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NighCafe AI seed phrase: Shale Oil Production Infographic

KMO and Jim, Your Ad Attacker, host of the Attack Ads! podcast, discuss the books The Absent Superpower: The Shale Revolution and a World Without America by Peter Zeihan and Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond.

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The Irrational Rationalist by NightCafe Studio AI

Dysrationalia is the inability to think rationally in spite of possessing adequate intelligence. Sometimes smart people are so good at making and defending arguments that they turn their own intelligence against itself. 

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NightCafe prompt: Well-heeled survivalists partying in a luxury Doomsday bunker concept art airbrush

Taking two concepts from the Less Wrong website, KMO spins a spiel of inferential distance and intellectual hipsters. As a smart person, you need to signal your disagreement with the mid-brow herd on just about any issue. It doesn't matter if the simpletons are right in their unsophisticated take, your job is to gravitate to a worldview which is so rich with nuance and difficult to grasp, that you have to be a smarty pants just to understand it.

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alien souls tormented in a VR hell Bernie Wrightson synesthesia

This episode is built around two pieces of feedback, one talking about AI ethics and the other recommending that I read/listen to Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy.

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KMO talks with Joel Blackstock, a psychotherapist at the Taproot Therapy Collective, about why the middle left and the far left hate Joe Rogan. Each faction has its own reason for hating him. From there the conversation moves away from that starting focus but remains in the orbit of reasons why people believe what they do.

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