podcast – The Methods of Rationality Podcast

podcast – The Methods of Rationality Podcast Podcast

The Farewell Episode
Thank you to everyone. This has been an amazing period in my life. The survey mentioned is here. Purchase a physical copy of What Lies Dreaming at Amazon, or an ebook at any ebook seller – :) Continue reading...

Crystal Society 29
Epilogue Original Text Read Crystal Society free, here Purchase on Amazon: Book One: Crystal Society Book Two: Crystal Mentality Book Three: Crystal Eternity My novel, What Lies Dreaming, online here Or preorder the ebook: Continue reading...


Crystal Society 26
Making Friends Original Text   In a recent chapter of What Lies Dreaming: Despite a burgeoning famine and chaos in the streets, the emperor will not see his week of revelry and gladiator games interrupted. But he gets more than he expected when a demonic embodiment of Pride materializes in the… Continue reading...

Crystal Society 25
An Unexpected Opportunity Original Text Continue reading...


Crystal Society 23
Huge Success! Link to vote for What Lies Dreaming at topwebfiction (and link to What Likes Dreaming here) Original Text Continue reading...


Holiday 2018 (Belated)
As usual, taking Christmas off. Unusually, this time it’s a couple weeks post Christmas. In a recent chapter of What Lies Dreaming we see a demonic embodiment of Lust summoned into the Colosseum. Cold steel vs sin incarnate –  will the Roman mob be sufficiently entertained? WhatLiesDreaming.com Continue reading...


Crystal Society 17
We’re going to need a montage What Lies Dreaming Original Text Continue reading...


Crystal Society 16
Life Under Tyranny Announcing: What Lies Dreaming Original Text Continue reading...


Crystal Society 11
Conspirators Original Text From the announcements — Shut Up And Do The Impossible: The rational fiction online anthology   Continue reading...


Crystal Society 9
A hypothetical situation Original Text Continue reading...

Crystal Society 8
What is this “humor” you speak of? Original Text Continue reading...


Crystal Society 6
Please. Help. Us. Original Text Continue reading...


Crystal Society 4
Ethics and Sacrifice Original Text Continue reading...

Crystal Society 3
Kissing vs blow-jobs Original Text Continue reading...

Crystal Society 2
This is why I exist Original Text Continue reading...


Host
An End To Suffering Purchase “Red Legacy and Other Stories” (or leave a review) here! Original Text Author’s Notes (some spoilers) Continue reading...

Red Legacy
At Any Cost Purchase “Red Legacy and Other Stories” here! Original Text Continue reading...


Instruments of Destruction
Witness the firepower of this… almost… fully operational battle station… Original Text Jim Hay’s SoundCloud page, and GitHub site My collection Red Legacy and Other Stories as a printed book at Amazon, or as an ebook – Amazon, B&N, others Continue reading...

Interview – Alexander Wales (The Metropolitan Man)
Interview with the author Alexander Wales’s other fiction is here in particular – Glim Warden As always seems to occur, I forgot to ask a question. This time it was “Does the title refer to Superman, or Lex?” Alexander says it is intentionally ambiguous. “My position is basically that a title… Continue reading...




MM 10 – The Metropolitan Man, Chapter 8 (part 2)
Peeling Back The Veil (part 2) Original Text Special thanks to Last Call Romance (and on Facebook). I had a short story published in the March/April issue of Analog Magazine! Continue reading...



Interview – Ada Palmer (Too Like The Lightning)
Interview with Ada Palmer, author of Too Like The Lightning Mentioned by Ada: * Jacques the Fatalist, by Denis Diderot * Candide, by Voltaire * the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund   Mentioned by me: * Consent of the Surveilled, at RibbonFarm * the /r/rational recommendation, Ozy’s review, my review The second volume… Continue reading...


Of All Possible Worlds
Thoughts in the mind of God. Content Warnings: Violence, Cruelty to animals, Rape Original Text Continue reading...


