THUNK – 141. Von Neumann Probes

-Links for the Curious-

“Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata,” by John Von Neumann, 1966 – www.cs.unm.edu/~mfricke/CS523_2017spring/Readings/Theory_of_Self_Reproducing_Automata.pdf

:Advanced Automation for Space Missions,” edited by Robert A. Freitas, Jr. & William P. Gilbreath, 1980 – ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19830007077.pdf

Self-Replicating Robots and Galactic Domination | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios – www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H55wybU3rI

Additive Construction using Basalt Regolith Fines (Mueller et al, 2015) – ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20150000305.pdf

Michio Kaku: The von Neumann Probe (A Nano Ship to the Stars) – www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN-FU8VPoOc

“Desktop 3D printer presages the future of multi-layer circuit board design,” by Lucas Mearian – www.computerworld.com/article/3195839/3d-printing/desktop-3d-printer-presages-the-future-of-multi-layer-circuit-board-design.html

 

THUNK – 138. Misinformation

What’s the harm in a little white lie? Well, if you tell enough of them, you may be able to steer an electorate.

-Links for the Curious-

 

“Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News” by David Z. Hambrick, Madeline Marquardt – www.scientificamerican.com/article/cognitive-ability-and-vulnerability-to-fake-news/

‘Fake news’: Incorrect, but hard to correct. The role of cognitive ability on the impact of false information on social impressions (Keersmaecker & Roets, 2017) –

www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289617301617

Knowing the Truth is not enough: The Resilience of Discredited Information – citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/2/0/4/7/2/p204726_index.html

Beliefs Don’t Always Persevere: How political figures are punished when positive information about them is discredited (Cobb et al, 2008) – www.dartmouth.edu/~nyhan/positive-misinformation.pdf

Frequency and the Conference of Referential Validity (Hasher & Goldstein, 1977) – web.archive.org/web/20160515062305/http://www.psych.utoronto.ca/users/hasher/PDF/Frequency%20and%20the%20conference%20Hasher%20et%20al%201977.pdf

“Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion“ by Robert Cialdini – elibrary.bsu.az/books_400/N_232.pdf

“Did Russia Affect The 2016 Election? It’s Now Undeniable” by Molly McKew – www.wired.com/story/did-russia-affect-the-2016-election-its-now-undeniable/

 

THUNK – 137. Embodied Cognition

 

Is a brain all you need to have a functional mind? Is the body just peripheral to cognition? Many researchers think so, but advocates of embodied cognition have different ideas.

(Quick note: “Altered Carbon” is racy & gory, but also very good. It doesn’t get particularly hung up on the “Is a copy of my mind REALLY MEEEE?!” question, touches on a lot of interesting problems with technological immortality, & actually has a lot of interesting test cases & scenarios for the concept of embodied cognition.)

-Links for the Curious-

The Metaphorical Structure of the Human Conceptual System (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980) – pdfs.semanticscholar.org/7756/0f155993cf906f0d8077d940f06e40b43cf0.pdf

“A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Are Not Your Brain” by Samuel McNerny –
blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/a-brief-guide-to-embodied-cognition-why-you-are-not-your-brain/

“Embodied Cognition,” the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – plato.stanford.edu/entries/embodied-cognition/

“Embodied cognition is not what you think it is” by Andrew D. Wilson* and Sabrina Golonka – www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00058/full

The Poverty of Embodied Cognition (Goldinger et al, 2016) – psychsciencenotes.blogspot.com/2016/02/on-poverty-of-embodied-cognition.html?m=1

“You Think with the World, Not Just Your Brain” by Sam Kriss, a summary of a related phenomenon called “extended cognition” – www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/10/extended-embodied-cognition/542808/?utm_source=yahoo

A Cognitive Study of Happiness Metaphors in Persian and English (Safarnejad et al, 2014) – www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1877042814015456

Why You May Want to Stand Like a Superhero”, by Robin S. Rosenberg – www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-superheroes/201107/why-you-may-want-stand-superhero

THUNK – 136. Engineering Wisdom: Tolerance & Failing Gracefully

Engineering is a highly technical field, but it makes use of exceedingly useful & straightforward ideas.

