curi Explanations for the curious en-us Vacation Travel Is Overrated People go on vacations and enjoy them. But they routinely mix up several different benefits, some of which are unrelated to traveling and staying at a hotel somewhere. Traveling to a place with someth Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:38:09 +0000 Explaining Infinite Sets, Measures, and Mappings for Quantum Physics Alan Forrester [wrote]( in a discussion of multiple universe quantum physics and [David Deutsch's books](http://beginning Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:07:56 +0000 Problems Are as Hard as They Are Some people think problem X should be easy. Then they get frustrated when it takes a bunch of time/effort/etc to solve. Sometimes they complain about the difference between their initial conception of Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:31:51 +0000 Ignoring or Refusing Most people don't like being told "no". It's common that people ignore a request instead of refusing. They say *nothing* instead of "no". Especially online. In person sometimes it's hard to say nothin Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:28:43 +0000 Asimov Foundations Review Elliot Temple: i read asimov first foundations book today it's very parochial. more adventure story, not sci fi. not intelligent or about ideas. the writing is bad in some ways, kinda confusing. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:04:19 +0000 Learning Overwatch I've been playing Overwatch, a team-based (6 vs 6) first person shooter game. This raises a variety of interesting problems. There are 23 heroes. To learn best, do you specialize in one or two heroes? Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:39:42 +0000 Open Discussion Discuss! Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:03:30 +0000 Meta Discussion Isn't Bad meta discussion isn't a problem. DD was wrong. the actual problem is **parochial** content that isn't of general interest. that includes stuff about specific people, events, times, places, activities Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:31:11 +0000 Changing Habits People often think something they do is bad and then try to stop right away. Like smoking or spending lots of time on Facebook. Often they don't do anything at all about it for a long time. Then they Sun, 01 Jan 2017 14:19:44 +0000 The Myth of Teaching > The thrill of teaching a child to spell. Children figure out how to spell. They are the primary drivers of their learning. Children make tons of guesses about everything – what letters are, what s Sun, 01 Jan 2017 14:08:39 +0000 David Deutsch's Tweets Suck DD is bad now. There's so many things wrong here! He said "indeed" to a tweet insulting children. Most people would do that, but in the past DD wouldn't have. He was good about ageism. He said "in Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:45:20 +0000 Scheduling and Thinking I usually do philosophy first when I wake up, when I'm fresh. This works for me because I'm not sleep deprived. Lots of people have a hard time in the mornings because they are chronically sleep depriv Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:00:24 +0000 Questions I'm asked lots of questions. Writing great answers for all of them would take too long. I prioritize writing answers I consider interesting or important. Sometimes I give a short answers or a link. S Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:08:06 +0000 Reactive People How do you judge (ASAP) when someone is talking to you because they are triggered or reactive instead of out of interest? People usually respond because they are reacting to something. They feel press Thu, 29 Dec 2016 03:06:38 +0000 Interests This is adapted from a [Fallible Ideas discussion]( called "How to help someone find their motor". > How do you tell the Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:01:53 +0000 Sous Vide i recommend getting a sous vide machine for cooking steaks. it cooks other things too. a sous vide machine heats a pot of water and circulates the water with a small pump. it has a very accurate therm Sun, 25 Dec 2016 20:08:09 +0000 Social Awkwardness Example i had to stand in front of a cashier to read the menu at mcdonalds b/c i didn't have my glasses. when you walk up to them they think you're gonna order. so i had to explain. i believe a lot of ppl fin Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:56:56 +0000 Fallible Ideas Email: Figuring out what you want from a discussion In a previous post I wrote: you have a problem. e.g. you want an answer to a question like whether the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics is true. Further quotes are PAS's reply. PAS is Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:44:24 +0000 Discussion Basics you have a problem. e.g. you want an answer to a question like whether the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics is true. or you want to know how to build a submarine. or you want to know how t Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:36:42 +0000 iMessages Scammer An unknown stranger messaged me on Apple iMessages today. I found it funny. My messages are in blue. That's the entire conversation. I think I triggered him... Definitely a scammer. Didn't get to Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:11:45 +0000 Lying CNN CNN posted a [fake news headline]( > Berlin Christmas market: 9 dead, at least 50 injured in truck crash (Lated updated Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:19:17 +0000 Ideas Matter My new newsletter is out! It's a philosophy essay which you can read below. ([Sign up here to receive newsletters!]