curi Explanations for the curious en-us 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 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 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 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 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 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 IKEA's Bad Grammar, Capitalism & Learning to Code 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 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 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 Physics Discussion Topic for discussing physics. Mon, 08 Jul 2019 17:15:42 +0000 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 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 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 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 Thinking as a Science by Henry Hazlitt Henry Hazlitt's Thinking as a Science, from 1916, is short and has good, practical advice about how to think. I particularly recommend chapters 1 (advocating thinking), 5 (about prejudice) and 7 (a Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:32:28 +0000 How Comments Work The Curiosity website is both a blog and a discussion forum. People have long, serious discussions here (and short or unserious discussions, too). Every blog post is a discussion topic. There are over Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:03:05 +0000 English Language, Analysis & Grammar Read my new article: English Language, Analysis & Grammar. Discuss it, and grammar in general, below. I've also released 14 hours of related video for sale. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:46:01 +0000 Subjective and Objective "Subjective" means "related to the subject". E.g. "subjective thinking" means thinking that would reach a different result with a different subject. Note: The subject mea Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:34:06 +0000 Race and IQ "Realism" race realism and race-related IQ ideas are partially true. a fair amount of what they say is approximately reasonable. certainly not all the claims are correct. and there's one big but. race and g Thu, 23 May 2019 15:32:00 +0000 Mario Odyssey Discussion This topic is for discussing Super Mario Odyssey (for Nintendo Switch). Speedrunning this game is a good way to learn for people who have a hard time learning (~everyone) and who already like video ga Mon, 13 May 2019 11:37:43 +0000 Politics Discussion Post about politics here. Fri, 10 May 2019 14:01:47 +0000 Three Discussions Approach This post explains a way of organizing a discussion. It’s meant to be useful in some cases, not all the time. It doesn’t require that the other person know it’s being used. This method can be col Wed, 01 May 2019 11:02:57 +0000 Example: Effective Altruism Is Incompetent EA risks falling into a "meta trap". But we can avoid it. (EA is effective altruism. It is favored by people who believe they are into reason and logic, similar to the Less Wrong community. T Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:42:34 +0000 Discussion Policy: Quotes or You’re Presumed Wrong Understanding people you agree with is difficult. Understanding people you disagree with is even harder. When you comment on someone’s position – especially to disagree – it helps to use an exact Fri, 26 Apr 2019 11:50:29 +0000 Anne Discussion This is a discussion topic for Anne B. Other people are welcome to make comments. Anne has agreed not to post anonymously in this topic. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:06:20 +0000 Alan Discussion This is a discussion topic for Alan Forrester. Other people are welcome to make comments. Alan has agreed not to post anonymously in this topic. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:49:40 +0000 Andy Discussion This is a discussion topic for Andy Dufresne. Other people are welcome to make comments. Andy has agreed not to post anonymously in this topic. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:49:07 +0000 Errors Merit Post-Mortems After people make errors, they should do post-mortems. How did that error happen? What caused it? What thinking processes were used and how did they fail? Try to ask “Why?” several times to get to Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:27:42 +0000 Open Discussion (2019) This is an open discussion topic. Discuss whatever you want. How do you find replies? There's a recent comments link in the side bar. You can use an auto refresh browser plugin. There's a Comm Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:24:20 +0000 Podcast Discussion Discuss podcast episodes below! Share your questions, criticisms, comments, additional points, related stories, thoughts, and reactions. Sat, 30 Mar 2019 10:53:21 +0000 Podcast: How To Learn Philosophy I've made lots of new podcasts. You can normally find them via the link in the sidebar or subscribe in iTunes. I'm sharing this one on the blog because I especially recommend it: How To Learn Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:02:17 +0000 Improving The World With Written Discussion Rules my current main idea for how to improve the world is to spread the idea that intellectuals should publicly write down their discussion rules. it’s something that fans could demand from authors, podc Sat, 02 Mar 2019 23:45:54 +0000 Open Discussion: Religion Discuss issues relating to religion or atheism. Fri, 01 Mar 2019 22:30:23 +0000 Helping Resource Budget People help each other. I will discuss parents helping children. These comments apply to many other situations. John helps his daughter Lily in lots of ways, but he can’t give her unlimited help. He Thu, 28 Feb 2019 14:22:01 +0000 Social "Intellectuals" The primary qualification for being regarded as an intellectual is to develop a reputation and convince people to regard you as an intellectual. Being widely regarded as “intellectual” is a social Sat, 23 Feb 2019 20:02:30 +0000 Time-Based Metric For Overreaching How can you tell if you're overreaching? Here are simple guidelines: 90% of the time, thinking should take 2 minutes or less. (1 in 10 things goes past 2 minutes.) 90% of cases that take longer s Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:44:04 +0000 Mixed Society We live in a mixed society. Partly open, partly closed, in Popper’s terms. Partly dynamic/rational, partly static/anti-rational, in DD’s meme terms. What sort of mix is it? Things change within t Sun, 10 Feb 2019 20:24:08 +0000 Infrequently Asked Questions Why care about philosophy? Because it’s the field which studies methods of thinking, and you use thinking in your life. Can’t I think without knowing philosophy? Sure, but philosophy is the field Wed, 06 Feb 2019 12:20:41 +0000 Method Of Doing Things Soon People have two main modes of doing tasks: now or never. They often try to do tasks soon, but not today. Then a few months later they haven't done it. A small portion of those tasks get reprioriti Mon, 04 Feb 2019 14:58:39 +0000 How Badly Run Are Cryptocurrency Exchanges? It's hard to believe how badly run these things are. Crypto is full of scams, money laundering and crime. The main scam is ponzi schemes: the price keeps going up as long as more "investors&qu Mon, 04 Feb 2019 12:22:21 +0000