Is Reality Dumber Than Fiction? - #475

Rooster Teeth Podcast: Is Reality Dumber Than Fiction? - #475

Join Gus Sorola, Gavin Free, Burnie Burns, and special guest Kirk Johnson as they discuss Star Wars, the best shows of 2017, flying incidents, and more on this week's RT Podcast! This episode originally aired on January 15, 2018, sponsored by MeUndies (http://bit.ly/2CQjpvr), Daily Harvest (http://bit.ly/2qV3vOV), Casper (http://bit.ly/2sa1gGZ)

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  • RiriTheDinosaur FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Who is gonna be the next fall maiden? and how hard will it be to get to atlas and will there be more Weiss family stuff I really want to see more winter and whats tai's weapon and UGH I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS THAT NEED AWNSER ASAP LIKE THE VALE RELIC WHAT IS IT AND WHAT ARE THE OTHER RELICS IF THIS ONE IS A LAMP, DO THE ITEM THEY ARE HAVE MEANING TO THE GIFT WHAT MEANING DOES KNOWLEDGE HAVE WITH A LAMP AND WHEN WILL WE SEE VACUO AND UUUUGH TO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

    • MrThumbDude

      3 weeks ago

      Lantern => Illumination => Clarity => Awareness => Knowledge is my guess.

    • RiriTheDinosaur FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      I just now relise I made this after it skipped to the next video...I feel like a god damn moron now...

  • SPARDAX666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    In regards to what Burnie was talking about there is a movie about a simulation within a simulation, its called the thirteenth floor. Check it out , decent movie.

  • Remsave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold a person

    1 month ago

    I hope they animate Burnie's Mountain Dew choking moment. lmao 

  • funhausjet FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Gavin has the communication skills of a dalmatian.

  • Furitaurus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Burnie: "We could cut together, like, a very smart podcast". Yeah, it's just a video of everything Sally Le Page has said in her appearances. Hey-ohhhhh!

  • Emiscary FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Master of Mayhem

    1 month ago

    I've never bought into that simulated reality theory for a couple reasons.

    First off, it presupposes that in a world exactly like ours (or at least incredibly similar to ours) there was a society that was: long lasting, unified, prosperous & advanced enough to actually pull off perfect (or near-perfect) simulated reality. And as much as people like to crow about the exponential advancement of information technology, we aren't anywhere *near* close to pulling that one off. For example: computers still can't generate random numbers worth a damn, and even the very best facial animations are still *deep* in the uncanny valley (tell me with a straight face you didn't instantly realize Tarkin was CGI in Rogue One).

    Second if you actually did have that kind of technology, and was willing to use it, why the *hell* would you waste the kind of resources involved on a reality as bleak and banal as this one? Seriously, if you had that kind of technology, you'd be using it to create some insane Westeros meets Narnia meets Mordor meets Eternia fantasy world that was actually interesting/different enough to be worth watching. Nobody would use a next level supercomputer to create Austin Texas.

    • attazone FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Pro Rooster Toother

      1 month ago

      I'm in no way a proponent of the simulation theory, but you're the one making the assumptions. None of what you claim NEEDS to be true, as you seem to believe.

       

      The theory isn't assuming anything about the 'people' that created the simulated universe or why. It doesn't even assume that it's created by a living being. It could be a supercomputer that had been running for years, building and improving it's process for X-years until it began doing things outside of it's original programming. This is a concern with the advancement of AI.


      Read about Machine Learning, boiled down, it's the process of which a machine runs every possible scenario to create or learn something. There's a program called (MarI/O) that will play Mario and randomly alter decisions (when to jump, run, ect.) until it succeeds. Who's to say that we're not just a part of a similar learning process.


      Of course, all of this is speculation. I'm just pointing out that your issues deal with a lot of presumptions that are only put in place by yourself.

    • Emiscary FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Master of Mayhem

      1 month ago

      An incredibly advanced supercomputer can't just spontaneously pop into existence by itself. And a computer advanced enough to generate entire simulated universes *on its own* would still require an incredibly advanced society to produce it (even if it was a 2nd, 3rd, w.e generation AI). 


      And if a reality like ours was a scenario it was running in order to learn something, it'd have to be trying to learn something about a universe like ours. Which would mean it'd almost certainly have to be a product of a similar universe- because otherwise the entire exercise would be pointless.

      (And like I implied, nobody's gonna make a universe this boring for fun.)

  • deano_m_ RTXsyd Exhibitor Service

    1 month ago

    Obama singing call me maybe. 


