curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us 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 patio11 Criticizes Cryptocurrency Initial Coin Offerings as Investment Scams Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) wrote all of the following on Twitter: There's an interesting thread here analyzing ICOs as if they were startups. I'll give the counterpoint: they're investmen Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:05:41 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2027 http://curi.us/blog/post/2027 Plateauing I wrote these comments for the Fallible Ideas discussion group: Plateauing while learning is an important issue. How do people manage that initial burst of progress? Why does it stop? How can they get Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:03:45 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2026 http://curi.us/blog/post/2026 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't explained very clearly. Do Walmarts influence people to drive to one location instead of another? Sort of, but that doesn'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'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. "Computation" 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; ' 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's latest email didn't directly reply to what I said previously. Here it is with my new comments which attempt to get discussion back on track: 1. '3 am in the morning' 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's essays). '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'Hear (AOH). It's in "The Arguments of the Philosophers" 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'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 "pro-truth pledge" 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're partially misunderstanding each other because communication is hard and we have different ways of thinking. I'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 "simple counting argument". it's on page 3) that there's a counting argument that most strings can'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's so wonderfully libertarian. 1) Bitcoin facilitates crime. it'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's Jungle Quest is a documentary where he visits the Amazon rainforest and takes photographs. He doesn't really know what he's doing. There'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'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'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'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'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