This episode is more than an hour long. The epistemological categories—truth, belief, inference—are richer, more complex, diverse, and nebulous than rationalism supposes. https://metarationality.com/reasonable-epistemology You can support the podcast and get episodes a week early, by supporting the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/m/fluidityaudiobooks If you like the show, consider buying me a coffee: h
In this installment of the newsletter for my new event, Fluidity Forum, I wrote an essay about how to design groups.
Three ways for a rich textured social experience to collapse down to a sort of flat samey-ness.
Peculiar features of language make sense as tools to enable collaboration, rather than to express objective truths. https://metarationality.com/purpose-of-meaning You can support the podcast and get episodes a week early, by supporting the Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/m/fluidityaudiobooks If you like the show, consider buying me a coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/mattarnold
We actively work to perceive aspects of the world as meaningful, in terms of our purposes, in context. https://metarationality.com/perception Here are the images mentioned in this episode: In this episode is a mention of a perception test of tracking basketball players passing a ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo Also mentioned in this episode is a more advanced version of the percepti
You are accountable for reasonableness: Accountability is the key concept in understanding mere reasonableness, as contrasted with systematic rationality. https://metarationality.com/accountability Reasonableness is routine: Routine activity usually goes smoothly overall, despite frequent minor glitches, because we have methods for repairing trouble. https://metarationality.com/routine You can supp
Aspects of reasonableness: A summary explanation of everyday reasonable activity, with a tabular guide and a concrete example. https://metarationality.com/reasonableness-aspects Reasonableness is meaningful activity: Understanding concrete, purposeful activity is a prerequisite to understanding the formal rationality that depends on it. https://metarationali
Everyday reasonableness is the foundation of technical, formal, and systematic rationality. https://metarationality.com/reasonableness This is not cognitive science - The Eggplant is neither cognitive nor science, although it seeks a better understanding of some phenomena cognitive science has studied. https://metarationality.com/cognitive-science The ethnomethodological flip - A dram
Today Birdsite rolled out a feature in which every user can see how many times every tweet has been viewed. I created and shared a Tampermonkey userscript that hides this.
(Also, it hides the Trending Topics pane. Writing that part of the userscript was the first thing I did when I joined Twitter in 2021.)
My favorite static site generator, Spacebook, wouldn't build any of my websites ever since I got an M1 Mac with the new Apple chip. I did some digging; it took a couple of weeks of occasional work in my free time, but eventually I diagnosed where the problem was. As soon as I fixed it, I issued a pull request with a fix to the project.
I've benefited so much from that software over the years, that it's good to give back and contribute to open source.
You want to know the irony? I stayed away from Twitter from its inception until 2020, when I joined Twitter to engage in conversations with the authors I'm narrating in my audiobook. To my delight, I discovered Twitter's algorithm seems to work well to surround me with what I want.
Twitter is where I go to escape Mastodon.
It's time I admitted this. Hell is half-empty & half the devils are here.
I've run this Mastodon instance since 2019. This server is lovely. Mastodon's Federated timeline has now become what I used to avoid Twitter for.
Ironically, I can't shut it off, because as an admin, stemming the toxic firehose is literally my job.
The conclusion of Part One of In The Cells Of The Eggplant: Taking Rationalism Seriously. Acting On The Truth Rationalist theories of action try to deduce optimal choices from true beliefs. This is rarely possible in practice. https://metarationality.com/action-in-rationalism Overcoming Post-Rationalist Nihilism Realizing rationalism is wrong can be devastatin
On the Fluidity Forum Newsletter, I wrote about community formation, & why we have an attendance application process.
I addressed 3 ways for a rich textured social experience to collapse down to a sort of flat samey-ness:
Decoherence: a collapse into, basically, nothing
Vibe Cascade: a collapse into one vibe
Tribalism: a collapse into a mutually-reinforcing conflict process
The probability of green cheese: A thought experiment shows why probability theory and statistics cannot address uncertainty in general. https://metarationality.com/small-world Statistics and the replication crisis: The mistaken belief that statistical methods can tell you what to believe drove the science replication crisis. https://metarationality.com/probabilism-crisis You can support the podcast a
Approximation is a powerful technique, but is not applicable in all rational work, and so is not a good general theory of nebulosity.
Probability theory seems an attractive foundation for rationalism—but it is not up to the job. https://metarationality.com/probabilism Leaving the casino - Probabilistic rationalism encourages you to view the whole world as a gigantic casino—but mostly it is not like that. https://metarationality.com/probabilism-applicability What probability can’t do - If probability theory were an epistemology, we’d wan
A way to access the Fediverse, for attendees of Penguicon, an annual convention of science fiction, open source software, and all geeky interests, in Southfield, Michigan, USA.
Convention info: https://penguicon.org