curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us 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 Individualism and Responsibility Matter For Ideas Objectivism and Critical Rationalism present reasonable targets for criticism. The main content was developed by a single person who took responsibility for creating something reasonably well-defined a Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:58:01 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2113 http://curi.us/blog/post/2113 Comments on Edith Packer's Psychology Lectures Comments on Lectures on Psychology: A Guide to Understanding Your Emotions by Edith Packer (Objectivist and wife of George Reisman). So far I&#39;ve read the first 3 chapters, which cover core evaluat Sun, 03 Jun 2018 15:35:03 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2112 http://curi.us/blog/post/2112 How To Learn Something – With Plans and Steps You take an interest in learning something, X. Perhaps someone recommends it to you. What do you do next? Jump right in? The first step is making a plan for how to learn X. It may be pretty rough, esp Mon, 28 May 2018 10:17:16 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2111 http://curi.us/blog/post/2111 Changing Minds About Inequality people have lots of bad ideas they don’t understand much about, like that “inequality” is a major social problem. what would it take to change their mind? not books with arguments refuting the b Sat, 19 May 2018 10:15:55 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2110 http://curi.us/blog/post/2110 Steven Crowder Fake Quote MYTH: &quot;Well Regulated Militia&quot; Only? (Second Amendment History) is a video by Steven Crowder. It has quotes from America&#39;s founding fathers to argue for his pro-gun-rights position (which Fri, 18 May 2018 12:10:53 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2109 http://curi.us/blog/post/2109 Do Primarily Easy Things – Increasing The Productivity Of Your Intellectual Labor Vs. Consumption When you do productive labor (like at a job), you are able to use what you produce (or some negotiated amount of payment related to what you produce). How you use your income can be broadly viewed in t Thu, 17 May 2018 18:55:47 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2108 http://curi.us/blog/post/2108 I Liked Edward Thorp's Book: A Man for All Markets Comments on A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market, by Edward Thorp. Bold formatting is added by me. The professor, the son of a famous physicist, Sat, 12 May 2018 11:41:06 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2107 http://curi.us/blog/post/2107 Philosophy Discussion internetrules: I remember in one one your blog posts you said your the best philosopher in the world, Which would then mean you are also like the smartest person in the world right? curi: depends wh Fri, 11 May 2018 22:09:56 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2106 http://curi.us/blog/post/2106 Overwatch Learning Discussion internetrules: We swapped off of zarya to Orissa even tho zarya had 75% ult charge on oasis 3rd point we also had nuke, blade, and barrage We then lost the game We managed to take first point with n Tue, 08 May 2018 17:19:59 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2105 http://curi.us/blog/post/2105 Goals & Purpose whatever you do, have goals and be purposeful. have criteria of success and failure. and write them down. put them into words, don&#39;t just think them vaguely in your head and assume you know what yo Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:25:07 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2104 http://curi.us/blog/post/2104 Philosophy Side Quests People get stuck for years on the philosophy main quest while refusing to do side quests. That is not how you play RPGs. Side quests let you get extra levels, gear and practice which make the main ques Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:45:31 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2103 http://curi.us/blog/post/2103 Accepting vs. Preferring Theories – Reply to David Deutsch David Deutsch has some misconceptions about epistemology. I explained the issue on Twitter. I&#39;ve reproduced the important part below. Quotes are DD, regular text is me. There&#39;s no such thing Fri, 06 Apr 2018 18:57:10 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2102 http://curi.us/blog/post/2102 School Mistreated Edward Thorp A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market, by Edward Thorp, begins with some horror stories about school (bolds added): Just after I turned five I sta Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:13:34 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2101 http://curi.us/blog/post/2101 Sample Paths Forward Dialog I read Made in Japan: Akio Morita and Sony by a Sony founder, Akio Morita. I liked it. But near the end were some comments about currency exchange rates which were incompatible with the capitalist, lim Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:22:06 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2100 http://curi.us/blog/post/2100 Twitter Discussion About Anti-Depressants, the Mind, and More This conversation, from Feb 11, 2018, relates to my video: Scholarly Criticism: Jordan Peterson’s Sloppy Cite (+quotes, research) The conversation was with the admin of Real Peer Review, which post Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:07:38 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2099 http://curi.us/blog/post/2099 Social Dynamics & Mailchimp Broke A Link In my newsletter today (sign up!), I wrote: I enjoyed reading a different perspective on social dynamics. It is broadly reasonable and reaches lots of my conclusions in different ways than the ones I Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:55:40 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2098 http://curi.us/blog/post/2098