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Slate Star Codex Podcast

Nov 29, 2019

Link: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/11/28/ssc-meetups-everywhere-retrospective/

 

Slate Star Codex has regular weekly-to-monthly meetups in a bunch of cities around the world. Earlier this autumn, we held a Meetups Everywhere event, hoping to promote and expand these groups. We collected information on existing...


Nov 29, 2019

Link: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/11/26/mental-mountains/

 

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Kaj Sotala has an outstanding review of Unlocking The Emotional Brain; I read the book, and Kaj’s review is better.

He begins:

UtEB’s premise is that much if not most of our behavior is driven by emotional learning. Intense emotions generate...


Nov 24, 2019

Link: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/11/20/book-review-all-therapy-books/

 

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All therapy books start with a claim that their form of therapy will change everything. Previous forms of therapy have required years or even decades to produce ambiguous results. Our form of therapy can produce total transformation in five...


Nov 20, 2019

Link: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/11/18/more-intuition-building-on-non-empirical-science-three-stories/

[Followup to: Building Intuitions On Non-Empirical Arguments In Science]

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In your travels, you arrive at a distant land. The chemists there believe that when you mix an acid and a base, you get salt and...


Nov 17, 2019

Link: https://slatestarcodex.com/2019/11/13/autism-and-intelligence-much-more-than-you-wanted-to-know/

[Thanks to Marco DG for proofreading and offering suggestions]

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Several studies have shown a genetic link between autism and intelligence; genes that contribute to autism risk also contribute to high IQ. But studies...