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Do Explain with Christofer Lövgren

Christofer Lövgren

Do Explain is a conversational podcast centered around questions of individual and collective human progress. Originally inspired by the visionary worldview of David Deutsch, the podcast has expanded into a lighthearted exploration of growth and progress in all its forms. Common discussion topics include the nature of mind, meaning, and knowledge; technologies of personal transformation; and the future of human flourishing. Hosted by the irrevocably curious dickhead, Christofer Lövgren.

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#42 - Knowing Less, with Aella
May 25 2022
#42 - Knowing Less, with Aella
Christofer and micro-celebrity Aella speak about exploring one's mind in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Aella's ten months of doing acid, deconstructing identity, inner vastness, exploring pain, embodiment, four categories of enlightenment, fallibilism, spiritual authority, belief construction, holding on to ideas, twitter-questions, and other related topics.Aella is a sex worker, blogger, and controversial twitter-celebrity who loves collecting data from her audience. She was homeschooled from birth to the end of “high school” by professionally evangelical fundamentalist Christians in Idaho. After leaving home she turned to a series of shitty jobs involving windowless factories and waking up at 4am. She eventually escaped from that into the warm, wet embrace of porn, which she used to fund dives into far away realms, both physical and psychedelic. She did a documentary or two, spent a year somehow getting addicted to LSD, did some analytical escorting, and became one of the top Onlyfans earners until her attention span ran out. Now she's comfortably settled in Austin, working on her research institute for sexual fetishes. Website: the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#42 - Knowing Less, with Aella
May 25 2022
#42 - Knowing Less, with Aella
Christofer and micro-celebrity Aella speak about exploring one's mind in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Aella's ten months of doing acid, deconstructing identity, inner vastness, exploring pain, embodiment, four categories of enlightenment, fallibilism, spiritual authority, belief construction, holding on to ideas, twitter-questions, and other related topics.Aella is a sex worker, blogger, and controversial twitter-celebrity who loves collecting data from her audience. She was homeschooled from birth to the end of “high school” by professionally evangelical fundamentalist Christians in Idaho. After leaving home she turned to a series of shitty jobs involving windowless factories and waking up at 4am. She eventually escaped from that into the warm, wet embrace of porn, which she used to fund dives into far away realms, both physical and psychedelic. She did a documentary or two, spent a year somehow getting addicted to LSD, did some analytical escorting, and became one of the top Onlyfans earners until her attention span ran out. Now she's comfortably settled in Austin, working on her research institute for sexual fetishes. Website: the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#41 - [The Chapman Series, Pt.3] Deconstructing Dzogchen
Apr 27 2022
#41 - [The Chapman Series, Pt.3] Deconstructing Dzogchen
This is part 3 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).In the third episode they focus on the different ways Chapman and Sam Harris speak about the central insight of Dzogchen. They talk about the self as an illusion, rigpa, the four naljors within Dzogchen, emptiness, sutric renunciation and dangers of 'no-self', intermittently continuing, embodiment, Nietzsche’s true world theories, spiritual bypassing, comparing non-duality and emotional fluidity, and why Chris thinks Sam Harris might be mistaken about the value of engaging with one's repressed emotional material.Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.Twitter: the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#40 - Turbulent Tripping, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck
Apr 4 2022
#40 - Turbulent Tripping, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck
Christofer and entrepreneur Aaron Nesmith-Beck speak about practical tips for having a useful psychedelic experience in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss if using drugs is cheating, dealing with bad/challenging trips, ceremonial containers for a trip, nested arcs, fractal insights, tripping in a group, psilocybin retreats in Holland, DMT, QRI and neural annealing, meeting extra dimensional beings, and other related topics.Aaron Nesmith-Beck is a writer and entrepreneur most interested in psychedelics as a way to effectively do good. He founded Atman, one of the first legal psilocybin retreats. Atman Retreat allows people to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics safely, legally, and in a setting designed to maximize their benefits. Before that, he travelled for several years while blogging at Freedom & Fulfilment, which has now reached almost a million people worldwide. He's currently based in Toronto, Canada and was previously a board member of Mapping the Mind, one of Canada’s largest psychedelic science conferences, and a volunteer organizer for Effective Altruism Toronto. Other interests of his include meditation, applied ethics, personality and transpersonal psychology, and nonduality.Website: Retreat: the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#39 - The Magic of Mushrooms, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck
