Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bonus Episode: You're Probably Wondering Why I Called You Here Today

Read the original essay here.

Download the mp3 here.

Since most of you are from Slate Star Codex now, I thought I'd release something I made a long time ago. I had the idea to turn SSC into a podcast, but in making the attempt, realize that was far, far too daunting an undertaking. Thus this bonus episode is a reading of the first SSC article, with the same microphone I used for Keep Your Identity Small.

Episode 5: The Reversal Test: Eliminating Status Quo Bias in Applied Ethics

Read the original essay here (PDF warning).

Download the mp3 here.

Not the best choice of essays to read, owing to the abominably boring, repetitive, academic (but I repeat myself) writing style. Still a useful thing to have in your cognitive arsenal, a fairly powerful debiasing technique as well as an argument for one of my pet causes.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Episode 4: In Praise of Passivity

Download the mp3 here.

Read the original essay here (PDF warning) or here.

This essay is incredibly important. If I could suggest one short thing for everyone in the world to read, it might be this. I'm not proud of the job I did reading it. Boring and listless and full of minor mistakes. Nevertheless I do hope you listen. Once again I must entreat that reading along while listening may prove helpful.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Not Episode 3: Scott and Scurvy

Unfortunately, even though I did in fact record a reading of this essay, the author warned that you must ask permission before reposting his articles. So I asked permission, and he didn't grant it! So I can't release it! It can't be helped.

I recommend the essay anyway. Read it here. I think there are important lessons in it about the fragility of scientific knowledge and the mechanisms by which it might be lost.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Episode 2: The Use of Knowledge In Society

Read the original essay here.

Download the mp3 here.

If, like me, you found the essay incomprehensible during your first few attempts at it, here are some other essays which may shed some light:

Saturday, January 7, 2017