-Links for the Curious-

“How To Accept Over-Engineering For What It Really Is” (Fagner Brack, 2016) – hackernoon.com/how-to-accept-over-engineering-for-what-it-really-is-6fca9a919263

Summary of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) philosophy on engineering tolerances – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometric_dimensioning_and_tolerancing#Dimensioning_and_tolerancing_philosophy

A good explanation of Graceful Degradation (aka failing gracefully) vs. Fault Tolerence (aka robustness) – www.sparkfun.com/news/1674

Boeing 777 Wing Flex Test – www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai2HmvAXcU0

A bigger tank (the Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte) – i.pinimg.com/originals/62/3f/0a/623f0a84c8c844dc9df8f017f3ff7a95.jpg

THUNK – 135. Aumann’s Agreement Theorem & Arguing to Learn

Aumann’s Agreement Theorem suggests that rational folk shouldn’t be able to continuously disagree…so why do we?

-Links for the Curious-

Agreeing to Disagree (Aumann, 1976) – www.ma.huji.ac.il/~raumann/pdf/Agreeing%20to%20Disagree.pdf
(You might be intimidated to read the original paper, but it’s only 5 pages long!)

Are Disagreements Honest? (Cowen & Hanson, 2004) – mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/deceive.pdf

The Influence of Social Interaction on Intuitions of Objectivity and Subjectivity (Fisher et al, 2016) – onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cogs.12380/full?wol1URL=/doi/10.1111/cogs.12380/full&regionCode=US-NY&identityKey=5df892a1-56cf-4803-9900-62e46db16887

Rationally Speaking, Episode 143 – Scott Aaronson on Aumann’s Agreement Theorem (AAT) & its Implications – rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/show/rs143-scott-aaronson-on-the-theorem-that-proves-rationalists.html  

“Political Polarization in the American Public,” by the Pew Research Center – www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/

“Are Toxic Political Conversations Changing How We Feel about Objective Truth?” (Fisher et al, 2018) – www.scientificamerican.com/article/are-toxic-political-conversations-changing-how-we-feel-about-objective-truth/

Lesswrong’s entry on the AAT – wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Aumann%27s_agreement_theorem

THUNK – 134. The Problem of Universals

-Links for the Curious-

 

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is invaluable for getting a broad understanding of this topic quickly. Some key pages I found helpful:

Metaphysics Overview – plato.stanford.edu/entries/metaphysics/
Platonism in Metaphysics – plato.stanford.edu/entries/platonism/

Abstract Objects – plato.stanford.edu/entries/abstract-objects/

Nominalism in Metaphysics – plato.stanford.edu/entries/nominalism-metaphysics/

Tropes – plato.stanford.edu/entries/tropes/

 

The n-tuple representation of tropes was from “Tropes: Properties, Objects, & Mental Causation” by Douglas Ehring – http://goo.gl/zzYJpp

 

Is This a Sandwich? Teaching the Platonic Dialogues through sandwiches (M Ritchey, 2014) – medium.com/snack-lords/is-this-a-sandwich-50b1317eb3f5

A Bro And A Philosopher Debate The True Meaning Of A Sandwich (Scherer, 2015) – firstwefeast.com/eat/2015/04/philosophy-of-meat-bread

 

THUNK – 133. Game Theory & Power Structures

Power structures: Hobbes thought we’d murder each other w/o ’em, but there’s a great game-theoretic reason, too!

NOTE: Sorry this episode is so late – there have been electrical troubles at THUNK studios. 🙁

-Links for the Curious-

“Meditations on Moloch,” one of the primary inspirations for this whole episode – slatestarcodex.com/2014/07/30/meditations-on-moloch/

I also borrowed heavily from Kenneth N. Waltz’s “Theory of International Politics.”

