curi https://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Chat about Guidance with InternetRules curi: FI doesn’t have a lot of guided learning. it requires ppl to be able to guide themselves some. reading stuff is one of the most guided parts. i have lists of stuff ppl can read. most pp Wed, 23 Sep 2020 21:19:18 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2383 https://curi.us/blog/post/2383 Andy B Harassment Continues Andy B has been harassing my FI community using many false identities. He left after I caught and exposed him, but he returned in Aug 2020. He’s written over 100 new curi.us messages under the names Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:17:48 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2382 https://curi.us/blog/post/2382 Less Wrong Banned Me habryka wrote about why LW banned me. This is habryka’s full text plus my comments: Today we have banned two users, curi and Periergo from LessWrong for two years each. The reasoning for both is bi Fri, 18 Sep 2020 06:13:49 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2381 https://curi.us/blog/post/2381 Max Microblogging This is Max's discussion thread. Max has agreed to only post as "Max" in this thread. Mon, 14 Sep 2020 04:18:36 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2380 https://curi.us/blog/post/2380 curi's Microblogging This is a thread for me to post stuff that's smaller than a blog post. You can reply and discuss here but don't start your own topics here. You can do that in Open Discussion or at any relevant Sun, 13 Sep 2020 19:40:56 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2379 https://curi.us/blog/post/2379 Eliezer Yudkowsky Is a Fraud Eliezer Yudkowsky tweeted: EY: What on Earth is up with the people replying "billionaires don't have real money, just stocks they can't easily sell" to the anti-billionaire stuff Sun, 13 Sep 2020 06:06:28 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2378 https://curi.us/blog/post/2378 Learning Updates Thread If you want to learn philosophy or rational thinking, you need to do some stuff on a regular basis. Read books, write notes, write outlines, write articles, write journaling, study stuff, have discussi Sat, 12 Sep 2020 02:05:05 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2377 https://curi.us/blog/post/2377 Mathematical Inconsistency in Solomonoff Induction? I posted this on Less Wrong 10 days ago. At the end, I summarize the answer they gave. What counts as a hypothesis for Solomonoff induction? The general impression I’ve gotten in various places is Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:32:52 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2376 https://curi.us/blog/post/2376 Use RSS to Subscribe to Blogs RSS feeds let you get updates when a website has new stuff. You can subscribe to sites you're interested in and then get notifications about new material instead of checking for it yourself. This w Thu, 03 Sep 2020 17:24:16 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2375 https://curi.us/blog/post/2375 Clarifying My Beliefs This post will clarify a few of my ideas that people have concerns or misunderstandings about. Politics Freedom and Capitalism I want a small government with limited power. The proper function of go Thu, 03 Sep 2020 16:50:04 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2374 https://curi.us/blog/post/2374 Social Maneuvering People prefer giving orders to taking them. They prefer granting permission (or not) to having to ask permission. They prefer questioning others over being questioned. They prefer more pressure on othe Sun, 30 Aug 2020 19:32:36 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2373 https://curi.us/blog/post/2373 Social Dialog with Analysis Communications and actions have two main interpretations: social and objective. Objective interpretations look at the literal meaning. They use rational and scientific analysis. They try to avoid logi Sun, 30 Aug 2020 19:31:45 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2372 https://curi.us/blog/post/2372 Analyzing Quotes Objectively and Socially stucchio and Mason stucchio retweeted Mason writing: "Everything can be free if we fire the people who stop you from stealing stuff" is apparently considered an NPR-worthy political innova Sat, 29 Aug 2020 20:31:59 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2371 https://curi.us/blog/post/2371 Formatting Test Thread You can post messages (comments) here to test whether they're formatted how you expect. Messages here won't appear on the Recent Messages page or in the Messages RSS feed. Discussion info link Thu, 27 Aug 2020 17:22:30 