curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Fraud and Big Companies Supporting Fraud As a followup to my post on Deplatforming and Fraud, I’m going to share two examples of other frauds which were supported by large tech companies (Airbnb, Apple) but aren’t related to deplatforming Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:49:45 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2244 http://curi.us/blog/post/2244 Potential Debate Topics These are brief statements of some controversial ideas I believe. They are mostly unexplained conclusions. I’m not trying to argue my case here (just a little bit here and there). You can search my w Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:51:59 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2238 http://curi.us/blog/post/2238 Deplatforming and Fraud Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Patreon, PayPal and other companies have repeatedly advertised that they are politically-neutral open platforms. All are welcome. They’re for everybody. Then they Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:45:57 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2243 http://curi.us/blog/post/2243 Taleb Is Wrong: Killing Millions Actually Is Risky Alan Forrester writes Criticising Taleb’s Precautionary Principle Paper, quoting Nassim Nicholas Taleb (and his co-authors): The PP states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causi Sat, 16 Nov 2019 22:07:01 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2242 http://curi.us/blog/post/2242 Global Warming Debate This video has a debate about global warming with 6 people including Richard Lindzen (an anti-global warming debater and scientist): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZsnAdGaxkY A good way to begin a Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:33:32 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2241 http://curi.us/blog/post/2241 Discussion Tree: State of Animal Rights Debate I began organizing the current state of the animal rights debate into a discussion tree diagram. I started with Peter Singer because he's a well known intellectual with pro animal rights writing. I Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:02:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2240 http://curi.us/blog/post/2240 Mind Map Software Review I wanted to find Mind Mapping software for the primary purpose of making tree diagrams for discussions and the grammar of sentences. I often prefer to write a bullet point outline in markdown then have Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:41:44 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2239 http://curi.us/blog/post/2239 Twitter Discussion with patio11 Source patio11: A thing that keeps me up at night is that there is almost certainly, today, something which might not be shaped like penicillin but has a similar level of impact, and which is really s Sat, 09 Nov 2019 15:51:29 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2237 http://curi.us/blog/post/2237 Social Metaphysics This is an open discussion topic for social metaphysics issues. Below is a conversation log which you can use as an optional conversation starter. It'll give you some leads on issues you might want Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:42:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2236 http://curi.us/blog/post/2236 Discussions Should Use Sources People think you should debate or explain stuff yourself, not cite books or articles. But the truth doesn’t depend on what ideas are in my head or what I remember. So they aren’t using a truth-seek Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:49:47 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2235 http://curi.us/blog/post/2235 Open Discussion 2 (2019) Discuss whatever. If you post a link or quote, express an opinion about it, ask a question, say something. Also, if you think something is bad and are posting it for criticism, say so – the default Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:09:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2234 http://curi.us/blog/post/2234 Written and Unwritten Rules In Discussions If you don’t have a debate policy, you have an unwritten, biased, inconsistent debate policy. Just like if you don’t have a philosophy, you still do, it just hasn’t been given much study or consc Sun, 03 Nov 2019 15:22:42 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2233 http://curi.us/blog/post/2233 Claiming You Objectively Won A Debate When people end debates, they usually don’t even try to make an objective claim that they won (or, impersonally, that particular arguments were adequate to reach particular conclusions). Here’s a s Sun, 03 Nov 2019 15:02:34 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2232 http://curi.us/blog/post/2232 Productive Global Warming Discussion November 1, 2019 Climate Change Discussion in the Fallible Ideas Discord Chat Kurapika(Mentally untouchable): What do you guys think about the tree planting event going around on youtube? JustinCEO: Sat, 02 Nov 2019 14:54:15 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2231 http://curi.us/blog/post/2231 Tracking Discussions Tips for tracking discussions well: Write down a tree diagram (or, equivalently, a bullet point outline with nesting). Whenever you write stuff and get a reply, note down anything you’d written whi Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:35:12 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2230 http://curi.us/blog/post/2230 Discussion Trees With Example When you have a discussion, it’s important to understand what is a reply to what, and what didn’t receive a reply (especially direct questions that aren’t answered). To track this, draw a tree d Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:55:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2229 http://curi.us/blog/post/2229 Getting Elliot’s Attention How do I allocate attention? Here are some things I look for. I prefer public, asynchronous, unmoderated, text discussion with permanent archives and no editing messages. This is available on my curi Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:43:06 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2226 http://curi.us/blog/post/2226 Introductory Questions Are you looking for one reply, a small discussion, a big discussion, or a series of discussions? Are you looking for help or to correct me? Are you trying or expecting to learn from me, or to win a de Wed, 30 Oct 2019 12:53:08 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2228 http://curi.us/blog/post/2228 Chat Highlights This is a successful philosophy discussion, mostly with StEmperorAugustine. There's a brief discussion about dishonesty, then an extended discussion about whether people's interests are objecti Mon, 28 Oct 2019 19:09:46 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2227 http://curi.us/blog/post/2227 Kira Peikoff Is a Bad Writer I read 5 chapters (17%) of No Time to Die by Kira Peikoff (KLP). Her father is