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Heritability

Heritability

a handy guide to what it means, what it doesn’t mean, and that giant meta-analysis of twin studies

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Are Artificial Intelligence Doomsayers like Skeptical Theists?

Are Artificial Intelligence Doomsayers like Skeptical Theists?

Some of you may have noticed my recently-published paper on existential risk and artificial intelligence. The paper offers a somewhat critical perspective on the recent trend for AI-doomsaying among people like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates. Of course, it doesn’t focus on their opinions; rather, it focuses on the work of the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who has written the most impressive...

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Bitcoin and the Ontology of Money

Bitcoin and the Ontology of Money

"Money is accordingly a system of mutual trust, and not just any system of mutual trust: money is the most universal and most efficient system of mutual trust ever created."

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The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time

The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time

“Today, natural philosophy has not disappeared completely. It lives under disguise. Scientists write popular books, for the general educated public, professing to make their ideas about the science that they practice accessible to non-scientists. They use these books to speculate about the larger meaning of their discoveries for our understanding of the universe and of our place within it. They al...

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