Beyond the Prisoners’ Dilemma: Coordination, Game Theory, and Law – chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2648&context=journal_articles

The 10 Catanmendments (NOTE: The first Catanmendment rightly assumes the eventual collapse of cooperative strategies, & illustrates the failure mode of specialized alliances –
when you see an “ally” building over to the resource you’re specializing in, they’re diversifying so they don’t need you quite so much, in preparation to dump you.) – www.settlersstrategy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/catanmentsshirt.png

A fun sci-fi book about an intergalactic empire built specifically in this fashion – smile.amazon.com/Collapsing-Empire-John-Scalzi-ebook/dp/B01F20E7CO?sa-no-redirect=1

A set of responses from anarcho-capitalist philosopher Roderick T. Long, including point 2, defending an-cap’s capability to achieve coordination without the state – mises.org/sites/default/files/longanarchism.pdf

THUNK – 132. On Understanding Others

“I will *never* understand why people X.” Oh really? Let’s turn that dial up to 11 and see what happens.

-Links for the Curious-

In case you’re wondering why I didn’t include a reference to the Netflix show “Mindhunter” (a fictional drama based on the origins of FBI profiling & forensic psychology of serial killers), there’s a growing body of criticism regarding the methods & rigor of those techniques, & I didn’t want to get bogged down hashing out details. Pretty much all of the criminal psychology used in law enforcement today assumes the central premise of this video (that even horrifyingly divergent minds can be simulated & understood to some degree), but it’s possible that the FBI’s whole classification system is pseudoscience – www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/11/12/dangerous-minds

Psychopathology of terrorists (Piccinni et al, 2017) – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28931447

Patterns of Thinking in Militant Extremism (Saucier et al, 2009) – pages.uoregon.edu/gsaucier/Saucier_et_al_Patterns_of_Thinking.pdf

Inside the Terrorist Mind (Schaefer, 2007) – www.scientificamerican.com/article/inside-the-terrorist-mind/

Psychology of Terrorism (Borum, 2004) – scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1570&context=mhlp_facpub

Psychological Vulnerabilities and Propensities for Involvement in Violent Extremism (Borum, 2014) – onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/bsl.2110/full

Genesis of Suicide Terrorism (Atran, 2003) – science.sciencemag.org/content/299/5612/1534.full

 

THUNK – 131. Puzzles of Epistemology

Gettier problems, extreme skepticism, the closure principle – “knowledge” is one hell of a rabbit hole. Thus: epistemology!

-Links for the Curious-

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s (SEP) fantastic article on epistemology – plato.stanford.edu/entries/epistemology/

The SEP on epistemic closure (& academic skepticism) – plato.stanford.edu/entries/closure-epistemic/

Philosophytube’s “Knowledge Explained” – www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXlqJvHxVdM

Crash Course’s “The Meaning of Knowledge” – www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXhJ3hHK9hQ

“On Certainty” (Wittgenstein, 1969) – prawfsblawg.blogs.com/files/wittgenstein-on-certainty.pdf

“Debating Scientific Epistemology” (Dougherty, 2016) – www.nas.org/articles/debating_scientific_epistemology

The Epistemology of Democracy (Anderson, 2006) – www.cambridge.org/core/journals/episteme/article/epistemology-of-democracy/F86F1D124D2E081116611043BD54CBD9

 

On Local Minima

I was thinking about doing this for THUNK, but I always try to keep THUNK upbeat, & I don’t know if I can do that here. So spoiler warning: serious downers.

One of the interesting concepts associated with evolution is the evolutionary local maximum. Imagine two hills right next to each other: a tall one & a shorter one. Imagine a torrential downpour begins to flood the area, & animals of various types are forced to flee to these hills to keep from drowning. Some are lucky enough to have started off next to the big hill, but some head for “high ground” on the short one.

Clever creatures might figure out that their chances are better on the other hill, & if the water hasn’t gotten too deep, can brave the rising waterline trying to swim over. But after a certain point, the water has become so deep (& the distance between the hills so great) that trying to switch hills is tantamount to suicide – they’d simply drown before they got there. So they climb as quickly as they can to the top of the short hill & hope that the rain stops soon.

This is why we often get suboptimal evolutionary “designs” – chlorophyll can’t capture energy from green light, DNA is prone to kinking up & causing cancer, that sort of stuff. There are obviously better solutions, but the rising tide of survival waits for no creature, & if you spend too much time tinkering to find the best hill to climb, you’ve already drowned.