Mar 24 2022
#39 - The Magic of Mushrooms, with Aaron Nesmith-Beck
Christofer and entrepreneur Aaron Nesmith-Beck speak about the transformative powers of psychedelics in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss how nice Canadians really are, common objections to using psychedelics, Aaron's most memorable psychedelic experiences, Atman Retreat, tripping solo or with a sitter, crying as a therapeutic tool, bodymind tension, highly sensitive people (HSP), the experience of Oneness, the metaphysics of mystical insight, and other related topics.Aaron Nesmith-Beck is a writer and entrepreneur most interested in psychedelics as a way to effectively do good. He founded Atman, one of the first legal psilocybin retreats. Atman Retreat allows people to explore the transformative potential of psychedelics safely, legally, and in a setting designed to maximize their benefits. Before that, he travelled for several years while blogging at Freedom & Fulfilment, which has now reached almost a million people worldwide. He's currently based in Toronto, Canada and was previously a board member of Mapping the Mind, one of Canada’s largest psychedelic science conferences, and a volunteer organizer for Effective Altruism Toronto. Other interests of his include meditation, applied ethics, personality and transpersonal psychology, and nonduality.Website: Retreat: the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#38 - Laughing Out Loud, with Joe Hudson
Feb 12 2022
#38 - Laughing Out Loud, with Joe Hudson
Christofer and executive coach Joe Hudson speak about resisting positive emotions in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss crying at bus stops, laughing, dealing with anger, the shadow, inherent goodness, original sin, love what you do vs. do what you love, parts work, and other related topics.Joe Hudson is a sought after executive coach and creator of The Art of Accomplishment, an online learning platform for personal development.  As a venture capitalist Joe found that the most rewarding aspect, and the part he was most successful at, was the mentorship and coaching of the leadership of his portfolio companies. This insight moved him to his present role as a coach, business consultant and teacher. He now coaches 12 CEOs and leaders in prominent companies and runs transformative programs for both individuals and businesses. He is practicing a craft that makes big, lasting, and overwhelmingly positive impacts on the lives of people in his programs and in the companies he works with.Website: the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#37 - [The Chapman Series, Pt. 2] Nebulosity of Knowing
Feb 7 2022
#37 - [The Chapman Series, Pt. 2] Nebulosity of Knowing
This is part 2 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com).In the second episode they focus on why the search for a universal theory of epistemology is problematic. They talk about mathematical and semantic information, the difference between nebulosity and fallibilism, and Chapman's division of reasonableness, rationality and meta-rationality.  Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.Twitter: by David Deutsch mentioned in the intro: the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#36 - [The Chapman Series, Pt. 1] Cognitivism, Representationalism, and Rationalism
Jan 26 2022
#36 - [The Chapman Series, Pt. 1] Cognitivism, Representationalism, and Rationalism
This is part 1 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman's two books: 'Meaningness' (meaningness.com) and 'In the Cells of the Eggplant' (metarationality.com). In the first episode they focus on problematic cognitivist assumptions that undergird much of Deutsch's critical rationalism. They talk about Heidegger's idea of coping with the world, the relationship between cognition, perception and action, how representations get their meaning, and how Wittgenstein got some shit right. Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.Twitter: the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#35 - Connection, with Joe Hudson
Nov 23 2021
#35 - Connection, with Joe Hudson