  • deano_m_ RTXsyd Exhibitor Service

    1 month ago

    when we got married my wife has her birth certificate , she had to change her drivers licence. and everything else. all she needed was the marriage certificate, birth certificate and old driver licence

  • darthpotatosaurus

    1 month ago

    The whole simulation debate can be easily resolved as unanswerable because of a great quote "if the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we could not" 

  • darthpotatosaurus

    1 month ago

    Watching rogue one: hey look Blue Squadron's here, oh look Gold Squadron's here too, wait a minute, I don't recognise those guys... I have a bad feeling about this

  • Pancake.Buffalo.the.Mighty

    1 month ago

    I'VE BEEN SAYING THAT ABOUT IDIOCRACY FOR YEARS!

  • cak100 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Hello, your friendly neighborhood Oregonian over here... We are doing OK despite the new gas law. Contrary to what some may tell you, us Oregonians sometimes travel out of the state. When we do, we do not just abandon our cars because we cant figure out how to pump our own gas... we know how to pump gas. I do not know nor have i seen anyone who has ever had trouble pumping their gas in Oregon. I would question the origin of the photos that are being circulated. 

  • probuilt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    The gas thing was sensationalized they did not get rid of attendants. They just dont require them 24 hours a day in rural areas. If you needed gas in a rural area at night you would have to call the police to bring you gas.

  • KraZidave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Thanks to whoever added that spoiler warning graphic, much appreciated. 

  • RoosterTeethIsTheBestReals FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    You can (at least in the uk) can bring things like matches and lighters on a plane as far as i know you are allowed to have it just not use it 

  • r-0w-b6-y

    1 month ago

    Now that’s a katana

  • Jikininki FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    maybe they shouldn't have made Star Wars: The Last Feminist and maybe more people would have gone and see it,.   I am so tired of the feminist tinged movies. I like strong female protagonist, I grew up with Claire Redfield,  Aya from Parasite Eve, etc..... but these new heroines are just portrayed as a dagger to men which i cannot get behind. as I will never get behind a male protagonist who is intentionally to be a dagger against women.

    • aheartsugeon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sponsor

      1 month ago

      What does feminism have to do with star wars at all? you dumb fuck by your logic (or lack thereof) a plot involving a female character is a dagger to men?? any film or show or book ever made is feminist then.

  • SeanAM FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold GrumpyOldMan

    1 month ago

    Definitely not a fan of an ad read prior to starting the podcast.  

    • Skyler_PP FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      why? it saves time so they don't have to take a break 3 times in the middle. its gonna get read wither way so might as well get it out of the way first

    • SeanAM FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold GrumpyOldMan

      1 month ago

      It feels like a pre-roll ad because its an ad before any content is shown.  I'd rather the podcast take an actual commercial break once during the show.

    • JekyllandHyde FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      I like it.  I can fast forward it then on the scroll bar at the bottom. I do the same for KindaFunny videos when they do that on theirs

  • DrumBoxyThng FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I was just about to tweet that fart pill to Gavin!!

  • SomeKindofCaveDemon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    God dammit, Fullscreen. Don't make 2018 the year of opening the RT Podcast with another ad.

    • Skyler_PP FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      what does fullscreen have to do with anything? also i don't understand these complaints about the ad

  • Lazorbheeeemz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Lazorbheeeemz

    1 month ago

    the sound is like worlds quietest valcro 

  • Xed_Randon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    where is crunch time season 2?? WE NEED IT.

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

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  • DrunkFudge70 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I love how Burnie goes on a rant with how Gavin should have a giant truck because he lives in Texas and immediately gets triggered about the small parking spots and goes off.

  • Erratication FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I like how the thing Gavin described with Ed Sheeran is literally a vocaloid xD

  • MimeChoir FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    On this weeks podcast, Burnie and Gavin show you how to get put on a FBI watch list

  • honkysachmo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Noah

    1 month ago

    Tfw kirk is less likely to be on the pod than brandon 

  • Majidlionheart FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Bernie even if you have a pocket knife, there`s always an air marshal on the plane. Sooo... YOURE NOT. <3


    • tekym FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Not always, IIRC they switched a few years ago to being on random flights (secretly).

