Interview in Scientific American

Here's an interview with me in Scientific American. https://twitter.com/sciam/status/965718716897021952    

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Is psychosis associated with being more receptive to bullshit?

Crickey, here's a paper to start your week with. A new paper, published today in Frontiers in Psychology, reports that the more psychotic-like experiences you have, the more receptive you are to bullshit. Apparently 'bullshit' is a technical term. You are probably going to want to know how science measures "bullshit receptivity". It turns out it is … Continue reading Is psychosis associated with being more receptive to bullshit?

Sam Harris on AI

I just came across a video of Sam Harris being interviewed in the jungle about his views on AI. https://youtu.be/LYed1XhsWtc?t=2s For those of you who have a bit more time, you can see him give a slighter longer and more nuanced rendition of his views here: https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_can_we_build_ai_without_losing_control_over_it He also takes part in a panel discussion … Continue reading Sam Harris on AI

When should I write numbers as words?

Hey, I need some help. I don't know when to write numbers as numerals (e.g., '3') and when to write them as words (e.g., 'three'). Ok, let's figure this out. It turns out that many organisations, such as the American Psychological Association (APA), have guidance for their members.  We can run through some of this. Cool. What's the … Continue reading When should I write numbers as words?

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer: Book review and analysis

The Shock of the Fall. Nathan Filer.  2014. 320pp. ISBN: 978-0007491452 Review by Simon McCarthy-Jones   We bury our dead six feet down, but their memory lies in a shallower grave. Memories inflated with guilt rise irresistibly. They bob against the surface of our mind. They will not be pushed down. They must be let … Continue reading The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer: Book review and analysis