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by Luke Muehlhauser on June 25, 2011 in News

New Books in Philosophy‘ podcast.

I discuss Meaning and Morality Apart from God with Stephen Gibson on episode 87 of Truth-Driven Thinking.

New Less Wrong post: Entangled with Reality: The Shoelace Example.

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Bill Maher June 25, 2011 at 7:04 am

You didn’t miss anything in The Fountain. That movie is bad.

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Rob June 25, 2011 at 7:11 am

Can’t get access to rest of interview without giving credit card info. Bait and switch. Fail.

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Taranu June 25, 2011 at 7:13 am

Luke,
what book on Old Testament history do you recommend?

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Rob June 25, 2011 at 7:14 am

OK, bait and switch only occurs if you follow the youtube path, but can get free access by clicking the second link above.

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Garren June 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

I seem to recall Luke talking about a psych experiment in which some participants were paid to complete a task and others weren’t paid, and those who were paid found less satisfaction in the task itself (presumably because the payment signaled that it was something they didn’t want to do naturally). Can anyone point me to this? My search isn’t going well.

Thanks!

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el ninio June 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Luke,
Why is the existence of an external reality the simplest explanation?

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TaiChi June 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

@Garren

I’m not sure about Luke’s post, but you’ll find that experiment in articles on cognitive dissonance (you might also find it in discussion of self-perception theory: both cognitive dissonance and self perception theories attempt to explain the same phenomena) . You’ll want to look up Leon Festinger and J.Merrill Carlsmith’s “Cognitive Consequences of forced compliance” (1959) for the original experiment.

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Mandingo June 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Luke,

Any plans to respond to the anti-Singularity posts by Stross and Hanson?

Out of curiosity, what would be your Plan B if you come to doubt the Singularity? Instead of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute what would you invest your time in?

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Luke Muehlhauser June 25, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Mandingo,

I’ve got lots of other things to work on before I could get around to Stross and Hanson.

If I come to doubt the Singularity, there is no shortage of projects I’d like to take up. :) The list is too long for me to begin…

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Slacker June 26, 2011 at 7:55 am

Luke! Where do you find the time for all these things? Maybe you can do a sequence on LessWrong about time management and productivity.

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Blane June 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

I would really appreciate a response to the question I posed to you Luke in the previous news bits :)

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Luke Muehlhauser June 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Slacker,

See my post How to Beat Procrastination.

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Michael June 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I seem to recall Luke talking about a psych experiment in which some participants were paid to complete a task and others weren’t paid, and those who were paid found less satisfaction in the task itself (presumably because the payment signaled that it was something they didn’t want to do naturally). Can anyone point me to this? My search isn’t going well.

Thanks!

Garren, I read about that in Richard Wiseman’s book ’59 Seconds’ on the chapter on Persuasion. I’m at uni, though, so I don’t have the book on me, and don’t know what the study was called. I know, not very helpful, sorry. The book is definitely worth getting, though!

If you haven’t looked here you might want to give it a shot http://www.psychologicalselfhelp.org

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