curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Induction & Perception Discord Discussion I discussed induction and perception with an Objectivist and a Bayesian on the Fallible Ideas Discord (join here): Read the PDF. Sun, 14 Oct 2018 16:36:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2153 http://curi.us/blog/post/2153 Rothbard vs. Induction Murray Rothbard rejects induction! An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought (emphasis added): This prolific statesman and writer [Francis Bacon], with great fanfare and self-adverti Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:06:38 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2152 http://curi.us/blog/post/2152 Eli Goldratt Screencasts I&#39;ve released new educational videos: Eli Goldratt Screencasts Eli Goldratt was the leading thinker about business until his death in 2011. Learn about his groundbreaking Theory of Constraints in Mon, 08 Oct 2018 17:52:04 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2151 http://curi.us/blog/post/2151 Rothbard's Bad Scholarship on Godwin and Popper I know some bad things about Murray Rothbard (like his view that abortion is justified by the property rights of the mother against a trespasser, his belief that children are property and that parents Fri, 05 Oct 2018 21:51:45 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2150 http://curi.us/blog/post/2150 1921 Capitalism/Socialism Debate I comment on Debate Between E. R. A. Seligman, Affirmative, and Scott Nearing Negative (1921) (free ePub and PDF downloads are available from the gear menu at the top right). This was recommend by Mise Fri, 28 Sep 2018 11:25:32 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2149 http://curi.us/blog/post/2149 Educational Videos: Reading George Reisman's book on Marxism and Socialism Buy my new Educational Videos: Reading George Reisman&#39;s book on Marxism and Socialism for $150. Educate yourself on capitalism and socialism. Click the link for details. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 10:57:08 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2148 http://curi.us/blog/post/2148 Preferences and Indifference – Comments on Walter Blocks' Article Austrian Theorizing: Recalling The Foundations by Walter Block: “Indifference,” for the Austrian School is a technical word. We deny that indifference is compatible with human action, the attempt Sat, 15 Sep 2018 15:45:20 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2147 http://curi.us/blog/post/2147 Discord Discussions Read our discussion about correlation studies (24 page PDF). They don&#39;t work, they&#39;re full of inductivism, and most social &quot;science&quot; is counter productive. Read our discussion about Wed, 12 Sep 2018 17:58:32 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2146 http://curi.us/blog/post/2146 Open Discussion: Economics Discuss economics. List of other open discussion topics. Info on using discussion topics. Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:22:30 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2145 http://curi.us/blog/post/2145 Objectivism and Empathy Discussion A new guy joined the Fallible Ideas chatroom on Discord (come join us and ask a question!) and had some questions about Objectivism. Excerpt: The objectivist ideology is lacking in empathy. &lt;-- t Wed, 29 Aug 2018 17:17:33 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2144 http://curi.us/blog/post/2144 Discussion Structure Dagny wrote (edited slightly with permission): I think I made a mistake in the discussion by talking about more than one thing at once. The problem with saying multiple things is he kept picking some Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:59:11 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2143 http://curi.us/blog/post/2143 Media Matters Memo: Their Plans To Control All Political Speech I saw The Shocking Soros &#39;Speech Code Cartel&#39; Memo. I downloaded the memo and OCRed it (link). It&#39;s about how Media Matters plans to control the media and defeat Republicans. The goals of Mon, 27 Aug 2018 14:31:19 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2142 http://curi.us/blog/post/2142 Explaining Liberalism in Discussion This post is highlights from my discussion about liberalism on the Fallible Ideas discord chatroom (it&#39;s public, you can join and ask questions or discuss). curi: liberalism is a principled syst Sat, 25 Aug 2018 14:29:48 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2141 http://curi.us/blog/post/2141 Open Discussion: Parenting, Babies, Education Discuss parenting, babies, education, child development, punishments, crying and school. Ask your questions! Fri, 24 Aug 2018 12:01:27 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2140 http://curi.us/blog/post/2140 Liberalism and Charity People should, as a starting point and first approximation, pursue their self-interest. And society should be set up to give people the freedom to control their own lives, so that they can. People are Thu, 23 Aug 2018 11:58:45 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2139 http://curi.us/blog/post/2139 Discussion About Liberalism, Rand, Selfishness, Altruism, Psychology, Behavioral Economics and Science This post is for discussion. This initially began on reddit. Edit: There is also lots of discussion about free will below. (Starts here.) Wed, 22 Aug 2018 13:12:17 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2138 http://curi.us/blog/post/2138 Sam Harris vs. Capitalism Sam Harris wrote an article against economic freedom. Every sentence is nasty. I reply to a few: How Rich is Too Rich? The title is a leading question. It&#39;s asking for an answer like 3 million, Sat, 18 Aug 2018 23:32:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2137 http://curi.us/blog/post/2137 Criticism of Sam Harris' <u>The Moral Landscape</u> Commentary on The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris. ... How could we ever say, as a matter of scientific fact, that one way of life is better, or more moral, than Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:31:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2136 http://curi.us/blog/post/2136 Bad Sam Harris Brain Scanning Research Paper This post criticizes The Neural Correlates of Religious and Nonreligious Belief by Sam Harris , Jonas T. Kaplan , Ashley Curiel, Susan Y. Bookheimer, Marco Iacoboni, Mark S. Cohen in 2009. I wrote this Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:19:42 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2135 http://curi.us/blog/post/2135 The Fallible Ideas Discussion Group Is Moving The FI discussion group is moving to Google Groups due to unreliable email delivery with Yahoo Groups. The Yahoo Group will remain as a backup group (like the Google Group used to be). Sign up info ha Sat, 11 Aug 2018 10:27:19 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2134 http://curi.us/blog/post/2134 Mises Against Open Borders Ludwig von Mises was the greatest Austrian economist, and one of the