Christofer and executive coach Joe Hudson speak about emotional fluidity in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss fishing in Alaska, the value of being impartial in conversation, connection, repressed emotion and physical tension, rationality vs. emotion, improving decision making, cognitive deconstruction, enlightenment, non-duality, the self, depersonalization and zen sickness, and other related topics.Joe Hudson is a sought after executive coach and creator of The Art of Accomplishment, an online learning platform for personal development.  As a venture capitalist Joe found that the most rewarding aspect, and the part he was most successful at, was the mentorship and coaching of the leadership of his portfolio companies. This insight moved him to his present role as a coach, business consultant and teacher. He now coaches 12 CEOs and leaders in prominent companies and runs transformative programs for both individuals and businesses. He is practicing a craft that makes big, lasting, and overwhelmingly positive impacts on the lives of people in his programs and in the companies he works with.Timestamps:(1:54) - Who Joe is and what he does(4:13) - Lessons from fishing in Alaska(7:42) - What is impartiality and the VIEW state of mind? (17:45) - Imperfection and oscillation(22:48) - Emotional fluidity(27:40) - Are emotions rational? (33:14) - Prejudice against emotions(38:30) - Bottling up and bodily tension(44:27) - Intellectual and emotional deconstruction(49:14) - Different methodologies for achieving emotional fluidity(55:44) - Stages of the sense of self(1:04:14) - Every epiphany leads to a rut(1:08:10) - The phenomenology of being Joe Website: the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#34 -  Sentience, with Walter Veit, Dennis Hackethal, and Matt Guttman
Nov 1 2021
#34 - Sentience, with Walter Veit, Dennis Hackethal, and Matt Guttman
Christofer, Walter Veit, Dennis Hackethal, and Matt Guttman speak about whether animals are sentient in this episode of Do Explain. Walter argues "yes", Dennis argues "no" and Matt argues that the hard problem really is hard. They discuss the difference between sentience and consciousness, the special way humans learn, consciousness as a binary jump vs. gradually evolving, animals as mere robots, information processing and computation, the hard problem of consciousness, anthropomorphism, panpsychism, different animal behaviors, and other related topics.Walter Veit is a theoretical scientist and philosopher with interests stretching widely across science and philosophy. His primary research interests are located at the intersection of the biological, social, and mind sciences in addition to empirically informed philosophy and ethics. Website: Hackethal is a software engineer and intelligence researcher in Silicon Valley, California. He hosts a podcast called Artificial Creativity about how to create AGI and also writes regularly about philosophy on his blog. Website: Guttman is a software engineer and analyst in Chicago, Illinois. He holds degrees in philosophy, business management, English literature, and education, and have an active and intriguing online presence on Twitter, @RealtimeAI. Links provided by Dennis: - provided by Walter:Browning, H. & Veit, W. (2021). The Measurement Problem of Consciousness. Philosophical Topics. W. & Browning, H. (2021). Phenomenology Applied to Animal Health and Suffering. In S. Ferrarello (Ed.), Phenomenology of Bioethics: Technoethics and Lived-Experience, pp. 73-88. Springer, Cham. W. & Huebner, B. (2020). Drawing the boundaries of animal sentience. Animal Sentience 29(13). H. & Veit, W. (2020). Is Humane Slaughter Possible? Animals, 10(5), 799. W., Dewhurst, J., Dołega, K., Jones, M., Stanley, S., Frankish, K. & Dennett, D.C. (2019). The Rationale of Rationalization – Behavioral and Brain Sciences 43, e53. the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
Guest Appearance on Humans
Oct 22 2021
Guest Appearance on Humans
Christofer joins Josh Levent on the Humans podcast (Josh's episode description below): "Christofer Lövgren calls himself the irrevocably curious dickhead. Born and raised in Sweden, he grew up playing with Legos, Gameboy and Trading Cards. When he was 5 he picked up the guitar from his granddad and fell in love with it.He only gave it up at age 19, when his workout addiction led to extreme pain in his hands and forearms making guitar-playing impossible.Luckily he’s now again at a place where he can play guitar and is even playing with a band.Christofer is someone who loves conversations. He told me that exploring the outer world doesn’t interest him much, because he is so fascinated by his own and others’ inner worlds, which he can tap into through conversations.One of the places he does this is on his podcast, Do Explain, which he started 2 years ago to explore the work of David Deutsch and Critical Rationalism more broadly.At school, Christofer loved maths when he had fun textbooks until 6th Grade. At that point the serious textbooks with fewer interesting pictures and colours, and a separate book for doing the work made him lose interest. He now says that anyone having fun is learning, even if just on an inexplicit level.While we also talked about serious and difficult topics related to mental and physical health, at the end, we had a lot of fun recording this episode and you will hear us laughing a lot. And at the end that encapsulates Christofer’s personality completely for me. He is deep, and a great conversationalist for serious topics, but he will always make it fun as well."
