An interesting pattern recurs across the career of great scientists: an annus mirabilis (miracle year) in which they make multiple, seemingly independent breakthroughs in the span of a single year or two. Einstein had his annus mirabilis in 1905. While he was still a patent…
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Charles C. Mann - Americas Before Columbus & Scientific WizardryListen now | How Bitcoin is like China’s Silver Trade, Geoengineering, Collapse of Native American Societies, The Unlikely Ending of Slavery, & Much…
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Austin Vernon - Energy Superabundance, Starship Missiles, & Finding AlphaListen now | Advancing software, car manufacturing, efficient markets, and how C02 Electrolysis may fundamentally change the nature and future of energy
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Steve Hsu - Intelligence, Embryo Selection, & The Future of HumanityHow embryo selection can make babies healthier and smarter, the advice Feynman gave him to pick up girls, & the genetics of aging and intelligence
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aka. Why we need a director's cut of Stubborn Attachments
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Will MacAskill - Longtermism, Altruism, History, & TechnologyListen now | Improving the future, risk of extinction & collapse, technological & moral change, problems of academia, who changes history.
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Joseph Carlsmith - Utopia, AI, & Infinite EthicsListen now | Emulating human cognition, anthropic bias, futurism, and blogging
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In Part 1, I laid out the simmer scenario as an alternative to explosion, stagnation in collapse, in which growth slows down sufficiently to remain…
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