Sep 28, 2021 • 2HR 11M

17: Roger's Bacon - Using Cults to Power Science

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Host Dwarkesh Patel interviews economists, scientists, and philosophers about their big ideas. Watch on YouTube:
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Roger's Bacon is a pseudonymous blogger and the creator of the new Seeds of Science journal.

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0:00:05 Who is Roger's Bacon?

0:05:03 The need for scientific diversity

0:10:50 Why are our institutions so homogenous?

0:19:35 In defense of cults

0:24:05 Does innovation require isolation?

0:32:16 Diversity of institutions vs individuals

0:36:05 Can we create weird secret societies?

0:42:40 Secret longtermists and pseudonymous thinkers

0:46:50 Science needs religion

0:54:50 How contingent is science

0:59:05 Seeds of Science

1:09:50 Randomness in science

1:14:55 Why committees suck

1:21:05 Resetting institutions and reinventing ideas

1:32:30 Teaching at a STEM high school

1:53:01 Big picture thinking vs technical skills

1:58:55 Finding blindspots

2:01:57 Being realistic about the far future