#33 - In a Sea of Studies: COVID-19 Vaccines, with Marek Doyle and Dr. Purvi Parikh
Oct 1 2021
#33 - In a Sea of Studies: COVID-19 Vaccines, with Marek Doyle and Dr. Purvi Parikh
Christofer, Marek Doyle and Dr. Purvi Parikh speak about the COVID-19 vaccines in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss their effectiveness/efficacy, CDC's change in reporting of breakthrough infections, methodological limitations of certain studies, vaccine safety, comparing COVID-19 with the flu, natural immunity, self-reporting, and other related topics.Marek Doyle is a functional nutritional therapist based in London, England. He has spent the last 15 years reconciling the data from 2,000 patient outcomes and 9,000 test results to build a model of personalized nutrition, and has been featured by a range of media, such as Sky Sports, the Daily Mail, Mens Health and Marie Claire.Instagram: Parikh, MD, is an immunologist and allergy specialist at NYU who has been involved in the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Trials. Dr. Parikh practices in New York City at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill and New York University School of Medicine. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the advocacy council of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and have appeared as a medical expert on CNN, CNBC and CBS News, among others.  Instagram: Twitter: References and additional comments for this discussion went over the allowed character limit and can instead be found in the following blog post on the Do Explain website: the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
Guest Appearance on Increments
Sep 21 2021
Guest Appearance on Increments
Christofer joins Ben Chugg and Vaden Masrani on the Increments podcast (their episode description below): "Christofer Lövgren, host of the marvelous Do Explain podcast and the world's most famous Swede (second perhaps only to that Alfred fellow with the peace prize), joins us on the pod to teach us how podcasting is really done. And how to pronounce his last name. When we're not all sobbing, we touch on:Does Deutschian epistemology give us with Free Will?Should one identify as a critical rationalist?Does membership in a community, or identification with a label, affect our ability to give and receive criticism?How has reading Deutsch and Popper changed our lives?Can trauma get stored in the body?How often do we cry?Check out Chris on twitter (@ReachChristofer) and Do Subscribe to Do Explain.References:The Beginning of Infinity by David DeutschBehave by Robert SapolskyLecture on Depression by SapolskyDo Explain episode with Chris and Matt Goldenberg on emotional processingTemple Grandin discussing the "black-hat" horse.Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der KolkSir Peter Brian Medawar whom Richard Dawkins referred to as 'the wittiest of all scientific writers'.Blow your nose, dry your eyes, and send us a tear-stained email at incrementspodcast@gmail.com."
#32 - The Boundaries of Self, with Jake Orthwein
Sep 1 2021
#32 - The Boundaries of Self, with Jake Orthwein
Christofer and writer Jake Orthwein speak about the interaction between self and the world in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Jake's Youtube-channel, the tension behind your face, nonduality, monism and Cartesian dualism, embodiment, the difference between conjectural knowledge and knowledge by acquaintance, representation, existential benefits of CR, and other related topics.Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.Twitter: - Jake’s new YouTube venture(5:56) - Chris’ favorite meditation tweets by Jake(16:01) - Chris’ experience of no-self when hiking(20:44) - Nonduality vs monism(27:54) - Embodiment and the boundary between self and other(33:28) - Gay thought afternoon(37:31) - The nature of life(44:17) - Psychedelic experiences of unity(49:50) - What is consciousness? (51:27) - Knowledge by description and by acquaintance(59:03) - The dualism within CR (1:06:20) - Reifying the creative program(1:10:50) - Existentialism and CR (1:16:52) - Embodiment and the brain in the vat(1:22:14) - Ideas and propositionsSupport the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#31.2 - Problematic Probability, with Ben Chugg
Aug 1 2021
#31.2 - Problematic Probability, with Ben Chugg
Christofer and podcaster Ben Chugg speak about probability and prediction in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss Pascal's mugging, bayesian decision theory, historicism and cliodynamics, AI-risk, immortality, moral cluelessness, and other related topics.Ben Chugg is a research fellow at Stanford law school. He has a background in math and computer science and, along with Vaden Masrani, hosts the increments podcast. He also writes insightful philosophy articles at Medium.Website: Masrani's article series against Longtermism: - Pascal’s mugging(9:32) [TQ] - What is the proper use of probability?(20:22) [TQ] - Would you bet that humans will land on Mars by 2030?(25:02) - Cliodynamics(34:06) - Chris and Ben psychoanalyse each other(36:37) [TQ] - What are your thoughts on racism against AI?(42:16) - Should we want to be immortal?(49:14) - The importance of solving mental health(52:40) - Is there meaning to be found in suffering?(59:30) - The value of loss(1:05:25) - Moral cluelessness and ‘longtermism’(1:15:11) - How Effective Altruism could be improvedSupport the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#31.1 - Nonuniversal Explainers, with Ben Chugg
