curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Philosophy Consulting Service I&#39;m available for hire for philosophy consulting. Philosophy is a big field. It includes reason which is a general purpose means of figuring things out, solving problems, dealing with mistakes, ma Sun, 21 May 2017 00:37:15 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1969 http://curi.us/blog/post/1969 Philosophy Consulting: <i>Make Your Business</i> Initiative Rami Rustom wanted to increase sales at his 5 cell phone stores. He came up with a Make Your Business Initiative for his 15 sales representatives. He hired me to edit the document presenting it to his Fri, 19 May 2017 11:39:57 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1967 http://curi.us/blog/post/1967 Fake Burke Quote Attacking Godwin I found a quote of Edmund Burke trashing William Godwin: &#39;Pure defecated Atheism&#39;, said Burke [of Godwin], &#39;the brood of that putrid carcase the French Revolution.&#39; I was especially Wed, 17 May 2017 22:46:14 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1966 http://curi.us/blog/post/1966 By Any Means Necessary: A Violent Marxist Cult (Co-authored with Justin Mallone.) When you see violent thugs rioting in the streets, you may assume they&#39;re strong, scary zealots. They claim to care deeply about strongly-held political views. T Tue, 09 May 2017 13:12:14 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1965 http://curi.us/blog/post/1965 Liberalism + Popper = TCS I was asked: How did people find out about how to find Common Preferences and TCS [Taking Children Seriously] stuff? Here are two of the big ideas that went into TCS: Karl Popper&#39;s philosophy Thu, 04 May 2017 21:59:52 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1964 http://curi.us/blog/post/1964 Can Win/Win Solutions Take Too Long? Win/win solutions don&#39;t ever take too long. Suppose you have conflicting ideas X and Y. Then you can decide: &quot;this would take too long to sort out whether X or Y is better. so I will just do Thu, 04 May 2017 18:15:11 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1963 http://curi.us/blog/post/1963 Public University Bigotry A woman, a gay man, and a Jew banned from speaking at The University of California, Berkeley. Misogyny, homophobia, and anti-semitism. Defund! A source. (Guest post by Josh Jordan.) Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:20:31 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1962 http://curi.us/blog/post/1962 Cosplay and Effortful Appearances Cosplay (e.g. dressing up as anime characters), goth and various other less mainstream fashion hides how naturally beautiful (by our current cultural standards) you are or aren&#39;t. Costumes cover yo Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:52:17 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1961 http://curi.us/blog/post/1961 Compulsory Government Education The Final report of the Commission on industrial relations is a large government report from 1915. It has a disturbing section on education [emphasis added]: All minors entering industry after 14 yea Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:29:52 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1960 http://curi.us/blog/post/1960 Health Insurance and Psychiatry A Health Care Plan So Simple, Even A Republican Can Understand! is Ann Coulter&#39;s new article advocating the free market regarding healthcare. It&#39;s good. I have a point to add: INSURANCE COMPA Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:52:54 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1959 http://curi.us/blog/post/1959 Syria Missile Strike My quick thoughts on Trump&#39;s missile attack on the Syrian airbase which Assad launched a despicable chemical weapons attack from: Trump&#39;s attack was a pretty moderate, normal, mainstream thing Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:28:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1958 http://curi.us/blog/post/1958 Don't Bring Up Your Own Negatives People are often nervous, defensive and stressed out about flaws they have. For example: they are short, they have a small dick, their breasts are too small, they weigh too much, they have a blemish.. Sun, 02 Apr 2017 14:42:09 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1957 http://curi.us/blog/post/1957 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/1956 http://curi.us/blog/post/1956 Explaining Infinite Sets, Measures, and Mappings for Quantum Physics Alan Forrester wrote in a discussion of multiple universe quantum physics and David Deutsch&#39;s books: The stuff [in the multiverse] doesn’t come from anywhere. There is a continuous infinity of Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:07:56 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1955 http://curi.us/blog/post/1955 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/1954 http://curi.us/blog/post/1954 Ignoring or Refusing Most people don&#39;t like being told &quot;no&quot;. It&#39;s common that people ignore a request instead of refusing. They say nothing instead of &quot;no&quot;. Especially online. In person sometim Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:28:43 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1953 http://curi.us/blog/post/1953 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. ho Thu, 09 Feb 2017 07:04:19 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1952 http://curi.us/blog/post/1952 Learning Overwatch I&#39;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 her Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:39:42 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1951 http://curi.us/blog/post/1951 Open Discussion Discuss! Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:03:30 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1950 http://curi.us/blog/post/1950 Meta Discussion Isn't Bad meta discussion isn&#39;t a problem. DD was wrong. the actual problem is parochial content that isn&#39;t of general interest. that includes stuff about specific people, events, times, places, activit Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:31:11 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1949 http://curi.us/blog/post/1949 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&#39;t do anything at all about it for a long time. Then t Sun, 01 Jan 2017 14:19:44 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1948 http://curi.us/blog/post/1948 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/1947 http://curi.us/blog/post/1947 David Deutsch's Tweets Suck DD is bad now. There&#39;s so many things wrong here! He said &quot;indeed&quot; to a tweet insulting children. Most people would do that, but in the past DD wouldn&#39;t have. He was good about age Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:45:20 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1946 http://curi.us/blog/post/1946 Scheduling and Thinking I usually do philosophy first when I wake up, when I&#39;m fresh. This works for me because I&#39;m not sleep deprived. Lots of people have a hard time in the mornings because they are chronically slee Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:00:24 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1945 http://curi.us/blog/post/1945 Questions I&#39;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 lin Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:08:06 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1944 http://curi.us/blog/post/1944 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/1943 http://curi.us/blog/post/1943 Interests This is adapted from a Fallible Ideas discussion called &quot;How to help someone find their motor&quot;. How do you tell the difference between genuine vs. cargo culting interests? You don’t give Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:01:53 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1942 http://curi.us/blog/post/1942 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/1941 http://curi.us/blog/post/1941 Social Awkwardness Example i had to stand in front of a cashier to read the menu at mcdonalds b/c i didn&#39;t have my glasses. when you walk up to them they think you&#39;re gonna order. so i had to explain. i believe a lot of Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:56:56 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1940 http://curi.us/blog/post/1940 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&#39;s reply. PAS i Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:44:24 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1939 http://curi.us/blog/post/1939 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/1938 http://curi.us/blog/post/1938 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 f Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:11:45 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1937 http://curi.us/blog/post/1937 Lying CNN CNN posted a fake news headline: Berlin Christmas market: 9 dead, at least 50 injured in truck crash (Lated updated to &quot;Berlin Christmas market: 12 dead, 48 hospitalized in truck crash&quot;) Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:19:17 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1936 http://curi.us/blog/post/1936 Ideas Matter My new newsletter is out! It&#39;s a philosophy essay which you can read below. (Sign up here to receive newsletters!) Explaining Philosophy Is Hard There&#39;s several important ideas about philosop Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:13:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1935 http://curi.us/blog/post/1935 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/1934 http://curi.us/blog/post/1934 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 automatically run right and tap to jump. You can also spin (tap in air), wall Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:13:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1933 http://curi.us/blog/post/1933 Indirection I&#39;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 Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:11:14 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1932 http://curi.us/blog/post/1932 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 Leonard P Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:45:30 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1930 http://curi.us/blog/post/1930 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. You can see me die a ton of times and talk about Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:47:33 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1931 http://curi.us/blog/post/1931 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/1929 http://curi.us/blog/post/1929