013 Balance of Error with Paul Thagard

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Dr Paul Thagard is a Canadian cognitive scientist and philosopher of mind. He is the author of many interdisciplinary books, including, most recently, "Balance: How it Works and What it Means." In this conversation, KMO and Paul discuss:

  • 03:32 – Balance, Paul's book of two parts
  • 04:47 – The inner ear and its role in balance
  • 06:50 – Comparing balance and scales
  • 08:40 – Using metaphors, Scott Adams, and Sam Harris
  • 15:52 – Toxic metaphors and AI monitoring live conversations
  • 20:00 – How prevalent misinformation is
  • 22:52 – Opinions on vaccination
  • 23:28 – The notion of consensus reality
  • 25:40 – The no-longer binary (strong/weak) nature of AI
  • 30:48 – The vacuously eloquent linguistic models
  • 34:32 – Panpsychism and its relation to neuroscience
  • 37:38 – Neural representation of meaning
  • 41:08 – Whether larger brains means more intelligence
  • 45:22 – Cats vs Boston Dynamics robots and the generality of human skill
  • 47:26 - AI ethics
  • 50:20 - Our future moral duties to suffering-capable AI entities

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