best champions of freedom and capitalism. In 1944, he wrote in Omnipotent Government: Under present conditions the adoption of a p Tue, 31 Jul 2018 09:42:34 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2133 http://curi.us/blog/post/2133 How Many People Don't Understand Links? Elliot Temple: Benedict Evan&#39;s tech newsletter seems to believe many (tech-interested!) readers don’t know what links are, and can’t recognize them, without the “Link” label: i wonder i Mon, 30 Jul 2018 15:22:46 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2132 http://curi.us/blog/post/2132 Matt Levine Thinks Badly About Incentives and Economics Matt Levine writes (bold added, links omitted): AT&amp;T’s acquisition of Time Warner is a vertical merger: AT&amp;T mostly owns pipes (DirectTV, cellular networks) that bring content to consumers, Mon, 30 Jul 2018 10:01:01 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2131 http://curi.us/blog/post/2131 Sexism and Male Leadership people are like &quot;men get to lead and make more decisions, it&#39;s so unfair and sexist that wives are expected to be more compliant&quot;. hello? we live in a society where well over 90% of peop Sun, 29 Jul 2018 13:09:18 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2130 http://curi.us/blog/post/2130 DJ Khaled is Awful (Typed in real time while watching DJ Khaled&#39;s show at the Overwatch League Finals. Twitch video link, Khaled comes up 45min in.) jfc watching DJ Khaled at overwatch finals he comes on stage and Sat, 28 Jul 2018 15:01:17 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2129 http://curi.us/blog/post/2129 Question-Ignoring Discussion Pattern There&#39;s a common discussion pattern I&#39;ve been trying to identify and understand. Example: Me: What do you think about X? Them: [silence] Me: Why didn&#39;t you discuss X? Them: [Starts sayi Sat, 28 Jul 2018 11:08:26 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2128 http://curi.us/blog/post/2128 Pre-Scripted Discussions People in conversations usually just say their own (largely pre-determined) stuff, following their own script, because that’s all they know how to say. They know something, and they are proud to kno Sat, 28 Jul 2018 10:00:37 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2127 http://curi.us/blog/post/2127 Open Discussion This is an open discussion topic. Discuss whatever you want. If you want a separate discussion just on a specific topic, find any post related to that topic and discuss there. Or ask me to create a n Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:45:09 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2126 http://curi.us/blog/post/2126 Recording Setup Click the image to view with higher resolution. Photo taken with iPhone X. The desk is 98 inches. It&#39;s like this Ikea countertop, but birch instead of oak. They don&#39;t sell mine anymore. The Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:13:24 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2125 http://curi.us/blog/post/2125 Critical Rationalism Epistemology Explanations I discussed epistemology in a recent email: I really enjoyed David Deutsch&#39;s explanation of Popper&#39;s epistemology and since reading Fabric of Reality I&#39;ve read quite a bit of Popper. I&#3 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:44:19 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2124 http://curi.us/blog/post/2124 Improvements to Comments I&#39;ve been doing some coding to improve discussion on the blog, and there&#39;s been a bunch of discussion recently in the Open Discussion post linked on the sidebar. Also recently, there was lots o Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:32:24 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2123 http://curi.us/blog/post/2123 Hurting Kids Deliberately Deliberateness is a tricky issue, whether it comes to hurting kids, making mistakes, or breaking promises. Parents do all kinds of stuff kids hate and still think they &quot;meant well&quot; – includ Sun, 15 Jul 2018 14:27:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2122 http://curi.us/blog/post/2122 Trays are the Best i got a tray 2 years ago for carrying food. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FOPU1E/?tag=curi04-20 (this tray is out of stock but you can see the 23&quot; x 15&quot; dimensions. don&#39;t go muc Tue, 10 Jul 2018 18:32:16 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2121 http://curi.us/blog/post/2121 Thoughts on Charles Tew Charles Tew (CT) is an Objectivist philosopher. I watched more of his YouTube videos and looked around his web presence. I have some comments. This is not a review. This is not a complete evaluation. I Sun, 01 Jul 2018 13:43:40 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2120 http://curi.us/blog/post/2120 Open Letter to Charles Tew Charles Tew is an Objectivist philosopher who makes lots of YouTube Videos. He writes: After my experience with formal education, I decided that the most productive and rewarding path for a modern ph Sat, 30 Jun 2018 15:34:20 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2119 http://curi.us/blog/post/2119 Popper is Different Than Other Philosophers – Bartley Quote William W. Bartley on Popper: Sir Karl Popper is not really a participant in the contemporary professional philosophical dialogue; quite the contrary, he has ruined that dialogue. If he is on the rig Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:28:43 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2118 http://curi.us/blog/post/2118 Backbone, Pushback, Standing Up For Your Ideas You need to be sturdy to do well in FI philosophy discussions or anywhere. Don’t be pushed around or controlled by people who weren’t even trying to push you around, because you’re so weak and fr Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:14:05 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2117 http://curi.us/blog/post/2117 Passivity as a Strategic Excuse How much of the &quot;passivity&quot; problems people have – about learning FI and all throughout life elsewhere as well – are that they don&#39;t want to do something and don&#39;t want to admit t Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:59:21 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2116 http://curi.us/blog/post/2116 Taxes Taxpayer funding has partial overlap with slave labor and with theft. It takes people’s wealth by force, regardless of whether they agree or disagree with what the government is using the wealth for. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:46:27 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2115 http://curi.us/blog/post/2115 Nassim Nicholas Taleb Sucks Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who is supposedly a Popperian, blocked me on Twitter today for offering some helpful corrections of one of his articles. What a fool. He admitted I was right and then told me to Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:52:02 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2114 http://curi.us/blog/post/2114