debora Spar and Jim have a wide-ranging conversation on some of the insights in her book, Work Mate Marry Love: How Machines Shape Our Human Destiny. They start by focusing on our … Continue reading EP102 Debora Spar on Technological Impacts on Culture → The post EP102 Debora Spar on Technological Impacts on Culture appeared first on The Jim Rutt Show.
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Dan Funk

excellent.

Dec 6th
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Peter Monien

very interesting, but I stopped to listen, as the audio quality was so bad :-(

Sep 14th
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