( ### Explaining Philosophy Is Hard There's sev Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:13:35 +0000 Follow Your Interests To a first approximation, follow your interests. If you see a problem with that, take an interest in fixing your (other) interests. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:09:59 +0000 Super Mario Run [Super Mario Run]( is a fun new iOS game. It has regular 2d Mario levels. It plays a lot like a regular Mario game, but you automa Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:13:35 +0000 Indirection I've identified a common, huge problem people have. They struggle with *indirection*. They want Z. They find out that doing W will help them figure out X which will help them solve one problem with Y Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:11:14 +0000 Harry Binswanger Refuses To Think Harry Binswanger **banned me** – an active-minded philosopher who studies and loves Ayn Rand – from his Objectivist discussion forum. Binswanger is a well known Objectivist. He knew Rand and Leona Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:45:30 +0000 Block Havoc Video [Block Havoc]( is a hard, fun game where you dodge obstacles by spinning two balls clockwise or counterclockwise. I made a [gameplay video with commentary]( Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:47:33 +0000 Today's Left is Especially Bad Harry Binswanger claimed: > As to how bad the current Left is, it is far better than the Left of the 60s I also understood Binswanger to have the position that it was OK not to vote for Reagan, becau Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:29:14 +0000 President Donald Trump We won the election! 🇺🇸🗽🎇 Today is a great day! 😁😃😊😀👍 ❤️ Trump! 😍😘 It's morning in America! 🌅🌇🌄 What's ahead? 🛣💵🏭💰🏙💸🌆👷👮‍♠Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:08:11 +0000 Screencast of my Objectivism Discussion Thinking and Writing Process I recorded a screencast while writing replies on [HBL]( about epistemology. Link: [Video: HBL Thinking and Writing Process]( Watch Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:19:58 +0000 Presupposing Intelligence in Epistemology I've been [discussing with Objectivists]( I learned something new: *Lots of their thinking about epistemology presupposes an intelligent consciou Sat, 05 Nov 2016 10:34:34 +0000 Immigration Tons of immigration is great given your country is good at: 1) capitalism 2) assimilation and cultural confidence If your country is bad at capitalism and has a welfare state, then it works better to Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:32:51 +0000 Hillary Clinton is a Far Left Criminal Guest post by [Justin Mallone]( Hillary Clinton is a **dangerous choice** for President. She is a **criminal traitor** whose immigration policy is so bad it might **destroy t Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:42:15 +0000 Donald Trump is a Moderate Trump's reputation is misleading. Politically incorrect remarks don't make you an extremist. Trump's views on **immigration** have gotten the most negative reactions (and also many positive reactions) Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:54:42 +0000 Twitter Pulls "Make Detroit Great Again" Pro-Trump Video Ad for "Hate, sensitive topics, and violence" [Make Detroit Great Again]( is my pro-Trump video showing what Detroit looks like today, along with audio of Trump speaking about inner cities. I was pleased Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:02:53 +0000 The Harry Binswanger Letter Posts Today I rejoined [The Harry Binswanger Letter]( (HBL). It's an Objectivist discussion forum. I left in the past because it was moderated and didn't allow me to say some things. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:37:18 +0000 Objectivists Should Vote Trump! I wrote this message to an Objectivist facebook group: Supporting Trump is the only realistic way to stop Hillary this year. Stopping Hillary, and judging her to be worse than Trump, seems compatible Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:31:40 +0000 Questioning Apple's Direction There are some big things I **dislike** about **Apple's direction**: **Tim Cook is a dumb leftist** who has gotten Apple involved with leftist activism including hiring Lisa Jackson (former Obama EPA Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:09:48 +0000 New Videos for Sale This post is adapted from my newsletter. [Sign up for my newsletter](! [View past issues]( Everyone deals with ideas, w Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:18:26 +0000 Rejecting Gradations of Certainty [Mike S. asks]( > How should we think about **gradations of certainty** in Critical Rationalist terms? don't. there are the following 3 situations regarding one si Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:50:54 +0000