Fallible Animals

Fallible Animals

By Logan Chipkin
We talk about our deepest theories across science, philosophy, economics, and morality. We also explore the history of ideas.

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Property Rights, Argumentation Ethics, and Praxeology with Stephan Kinsella

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Property Rights, Argumentation Ethics, and Praxeology with Stephan Kinsella
Joining me today is patent attorney and libertarian theorist Stephan Kinsella. Mr. Kinsella is the author of the book, Against Intellectual Property, and is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom. He is also the founder and editor of Libertarians Papers, and he’s a member of the Editorial Board of Reason Papers.   We cover a wide range of specific topics, from property rights, argumentation ethics, whether or not praxeology is falsifiable, common arguments against the existence or morality of anarcho-capitalism, and potential connections between praxeology, free will, and constructor theory. Stephan Kinsella's website - http://www.stephankinsella.com Stephan Kinsella's Twitter - https://twitter.com/NSKinsella Mises: Keep It Interesting - https://mises.org/wire/mises-keep-it-interesting A Libertarian Theory of Contract: Title Transfer, Binding Promises, Inalienability - https://mises.org/library/libertarian-theory-contract-title-transfer-binding-promises-inalienability-0 How We Come to Own Ourselves - https://mises.org/library/how-we-come-own-ourselves Against Intellectual Property - https://mises.org/library/against-intellectual-property-0 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Website - www.loganchipkin.com Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/Fallibleanimals
2:11:12
December 18, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 11: A Life Worth Creating with Carlos De la Guardia
I speak with Carlos De la Guardia, an amateur AGI researcher and musician  with a longtime interest in Popper and Deutsch. We discuss how one can apply the philosophy of critical rationalism, and some of David Deutsch’s ideas, to 'real life'. How should one act, given that problems are inevitable, and life is literally unpredictable? We also discuss how critical rationalism may help us to have more productive disagreements, effective altruism, and the universal constructor. Carlos' Twitter - https://twitter.com/dela3499 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Website - www.loganchipkin.com Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/Fallibleanimals Some books mentioned:  Zero to One, by Peter Thiel - https://www.amazon.com/Zero-One-Notes-Startups-Future/dp/0804139296 The Logic of Scientific Discovery, by Karl Popper - https://www.amazon.com/Logic-Scientific-Discovery-Routledge-Classics/dp/0415278449 The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World, by Jenny Uglow - https://www.amazon.com/Lunar-Men-Friends-Curiosity-Changed/dp/0374528888
56:34
December 9, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 10: Interview with Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder
I interview physicist and science writer Sabine Hossenfelder. She is a Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, where she leads the Analog Systems for Gravity Duals group and researches quantum gravity. We discuss ideas from her book, Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, such as the role of philosophical ideas of beauty, naturalness, and elegance in fundamental physics and the sociological factors that affect scientific research. We also discuss often misunderstood ideas in fundamental physics, such as the difference between a Grand Unified Theory and a Theory of Everything, and the difference between time-invariance and time reversibility.  Dr. Hossenfelder's Twitter - @skdh Dr. Hossenfelder's book, Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray - https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Math-Beauty-Physics-Astray-ebook/dp/B0763L6YR7 Dr. Hossenfelder's website - http://sabinehossenfelder.com Dr. Hossendelder's blog - http://backreaction.blogspot.com My appearance on Christofer Lovgren's podcast, Do Explain - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/5-big-three-case-against-government-logan-chipkin/id1482313214?i=1000457352171 My recent article with Areo Magazine, People and the Cosmos: Constructor Theory - https://areomagazine.com/2019/11/25/people-and-the-cosmos-constructor-theory/ Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/Fallibleanimals Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Articles - www.loganchipkin.com
46:10
November 29, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 9: Laws vs. Principles
We discuss the difference between laws versus principles as elucidated by constructor theory, and why it matters. Constructor theory may be thought of as a 'theory of theories' whose principles constrain other theories. Just as these subsidiary, object-level theories constrain the behavior of physical phenomena, so too constructor theory, as a meta-level theory, constrains the behavior of object-level theories both known and unknown. Constructor theoretic principles can also constrain and solve problems with theories that explain inherently unpredictable phenomena, such as those of biology, economics, and epistemology. My patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/Fallibleanimals Economic Creationism - https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/economic-creationism/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Articles - www.loganchipkin.com Foundational Paper on Constructor Theory - https://arxiv.org/pdf/1210.7439.pdf Constructor Theory of Life - https://arxiv.org/pdf/1407.0681.pdf The Upright Thinkers - https://www.amazon.com/Upright-Thinkers-Journey-Living-Understanding/dp/0307908232
24:00
November 16, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 8: Interview with Astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell
