curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Learn To Deal With Challenges Children (and everyone) need problem-solving skill (strength, power, competence, wisdom) not to be (over) protected (problem-avoidance). This relates to the idea that problems are inevitable, and prob Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:52:37 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2025 http://curi.us/blog/post/2025 Be Careful With Assumptions About Complex Internal Structures People claim genes influence personality. The meaning of this isn&#39;t explained very clearly. Do Walmarts influence people to drive to one location instead of another? Sort of, but that doesn&#39;t m Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:59:00 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2024 http://curi.us/blog/post/2024 They Can't Raise IQ Because They Can't Teach IQ is static because teachers literally can&#39;t teach anything. Their inability to raise IQ is because their teaching methods are awful, not because IQ is genetically determined. When students learn Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:55:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2023 http://curi.us/blog/post/2023 Brains Are Computers Adding 5+5 is an example of a computation. Why? By definition. &quot;Computation&quot; is a word which refers to calculating stuff like sums, matrix multiplication, binary logic operations, derivatives Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:47:43 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2022 http://curi.us/blog/post/2022 Praise for Yes or No Philosophy Feedback on my new philosophy education product, Yes or No Philosophy, is positive so far. Kate Sams in Fallible Ideas discussion: “yes-or-no philosophy” is great → http://fallibleideas.com/ye Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:37:42 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2021 http://curi.us/blog/post/2021 Is FI Discussion Mean? People coming to FI need to recognize they are learning about different ideas and dealing with people who don’t share all their assumptions, culture, and expectations. They must therefore be patient Sat, 05 Aug 2017 13:25:11 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2020 http://curi.us/blog/post/2020 Book Review: Who Killed Homer? Who Killed Homer?: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom by Victor Davis Hanson, John Heath https://www.amazon.com/Who-Killed-Homer-Classical-Education/dp/1893554260/?tag Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:34:39 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2019 http://curi.us/blog/post/2019 More Induction Discussion With Robert Spillane Robert Spillane thought this was particularly important and requested a direct answer. Here it is: 1. Two simple answers to #1 and #2 will suffice - yes or no. 2. 1+1=2 is a necessary truth; &#39; Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:59:32 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2018 http://curi.us/blog/post/2018 David Deutsch Interview Undermines His Philosophy David Deutsch (DD) did an interview on The Christian Transhumanist Podcast. What is DD’s audience and what is he trying to say to them? Typical people will understand very little of what DD says. W Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:34:39 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2017 http://curi.us/blog/post/2017 Popper vs. Impressive, Incomprehensible Writing Popper is quoted in Relativism and the Social Sciences, by Ernest Gellner, ch. 1, p. 5.: Many years ago I used to warn my students against the widespread idea that one goes to university in order to Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:15:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2016 http://curi.us/blog/post/2016 David Miller Doesn't Want To Discuss I contacted Critical Rationalist philosopher David Miller about my improvement on Critical Rationalism. I sent him this material explaining it. His entire reply was: May invite you to look at §4 of Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:34:10 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2015 http://curi.us/blog/post/2015 10 Robert Spillane Replies Robert Spillane&#39;s latest email didn&#39;t directly reply to what I said previously. Here it is with my new comments which attempt to get discussion back on track: 1. &#39;3 am in the morning&#39; Sun, 30 Jul 2017 22:26:02 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2014 http://curi.us/blog/post/2014 Analysis of Robert Spillane Quoting Roger Kimball Rather than spend time constructing new sentences to respond to your questions and comments, I quote Roger Kimball (who made Americans aware of David Stove&#39;s essays). &#39;At the center of Popper Sat, 29 Jul 2017 16:48:18 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2013 http://curi.us/blog/post/2013 Anthony O'Hear on Popper Quotes are from the book Karl Popper, by Anthony O&#39;Hear (AOH). It&#39;s in &quot;The Arguments of the Philosophers&quot; series edited by Ted Honderich. (Be careful, AOH has two other books with ti Sat, 29 Jul 2017 16:14:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2012 http://curi.us/blog/post/2012 Product Release: Yes or No Philosophy My new philosophy education product is ready! Yes or No Philosophy The link explains everything, has screenshots, etc. In short, it&#39;s about how to judge ideas, in particular by using yes or no ju Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:02:34 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2011 http://curi.us/blog/post/2011 The Pro-Authority Pledge Alan blogged criticizing a &quot;pro-truth pledge&quot; which is actually a pro-authority pledge: Defer: recognize the opinions of experts as more likely to be accurate when the facts are dispute w Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:22:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2010 http://curi.us/blog/post/2010 Discussing Necessary Truths and Induction with Spillane You often ask me for information/arguments that I have already given you We&#39;re partially misunderstanding each other because communication is hard and we have different ways of thinking. I&#39;m Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:56:43 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2006 http://curi.us/blog/post/2006 Justin Kalef vs. Paths Forward Philosopher Justin Kalef joined FI list, then quickly left. I emailed him about leaving: I see that you decided to leave without offering a criticism of any point, sharing any of your positions, or at Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:43:13 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2009 http://curi.us/blog/post/2009 Bitstring Compressibility a Charles H Bennett paper mentioned (search for &quot;simple counting argument&quot;. it&#39;s on page 3) that there&#39;s a counting argument that most strings can&#39;t be compressed, or can only be Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:02:34 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2008 http://curi.us/blog/post/2008 Bitcoin Sucks There are two reasons bitcoin is worth money. Neither is because it&#39;s so wonderfully libertarian. 