Born To Do Math 207: Cuckolds, Congress, and Atom Bombs

In-Sight Publishing December 9, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Any commentary from the individuals who would be husbands or the boyfriends or the partners of the women who would go out and sleep with Feynman or Feynman like people at that time? Rick Rosner: I've read a couple of Feynman autobiographies. Of …

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Born To Do Math 206: Cosmology from a Party Monster

In-Sight Publishing December 9, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Rick Rosner: I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, home of the University of Colorado, where I eventually ended up attending after I had a nervous breakdown and failed to complete my application to any college. I only wanted to go to Harvard and then I felt …

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Born To Do Math 205: ‘Smart’ Guy Rosner… Smartest Guy Rosner?

In-Sight Publishing December 9, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Okay, so, you, by alternative intelligence test standards, have one of the highest IQs in the world, repeatedly. So, it's established, in a loose alternative sense. Rick Rosner: What you're saying is, I've taken a lot of these tests and done well. Jacobsen: …

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Born To Do Math 204: Da Vinci’s “Necessity”

In-Sight Publishing December 2, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Ok, so, you have this idea about necessity, a lot of people do. Rick Rosner: I just have thought that just came to me that freedom from necessity is an emergent quality. Jacobsen: As in an increase in degrees of freedom? Rosner: Well, …

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Born To Do Math 201: The Will to Create Gods, Ametaphysics

In-Sight Publishing November 27, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, I had some more thoughts. It's not a different stream. Yes, there are different stream of thoughts. I think that is a stream of thought, which is more precise. So, I think the vague notion that people who are in the non-religious …

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Born To Do Math 203: Objects and Subjects

In-Sight Publishing November 27, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: If someone was to look out into the world, there appears to be objects. There appears to be subjects. You ask the question, “What is that object, or who is that to point out a subject?” How do those get slotted in thinking …

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Born To Do Math 199: Failure of Altruism in Apex Predators

In-Sight Publishing November 16, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Rick Rosner: So I think when we left off, it was somewhere around the idea that at least on our planet, the apex, the alpha information processors, the smartest beings dominate the planet with ethical behaviour towards each other, sometimes. But the lack of ethical behaviour …

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Born To Do Math 198: The Philosophy of Truism, Values in the Universe

In-Sight Publishing November 16, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Ok, so, we're talking about values now. Values in the universe. Rick Rosner: We should talk about what things can feel well, which is in the realm of conscious beings. But maybe, there are some areas where things aren't quite conscious, but still …

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Born To Do Math 197: The Statistical Arguments for Existence, Spacetime, and Agency

In-Sight Publishing November 16, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Rick Rosner: So, the deal is: For the statistical arguments, I agree with you that. I think those can be made based on if you have a moment, then you've got a set of most likely next moments and then that ranges from most likely to …

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Born To Do Math 196: Times, Spaces, Minkowskian and Cartesian Coordinates

In-Sight Publishing November 16, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Rick Rosner: Along the world line, what is a set of reasonable next possible moments in that universe? Scott Douglas Jacobsen: And so, that would be more building into the assumption of a second layer, that argument, which is you can have single moments, certainly. Which …

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