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2370 https://curi.us/blog/post/2370 Baxter Praises Slavery In the sci-fi novel Ring, Stephen Baxter wrote (my emphasis): Lieserl had learned about the Qax. The Qax had originated as clusters of turbulent cells in the seas of a young planet. Because there wer Tue, 25 Aug 2020 01:53:18 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2369 https://curi.us/blog/post/2369 gigahurt discussion videos I made four videos about discussing social dynamics and conversation with gigahurt. In the videos, I explain to InternetRules how to make an idea tree and we make it. Playlist of videos. More will be Sun, 23 Aug 2020 17:57:25 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2368 https://curi.us/blog/post/2368 Forum Moderation Needs Anti-Bias Policies Well-Kept Gardens Die By Pacifism by Eliezer Yudkowsky: Good online communities die primarily by refusing to defend themselves. Somewhere in the vastness of the Internet, it is happening even now. Fri, 21 Aug 2020 20:34:34 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2367 https://curi.us/blog/post/2367 Analyzing Blackmail Being Illegal Highlights from the Blackmail Debate (Robin Hanson vs Zvi Mowshowitz) by Ben Pace: Here's my overview of their positions. Zvi thinks that blackmail would incentivize a whole host of terrible ac Thu, 20 Aug 2020 18:56:41 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2366 https://curi.us/blog/post/2366 Social Dynamics Discussion Highlights This post contains highlights from my discussion at The Law of Least Effort Contributes to the Conjunction Fallacy on Less Wrong. The highlights are all about social dynamics. I view LoLE [Law of Le Tue, 18 Aug 2020 19:51:53 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2365 https://curi.us/blog/post/2365 Updating My Less Wrong Commenting Policy I thought about how to use LW comments better and get along with people better. I wrote notes about it: Write comments that would be appreciated by a new observer, who hasn’t read any of my previou Tue, 18 Aug 2020 16:49:44 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2364 https://curi.us/blog/post/2364 Discussion with gigahurt from Less Wrong Discussion with gigahurt started here. He wrote (quoting me): Disagreements can be resolved! I see your motivation for writing this up as fundamentally a good one. Ideally, every conversation woul Fri, 14 Aug 2020 22:00:29 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2363 https://curi.us/blog/post/2363 Rationally Ending Intellectual Discussions Discussions should end gracefully. There should be some clarity about why they’re ending and why that’s rationally acceptable. If someone wants to continue the discussion, they should have the oppo Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:38:44 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2362 https://curi.us/blog/post/2362 Social Dynamics Summary Notes These are some summary notes on social dynamics. conformity try to fit in pandering pleasing people avoiding conflict do whatever the group thinks is high status follow trends you need to alread Mon, 10 Aug 2020 19:29:33 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2361 https://curi.us/blog/post/2361 The Law of Least Effort Contributes to the Conjunction Fallacy Continuing the theme that the “Conjunction Fallacy” experimental results can be explained by social dynamics, let’s look at another social dynamic: the Law of Least Effort (LoLE). (Previously: C Sun, 09 Aug 2020 19:38:59 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2360 https://curi.us/blog/post/2360 Asch Conformity Could Explain the Conjunction Fallacy I also posted this on Less Wrong. This post follows my question Can Social Dynamics Explain Conjunction Fallacy Experimental Results? The results of the question were that no one provided any resear Thu, 06 Aug 2020 21:47:32 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2359 https://curi.us/blog/post/2359 Can Social Dynamics Explain Conjunction Fallacy Experimental Results? I posted this on Less Wrong too. Is there any conjunction fallacy research which addresses the alternative hypothesis that the observed results are mainly due to social dynamics? Most people spend Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:51:02 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2358 https://curi.us/blog/post/2358 Less Wrong Related Discussion This topic is for discussing anything related to Less Wrong. I have read Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality and Inadequate Equilibria by Eliezer Yudkowsky. I'm over half way through readi Sun, 02 Aug 2020 20:44:39 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2357 