1) Bitcoin facilitates crime. it&#39;s really helpful for paying for illegal goods and services, m Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:17:46 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2007 http://curi.us/blog/post/2007 Destroy The Rainforest, or Capitalism! Richard Hammond&#39;s Jungle Quest is a documentary where he visits the Amazon rainforest and takes photographs. He doesn&#39;t really know what he&#39;s doing. There&#39;s other people there to make t Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:06:06 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2005 http://curi.us/blog/post/2005 More Robert Spillane Discussion This reply to Robert Spillane follows up on this previous discussion. Here&#39;s a full list of posts related to Spillane. Thank you for your respectful reply. I think we are making progress. It has Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:46:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2004 http://curi.us/blog/post/2004 David Deutsch = Footnotes to Popper David Deutsch tweeted, twice, that his epistemology work is footnotes to Popper. (I think he&#39;s exaggerating.) Aug 1, 2016 https://twitter.com/DavidDeutschOxf/status/760266821643726848 @DavidDeut Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:23:19 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2003 http://curi.us/blog/post/2003 Reply to Robert Spillane I&#39;m not trying to make ad hominem remarks. I put effort into avoiding them. It is nevertheless possible that an argument targets idea X, but CR was saying Y, not X. It&#39;s also possible that CR m Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:42:18 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2002 http://curi.us/blog/post/2002 Build It and They Will Come!? build it and they will come? not even for a loved, established category like a $100,000,000 action movie. think ppl will seek out movie releases? word of mouth? not nearly enough people do that. the mo Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:13:37 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2001 http://curi.us/blog/post/2001 Don't Equivocate From alt.philosophy.objectivism: The empiricist approach to discerning reality is making sense of evidence that has been gleaned from the senses. Some philosophers – such as Kant – challenged thi Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:33:51 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2000 patio11 on Mentors patio11 wrote a great sequence of tweets: Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:10:56 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1999 http://curi.us/blog/post/1999 25 Robert Spillane Replies Robert Spillane (RS) is a philosopher who worked with Thomas Szasz for decades. He comments on Critical Rationalism (CR) in his books. I think he liked some parts of CR, but he disagrees with CR about Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:10:09 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1998 http://curi.us/blog/post/1998 Trillions of Chickens? The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch: The disappointment experienced by Russell&#39;s chicken has also been experienced by trillions of other chickens. Is trillions accurate? How many chickens ha Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:24:24 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1997 http://curi.us/blog/post/1997 Open Files in TextEdit Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:50:13 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1996 http://curi.us/blog/post/1996 The Intellectual Social Game GISTE wrote: how does this concept of knowledge being contextual connect to parenting? if a parent sees a problem with something his child is doing, it’s crucial for the parent to consider the ch Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:05:05 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1995 http://curi.us/blog/post/1995 Goals and Status Update Let&#39;s talk about what I&#39;m doing, why, and how well it&#39;s going. I want to know things. I want to figure things out. My philosophy goals are first of all about myself. That&#39;s important Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:31:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1994 http://curi.us/blog/post/1994 Comments on: <i>Personality or performance?: The case against personality testing in management</i> Robert Spillane wrote: Szasz&#39;s argument can be supported empirically by the many Australian work organisations whose managers secure psychological profiles on their subordinates despite overwhelm Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:47:02 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1993 http://curi.us/blog/post/1993 Comments on <u>An Eye for An I: Philosophies of Personal Power</u> Comments on An Eye for An I: Philosophies of Personal Power, primarily about Popper. &quot;You&quot; refers to the author, Robert Spillane, who I emailed. I appreciated your comments on mistranslati Tue, 04 Jul 2017 12:05:07 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1992 http://curi.us/blog/post/1992 Reply to David Stove on Popper Popper and After: Four Modern Irrationalists, by David Stove criticizes Karl Popper&#39;s philosophy of knowledge. But Stove&#39;s criticism doesn&#39;t focus on epistemology. And Stove writes insult Tue, 04 Jul 2017 11:41:39 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1991 http://curi.us/blog/post/1991 Explaining Popper on Fallible Scientific Knowledge In The Logic of Scientific Discovery, sec. 85, Popper writes: Science is not a system of certain, or well-established, statements; nor is it a system which steadily advances towards a state of finali Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:18:54 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1990 http://curi.us/blog/post/1990 Frozen Comments female &quot;equality&quot; is a type of feminist social justice, and is a major theme in Frozen. let’s have 2 female leads and a weak man, and call it equality… uhhhhhhhh another major social ju Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:42:08 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1989 http://curi.us/blog/post/1989 Analyzing <i>How Far I'll Go</i> Lyrics from How Far I&#39;ll Go, from Disney&#39;s Moana. I&#39;ve been staring at the edge of the water The ocean water is a metaphor for the unknown, the Other, for thinking outside the box, for Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:08:58 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1988 http://curi.us/blog/post/1988 Moana Review You will learn more if you watch the movie first and write down your own thoughts before reading mine, so you can compare. Moana is better than Frozen but has some nasty stuff about identity (&quot;wh Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:42:10 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1987 http://curi.us/blog/post/1987 Finding Dory Review Finding Dory starts with modern child psychiatry themes Dory has “short term memory loss” consisting of not obeying her parents she remembers some things just fine, and forgets others then there Sun, 02 Jul 2017 20:56:32 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/1986 http://curi.us/blog/post/1986