curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Humans Matter – Post and Podcast I&#39;ve been making podcasts. I made a new one: Watch: Humans Matter This post is the thoughts I wrote before podcasting. Human beings are amazing. They can be powerful, wise, and accomplish grea Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:36:07 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1983 http://curi.us/blog/post/1983 What Philosophy Takes suppose someone wanted to know what i know today about philosophy. they better be as smart, honest and good at learning as me or put in as much time/attention/effort as me. if they are way behind on b Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:56:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1982 http://curi.us/blog/post/1982 Reading Recommendations I made a reading list. If you want to be good at thinking and know much about the world, these are the best books to read by the best thinkers. In particular, if you don&#39;t understand Ayn Rand and K Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:57:01 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1981 http://curi.us/blog/post/1981 What People Need Excuses For What issues people feel they need an excuse for, instead of just openly taking a position, is important. It says a lot about what they consider fully legitimate and what they consider more questionable Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:22:44 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1980 http://curi.us/blog/post/1980 Aristotle (and Peikoff and Popper) I just listened to Peikoff&#39;s lectures on Aristotle. I also reread Popper&#39;s WoP introduction about Aristotle. some thoughts: http://www.peikoff.com/courses_and_lectures/the-history-of-philosoph Thu, 15 Jun 2017 14:43:30 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1979 http://curi.us/blog/post/1979 Epistemology I wrote: The thing to do [about AI] is figure out what programming constructs are necessary to implement guesses and criticism. Zyn Evam replied (his comments are green): Cool. Any leads? Can you Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:27:39 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1978 http://curi.us/blog/post/1978 Valuing Criticism I wrote to the Fallible Ideas discussion group: this reminds me of a question: did you find many mistakes in Mises and others when reading them? Zyn Evam replied (all green quotes): not many :/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:31:54 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1977 http://curi.us/blog/post/1977 Peikoff Getting Parmenides Wrong Understanding Objectivism by Leonard Peikoff: What is the name for the type of person in philosophy who clings to concepts and says, in effect, “Facts may contradict my concepts, but if so, it’s Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:58:49 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1976 http://curi.us/blog/post/1976 Podcasts I created 4 free podcasts. The topics are: Political Activism Coffee, Vaping and Weed Punishing and Rewarding Children Philosopher&#39;s Mistakes I&#39;ll be adding more to that YouTube playlist. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 15:52:39 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1975 http://curi.us/blog/post/1975 Churchill and Roosevelt Betrayed Hundreds of Thousands to Death The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has a lot of stories about how evil the Soviet gulag system was. Below I quote a brief section about Western complicity in Soviet crimes, and about Churc Mon, 05 Jun 2017 10:04:55 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1974 http://curi.us/blog/post/1974 Stop Saying Lies and Other People's Ideas Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief by Jordan Peterson I started to hear a “voice” inside my head, commenting on my opinions. Every time I said something, it said something – something Fri, 02 Jun 2017 11:31:00 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1973 http://curi.us/blog/post/1973 Teachable Subjects in some sense, people teach chess, math, Spanish, grammar, history, programming, formal and symbolic logic, chemistry, physics, biology, how our government works, how to cook. they have school classes Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:55:55 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1972 http://curi.us/blog/post/1972 John Locke's Politics Locke had some good ideas about political philosophy: People have natural rights to life, liberty and property. Natural rights make sense according to reason and are also God&#39;s will. Individual r Tue, 30 May 2017 09:59:01 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1971 http://curi.us/blog/post/1971 Letter to Jordan Peterson on Antidepressants and Rational Discussion I like your videos, e.g. about identity politics, university, insight into human life, and the value of skill at thinking, writing, speaking, arguing, and reading. Let&#39;s have discussions to advance Tue, 30 May 2017 09:46:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1970 http://curi.us/blog/post/1970 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