Of course, you can also drown on the shorter hill; we call that “extinction.”
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This phenomenon isn’t restricted to evolution; as game theorists know intimately, any scenario with some sort of pressure to find competitive advantage is subject to “terminal” local maxima. Businesses are an obvious example here, but so are cultures, ideas, nations, & politics. Occasionally, we can navigate from one hill to another, frequently at great cost (e.g. the American revolutionary war transitioning from a precarious colonialist monarchy to a more stable local democracy), but even with a known superior solution, transitioning can sometimes be logistically impossible.

Some examples:

1. The American medical education system is very clearly & unapologetically exploitative, requiring incredible sacrifices of time & quality of life from people who want to be doctors (so hospitals can bleed free labor from them). This causes a shortage of doctors, which forces hospitals to exploit med students to stay profitable & open.

2. The method we use for federal elections (a plurality vote) is demonstrably inferior to other methods (e.g. ranked choice voting). But everyone who is elected by that method has at least some incentive to preserve it, & advocating for something new is politically dangerous.

3. App developers largely succeed/fail based on how much attention they can demand from users. Ideally, they’d build apps to maximize user wellbeing (which would probably include shutting off our phones), & given a large enough user base, that strategy could be very successful, but any developer who “defects” to a less attention-grabbing app is at a disadvantage.

4. As businesses grow, the infrastructure laid in their startup days becomes embedded & calcified under necessity – software, processes, etc. become increasingly essential for daily operation as the company gets bigger, & replacing/updating them with something better gets more costly over time.

We can see the higher ground from here, but I don’t know if there’s actually any practical way to get there, &  I don’t know when or if the water will swallow us up here on our little hills. That scares the hell out of me.

THUNK – 129. Immortality

Coping with the knowledge of our own mortality is often tricky – what if we just tried a different angle? #YOLO

If you’re struggling with suicidal ideation or depression call the national suicide prevention hotline right now: 1-800-273-8255
Also see: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

-Links for the Curious-

Terror Management Theory Overview (Wikipedia) – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_management_theory#Criticisms

Is Death Always a Misfortune? (SEP, 2014) – plato.stanford.edu/entries/death/#DeaAlwMis

Descartes projected that his newfound rationalist version of medicine would result in people living a thousand years. Let’s just say he was optimistic. (Shapin, 2000) – dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/3219884

Scientists up stakes in bet on whether humans will live to 150 (Fleming, 2016) – www.nature.com/news/scientists-up-stakes-in-bet-on-whether-humans-will-live-to-150-1.20818

Some history of hype regarding the human genome project and genomics (Eisen, 2014) – phylogenomics.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/some-history-of-hype-regarding-human.html

Evidence for a limit to human lifespan (Dong et al, 2016) – www.nature.com/nature/journal/v538/n7624/full/nature19793.html

Human age limit claim sparks debate (Geddes, 2016) – www.nature.com/news/human-age-limit-claim-sparks-debate-1.20750

Many possible maximum lifespan trajectories (Hughes & Hekimi, 2017) – www.nature.com/nature/journal/v546/n7660/full/nature22786.html?foxtrotcallback=true

Evolution of the human lifespan and diseases of aging: Roles of infection, inflammation, and nutrition (Finch, 2009) – www.pnas.org/content/107/suppl_1/1718.full

Lust for life: breaking the 120-year barrier in human ageing (Roy, 2013) – theconversation.com/lust-for-life-breaking-the-120-year-barrier-in-human-ageing-14911

THUNK – 128. Boredom

 

Boredom isn’t just murderously frustrating, it’s a psychological trait with surprisingly far-reaching effects.

-Links for the Curious-

Boredom Proneness Test, by Science of Us – nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/09/how-easily-bored-are-you-take-this-quiz-to-find-out.html

Boredom Proneness – The Development & Correlates of a New Scale (Farmer & Sundburg, 1986) – static1.squarespace.com/static/53a79084e4b01786c921de45/t/53a85547e4b0cd712a48205b/1403540807167/Boredeom+Proneness+-+The+Development+and+Correlates+of+a+New+Scale+%28Farmer+%26+Sundberg%2C+1986%29.pdf

Why boredom is anything but boring (Koerth-Baker, 2016) – www.nature.com/news/why-boredom-is-anything-but-boring-1.19140