  • aheartsugeon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sponsor

    1 month ago

    An interesting case study of sovereignty within the USA would be the story of James Strang's Mormon kingdom on Beaver Island (1850s, just prior to the civil war). There's some good nonfiction books about it but the Wikipedia article is a decent quick little read. Basically after the death of Joseph Smith (founder of the church of mormon) a sect of roughly 6,000 mormons colonized an island in Lake Michigan. The leader James Strang had a coronation ceremony and claimed kingship over his followers. He was sued by president Fillmore's justice department and won, then used the publicity to campaign and become elected to Michigan's congress. He had control over the only newspaper in northern Michigan at the time (the Northern Islander, conveniently published by his bishop on Beaver Island). In the senate, he drew northern MI's county lines, and consolidated Lake Michigan's numerous islands into Manitou County, essentially legitimizing his "kingdom's" sovereignty. His theocracy and strict punishments of island inhabitants caused tensions. There were frequently clashes between his religious followers and the secular inhabitants of the island and nearby archipelagos (riots culminated in him firing cannons from his statehouse into crowds of people) . He was eventually assassinated by disillusioned non-religious natives, who then escaped with the US Navy's protection and went unpunished. Shortly after his death an angry militia from Mackinac island and the nearby archipelago forcibly evicted the remaining residents and razed much of their capital city/settlements. Thousands of inhabitants were forced onto ferries and dumped on the docks of Chicago and Grand Haven, with all of their property gone or destroyed. The island has barely been inhabited since, and the only markers remaining are the ruins of King Strang's estate and the print shop that he had run to distribute propagandized newspapers during is rise.


    The US gov officially denied sanctioning or even harboring Strang's 3 assassins, but the fact of the matter is they had shot him multiple times on a pier as he was heading to negotiations with the captain of the navy ship USS Michigan. The officers and crew of the ship watched the assassination take place, and immediately afterwards the murderers ran onto the ship where they were granted sanctuary. Instead of taking them to the Strang's sheriff who would have executed them, the captain delivered them to a mainland court where they had a mock trial and were let go without so much as a slap on the wrist. 


    One way or another, there is no sovereignty 

  • Dita98 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    6:00 Hatsune Miku is literally that lol (i think)

  • mismas

    1 month ago

    Justice League is not a good movie

    online

    • bpeterson91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      what about offline?

  • mismas

    1 month ago

    Thanks

  • SalvaJor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold SalvaJor

    1 month ago

    Justice League is not a good movie. I thought it was worse than BvS and barley better than Suicide Squad 

    • carltannler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold HotCarl

      1 month ago

      I thought it was better than BvS, but it may have been the most average movie ever. I think that nothing was surprising or show stopping. It was just very bland, and bro aquaman was unnecessary even if I understand why they did it. BvS took from really great source material and wrote a pile of shit where the climax of the entire movie is two characters realizing that their mothers had the same first name -_-. 

    • juneid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      it literally is a useless movie as in the end superman is god and saves everything without any problem whatsoever and also he basically has all the powers of his superfriends making them useless.

  • Rebellious15 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    i have to admit idk how some people say they get like a grand back or more im just happy to go even or get like $20 back even though the gov. screws me and takes a bunch of money off my checks unlucky but its life...

    • mismas

      1 month ago

      hi movie is 20

    • Skyler_PP FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      get all you can. people got bills to pay and people to feed. shit takes money

  • beck5557 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Confirmed Ed sheeren has been stabbed in the throat  

  • Rebellious15 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    holy i usually never look at comments but did this time and that guy playpodsk has like 50 flamebates you didnt hed just stop commenting after like 20 on his first comment lol

    • Skyler_PP FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      where do you see 50? plus im allowed to speak my mind.

  • KingRustee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I really love Kirk, would be great to see him in future podcasts.

  • jaxdenic Zo The Dude

    1 month ago

    More Kirk Johnson please

  • Great_B_Rad FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    KOTOR 2 is non canon Burnie

  • Gr8Alexand3r FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Give me Crunch Time Season 2 please :,(

  • MikeSG87 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    For what it's worth, Kendrick Lamar simulated Tupac's voice using recordings of his voice on Kendrick's album "To Pimp a Butterfly" if I remember correctly.

  • Skyler_PP FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    i feel like people who comment on roosterteeth content feel like if they don't like one comment from a person they should not like any comment from that person no matter how right they are

  • stephilo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Crunch Time was so good. I really wish they'd make a second season. 

  • WispOfTheWinds

    1 month ago

    My name has been changed since birth and my current birth certificate has my new name on it with a little asterisk saying I have a name change on record.

  • SalvaJor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold SalvaJor

    1 month ago

    Burnie says there are only two good Star Wars movies I think there are only two bad ones. Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One are alright. Last Jedi and Return of the Jedi are good. A New Hope, Force Awakens, and Empire are great. IMO 

  • Ahnahleesah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Keep Gavin away from Ed Sheeran please

  • Wolfencreek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Am I the only one who wishes we got more podcasts with the younger RT Crew e.g. Brandon, Miles, Blaine & Chris. They always have interesting stories to tell.

  • chiefwillis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Did Gavin get zip-blocked by the front loaded sponsor(posterity and all that)? He didn't zip up this time...

  • axmiller FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I hope the sea anemone thing gets animated.

  • Ben0Bray FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    this podcast was so hilarious! Right to the very end  :,)