curi Explanations for the curious en-us Thinking as a Science by Henry Hazlitt Henry Hazlitt's Thinking as a Science, from 1916, is short and has good, practical advice about how to think. I particularly recommend chapters 1 (advocating thinking), 5 (about prejudice) and 7 (a Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:32:28 +0000 How Comments Work The Curiosity website is both a blog and a discussion forum. People have long, serious discussions here (and short or unserious discussions, too). Every blog post is a discussion topic. There are over Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:03:05 +0000 English Language, Analysis & Grammar Read my new article: English Language, Analysis & Grammar. Discuss it, and grammar in general, below. I've also released 14 hours of related video for sale. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:46:01 +0000 Subjective and Objective "Subjective" means "related to the subject". E.g. "subjective thinking" means thinking that would reach a different result with a different subject. Note: The subject mea Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:34:06 +0000 Race and IQ "Realism" race realism and race-related IQ ideas are partially true. a fair amount of what they say is approximately reasonable. certainly not all the claims are correct. and there's one big but. race and g Thu, 23 May 2019 15:32:00 +0000 Mario Odyssey Discussion This topic is for discussing Super Mario Odyssey (for Nintendo Switch). Speedrunning this game is a good way to learn for people who have a hard time learning (~everyone) and who already like video ga Mon, 13 May 2019 11:37:43 +0000 Politics Discussion Post about politics here. Fri, 10 May 2019 14:01:47 +0000 Three Discussions Approach This post explains a way of organizing a discussion. It’s meant to be useful in some cases, not all the time. It doesn’t require that the other person know it’s being used. This method can be col Wed, 01 May 2019 11:02:57 +0000 Example: Effective Altruism Is Incompetent EA risks falling into a "meta trap". But we can avoid it. (EA is effective altruism. It is favored by people who believe they are into reason and logic, similar to the Less Wrong community. T Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:42:34 +0000 Discussion Policy: Quotes or You’re Presumed Wrong Understanding people you agree with is difficult. Understanding people you disagree with is even harder. When you comment on someone’s position – especially to disagree – it helps to use an exact Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:50:29 +0000 Anne Discussion This is a discussion topic for Anne B. Other people are welcome to make comments. Anne has agreed not to post anonymously in this topic. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:06:20 +0000 Alan Discussion This is a discussion topic for Alan Forrester. Other people are welcome to make comments. Alan has agreed not to post anonymously in this topic. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:49:40 +0000 Andy Discussion This is a discussion topic for Andy Dufresne. Other people are welcome to make comments. Andy has agreed not to post anonymously in this topic. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:49:07 +0000 Errors Merit Post-Mortems After people make errors, they should do post-mortems. How did that error happen? What caused it? What thinking processes were used and how did they fail? Try to ask “Why?” several times to get to Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:27:42 +0000 Open Discussion This is an open discussion topic. Discuss whatever you want. How do you find replies? There's a recent comments link in the side bar. You can use an auto refresh browser plugin. There's a Comm Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:24:20 +0000 Podcast Discussion Discuss podcast episodes below! Share your questions, criticisms, comments, additional points, related stories, thoughts, and reactions. Sat, 30 Mar 2019 10:53:21 +0000 Podcast: How To Learn Philosophy I've made lots of new podcasts. You can normally find them via the link in the sidebar or subscribe in iTunes. I'm sharing this one on the blog because I especially recommend it: How To Learn Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:02:17 +0000 Improving The World With Written Discussion Rules my current main idea for how to improve the world is to spread the idea that intellectuals should publicly write down their discussion rules. it’s something that fans could demand from authors, podc Sat, 02 Mar 2019 23:45:54 +0000 Open Discussion: Religion Discuss issues relating to religion or atheism. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 22:30:23 +0000 Helping Resource Budget People help each other. I will discuss parents helping children. These comments apply to many other situations. John helps his daughter Lily in lots of ways, but he can’t give her unlimited help. He Thu, 28 Feb 2019 14:22:01 +0000 Social "Intellectuals" The primary qualification for being regarded as an intellectual is to develop a reputation and convince people to regard you as an intellectual. Being widely regarded as “intellectual” is a social Sat, 23 Feb 2019 20:02:30 +0000 Time-Based Metric For Overreaching How can you tell if you're overreaching? Here are simple guidelines: 90% of the time, thinking should take 2 minutes or less. (1 in 10 things goes past 2 minutes.) 