https://curi.us/blog/post/2357 Example of Rejecting TOC Improvements (I also posted this on Less Wrong.) Below I quote from Process of On Going Improvement forum, letter 6. Eli Goldratt shares a letter he received. I added a few notes to help people follow acronyms. M Sun, 02 Aug 2020 19:15:37 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2356 https://curi.us/blog/post/2356 Principles Behind Bottlenecks (I also posted this at Less Wrong.) This post follows my Chains, Bottlenecks and Optimization (which has the followups Bottleneck Examples and Comment Replies for Chains, Bottlenecks and Optimization) Sat, 01 Aug 2020 22:49:14 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2355 https://curi.us/blog/post/2355 Less Wrong Comment Replies for Chains, Bottlenecks and Optimization Read this post, with replies, on Less Wrong. Replies to comments on my Chains, Bottlenecks and Optimization: abramdemski and Hypothesis Generation Following the venerated method of multiple worki Fri, 24 Jul 2020 19:00:00 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2354 https://curi.us/blog/post/2354 Bottleneck Examples View discussion of this post at Less Wrong. This post follows my Chains, Bottlenecks and Optimization. The goal is to give hypothetical examples of bottlenecks and non-bottlenecks (things with exces Thu, 23 Jul 2020 18:23:59 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2353 https://curi.us/blog/post/2353 Chains, Bottlenecks and Optimization View this post, with discussion, on Less Wrong. Consider an idea consisting of a group of strongly connected sub-ideas. If any sub-idea is an error (doesn’t work), then the whole idea is an error Tue, 21 Jul 2020 02:09:08 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2352 https://curi.us/blog/post/2352 Exploring Gender as a Social Construct This question is directed to people who think gender matters for behavior and mental capabilities. Similar questions could be asked about race and other traits. Suppose that gender is a social constru Sat, 18 Jul 2020 19:55:01 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2351 https://curi.us/blog/post/2351 How are people so stupid? David Horowitz asked on Twitter: How do people like Victoria get so stupid? I wrote a generic reply which has nothing to do with the partisan political statements Victoria said, which I didn't Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:36:33 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2350 https://curi.us/blog/post/2350 Robin Hanson Apologized For His Ideas They broke Robin Hanson. http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/JuneteenthApology.html Hanson chose to be an icon and leader. Giving in is a betrayal of his followers, fans and values. It signals that you can& Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:29:34 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2349 https://curi.us/blog/post/2349 Gamer MeToo Witch Hunt Gamings Metoo is a Profitable Catastrophe Hundreds of people in gaming industry, e.g. Twitch streamers and pro gamers, have recently faced MeToo type allegations about e.g. sexual assault. There's Sat, 27 Jun 2020 03:56:33 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2348 https://curi.us/blog/post/2348 Cultural Elites, aka The Ruling Class iamok asked on Discord: why is objectivism so small? Oism disagrees with the left on tons of stuff and disagrees with the right on religion, and disagrees with everyone on secondhandedness, panderi Fri, 26 Jun 2020 18:00:05 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2347 https://curi.us/blog/post/2347 Learn from Tutoring Videos I’ve been tutoring people to help them learn philosophy concepts. The videos are free and public. InternetRules is learning about idea trees. We started with basics so anyone can start learning here Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:56:50 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2346 https://curi.us/blog/post/2346 Developing Rational, Objective Judgment Look for opportunities to use measurements to help your judgment. And also work on developing good judgment (about anything) and developing ways to prevent, detect and correct bias, dishonesty and irra Sun, 21 Jun 2020 18:46:26 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2345 https://curi.us/blog/post/2345 Measurement The main thing that's great about measurement is it's easy to be objective. It deals with facts that we can quantify with numbers. Often we have measuring tools to aid us, e.g. timers, rulers, Sun, 21 Jun 2020 18:39:05 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2344 https://curi.us/blog/post/2344