Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails

Chapter 3 Only. By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb Chapter 3 – Fat Tails and Their Effects, An Introduction Spotting fat tails through negative empiricism: As we gather information, we can rule (other) distributions out. If we see a 20 sigma event,

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A Deep-Dream Virtual Reality Platform for Studying Altered Perceptual Phenomenology

By: Keisuke Suzuki, Warrick Roseboom, David J. Schwartzman & Anil K. Seth In: Nature, Scientific Reports, 7 Date: 22 November 2017 Key Concepts: Altered states of consciousness (ASC): Qualitative alteration in the overall pattern of mental functioning. The experiencer feels

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Model hallucinations

By: Philip Gerrans and Chris Letheby In: Aeon Date: 2018 Key Concepts: Psychedelics: Induce an altered state of consciousness known as ‘ego dissolution’. Sensations of self-transcendence. A feeling in which the mind is put in touch more directly and intensely

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Characterization and prediction of acute and sustained response to psychedelic psilocybin in a mindfulness group retreat

By: Lukasz Smigielski, Michael Kometer, Milan Scheidegger, Rainer Krähenmann, Theo Huber & Franz X. Vollenweider In: Nature, Scientific Reports, 9 Date: 24 October 2019 Key Concepts: Meditation and psilocybin can promote a spectrum of altered states of consciousness Psilocybin: Can

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REBUS and the Anarchic Brain

Toward a Unified Model of the Brain Action of Psychedelics By: R. L. Carhart-Harris and K. J. Friston In: Pharmacological Reviews Date: July 2019 Key Takeaways: Brains make models to reduce uncertainty: guess, test and revise. Guess: best-guess statistical approximations

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Researchers Find a Way to Mimic Clinical Trials Using Genetics

By: Gary Taubes In: MIT Technology Review Date: August 28, 2018 Key Quotes: Epidemiology. Study and analysis of the distribution, patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations. How often diseases occur in different groups of people

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Free Solo and Economic Growth

By: John Cochrane In: The Grumpy Economist Date: October 2019 Key Quotes: Knowledge externalities: When one person learns how to do something, and when he or she can and does communicate that knowledge to others, the others can quickly benefit from

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Peter Thiel’s Religion

By: David Perell In: Blogpost Date: July 2019 Key Quotes: Humans have a drive to imitate. “The human brain is an enormous imitating machine.” “Imitation is a rare ability that is fundamentally linked to characteristically human forms of intelligence, in

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Sympathy for Homo Religiosus

By: Russ Roberts In: Econ Journal Watch, 11(2) Date: May 2014 Key Quotes Role of individual in standard view of economic theory: Human beings are integrated, consistent, maximizing, utility-seeking, calculating creatures. Fundamentally self-interested. Goal is to maximize utility through consumption.

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The Banality of Empathy

By: Namwali Serpell In: The New York Review of Books Date: March 2, 2019 Key Quotes:  Empathy: Rather than virtually becoming another, imagine using your own mind but from their position. It’s a matter of keeping your distance, maintaining integrity,

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