Jul 11 2021
#31.1 - Nonuniversal Explainers, with Ben Chugg
Christofer and podcaster Ben Chugg speak about evolutionary psychology in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss listening to podcasts at faster speed, information addiction, the role of neurobiology, impatience, the fun criterion, universal explainers, the salience of memory/speed in intelligence, and other related topics.Ben Chugg is a research fellow at Stanford law school. He has a background in math and computer science and, along with Vaden Masrani, hosts the increments podcast. He also writes insightful philosophy articles at Medium. Website: - Ben’s Twitter bio(9:28) - Listening to audio at above 1x speed(14:58) - The urge for constant improvement(21:28) - The pressure for productivity(26:10) - The skill of enjoying non-productivity(29:30) - The fun criterion and dopamine(35:06) - Universal explainers vs. evolutionary psychology(42:50) - The definition of evolutionary psychology(49:58) - Cultures and institutions (56:12) - On not dismissing fields as scientism(59:26) - Why is evolutionary psychology incompatible with Popperian epistemology?(63:45) - Quantitative and qualitative differences in intelligenceSupport the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#30 - Make the Future Come Sooner, with Mathias Sundin
Jun 19 2021
#30 - Make the Future Come Sooner, with Mathias Sundin
Christofer and CEO Mathias Sundin speak about how the world is getting better in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss bitcoin, anti-dancing laws, Starcraft, why Mathias got into politics, bad criticism, human potential, law of Jante, echo chambers, social media, AI, the importance of progress, extreme poverty, colonizing space, idea sex, moral relativism, liberal democracy, fact-based optimism, the Warp Institute, and other related topics.Mathias Sundin is co-founder and executive chairman of the Warp Institute Foundation, whose mission is to connect optimistic, forward thinking people in communities to make the future come sooner. He is also a former Member of Parliament and former Deputy Mayor, a TEDx and international keynote speaker, and a fact-based optimist.  Website: TED talk: - The first political candidate to accept Bitcoin donations only(9:32) - Protesting Swedish laws through illegal dancing(14:19) - Starcraft(18:34) - Getting into – and out of – politics(26:05) - Non-constructive criticism(30:41) - The influence of David Deutsch(36:08) - The law of Jante and the principle of mediocrity(46:46) - Almost anyone can be an expert in almost anything(51:45) - Is the world getting better?(55:09) - Western pessimism about progress(1:02:56) - The benefits of social media(1:08:33) - Echo chambers and filter bubbles(1:13:14) - Does AI pose a risk?(1:20:50) - Why use resources on space travel instead of on Earth?(1:27:03) - The Warp Institute(1:30:21) - The importance of freedom of speech for progress(1:41:59) - Beyond Atlas and a new age of exploration(1:46:57) - What we can achieve by working together(1:51:33) - What project would you focus on more if you could?(1:57:50) - What is something that encourages you about humankind's recent progress?Support the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#29 - The Creative Power of Monogamy, with Sarah Fitz-Claridge
Jun 1 2021
#29 - The Creative Power of Monogamy, with Sarah Fitz-Claridge
Christofer and writer Sarah Fitz-Claridge speak about romantic relationships in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss problems with open relationships, why the standard take on monogamy is mistaken, the importance of commitment, relationship as a knowledge-creating institution, depth vs. breadth of knowledge, sexual connection, cheating, genetic impulses, love and acceptence, non-coercion, boundaries, and other related topics.Sarah Fitz-Claridge is a Popperian writer, editor, coach and speaker with a background in Psychology and an irrepressibly optimistic, freedom-oriented world view. She started the journal that became Taking Children Seriously in the early 1990s and is currently working on her book on the subject.Website: links: - Sarah's historical view(7:32) - Problems with open relationships(12:28) - Monogamy as a knowledge-creation institution(17:07) - Common misunderstandings of monogamy(20:35) - Is a committed marriage for everybody?(22:11) - Cheating and sex (30:55) - Is sex fundamental? (32:31) - Possessiveness(37:14) - Selling out on your relationship(43:30) - What makes monogamy better than singledom?(48:19) - Epistemology of sex (52:04) - Attachment(54:56) - [TQ] Is self-love essential for good relationships?(57:04) - Your perfect match(1:01:35) - Being best friends with your partner(1:03:24) - The role of love(1:04:50) - Non-coercion and acceptance(1:07:40) - The importance of boundaries(1:12:00) - Are relationships necessary for a good life?(1:16:32) - [TQ] Relationships and political systems(1:18:25) - [TQ] When should a relationship end?(1:19:56) - Deep disagreements and having childrenSupport the podcast at: (monthly) (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#28.2 - Introspection, with Jake Orthwein
