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 → https://yesornophilosophy.com/
big thanks to Elliot for creating it!
so far i’ve only finished the ~2.5 hour video part, yet have spent over 10 hours thinking and taking notes on the material in the video. there’s a lot of content just in the video itself.
similar to lots of objectivist ideas, yes-or-no philosophy is very applicable to the lives of regular people (i.e. non-professional philosophers) who want to improve at thinking and making choices. so far, it’s just what i hoped it would be.
one thing i’m looking forward to is getting more practice at using the ideas consistently in my daily life. the decision chart idea is terrific. i’ve used it a few times already and it worked great.
i think yes-or-no’s emphasis on clarity and precision (both on the purpose or problem side of things and the candidate ideas side of things) is huge.
it can help you catch when your purpose is flawed, e.g. you are pursuing a bad value.
it can help you catch rationalizations and bias.
it can help you not ignore stray ideas which are hanging around on the periphery of your awareness which you should be considering and which deserve a clear, explicit refutation if you aren’t going to act on them.
it can help you then act with confidence on your judgment. if you are used to acting on fudged approximations, then i think it's easier to just passively drift along. but if you have clear, precise thinking which cuts to the heart of the matter resulting in one clear, nonrefuted idea to act on, then it’s easier to act decisively and confidently on it.
decisively ruling out ideas with clear thinking sets you up to be able to act decisively and direct your life better.