The History of Boredom (McRobbie, 2012) – www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-history-of-boredom-138176427/

Relations between brain chemistry and problem-solving among rats raised in enriched and impoverished environments (Rosenzweig & Bennett, 1962) – psycnet.apa.org/record/1964-03801-001

Relationships between boredom proneness, mindfulness, anxiety, depression, and substance use (LePera, 2011) –
www.nspb.net/index.php/nspb/article/download/159/88

The Relationships Between Need for Cognition, Boredom Proneness, Task Engagement, and Test Performance (Diehl & Wyrick, 2015) – journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2158244015585606

Cognitive Correlates of Boredom Proneness: The Role of Private Self-Consciousness and Absorption (Seib & Vodanovich, 2010) – www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00223989809599295

The Bright Side of Boredom (Elpidorou, 2014) – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4217352/

THUNK – 127. Overfitting & Reference Class Forecasting

Predicting the future is hard. Weirdly enough, you can sometimes do better with *less* information!

-Links for the Curious-

Prospect Theory: An Analysis of Decision under Risk (Kahneman & Tversky, 1979) –
www.princeton.edu/~kahneman/docs/Publications/prospect_theory.pdf

“Curbing Optimism Bias and Strategic Misrepresentation in Planning: Reference Class Forecasting in Practice” (Flyvbjerg, 2008) – www.researchgate.net/publication/233258056_Curbing_Optimism_Bias_and_Strategic_Misrepresentation_in_Planning_Reference_Class_Forecasting_in_Practice

“The accuracy of hybrid estimating approaches? Case study of an Australian state road & traffic authority” (Liu, Wehbe, & Sisovic, 2010) – www.pmi.org/learning/library/accuracy-hybrid-reference-class-forecasting-6456

THUNK – 126. Debiasing: How to Change Your Mind

Critical thinking is well and good, but it only really helps if you’re willing & able to change your mind!

-Links for the Curious-

Giving Debiasing Away: Can Psychological Research on Correcting Cognitive Errors Promote Human Welfare? (Lilienfeld et al, 2009) – www3.nd.edu/~ghaeffel/Lilienfeld2009%20Perspectives%20on%20Psychological%20Science.pdf

Debiasing (Larrick, 2004) – psych.colorado.edu/~vanboven/teaching/p7536_heurbias/p7536_readings/larrick_debias.pdf

A User’s Guide to Debiasing (Soll et al, 2013) – opim.wharton.upenn.edu/~kmilkman/Soll_et_al_2013.pdf

The Polarizing Impact of Science Literacy and Numeracy on Perceived Climate Change Risks (Braman et al, 2012) – scholarship.law.gwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1298&context=faculty_publications

Considering the opposite: a corrective strategy for social judgment (Lord et al, 1984) – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6527215

Overcoming Intuition: Metacognitive Difficulty Activates Analytic Reasoning (Alter et al, 2007) – pdfs.semanticscholar.org/526d/fb9f8715d48fa79d0f766caa5cd9151cf074.pdf

The Foreign-Language Effect: Thinking in a Foreign Tongue Reduces Decision Biases (Keysar et al, 2012) – mdl.uchicago.edu/sites/keysarlab.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/Keysar%202012.pdf

Neural correlates of maintaining one’s political beliefs in the face of counterevidence (Kaplan et al, 2016) – www.nature.com/articles/srep39589

Evaluating the Effectiveness of the PreMortem Technique on Plan Confidence (Veinott et al, 2010) – idl.iscram.org/files/veinott/2010/1049_Veinott_etal2010.pdf

A Scientist-Practitioner Model of Psychological Assessment: Implications for Training, Practice and Research (Spengler et al, 1995) – journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0011000095233009

The effects of perspective-taking on prejudice: the moderating role of self-evaluation (Galinsky & Ku, 2004) – citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.588.9179&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Debiasing Decisions: Improved Decision Making With a Single Training Intervention (Morwedge et al, 2015) – careymorewedge.com/papers/Morewedgeetal2015DebiasingwithTraining.pdf

LessWrong, an online community & blog archive for fans of debiasing & rationality – lesswrong.com/

The Center for Applied Rationality – rationality.org/

THUNK – 125. What Is Consciousness?