Interview with Eliezer Yudkowsky
This is the third episode of a new podcast I’m involved in – The Bayesian Conspiracy. www.thebayesianconspiracy.com Continue reading...

Three Bodies at Mitanni
“This is what I want. Everything is fine.” Original Text not available online Continue reading...

Afterward & The Hugos
The Hugo Awards Main Page Registration Here List of HPMoR continuation fic and related fic (scroll down to “HPMoR fanfiction” section for continuation stories) Continue reading...





113 – Final Exam
Final Exam Original Text The restrictions list in Production Notes (back one post) Continue reading...

111b – Failure, Pt1
The Sparkly Unicorn Princess reborn Original Text Continue reading...


109a – Reflections, Pt 1
Noitilov detalo partxe tnere hoc ruoy tu becafruoy ton wo hsi Original Text Continue reading...




Red Legacy, part 2
Madness? This is Arkhipov! Original Text Continue reading...

Red Legacy, part 1
Trying to do science in a hostile environment. Original Text Continue reading...


103 – Tests
Reality isn’t fair Original Text Continue reading...

sam513 & Valuable Humans In Transit
Two stories by Sam Hughes. Sam Hughes writes and blogs at qntm.org, and may be best know for Ra. Note: I AM PUBLISHED!! Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Feb 2015 issue. The story is “Red Legacy” on page 48. Some notes, as well as links to different e-formats, are over at my personal blog.… Continue reading...

Essays 4
Strengths and Weaknesses Full Text: Your Strength as a Rationalist Universal Fire Fake Explanations Tsuyoku Naritai! (I Want To Become Stronger) Continue reading...


Nineteen Neighty-Four (part 2 of 2)
Everything Falls Apart Hear more of Ginny’s singing here (see production notes for more details). Original Text Continue reading...


Essays 3
The Measure of All Things The Worm Audiobook Project! Joy In The Merely Real complete text Mundane Magic complete text Thou Art Godshatter complete text Continue reading...


Bloopers
Screwin’ up our lines. Warning: bad language, and juvenile humor. Continue reading...

Voice Actors Panel
Recording of the Voice Actors Panel from MALcon 2014, with the voices of Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, and myself. Still no production notes this week. I finally got moved into the new house. Half the work is complete… Continue reading...

102 – Caring
The Long Price Original Text Continue reading...


Essays 2
On Gods – real and otherwise Religion’s Claim to be Non-Disprovable complete text An Alien God complete text Continue reading...

Comes The Huntsman
Comes The Huntsman Original Text Rachael Acks blogs at katsudon.net. She was most recently published in LightSpeed’s Women Destroy Science Fiction issue. She is currently working on a short film she wrote the script for, here. ETA 7/23 11pm: It slipped my mind that this was a gift story, so there’s… Continue reading...

The Study of Anglophysics, part 2 (of 2)
The Doom That Came to Adwellia Original Text Scott Alexander blogs at SlateStarCodex.com, and it’s still my favorite blog. Amazing insights, sharp humor, and excellent writing. Continue reading...


The Study of Anglophysics, part 1 (of 2)
The Language of God Original Text Scott Alexander blogs at SlateStarCodex.com, and it’s currently my favorite blog. Amazing insights, sharp humor, and excellent writing. Continue reading...

Three Dialogs
Original Texts: Use The Try Harder, Luke The Vulcan Your Vulcan Could Sound Like, If He Wasn’t Made of Straw The Last Temptation of Christ Continue reading...

Earthfic
It’s not about people in 2026, or skinks, or Martians. And the dog does NOT talk. Original Text Earthfic was written by Alicorn. It can be found at her website, alicorn.elcenia.com, which contains quite a few works by Alicorn, all freely available. They include Luminosity a rationalist Twillight fanfic, and Elcenia an original fantasy fiction… Continue reading...


Essays 1
And that’s why we have Methods of Rationality. Expecting Short Inferential Distances complete text Transhumanism as Simplified Humanism complete text Continue reading...


100b – Precautionary Measures, Pt 1
Everyone who is supposed to protect you is crazy, and you can’t ever rely on them to get anything right. Original Text Continue reading...





