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Sep 12, 2018

This episode presents some interesting research demonstrating that following the news and current events can make you more stupid. Understanding the psychology behind this effect helps improve your rational thinking. It also explains why predicting doom is so popular and always sounds clever.

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Jun 6, 2017

"Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake."
Carlo Cipolla

In the 1970s, an economic...

Feb 16, 2017

Although it might not seem like it, disagreeing is a skill. To disagree well is not only an important skill, but also a learnable one. Most people disagree so poorly that they fail to even make an argument. This podcast episode presents Paul Graham's excellent article "How To Disagree" and discusses the concept of a...

Sep 27, 2016

An historical overview of rational ethics, focussing on the revolution in moral philosophy that happened during the Enlightenment. Although there was amazing progress during the Enlightenment, the contradictions of enlightenment thinkers eventually led them to lose their way on ethics and abandon a rational approach to...