There’s much ado about “consciousness,” but what even is it? What’s the big deal? How hard could it be? @_@

-Links for the Curious-

If you are *at all* interested in this topic, please please please read the SEP entry on consciousness, it’s just fantastic – plato.stanford.edu/entries/consciousness/

What It Is Like to Be a Bat (Nagel, 1974) – organizations.utep.edu/portals/1475/nagel_bat.pdf

Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness (Chalmers, 1995) – consc.net/papers/facing.html

A summary of Paul Churchland’s “Matter and Consciousness,” specifically oriented at summarizing common positions about the mind/body problem (Blackman) – reidblackman.com/pdf/reidBlackman.churchland.pdf

Continuity, Consciousness, and Identity in Hume’s Philosophy (Yandell) – www.humesociety.org/hs/issues/v18n2/yandell/yandell–v18n2.pdf

Telling More Than We Can Know: Verbal Reports on Mental Processes (Nisbett & Wilson, 1977) – people.virginia.edu/~tdw/nisbett&wilson.pdf

Introspection and verbal reports on cognitive processes—Two approaches to the study of thinking: A response to Howe (Ericsson & Crutcher, 1991) –
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0732118X9190041J

For a contrasting opinion: “When Does Introspection Bear Fruit? Self-Reflection, Self-Insight, and Interpersonal Choices” (Hixon & Swann, 1993) – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8421251

What is Consciousness? (Vsauce, 2012) – www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjfaoe847qQ

 

THUNK – 124. Play Theory

All work & no play make Jack not only dull, but also less productive, healthy, neurologically developed…

QUICK NOTE: The most commonly-cited explanation for animal play (practicing direct analogs of survival behavior) doesn’t square with all the evidence. Check out this paper: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0163104780924565

-Links for the Curious-

“Taking Play Seriously,” by Robin Marantz Henig – www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/magazine/17play.html?pagewanted=all

Juvenile peer play experience and the development of the orbitofrontal and medial prefrontal cortices (Bell, Pellis, & Kolb 2009) – www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166432809005609

“More Play, Please – The Perspective of Kindergarten Teachers on Play in the Classroom” (Lynch 2015) – www.journalofplay.org/sites/www.journalofplay.org/files/pdf-articles/7-3-article-more-play-please.pdf

“Vygotsky Meets Neuroscience – The Cerebellum and the Rise of Culture through Play” (Vandervert 2015)
www.journalofplay.org/sites/www.journalofplay.org/files/pdf-articles/9-2-article-3-vygotsky-meets-neuroscience.pdf

“Plans Unveiled for Star Wars-Inspired Themed Resort at Walt Disney World,” by Jennifer Fickley-Baker – disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2017/07/plans-unveiled-for-star-wars-inspired-themed-resort-at-walt-disney-world/

The National Institute for Play, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating play for adults & children – www.nifplay.org/science/pattern-play/

“Symbolic Play: The Development of Social Understanding” (Bretherton 1984) – goo.gl/J1hMxe

“The Ambiguity of Play” (Sutton-Smith, 1987) – goo.gl/H7oZNz

“How Play Makes for a More Adaptable Brain, a Comparative & Neural Perspective” (Pellis, Pellis, & Himmler 2015) – files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1043959.pdf

“The Nature of Play – An Overview” (Henricks 2008) –
www.journalofplay.org/sites/www.journalofplay.org/files/pdf-articles/1-2-article-the-nature-of-play.pdf

“Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative, and Ecological Perspectives” (Summary by Bekoff & Beyers, 1998) – cogweb.ucla.edu/Abstracts/Bekoff_Byers_98.html

“Examining playfulness in adults: Testing its correlates with personality, positive psychological functioning, goal aspirations, and multi-methodically assessed ingenuity” (Proyer 2012) – www.psychologie-aktuell.com/fileadmin/download/ptam/2-2012_20120628/01_proyer.pdf

 

THUNK – 123. Personal Identity & the Transporter Paradox

What makes me “me?” How can I still be me, even though I change over time? Is Starfleet taking applications yet?

