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Ep 37: Robin Hanson & The Elephant in the Brain


Robin Hanson explores a future of robotic human uploads, helps us worry about The Great Filter, gives us strategies for living in a Simulation, and casually points out the Elephant in the Brain.


Robin Hanson is an associate professor of economics at George Mason University and a research associate of the Future of Humanity Institute of Oxford University. He is the author of The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth and
The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life, with co-author Kevin Simler.


  • Is Robin a "sex redistribution professor"?
  • The Elephant in the Brain
    • Why do we hide our actual motives from ourselves?
    • Ignorance as a strategy
    • The log in the eye — Jesus' version of the elephant in the brain
    • Is the "elephant" an evolutionary version of the Christian concept of a "fallen nature"?
    • Does anyone believe in creationism?
  • Where does religion come from?
  • What will life be like when robots rule the earth?
  • Why human brains will probably be with us for a very long time
  • The Great Filter
    • Read about The Great Filter, or watch the TEDx talk
    • What stands between dead matter, and expanding lasting life?
    • "Something out there is killing everything, and you're likely next."
  • How to live in a simulation

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Ep 37: Robin Hanson & The Elephant in the Brain
Micah Redding
2018-05-15 14:03:00