Waking Up with Sam Harris #104 – The Lessons of Death (with Frank Ostaseski)…


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Date: December 23, 2017

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #104 – The Lessons of Death (with Frank Ostaseski)


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Frank Ostaseski about death and dying—and about how the awareness of death can improve our lives in each moment.

Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer and a leading voice in end-of-life care. In 1987, he co-founded of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide innovative educational programs and professional trainings that foster compassionate, mindfulness-based care. Mr. Ostaseski’s groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms, the PBS series With Eyes Open, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. AARP magazine named him one of America’s 50 most innovative people. In 2001, he was honored by the Dalai Lama for his many years of compassionate service to the dying and their families. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.”

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Some people tell me, that I should not outwardly identify as a pedophile…


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Date: December 23, 2017

…To those people, I say…

Do you imagine your blind ignorance of my pedophilia adds anything to the conversation, or enhances it in any way?…

…If anything…it impedes it.

My pedophilia has harmed nobody in any way, ever.

I will be, speak and present, as who and what I am…without apologies to anyone’s presumptions.


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Former CEO of NPR: Leaving the Liberal Bubble (Pt.1 & 2)…


Date: December 22, 2017

01) Former CEO of NPR: Leaving the Liberal Bubble (Pt.1)


“Ken Stern (Former CEO of NPR) joins Dave to discuss his new book “Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right,” defining what liberal means to him, intolerance of viewpoints and lack of diversity of thought on the left, his journey from left to right, his evolution on the gun control debate, and more.”


Former CEO of NPR: Leaving the Liberal Bubble (Pt.2):

Fears of a lonely death if euthanasia isn’t legalised…


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Date: December 22, 2017

01) Fears of a lonely death if euthanasia isn’t legalised

“Bobbie Carroll isn’t scared of death itself. She is more frightened of how she’s going to die.

The 64-year-old has been close to it before when she spent five days on life support after contracting an infection from a stem cell transplant.

“This is probably close to what my death without euthanasia will look like. It is horrific. I never want to go there, I came out traumatised,” she says.

“You’re only allowed two visitors a time. I couldn’t talk, I had tubes. I’m not going to go there, either legally or illegally. There’s no dignity, absolutely no dignity. It’s horrific.”

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She says if it doesn’t happen, people will arrange it illegally.

“The problem there is you must die alone because anyone with you can and will be implicated. And [face] possible criminal charges. So you have to die alone. It’s not okay. I don’t want to die alone.”

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Google’s self-learning AI AlphaZero masters chess in 4 hours…


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Date: December 22, 2017

01) Google’s self-learning AI AlphaZero masters chess in 4 hours


“Google’s AI AlphaZero has shocked the chess world. Leaning on its deep neural networks, and general reinforcement learning algorithm, DeepMind’s AI Alpha Zero learned to play chess well beyond the skill level of master, besting the 2016 top chess engine Stockfish 8 in a 100-game match. Alpha Zero had 28 wins, 72 draws, and 0 losses. Impressive right? And it took just 4 hours of self-play to reach such a proficiency. What the chess world has witnessed from this historic event is, simply put, mind-blowing! AlphaZero vs Magnus Carlsen anyone? 🙂

19-page paper via Cornell University Library
https://arxiv.org/abs/1712.01815
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1712.01815

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Waking Up with Sam Harris #108 – Defending the Experts (with Tom Nichols)…


Date: December 22, 2017

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #108 – Defending the Experts (with Tom Nichols)


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tom Nichols about his book The Death of Expertise. They discuss the “Dunning-Kruger Effect,” the growth of knowledge and reliance on authority, when experts fail, the repudiation of expertise in politics, conspiracy thinking, North Korea, Trump, and other topics.

Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School, and a former aide in the U.S. Senate. He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion, and as one of the all-time top players of the game, he was invited back to play in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Nichols is the author of several works on foreign policy and international security affairs, including The Sacred Cause, No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security, Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War, and The Russian Presidency. His most recent book is The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.

Twitter: @RadioFreeTom “

If You Ever See This At The Beach, Stay Far Away!…


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Date: December 22, 2017

01) If You Ever See This At The Beach, Stay Far Away!


“The beach really is one of the most beautiful things on Earth! However, within its shores hides an incredibly diverse array of creatures. Keep watching, to find out 10 facts to help you spot potential beach hazards, that could one day save your life.”

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