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Scott and Matt put on their thinking caps and discuss the vast array of obscure, wondrous, and intellectual topics which the world has to offer. Did you know that some human languages are entirely whistled? Can an AI successfully masquerade as a human? Is morality objective or subjective? Join us as we dive deep into these questions and many more in The Phantasmagorical Think Tank.

The Phantasmagorical Think Tank Scott & Matt

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Scott and Matt put on their thinking caps and discuss the vast array of obscure, wondrous, and intellectual topics which the world has to offer. Did you know that some human languages are entirely whistled? Can an AI successfully masquerade as a human? Is morality objective or subjective? Join us as we dive deep into these questions and many more in The Phantasmagorical Think Tank.

    29. Roko's Basilisk

    29. Roko's Basilisk

    The most terrifying thought experiment ever made! (Unless there's a flaw in the reasoning.)

    Slate: https://slate.com/technology/2014/07/rokos-basilisk-the-most-terrifying-thought-experiment-of-all-time.html

    Kyle Hill : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut-zGHLAVLI&ab_channel=KyleHill

    Less Wrong Wiki: https://wiki.lesswrong.com/wiki/Roko's_basilisk

    Rational Wiki: https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Roko%27s_basilisk

    Silicon Valley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUSt1d3M9NY&ab_channel=FunFuse

    • 36 min
    28. Bigfoot, Part 2

    28. Bigfoot, Part 2

    How did the legend of Bigfoot come to be? Is he real? Why do we love him so much?

    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C8iiW--uX81YXsFcs0xmYl8bnZLU4GASgKbpWcDwkeA/edit?usp=sharing

    • 27 min
    27. Bigfoot, Part 1

    27. Bigfoot, Part 1

    How did the legend of Bigfoot come to be? Is he real? Why do we love him so much?

    Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C8iiW--uX81YXsFcs0xmYl8bnZLU4GASgKbpWcDwkeA/edit?usp=sharing

    • 30 min
    26. Voting Systems & Arrow's Impossibility Theorem

    26. Voting Systems & Arrow's Impossibility Theorem

    Is a perfect democracy mathematically possible?

    Bibliography

    TED-Ed on different voting systems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaxVCsnox_4&ab_channel=TED-Ed

    PBS on Arrow's Impossibility Theorem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhVR7gFMKNg&ab_channel=PBSInfiniteSeries

    PBS on the Condorcet paradox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoAnYQZrNrQ&ab_channel=PBSInfiniteSeries

    CGP Grey on problems with plurality voting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo

    CGP Grey on single transferrable vote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8XOZJkozfI

    The Guardian on political dissatisfaction: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/25/american-political-parties-democrats-republicans-representation-survey

    CNN on political dissatisfaction: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/04/politics/two-party-system-poll/index.html

    Exploratorium on voting paradoxes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJag3vuG834&ab_channel=Exploratorium

    • 31 min
    25. Sleep and Dreams

    25. Sleep and Dreams

    Lucid dreaming, sleep paralysis, REM, biphasic sleep, and dream interpretation. How somniferous!

    Additional Resources

    Sleep Cycles: https://www.sleep.org/articles/what-happens-during-sleep/

    Why Do We Need Sleep? https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/why-do-we-need-sleep

    Biphasic Sleep: https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/106/2/343/64370?redirectedFrom=fulltext

    World's Most Relaxing Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXgqDlrqmzo

    Night School: Wake Up To The Power of Sleep: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1447248406/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=1447248406&linkCode=as2&tag=httpricharcom-21

    Why Do We Dream? https://www.healthline.com/health/why-do-we-dream#why-do-we-have-nightmares

    9 Common Dreams And What They Supposedly Mean: https://www.verywellmind.com/understanding-your-dreams-2795935

    Dream Dictionary: https://www.psychologistworld.com/dreams/dictionary/

    The Science Behind Sleep Paralysis: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120711131030.htm

    What Is Sleep Paralysis? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/295039#what_is_sleep_paralysis

    Koalas Sleep 17 Hours Per Day: https://www.livescience.com/27401-koalas-facts.html

    • 37 min
    24. Ludonarrative Dissonance

    24. Ludonarrative Dissonance

    Are video games an art form? What makes the art of video games unique?

    Folding Ideas presents LND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04zaTjuV60A

    ChronoThoughts misunderstands LND (in our opinion): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqQ-mD1LlAs

    Errant Signal criticizes LND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBN3R0m31bA

    Game Revo defends LND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lluvrus0QY0

    SolePorpoise specifies LND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8PAWO4Y_rY

    Games as Literature inverts LND: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9fm7gtgW8U

    Clint Hocking with the article that started it all: https://clicknothing.typepad.com/click_nothing/2007/10/ludonarrative-d.html

    Folding Ideas discusses intended play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHmivGmkjJw

    Theme music is "Levitation" by Mabeha. Listen to the track here: https://open.spotify.com/track/0YS8xR9oPMtUvQj3C4wKHZ?si=jz4eZ9fWTE6F-Wrdl7rb9A

    • 33 min

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