The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 59 – Aging and Cancer, and Prospects

In-Sight Publishing August 5, 2020 Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, yes, you're 60 and men in America live to, what? 78 years old? Rick Rosner: Well, it depends on the guy. Jacobsen: On average, you got a guy generally living in his late 70s on average in America. Then they drop dead, or they drop dead …

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Ask A Genius 592: Worldly Kitsch

In-Sight Publishing April 10, 2021 [Beginning of recorded material] Rick Rosner: Kitsch is precious little doodads for people who, maybe, can't afford it for a humble figurine or a yard with different price points, different lines, depending on how much you can spend with different degrees of sophistication. Anyway there you go. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: …

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Born To Do Math 202: Actual Universe Sci-Fi

In-Sight Publishing November 27, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Rick Rosner: This comes off of the idea that the actual worlds, the universes that could exist that are highly parallel to ours can't be magically different. You can't have a universe in which the South won the Civil War. Unless, you can explain how that …

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Born To Do Math 200: Universal Metaphysical Inversalization

In-Sight Publishing November 26, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So in metaphysical inversion, that’s the idea, continuing from last session, I was in correspondence with a Christian professor friend. He recommended reading “Letters on Humanism” by Heidegger. As I read through some comments and the essay through the day, I wrote an …

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Born to do Math 192 – Legendary IQ Test-Taker in a Niche Community

In-Sight Publishing Born to do Math 192 – Legendary IQ Test-Taker in a Niche Community November 8, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How many IQ tests have you taken? Rick Rosner: Probably 40 if you include the SAT and GRE, they can be converted to IQ scores. I have easily taken 40 …

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Born to do Math 191 – The Future of IQ: Its Relevance and Diminishment

In-Sight Publishing Born to do Math 191 – The Future of IQ: Its Relevance and Diminishment November 1, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the future of the relevance of IQ, its diminishment? Rick Rosner: IQ has only been around for a century. Binet came up with a 5-point scale for …

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Born to do Math 190 – Watson and Google: Associational Engines

In-Sight Publishing Born to do Math 190 – Watson and Google: Associational Engines October 22, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: If at all, how conscious are Watson and Google Translate? Both of which are association engines. Rick Rosner: The way Watson answers questions in Jeopardy, the question would be put into its …

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Born to Do Math 187 – Equation Flying Over Boulder

In-Sight Publishing Born to Do Math 187 – Equation Flying Over Boulder October 1, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, you had an equation mentioned in an interview with Errol Morris and in one of the really, really short ebooks. What is it? Rick Rosner: In the equation, I said Planck’s Constant, …

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Born to Do Math 186 – Spirituality, “Thoughts and Prayers,” and Prayer

In-Sight Publishing Born to Do Math 186 – Spirituality, “Thoughts and Prayers,” and Prayer September 22, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, we talked a little bit about spirituality. We talked bluntly, in the not too distant past, about traditional religions. What about these practices? Is there any efficacy of prayer? Rick …

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Born to Do Math 185 – Mathematicization of Consciousness

In-Sight Publishing Born to Do Math 185 – Mathematicization of Consciousness September 15, 2020 [Beginning of recorded material] Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is meant by mathematicization of consciousness in IC? Rick Rosner: For a very persuasive theory of consciousness to exist, we would have to show what an information world looks like. We hypothesize it …

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