curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Expanding Our Limits https://www.goldrattconsulting.com/webfiles/fck/files/The-Power-of-Technology.pdf It must be that long before the technology was available we developed modes of behavior, measurements, policies, rule Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:30:49 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2094 http://curi.us/blog/post/2094 A Discussion Of Steven Pinker’s <u>Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, And Progress</u> I criticize the book and there&#39;s comments from Justin and Max. Read as a PDF. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:44:13 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2093 http://curi.us/blog/post/2093 12 Rules for Life Typos in Rule 1 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson. Typos in rule 1: The animals advance on each other, with increasing speed. Delete the comma. Its original brain just isn’t sophistica Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:19:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2092 http://curi.us/blog/post/2092 Why Gobble? Gobble deliveries a weekly box of meal kits that you cook yourself. i pay for more than food this way. why? food delivery is great when i try to do my own cooking, there are a million recipes. i don& Wed, 14 Feb 2018 20:13:48 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2091 http://curi.us/blog/post/2091 Monetary Privacy!? “Preventing money laundering” is another way to say our financial system puts a huge amount of effort into preventing monetary privacy. This is widely seen as obviously good. It&#39;s not. It has Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:49:08 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2090 http://curi.us/blog/post/2090 Making Progress and Jordan Peterson Quotes Jordan Peterson on the Channel 4 Controversy and Philosophy of &quot;How to be in the World&quot; (emphasis added, and transcription may not be 100% exact): My suggestion was, well, it’s a very com Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:55:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2089 http://curi.us/blog/post/2089 Integrating Goldratt's Philosophy with Fallible Ideas i do lots of stuff and mention it and ppl usually don’t follow along and do my cool new projects. sometimes a few ppl read or learn 1/4 of it, a bit late, and then don’t take it very far. and they Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:51:17 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2088 http://curi.us/blog/post/2088 Learning From Emergencies Eli Goldratt Interview: EG: The first one is: how do you invent? Invent powerful solutions to your real problems, to your environment. And most people think that, maybe, you have to be born with t Fri, 02 Feb 2018 23:04:31 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2087 http://curi.us/blog/post/2087 <u>The Choice</u> Passage: Dealing With Conflict The Choice by Eliyahu Goldratt and Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag (emphasis added). &quot;Father, I can assure you that there is no way you can convince me that people don&#39;t have conflicts.&quot; He res Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:24:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2086 http://curi.us/blog/post/2086 Commentary Videos on 12 Rules for Life I made videos where I read Jordan Peterson&#39;s new best-selling book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, and share my thoughts in detail. I went in blind and edited out the silences from readin Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:38:14 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2085 http://curi.us/blog/post/2085 Objectivity https://www.aynrand.org/novels/opar Ayn Rand called her philosophy “Objectivism” because central to it is a new conception of objectivity. Traditionally, objectivity has meant the attempt to effa Wed, 24 Jan 2018 16:29:10 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2084 http://curi.us/blog/post/2084 Evil and Chaos Exist when i was growing up, no one told me about tragedy and malevolence – not parents, school, TV, books. (fantasy books do present evil, but outside the context of the real world, as a fantasy.) so i wa Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:13:10 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2083 http://curi.us/blog/post/2083 Voluntarily Facing Chaos and Evil when you read a book that talks about important problems in the world, you get to choose how much attention to pay. you can just read through it and miss a lot of the point. that&#39;s what people norm Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:11:21 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2082 http://curi.us/blog/post/2082 Integrating Thinkers what i&#39;ve done, over time, is keep integrating more and more thinkers into my thinking. in a serious way where the ideas actually make a cohesive whole. i think this is very rare. i did David Deu Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:10:59 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2081 http://curi.us/blog/post/2081 Energy, Drive, Life i was linked to one clip of Jordan Peterson, on some specific political point, about 4 minutes long. i watched it. i didn&#39;t love it. it&#39;s not his best work. i agreed with it, but i already kne Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:17:53 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2080 http://curi.us/blog/post/2080 Criticism of 12 Rules For Life: Secondhandedness 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson: On Quora, anyone can ask a question, of any sort—and anyone can answer. Readers upvote those answers they like, and downvote those the Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:36:11 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2079 http://curi.us/blog/post/2079 Jordan Peterson's Anti-Overreaching Theme I started reading the new book 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson. In the forward by Norman Doidge, he states one of JP&#39;s themes: if one wants to live a full life, one Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:40:21 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2078 http://curi.us/blog/post/2078 Liar's Paradox Solution The liar&#39;s paradox is an ancient philosophy problem about confusing sentences like, &quot;This sentence is false.