Haseeb Qureshi: The Philosophy of Poker (Part 1)

Haseeb Qureshi is a former high-stakes poker player. He recently published The Philosophy of Poker, and spends his time writing and providing mind coaching.

This is my first in-person interview, and it is long. I met Haseeb when I was also playing poker. I quit the game in 2008, and I hadn’t spent significant time with him until this interview. So our dialogue involves us catching up, and talking about poker, and some crazy bets. There’s not much discussion of Quora.

In fact, Haseeb hasn’t even posted on Quora. One motivation for doing this interview is to coerce him into joining the site.

This interview is long so I had to break it up into multiple parts. The first half consists of Haseeb talking about his early poker years.

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Marcus Geduld: Much Ado About Quora

Marcus Geduld

Marcus Geduld is employed as a programmer, and directs Shakespearean plays as a hobby. He has spent time over the years on various forums, and is a moderator on Quora. I used the interview as an opportunity to get insight into the moderation process and to find out how personal philosophy plays into his decisions. Marcus also talked about Asperger’s Syndrome, and how it affects his personality.

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Sam Sinai: Coding “The Selfish Gene”

Sam Sinai

Sam Sinai is a theoretical biologist who spends much of his time developing computational models. His early inspiration came from the Richard Dawkins book The Selfish Gene. The ideas Dawkins presents are compelling, but do not come with proofs, or convincing sets of numbers. Selfish Gene is largely a thought experiment that laid out a framework for evolution, and Sam’s research elaborates on that framework with mathematical and computational evidence.

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