Yes, I know, I should be working on a review of Steven Pinker's 500+ page epic Enlightenment Now. And I am. Really. However, I got a bit distracted. Significantly distracted, in fact. So much so that instead I present to you a countdown of my favourite 15 reality singing show performances. Sorry, I'm genuinely not sure … Continue reading 15 best reality singing show performances (The Voice, Idol, X-Factor, Got Talent)
Here's an interview with me in Scientific American. https://twitter.com/sciam/status/965718716897021952
Today I published a new article on The Conversation website. This one is entitled: Steven Pinker lauds reason, but people need freedom – this might not end well. I hope it's of interest! SMJ
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?
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
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 cause of the night is the Earth turning its back on the sun, but the reason for the night is Chopin. I like to think this is what the Starman is listening to.