90% of cases that take longer s Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:44:04 +0000 Mixed Society We live in a mixed society. Partly open, partly closed, in Popper’s terms. Partly dynamic/rational, partly static/anti-rational, in DD’s meme terms. What sort of mix is it? Things change within t Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:24:08 +0000 Infrequently Asked Questions Why care about philosophy? Because it’s the field which studies methods of thinking, and you use thinking in your life. Can’t I think without knowing philosophy? Sure, but philosophy is the field Wed, 06 Feb 2019 12:20:41 +0000 Method Of Doing Things Soon People have two main modes of doing tasks: now or never. They often try to do tasks soon, but not today. Then a few months later they haven't done it. A small portion of those tasks get reprioriti Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:58:39 +0000 How Badly Run Are Cryptocurrency Exchanges? It's hard to believe how badly run these things are. Crypto is full of scams, money laundering and crime. The main scam is ponzi schemes: the price keeps going up as long as more "investors&qu Mon, 04 Feb 2019 12:22:21 +0000 Hardness, Emotions, Mental Automation On FI, someone keeps asking how to feel that one is overreaching. Shouldn't there be an emotion to tell you what's going on? No. Emotions are software, developed by our culture (mostly thousan Sun, 03 Feb 2019 10:32:38 +0000 Stories and Actions People tell stories about themselves. This is uncontroversial. Sometimes those stories contain errors. This is uncontroversial. People sometimes deny it when they want to deny that a particular claim Sat, 02 Feb 2019 17:20:54 +0000 Discussing = Thinking Discussion is externalized thinking. Thinking is self-discussion. Not entirely. This mostly applies to the conscious aspects of thinking. It’s thinking that you pay attention to, not autopilot/habit Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:14:45 +0000 Differences Between My Free Resources and Paid Help I make freely available two main categories of things. 1) Online writing/video/audio. This is non-interactive and distribution costs are approximately zero. 2) Interactive discussion, which is expensiv Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:37:24 +0000 Judging Experts by the Objective State of the Debate Human civilization has more knowledge than any one person. We have a division of intellectual labor. Some people specialize in chemistry, others law, others fashion, others history, others football. A Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:03:25 +0000 No One Will Debate or Discuss Parents and schools torture the interest in ideas out of children. They are extremely effective at this. The result is a world empty of intellectuals. People don't want unbounded discussion of ide Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:19:32 +0000 The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality Is Due to Dishonest, Irrational Ignorance Intellectuals and the Marketplace discusses the important problem of the hostility to capitalism by the “intellectuals”. Interestingly, the article itself is written in an intellectual style and ig Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:33:33 +0000 Proposal for Immigration and Assimilation If we're bad at assimilation, then immigration is dangerous. If we're good at assimilation, given modern communications technology, we should be able to assimilate people living in other count Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:15:08 +0000 Analyzing How Culture Manipulates You by Pulling Your Puppet Strings I watched the first few minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and saved two interesting clips, the opening narration and a social interaction from a few seconds later. This post is only about these cli Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:27:30 +0000 Example: Manipulating Audience Perceptions Alan Forrester wrote an article, Mental illness as a strategy – the Michael Sandford case. I comment on one sentence: At about 8:20 [in the video] Sandford is quoted as writing that the sun will de Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:23:18 +0000 Fallible Ideas Philosophy Overview Videos + Comments I made new videos: Fallible Ideas Philosophy Overview (part 2). My friend watched them and said: I thought it all sounded good and reasonable. It's hard to understand why ppl disagree & get Tue, 01 Jan 2019 21:00:48 +0000 Submit Podcast Questions In the comments below, please submit questions for me to answer via podcast. Podcasts will be posted here. You can also find the link at the top of the left sidebar. You can sign up with iTunes or RSS Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:43:40 +0000 Twitter Changes Algorithm, Destroys Timeline Twitter is now borderline unusable. Recently a tiny popup on my iPhone let me know they were no longer showing me the most recent tweets of the people I follow. Instead they would show me tweets of the Tue, 25 Dec 2018 19:03:51 +0000 David Horowitz's Paths Forward David Horowitz has a comments forum for his Black Book of the American Left: I welcome comments on the Black Book and will reply to as many as I am able. I especially welcome comments from the left w Sun, 23 Dec 2018 11:08:38 +0000