I interview award-winning astrobiologist and science writer Lewis Dartnell. We discuss themes from his most recent book, Origins: How The Earth Made Us, as well as ideas from his field of study, astrobiology. Dr. Dartnell holds the Professorship in Science Communication at the University of Westminster. Interview topics include: how the Earth's cycles may have driven human evolution, humanity's search for extraterrestrial life, the shadow biosphere, why some civilizations came to dominate the globe, and more. Dr. Dartnell's homepage - http://lewisdartnell.com/en-gb/ Dr. Dartnell's Twitter - https://twitter.com/lewis_dartnell Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Articles - www.loganchipkin.com
35:47
November 11, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 7: Interview with Science Writer Graham Farmelo
I interview award-winning science writer Graham Farmelo. We discuss ideas in his latest book, The Universe Speaks in Numbers, including the relationship between math and physics, whether the laws of Nature are invented or discovered, the history of the relationship between the communities of mathematicians and physicists, current progress in physics, and much more. Shortened transcript of interview - https://areomagazine.com/2019/09/08/the-marriage-between-maths-and-reality-an-interview-with-graham-farmelo/ Dr. Farmelo's website - https://grahamfarmelo.com Dr. Farmelo's Twitter - https://twitter.com/grahamfarmelo Link to The Universe Speaks in Numbers - https://www.amazon.com/Universe-Speaks-Numbers-Reveals-Natures/dp/B07RN9HV8N/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1Q7EK9AKQ4A7K&keywords=the+universe+speaks+in+numbers&qid=1572784191&sprefix=the+universe+speaks+in+number%2Caps%2C132&sr=8-1 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Articles - www.loganchipkin.com  
47:57
November 3, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 6: Interview with Physicist Chiara Marletto
I interview Oxford physicist Chiara Marletto, who has been working on constructor theory for several years. She's published papers on its applications to various fields, including those of information, thermodynamics, life, and probability. We discuss the origins and motivations of constructor theory, problems the theory may solve, current research programs, the universal constructor, response to potential criticisms, why constructor theory can explain more of Reality than the prevailing conception, and more.  Constructor Theory Homepage - www.constructortheory.org Constructor Theory of Thermodynamics - http://constructortheory.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Thd-ArXiv-2.pdf Constructor Theory of Probability - http://constructortheory.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/20150883.full_.pdf Constructor Theory of Life - http://constructortheory.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ct-life.pdf Constructor Theory of Information - http://constructortheory.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ct-info.pdf Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Articles - www.loganchipkin.com
1:05:08
October 27, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 5: What is a Constructor?
We continue our exploration of constructor theory, our deepest theory in physics. We learn about the conceptual tools used in the theory, such as constructors, tasks, and substrates. We explain how constructor theory solves a few philosophical problems, such as whether or not causation is real, and what knowledge is in physical terms. We explain why constructor theory expresses knowledge as a fundamental quantity in Reality. Finally, we define a universal constructor and suggest that future research may prove the possibility of its creation. Foundational Paper on Constructor Theory (preprint) - https://arxiv.org/pdf/1210.7439.pdf Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Articles - www.loganchipkin.com
16:03
October 21, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 4: Intro to Constructor Theory
We motivate and introduce Constructor Theory, humanity's first Theory of Everything (or so I claim). We explain what the founder of Constructor Theory, David Deutsch, calls the prevailing conception, and why it is inadequate in capturing and explaining many phenomena in nature, such as evolution by natural selection, the growth of knowledge, and various principles that we hold to be true. We briefly discuss why Constructor Theory allows for a wider range of phenomena than does the prevailing conception.  Foundational Paper on Constructor Theory (preprint) - https://arxiv.org/pdf/1210.7439.pdf Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Articles - www.loganchipkin.com
16:04
October 15, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 3: Progress as Error-Correction
In this episode of Fallible Animals, we discuss how it is that sciences progresses, despite the fact that all science is conjectural. It turns out that progress entails reducing errors in our worldview. We define knowledge and review its growth over the course of history. Finally, we take as a case study our ever-improving understanding of our own Solar System, from Copernicus to Kepler to Newton.    Transcript of Karl Popper's lecture/essay entitled 'Objective Knowledge' - https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/845d...  Foundational Paper on Constructor Theory (preprint) - https://arxiv.org/pdf/1210.7439.pdf  Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan  Articles - www.loganchipkin.com
22:05
October 8, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 2: Intro to Critical Rationalism
We begin our discussion of the philosophy of knowledge called Critical Rationalism. We briefly review the intellectual climate in which it was created, and we discuss some of the core concepts, such as the conjectural nature of scientific theories, Popper's criterion of demarcation, and the role of criticism in science. Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Links to my articles - www.loganchipkin.com
16:35
September 28, 2019
Fallible Animals Episode 1: Introduction
Introduction episode to the Fallible Animals podcast. I very briefly describe the philosophy of critical rationalism, and I hint at the worldview that will be the foundation of the show. More on both in future episodes, as we continue to explore ideas in science, philosophy, economics, and morality, and their history. Twitter - https://twitter.com/ChipkinLogan Links to my articles - www.loganchipkin.com
03:31
September 24, 2019