curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Empiricism and Instrumentalism Gyrodiot commented defending instrumentalism. I'm going to clarify what I mean about "instrumentalism" and "empiricism". I don't know if we actually disagree or there's Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:19:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2067 http://curi.us/blog/post/2067 Replies to Gyrodiot About Fallible Ideas, Critical Rationalism and Paths Forward Gyrodiot wrote at the Less Wrong Slack Philosophy chatroom: I was waiting for an appropriate moment to discuss epistemology. I think I understood something about curi's reasoning about induction Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:35:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2066 http://curi.us/blog/post/2066 Open Letter to Machine Intelligence Research Institute I emailed this to some MIRI people and others related to Less Wrong. I believe I know some important things you don't, such as that induction is impossible, and that your approach to AGI is inco Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:57:43 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2065 http://curi.us/blog/post/2065 Less Wrong Lacks Representatives and Paths Forward In my understanding, there’s no one who speaks for Less Wrong (LW), as its representative, and is responsible for addressing questions and criticisms. LW, as a school of thought, has no agents, no re Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:47:51 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2064 http://curi.us/blog/post/2064 Criticism of Eliezer Yudkowsky on Karl Popper I wrote this in Feb 2009. There was no reply. Dear Eliezer Yudkowsky, I am writing to criticize some of your statements regarding Karl Popper. I hope this will be of interest. http://yudkowsky.net Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:54:38 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2063 http://curi.us/blog/post/2063 New Websites I created https://elliottemple.com I particularly like the header image I made which depicts the intellectual traditions I care most about: I also created https://reasonandmorality.com It had an o Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:15:54 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2062 http://curi.us/blog/post/2062 If I Were President... If I were president I'd cancel most of the meetings, travel, etc, etc, and make some forums which are publicly readable. There'd be a forum where all the countries have an account with write a Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:24:00 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2061 http://curi.us/blog/post/2061 Podcasts I've added a new Podcast link on the top left sidebar. I recently added: Helping The Best People or The Masses? Today I did: Environmentalism Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:46:46 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2060 http://curi.us/blog/post/2060 Jack Murphy on Workplace SJWs Jack Murphy wrote good tweets about Social Justice Warriors in the workplace: We read about SJW insanity everywhere but somehow it still doesn't seem real. I began new day job recently which brou Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:21:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2059 http://curi.us/blog/post/2059 IQ 3 These are replies to Ed Powell discussing IQ. This follows up on my previous posts: IQ and IQ 2. Thanks for writing a reasonable reply to someone you disagree with. My most important comments are at t Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:26:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2058 http://curi.us/blog/post/2058 IQ 2 These are replies to Ed Powell discussing IQ. This follows up on my previous post. I believe I understand that you’re fed up with various bad counter-arguments about IQ, and why, and I sympathize wi Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:08:02 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2057 http://curi.us/blog/post/2057 IQ This is a reply to Ed Powell writing about IQ. I believe IQ tests measure a mix of intelligence, culture and background knowledge. That's useful! Suppose I'm screening employees to hire. Is a Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:18:31 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2056 http://curi.us/blog/post/2056 Banned from "Critical Rationalist" Facebook Group Matt Dioguardi owns a Facebook group with around 5000 members. The membership believes it's an open discussion forum with relaxed rules (just post all you want that's related to Popper "in Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:24:55 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2055 http://curi.us/blog/post/2055 Discussion About the Importance of Explanations with Andrew Crawshaw From Facebook: Justin Mallone: The following excerpt argues that explanations are what is absolutely key in Popperian philosophy, and that Popper over-emphasizes the role of testing in science, but t Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:51:00 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2054 http://curi.us/blog/post/2054 Yes or No Philosophy Discussion with Andrew Crawshaw From Facebook: Alan Forrester: https://curi.us/1963-can-winwin-solutions-take-too-long Assigning weights to ideas never really fitted very well with critical rationalism. Evolution doesn't assign Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:47:04 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2053 http://curi.us/blog/post/2053 Do Thousands of Error Corrections This is from a Fallible Ideas email. I wrote (Sept 2017): but i also did NOT just accept whatever DD said b/c he said it. i expected him to be right but ALSO challenged his claims. i asked questions Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:20:45 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2052 http://curi.us/blog/post/2052 Human Problems and Abstract Problems This is an email I wrote in July 2013. I'm replying to David Deutsch (Feb 2001) who is in regular yellow quotes and was addressing the topic, Are common preferences always possible?. Two quote leve Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:16:29 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2051 http://curi.us/blog/post/2051 Discussion: Politicizing the Las Vegas Tragedy From Facebook: Evan O'Leary: What is with people who don't like things to be "politicized"? Do you not want people you tribally dislike to say reasonable things because then you&#39 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:16:57 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2050 http://curi.us/blog/post/2050 Comments on Behavioral Genetics Lecture These are my comments on the first 49 minutes of Behavioral Genetics II, a 2010 lecture from Robert Sapolsky at Stanford. Around 30 seconds in, the foxes thing is wrong. He says fox breeding shows evo Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:27:31 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2049 http://curi.us/blog/post/2049 "Mental Illness" Discussion with Andrew Adams From Twitter. Andrew Adams What are your thoughts on having harsher regulations? E.g., making it harder for mentally ill to access guns, etc? Elliot Temple I favor much less regulation of guns. I Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:49:53 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2048 http://curi.us/blog/post/2048 Psychiatry Discussion Open thread to discuss psychiatry, Thomas Szasz's ideas, "mental illness", etc. (Szasz book links.) Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:36:51 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2047 http://curi.us/blog/post/2047 How The World Changes Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:21:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2046 http://curi.us/blog/post/2046 Word Use As Social Copying People commonly use words without knowing their meanings. Instead of learning what a word means, people observe others and learn what situations the other people use that word in. People commonly use w Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:20:46 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2045 http://curi.us/blog/post/2045 Buy My Notes on Leonard Peikoff's Courses Buy my notes on Peikoff's Philosophy of Education course. Buy my notes on Peikoff's Principles of Grammar course. Learn about the education or grammar, and about note taking. And the notes wi Sun, 01 Oct 2017 14:24:11 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2044 http://curi.us/blog/post/2044 Discussion Group Want more content? There are lots of great posts to read at the discussion group. I write lots of them. It's like reading blog posts, but there's more! Sun, 01 Oct 2017 13:06:12 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2043 http://curi.us/blog/post/2043 Ayn Rand on Thomas Szasz Rewriting Rand is a long article about how Mayhew and others have made changes to the Rand archive material which has been made public. Books like Ayn Rand Answers don't actually present Rand' Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:23:18 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2042 http://curi.us/blog/post/2042 Discussion Discuss anything in the comments below. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:13:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2041 http://curi.us/blog/post/2041 The Four Best Books The four best books are The Fabric of Reality and The Beginning of Infinity by David Detusch (DD), and Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (AR). Everyone should learn this stuff, but curre Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:58:57 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2040 http://curi.us/blog/post/2040 patio11's Passive People Example patio11 comments on Hacker News: I think "Repeating close variations on your usual theme unlocks far more value than you'd expect given minimal novelty value" is a surprising result. I Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:50:59 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2039 http://curi.us/blog/post/2039 Breaking People I wrote: I can break anyone. I can ask questions, criticize errors, and advocate for more progress until they give up and refuse to speak. No one can handle that if I really try. I can bring up enough Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:41:30 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2038 http://curi.us/blog/post/2038 Apple Announcements Commentary https://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2017/ lame solar power virtue signaling. 97% watch customer satisfaction. so high! the activity rings stuff is for manipulating passive people. i don’t Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:23:42 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2037 http://curi.us/blog/post/2037 Grammar Learning Process Video I made a new screencast (82min) where I try to parse sentences from the first exercises in Leonard Peikoff's course, Principles of Grammar. I don't really know what I'm doing, so you can s Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:51:07 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2036 http://curi.us/blog/post/2036 I Made New Videos Podcast: Discussing Questions on Economics, Immigration, Relationships and More with Ingracke! (92 min) Screencast: Reading a Complex Article (The Possibility of Constructor Theory) (39 min) Podcast: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:53:28 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2035 http://curi.us/blog/post/2035 Rational, Liberal Parenting!? people should take pre-existing values and traditions about liberalism and reason seriously, and apply those to all their relationships (friends, coworkers, parent-child, etc). you value the pursuit o Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:46:12 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2034 http://curi.us/blog/post/2034 Lots of Thoughts BoI is about unbounded progress, and this is very different than what people are used to. It means any kinds of bounds – like some topic being off limits – is problematic. The standard expectatio Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:45:36 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2033 http://curi.us/blog/post/2033 Real World Price Negotiation context: i have a parking space with my apartment i'm not using and they no longer include spaces with apartments and instead rent them for $100 extra. my building manager just put me in touch with Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:58:48 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2032 http://curi.us/blog/post/2032 Sucking In Your Gut A few days ago, my female friend mentioned that most females suck in their gut, a lot of the time, in order to look thinner. Women are actually relieved that they don't have to do this while pregna Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:08:19 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2031 http://curi.us/blog/post/2031 Multiple Children and Sharing Having one child is hard enough. Having more will lead to more mistakes and problems. Sharing is overrated and it's generally better if people have their own property with no strong pressure/expec Fri, 25 Aug 2017 21:26:19 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2030 http://curi.us/blog/post/2030 The World's Biggest Problems I wrote this for a discussion about why I think politics is the wrong place to focus efforts in order to improve the world: I have an unusual perspective on this because I think I could work highly ef Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:44:09 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2029 http://curi.us/blog/post/2029 Writing Tips I wrote some incomplete tips on writing well and making the writing more suitable for receiving criticism. Clarity – people need to understand what your idea is to criticize it. And avoid hedges an Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:12:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2028 http://curi.us/blog/post/2028