-Links for the Curious-

CGP Grey’s amazing “The Trouble with Transporters” – www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQHBAdShgYI

PhilosophyTube’s very thorough (& speedy!) coverage of personal identity – www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYVFep0xFYs

The SEP’s brilliant article on personal identity (including major problems & possible solutions) – plato.stanford.edu/entries/identity-personal/#ProPerIde

“Teletransportation Paradox,” via Wikipedia – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletransportation_paradox

Thomas Reid’s scathing letter to Lord Kames regarding the Resurrection (the OG transporter paradox) – goo.gl/KREL2F

A brief summary of Hume’s work on personal identity (aka bundle theory) – www3.nd.edu/~jspeaks/courses/2006-7/20208/hume-personal-identity.html

THUNK – 121. Teleological Bias

Teleology: explaining things via their intended purpose. Turns out we’ve a tendency to use it *everywhere.*

-Links for the Curious-

“Why Are Rocks Pointy? Children’s Preference for Teleological
Explanations of the Natural World” (Kelemen, 1999) – www.bu.edu/cdl/files/2013/08/1999_Kelemen_PointyRocks.pdf

“Intuitions About Origins: Purpose and Intelligent Design in Children’s Reasoning About Nature” (Kelemen & DiYanni, 2005) – www.bu.edu/cdl/files/2013/08/2005_KelemenDiYanni.pdf

“The Human Function Compunction: Teleological explanation in adults” (Kelemen 2009)

Students’ preconceptions in introductory mechanics (Clement, 1981) –
www.physics.utoronto.ca/~key/PHY1600/PER%20Papers/Student%20Preconceptions%20-%20Clement.pdf

“Why we evolved the urge to explain,” via the Rationally Speaking Podcast – rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/show/rs-186-tania-lombrozo-on-why-we-evolved-the-urge-to-explain.html

“Explanada,” Tania Lombrozo’s Blog- www.psychologytoday.com/blog/explananda

THUNK – 120. Business Networking

Networking is an essential part of career advancement in business today, but should it be?

-Links for the Curious-

Networking, Corruption, and Subversion (Ned Dobos, 2015) – papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2771599

A general summary by Dobos on his paper – www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/just-what-are-you-trying-to-pull-20130928-2ul2m.html

Orchestrating Impartiality: The Impact of “Blind” Auditions on Female Musicians (Goldin & Rouse, 1997) – www.nber.org/papers/w5903

Do informal contacts increase labor market inequality? Social ties, job access and wages for the unemployed (Oesch & von Ow, 2015) – www.lives-nccr.ch/sites/default/files/pdf/publication/38_lives_wp_oesch_informalcontacts_ip4.pdf

The Impact of Social Structure on Economic Outcomes (Granovetter, 2005) – web.stanford.edu/group/scspi/_media/pdf/Reference%20Media/Granovetter_2005_Social%20Networks.pdf

Sifting and Sorting: Personal Contacts and Hiring in a Retail Bank (Fernandez & Weinberg, 1997) – www.jstor.org/stable/2657345?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends (WSJ, Christopher Ingraham, 2014) – www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/08/25/three-quarters-of-whites-dont-have-any-non-white-friends/

Manager Race and the Race of New Hires (Giuliano, Levine, & Leonard, 2006) – irle.berkeley.edu/files/2006/Manager-Race-and-the-Race-of-New-Hires.pdf

Labor Force Characteristics by Race and Ethnicity (BLS Reports, 2012) – www.bls.gov/opub/reports/race-and-ethnicity/archive/race_ethnicity_2012.pdf

41 CFR 60-300.5 – Equal opportunity clause (Via Cornell Law School) – www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/41/60-300.5

Structured Interviewing: Avoiding Selection Problems (Pursell, Camplon, & Gaylord, 1980) – www.krannert.purdue.edu/faculty/campionm/Structured_Interviewing_Avoiding.pdf

Summary of Research on the Selection Interview Since 1964 (Wright Jr., 1969) – onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1744-6570.1969.tb00340.x/abstract

How AI Is Changing Your Job Hunt (Fortune, Alsever, 2017) – fortune.com/2017/05/19/ai-changing-jobs-hiring-recruiting/