94 – Roles, Part 5
Destroying your enemy’s ability to make war Original Text Continue reading...













Omake: Rationalist Hamlet
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Regular shows resume next week. Original Text Full Tragedy of Hamlet and the Philosopher’s Stone. Continue reading...



67 – Self Actualization, Part 2
Chaos reigns in the upper reaches of Hogwarts Today is Petrov Day. Happy Petrov Day!   Original Text Continue reading...


64 – Omake: Lord of the Rationality
I’m at WorldCon over the Labor Day weekend, so there’s not really a new episode today. However I did record the first of the Alternative Parallels from Chapter 64. Regular episodes will resume next week.   Original Text   Continue reading...




58 – The Stanford Prison Experiment, Part 8, Constrained Cognition
The Escape   If you haven’t seen Army of Darkness yet, you now have weekend plans. It’s great fun, and runs at just an hour and 15 minutes. Here’s a clip of the scene containing the quoted line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFriRcIwqNU Original Text Continue reading...



No New Episode – The Server Monk’s Prayer
The Server Monk’s Prayer, from Sean Kennedy’s “Tales of the Afternow”, read by Drake Walker. Did some quick googling after this was recorded and found: iTunes has been around since 2001. However podcasting did not become a thing until 2004. iTunes added podcast support in June 2005. Tales from the… Continue reading...


50 – Self Centeredness
You cannot simply say “Light”, you must discern what Light is   Original Text   Continue reading...

48 – Utilitarian Priorities
Yes, The Lion King is a horror movie of relentless cannibalistic atrocity   Original Text   Continue reading...



45 – Humanism, Part 3
EXPECTO PATRONUM   This art cannot go unshared (spoiler for this chapter) Original Text Continue reading...

44 – Humanism, Part 2
The Dementation of Harry Potter   How do you pronounce “Accio”? Original Text   Continue reading...

43 – Humanism, Part 1
The Day The Dementor Came To Hogwarts   Original Text   Continue reading...


41 & 42 – Frontal Override & Courage
Sometimes you need to become a villain to force redemption. Are you more concerned with results, or how others will remember you?   Original Text     Continue reading...





28a – Reductionism, part 1
The Map is not the Territory   Stephen Colbert’s interview of Neil deGrasse Tyson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXh9RQCvxmg Original Text   Continue reading...


No New Episode – Thanksgiving 2011
The podcast is taking a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will return to regular weekly episodes next week.   Sphere of Stars   Continue reading...

27a – Empathy, part 1
Visiting the sins of the fathers upon the sons   Original Text   Continue reading...


26 – Noticing Confusion
It’s so cute when they think they’re people   Original Text   Continue reading...


23 – Belief in Belief
Be cautious when destroying everything that gives someone’s life a purpose   Original Text   Continue reading...

22b – The Scientific Method, part 2
In the right story, one moment of True Curiosity can be as redemptive as one moment of True Love   Original Text   Continue reading...


20 – Bayes’s Theorem
Because if YOU were Lord Voldemort, YOU would have horcruxed the Pioneer plaque   Original Text     Continue reading...



16 – Lateral Thinking
Minions; lessons in violence; and the most dangerous student in the classroom   Original Text     Continue reading...


15 – Conscientiousness
Charms and Transfiguration classes; Hermione challenges Harry to a competition.   David Brin’s blog post in which the podcast gets a shout-out: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2011/07/transparency-wars-continue-some-untold.html Original Text SFX: White Board   Continue reading...


12 – Impulse Control
Changing the distant past is easy if you get started early enough.   Original Text   Continue reading...


8 – Positive Bias
The origin of the All-Powerful Snap. Also introducing Hermione and Neville.   Original Text   Continue reading...

7a – Reciprocation, part 1
Harry meets Ron, and discovers Lucius Malfoy’s one weakness.   Original Text   Continue reading...



1 – A Day of Very Low Probabilty
Harry receives a letter from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and sends a reply.   Original Text Continue reading...