curi Explanations for the curious en-us If I Were President... If I were president I'd cancel most of the meetings, travel, etc, etc, and make some forums which are publicly readable. There'd be a forum where all the countries have an account with write a Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:24:00 +0000 Podcasts I've added a new Podcast link on the top left sidebar. I recently added: Helping The Best People or The Masses? Today I did: Environmentalism Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:46:46 +0000 Jack Murphy on Workplace SJWs Jack Murphy wrote good tweets about Social Justice Warriors in the workplace: We read about SJW insanity everywhere but somehow it still doesn't seem real. I began new day job recently which brou Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:21:25 +0000 IQ 3 These are replies to Ed Powell discussing IQ. This follows up on my previous posts: IQ and IQ 2. Thanks for writing a reasonable reply to someone you disagree with. My most important comments are at t Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:26:35 +0000 IQ 2 These are replies to Ed Powell discussing IQ. This follows up on my previous post. I believe I understand that you’re fed up with various bad counter-arguments about IQ, and why, and I sympathize wi Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:08:02 +0000 IQ This is a reply to Ed Powell writing about IQ. I believe IQ tests measure a mix of intelligence, culture and background knowledge. That's useful! Suppose I'm screening employees to hire. Is a Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:18:31 +0000 Banned from "Critical Rationalist" Facebook Group Matt Dioguardi owns a Facebook group with around 5000 members. The membership believes it's an open discussion forum with relaxed rules (just post all you want that's related to Popper "in Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:24:55 +0000 Discussion About the Importance of Explanations with Andrew Crawshaw From Facebook: Justin Mallone: The following excerpt argues that explanations are what is absolutely key in Popperian philosophy, and that Popper over-emphasizes the role of testing in science, but t Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:51:00 +0000 Yes or No Philosophy Discussion with Andrew Crawshaw From Facebook: Alan Forrester: Assigning weights to ideas never really fitted very well with critical rationalism. Evolution doesn't assign Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:47:04 +0000 Do Thousands of Error Corrections This is from a Fallible Ideas email. I wrote (Sept 2017): but i also did NOT just accept whatever DD said b/c he said it. i expected him to be right but ALSO challenged his claims. i asked questions Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:20:45 +0000 Human Problems and Abstract Problems This is an email I wrote in July 2013. I'm replying to David Deutsch (Feb 2001) who is in regular yellow quotes and was addressing the topic, Are common preferences always possible?. Two quote leve Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:16:29 +0000 Discussion: Politicizing the Las Vegas Tragedy From Facebook: Evan O'Leary: What is with people who don't like things to be "politicized"? Do you not want people you tribally dislike to say reasonable things because then you&#39 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:16:57 +0000 Comments on Behavioral Genetics Lecture These are my comments on the first 49 minutes of Behavioral Genetics II, a 2010 lecture from Robert Sapolsky at Stanford. Around 30 seconds in, the foxes thing is wrong. He says fox breeding shows evo Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:27:31 +0000 "Mental Illness" Discussion with Andrew Adams From Twitter. Andrew Adams What are your thoughts on having harsher regulations? E.g., making it harder for mentally ill to access guns, etc? Elliot Temple I favor much less regulation of guns. I Thu, 05 Oct 2017 14:49:53 +0000 Psychiatry Discussion Open thread to discuss psychiatry, Thomas Szasz's ideas, "mental illness", etc. (Szasz book links.) Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:36:51 +0000 How The World Changes Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:21:35 +0000 Word Use As Social Copying People commonly use words without knowing their meanings. Instead of learning what a word means, people observe others and learn what situations the other people use that word in. People commonly use w Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:20:46 +0000 Buy My Notes on Leonard Peikoff's Courses Buy my notes on Peikoff's Philosophy of Education course. Buy my notes on Peikoff's Principles of Grammar course. Learn about the education or grammar, and about note taking. And the notes wi Sun, 01 Oct 2017 14:24:11 +0000 Discussion Group Want more content? There are lots of great posts to read at the discussion group. I write lots of them. It's like reading blog posts, but there's more! Sun, 01 Oct 2017 13:06:12 +0000 Ayn Rand on Thomas Szasz Rewriting Rand is a long article about how Mayhew and others have made changes to the Rand archive material which has been made public. Books like Ayn Rand Answers don't actually present Rand' Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:23:18 +0000 Discussion Discuss anything in the comments below. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:13:35 +0000 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 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 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 Apple Announcements Commentary 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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