Leonard Peikoff the Objectivist philosopher. She was named for Kira from Ayn Rand's novel We The Living. The novel is Sun, 27 Oct 2019 20:28:32 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2225 http://curi.us/blog/post/2225 Rational Discussion Tips Be clear and direct about questions or requests. When asking a question, ask for the information you want. E.g. don’t ask “why” unless you want to know why. Give some basic, simple thought to wh Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:55:58 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2224 http://curi.us/blog/post/2224 Blizzard's Speech Suppression Blizzard Gives 6-Month Ban To College Team That Held Up 'Free Hong Kong' Sign Blizzard banned some US college Hearthstone players from competitions for 6 months after they held up a sign readi Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:44:27 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2223 http://curi.us/blog/post/2223 Fuck China Free Hong Kong. Free the Muslim Uighurs from Chinese oppression. Fuck Apple for removing the HKmap.live app and lying about why. Fuck the NBA's appeasement of China. Fuck Blizzard for banning the Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:41:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2222 http://curi.us/blog/post/2222 curi's Progress This topic is for posting what I write about in the comments. Topic, word count, and maybe date if I'm posting it late. I may also mention other activities. Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:22:11 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2221 http://curi.us/blog/post/2221 Dishonest Thinking About Sex with Minors In Defense of Richard Stallman is a decent article on recent events. Stallman lost several jobs because the SJW, fake-news media fraudulently misquoted him. Too few people wanted to stand up to the lie Tue, 01 Oct 2019 10:14:56 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2220 http://curi.us/blog/post/2220 Two Discord Logs These are highlights from the Fallible Ideas Discord chatroom. Read discussions about Altruism and Self Interest and about Parental Obligations and Work Ethic. Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:25:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2219 http://curi.us/blog/post/2219 Social Rules Social rules are one of the most powerful enemies of reason. They aren’t all bad. They have some useful purposes. But, regardless of the upsides, they have huge, irrational downsides. The useful pu Tue, 17 Sep 2019 11:35:26 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2218 http://curi.us/blog/post/2218 TheWorldOfParmenides Reddit Conversation TheWorldOfParmenides is a reddit user who liked and posted some of my material. His name is a Karl Popper book title. He was talking with people hostile to Popper. I talked with him briefly, suggesting Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:40:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2217 http://curi.us/blog/post/2217 FI Posting Tips Tips for new people using the Fallible Ideas discussion group: If you think a criticism is irrelevant, say so and give your reasoning. The person who posted it thought it was relevant. You disagree w Wed, 11 Sep 2019 12:08:12 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2216 http://curi.us/blog/post/2216 List of Fallible Ideas Evaders This is a guest post by Alan Forrester. This is a list of ppl who had discussion contact with FI and then quit/evaded/lied/etc. It focuses on ppl who claimed some interest in FI, Poppper, reason, et Mon, 02 Sep 2019 20:21:13 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2215 http://curi.us/blog/post/2215 David Deutsch Smears Ayn Rand David Deutsch (DD) wrote an email which was posted to reddit. This post critically analyzes it. I comment on small chunks at a time, but everything DD said is included and is kept in order. I admire Mon, 02 Sep 2019 12:04:46 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2214 http://curi.us/blog/post/2214 Brandon Cropper Is Not an Objectivist Brandon Cropper has recently gotten attention as an active Objectivist YouTuber. I don't think he's an Objectivist. I've typed in what he said to Rucka Rucka Ali about biological determinis Wed, 28 Aug 2019 21:44:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2213 http://curi.us/blog/post/2213 IKEA's Bad Grammar, Capitalism & Learning to Code https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S89129207/ Our beloved EKTORP [couch] seating has a timeless design and wonderfully thick, comfy cushions. The covers are easy to change, so buy an extra c Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:19:05 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2212 http://curi.us/blog/post/2212 Twin Studies Are Frauds Analytic approaches to twin data using structural equation models by Fruhling V. Rijsdijk and Pak C. Sham in 2002: The classical twin study is the most popular design in behavioural genetics. After Sun, 04 Aug 2019 12:16:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2211 http://curi.us/blog/post/2211 Programming Discussion Discuss programming here. If you want to fully understand programming conceptually, in the long term, I think Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) is the best foundation. The 1986 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 08:59:44 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2210 http://curi.us/blog/post/2210 Physics Discussion Topic for discussing physics. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 17:15:42 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2209 http://curi.us/blog/post/2209 Writing Update (I wrote this for my newsletter.) I’ve been using a daily writing goal of at least 1000 words for the last several months. This system is more structured than what I’ve used previously and has bee Wed, 03 Jul 2019 22:54:34 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2207 http://curi.us/blog/post/2207 Are rules your ally or your enemy? A major political controversy is whether legitimizing misbehavior by a group helps that group or harms that group. Is it good or bad for a group if they can get away with some bad things? Never mind if Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:14:00 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2206 http://curi.us/blog/post/2206 YouTube and Fair Use YouTube notified me that they blocked my new video in Japan for copyright reasons. However, confusingly, it's actually blocked in the US while available in Japan. The video is fair use and should n Mon, 24 Jun 2019 21:24:14 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2205 http://curi.us/blog/post/2205 Alisa Discussion This is a discussion topic for Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum (a pseudonym, Ayn Rand's birth name). Other people are welcome to make comments. Alisa has agreed not to post under other names in thi Thu, 20 Jun 2019 14:38:51 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2204 http://curi.us/blog/post/2204