&quot; If you say it&#39;s true, it contradicts itself. If you say it&#39;s false, t Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:21:57 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2077 http://curi.us/blog/post/2077 Gobble is Better Than Blue Apron I tried 3 weeks (9 meals) of Blue Apron to compare to Gobble (which i used for several months). These services deliver a weekly food box for you to cook. It contains exactly the ingredients you need to Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:05:27 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2076 http://curi.us/blog/post/2076 Atlas Shrugged Theme: Don't Overreach One of the themes of Atlas Shrugged is one of the themes of my own philosophy: Don&#39;t overreach. I say: If you exceed your abilities, if you try to do more than you can manage, then you will make m Thu, 18 Jan 2018 01:52:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2075 http://curi.us/blog/post/2075 Learning From Losing Arguments ppl argue badly. this is ok once. even a few times is not a big deal. from this, they need to learn things like: they might suck at arguing. they might be biased. they might be dishonest. don’t Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:47:21 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2074 http://curi.us/blog/post/2074 Having It All!? Reason and Normal Stuff? Do you have to choose between reason and other stuff like marriage, or can you have it all? You can’t have a conventional life and add reason on top. You can add little bits and pieces and fragments Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:13:36 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2073 http://curi.us/blog/post/2073 What Kind of Intellectual Are You? Are you a serious intellectual? After you found out about Fallible Ideas, you can learn a lot about yourself from how you reacted. First, did you read an important FI-related book during the next six Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:12 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2072 http://curi.us/blog/post/2072 Bad Parenting List This is an incomplete list of some of unacceptable, uncivilized parenting behavior. These are pretty normal in our culture, but should be viewed with horror. They&#39;re pretty blatantly intolerable to Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:26:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2071 http://curi.us/blog/post/2071 Standards of Understanding The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand: “The worst thing about dishonest people is what they think of as honesty,” [Gail Wynand] said. “I know a woman who’s never held to one conviction for three days Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:46:31 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2070 http://curi.us/blog/post/2070 Critical Rationalism Criticisms? I believe there are no correct, unaddressed criticisms of Karl Popper’s epistemology (Critical Rationalism – CR). If I&#39;m mistaken, I&#39;d like to be told. If others are mistaken, I&#39;d like Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:22:17 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2069 http://curi.us/blog/post/2069 My Paths Forward Policy If you think I&#39;m mistaken or ignorant about something important, I want to hear it. I am open to public comments and criticism. See Paths Forward for an explanation of my methodology for not blocki Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:45:32 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2068 http://curi.us/blog/post/2068 Empiricism and Instrumentalism Gyrodiot commented defending instrumentalism. I&#39;m going to clarify what I mean about &quot;instrumentalism&quot; and &quot;empiricism&quot;. I don&#39;t know if we actually disagree or there&#39;s Sat, 11 Nov 2017 11:19:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2067 http://curi.us/blog/post/2067 Replies to Gyrodiot About Fallible Ideas, Critical Rationalism and Paths Forward Gyrodiot wrote at the Less Wrong Slack Philosophy chatroom: I was waiting for an appropriate moment to discuss epistemology. I think I understood something about curi&#39;s reasoning about induction Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:35:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2066 http://curi.us/blog/post/2066 Open Letter to Machine Intelligence Research Institute I emailed this to some MIRI people and others related to Less Wrong. I believe I know some important things you don&#39;t, such as that induction is impossible, and that your approach to AGI is inco Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:57:43 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2065 http://curi.us/blog/post/2065 Less Wrong Lacks Representatives and Paths Forward In my understanding, there’s no one who speaks for Less Wrong (LW), as its representative, and is responsible for addressing questions and criticisms. LW, as a school of thought, has no agents, no re Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:47:51 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2064 http://curi.us/blog/post/2064 Criticism of Eliezer Yudkowsky on Karl Popper I wrote this in Feb 2009. There was no reply. Dear Eliezer Yudkowsky, I am writing to criticize some of your statements regarding Karl Popper. I hope this will be of interest. http://yudkowsky.net Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:54:38 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2063 http://curi.us/blog/post/2063 New Websites I created https://elliottemple.com I particularly like the header image I made which depicts the intellectual traditions I care most about: I also created https://reasonandmorality.com It had an o Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:15:54 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2062 http://curi.us/blog/post/2062 If I Were President... If I were president I&#39;d cancel most of the meetings, travel, etc, etc, and make some forums which are publicly readable. There&#39;d be a forum where all the countries have an account with write a Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:24:00 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2061 http://curi.us/blog/post/2061 Podcasts I&#39;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 http://curi.us/blog/post/2060 http://curi.us/blog/post/2060 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&#39;t seem real. I began new day job recently which brou Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:21:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2059 http://curi.us/blog/post/2059 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/2058 http://curi.us/blog/post/2058 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 http://curi.us/blog/post/2057 http://curi.us/blog/post/2057 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&#39;s useful! Suppose I&#39;m screening employees to hire. Is a Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:18:31 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2056 http://curi.us/blog/post/2056 Banned from "Critical Rationalist" Facebook Group Matt Dioguardi owns a Facebook group with around 5000 members. The membership believes it&#39;s an open discussion forum with relaxed rules (just post all you want that&#39;s related to Popper &quot;in Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:24:55 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2055 http://curi.us/blog/post/2055