May 9 2021
#28.2 - Introspection, with Jake Orthwein
Christofer and writer Jake Orthwein speak about the mind and introspection in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss meditation, empiricism, suffering, the self, dzogchen vs. vipassana, non-duality, free will, perception, computation, logic, correspondence theory of truth, and other related topics.Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator.Twitter: (1:12) - Jake's history with meditation(3:26) - Dzogchen (5:24) - Why is nonduality desirable? (8:30) - Noticing subjectivity (11:30) - Epistemology of nonduality(16:24) - 'The thinker' is another thought  (19:36) - Self  (22:46) - Shades of agency (27:15) - Creativity in involuntary feats of perception (35:56) - Perception as a computation (39:34) - The logical asymmetry of verification and falsification (41:26) - Jake's thoughts on CR (42:49) - David Deutsch's theory of truth Support the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#27.2 - The Nature of Knowledge, with Brett Hall
May 4 2021
#27.2 - The Nature of Knowledge, with Brett Hall
Christofer and communicator Brett Hall speak about epistemological misconceptions in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss the nature of knowledge, morality, bayesianism, objectivism, free will and the self, meditation and empiricism, the fun criterion, probability, people being equally creative, autism, evolutionary psychology, incrementalism, and other related topics.Brett Hall is the host of 'ToKCast', a podcast largely devoted to the work of David Deutsch and the worldview as set out in both 'The Fabric of Reality' and 'The Beginning of Infinity'. Brett has spend most of his life at university gaining undergraduate degrees in the philosophy of science, the teaching of science and mathematics, English grammar, and also has a masters in Astronomy from Swinburne University where he completed projects in computational astrophysics. He has previously worked as a security guard/mall cop in Sydney Australia, a science communicator with the University of New South Wales, and more recently as an advisor to some global educational institutions where he has tried to incrementally undo the amount of coercion involved in teaching. He is currently working with entrepreneur and investor Naval Ravikant on a number of projects associated with promoting the worldview in 'The Beginning of Infinity'.Podcasts: Timestamps:(1:12) - The critical nature of knowledge(6:50) - Free will and problem-situations(13:27) - Interpretation of subjective experience(21:26) - Agency and responsibility(25:40) - The fun criterion(31:38) - When is probability useful?(34:47) - The inductive nature of Bayesianism(37:42) - Cultural resistance to the conjectural nature of knowledge(40:45) - A practical example of probability(43:49) - Autism, biology and universality(49:18) - Are some people more creative?(55:30) - Incrementalism in politicsSupport the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter:
#28.1 - Meaning and Meta-Rationality, with Jake Orthwein
Apr 26 2021
#28.1 - Meaning and Meta-Rationality, with Jake Orthwein
Christofer and writer Jake Orthwein speak about David Chapman's critiques of rationality and potential problems with Deutschian critical rationalism in this episode of Do Explain. They discuss their common adoration for Sam Harris, meaning, nebulosity and pattern, representational view of mind, concrete activity vs. abstract reasoning, realism, ontology and the world, affordances, and other related topics.Jake Orthwein is a writer and filmmaker based in Santa Monica, CA. He studied film and cognitive science at the University of Southern California and currently works as Director of Media for the Psychology of Technology Institute, an academic non-profit focused on improving research on the human-technology relationship. He is also a long term meditator. Twitter: - Jake's intellectual backstory(6:58) - Optics and bias against Deutschian CR(11:02) - The Chapmanian worldview(14:29) - Pattern and nebulosity(19:49) - What is the problem Chapman tries to solve?(24:23) - The pseudo-problem of the meaning of life(27:08) - Subjectivity and objectivity(30:00) - Where Jake's views diverge from CR(33:30) - Conscious and unconscious ideas(37:17) - Abstract reasoning from concrete activity(41:57) - Top-down and bottom-up processes(46:07) - Ontology as a tool for how to relate to the world(48:19) - Is there a world separate from our perception?(52:25) - Ontological nebulosity vs. epistemological fallibilism(59:21) - Problem-ladenness(1:03:42) - What objectively makes a cup a cup?Support the podcast at:patreon.com/doexplain (monthly)ko-fi.com/doexplain (one-time)Find Christofer on Twitter: