curi Explanations for the curious en-us 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 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 Hardness, Emotions, Mental Automation On FI, someone keeps asking how to feel that one is overreaching. Shouldn't there be an emotion to tell you what's going on? No. Emotions are software, developed by our culture (mostly thousan Sun, 03 Feb 2019 10:32:38 +0000 Stories and Actions People tell stories about themselves. This is uncontroversial. Sometimes those stories contain errors. This is uncontroversial. People sometimes deny it when they want to deny that a particular claim Sat, 02 Feb 2019 17:20:54 +0000 Discussing = Thinking Discussion is externalized thinking. Thinking is self-discussion. Not entirely. This mostly applies to the conscious aspects of thinking. It’s thinking that you pay attention to, not autopilot/habit Fri, 01 Feb 2019 12:14:45 +0000 Differences Between My Free Resources and Paid Help I make freely available two main categories of things. 1) Online writing/video/audio. This is non-interactive and distribution costs are approximately zero. 2) Interactive discussion, which is expensiv Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:37:24 +0000 Judging Experts by the Objective State of the Debate Human civilization has more knowledge than any one person. We have a division of intellectual labor. Some people specialize in chemistry, others law, others fashion, others history, others football. A Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:03:25 +0000 No One Will Debate or Discuss Parents and schools torture the interest in ideas out of children. They are extremely effective at this. The result is a world empty of intellectuals. People don't want unbounded discussion of ide Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:19:32 +0000 The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality Is Due to Dishonest, Irrational Ignorance Intellectuals and the Marketplace discusses the important problem of the hostility to capitalism by the “intellectuals”. Interestingly, the article itself is written in an intellectual style and ig Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:33:33 +0000 Proposal for Immigration and Assimilation If we're bad at assimilation, then immigration is dangerous. If we're good at assimilation, given modern communications technology, we should be able to assimilate people living in other count Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:15:08 +0000 Analyzing How Culture Manipulates You by Pulling Your Puppet Strings I watched the first few minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and saved two interesting clips, the opening narration and a social interaction from a few seconds later. This post is only about these cli Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:27:30 +0000 Example: Manipulating Audience Perceptions Alan Forrester wrote an article, Mental illness as a strategy – the Michael Sandford case. I comment on one sentence: At about 8:20 [in the video] Sandford is quoted as writing that the sun will de Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:23:18 +0000 Fallible Ideas Philosophy Overview Videos + Comments I made new videos: Fallible Ideas Philosophy Overview (part 2). My friend watched them and said: I thought it all sounded good and reasonable. It's hard to understand why ppl disagree & get Tue, 01 Jan 2019 21:00:48 +0000 Submit Podcast Questions In the comments below, please submit questions for me to answer via podcast. Podcasts will be posted here. You can also find the link at the top of the left sidebar. You can sign up with iTunes or RSS Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:43:40 +0000 Twitter Changes Algorithm, Destroys Timeline Twitter is now borderline unusable. Recently a tiny popup on my iPhone let me know they were no longer showing me the most recent tweets of the people I follow. Instead they would show me tweets of the Tue, 25 Dec 2018 19:03:51 +0000 David Horowitz's Paths Forward David Horowitz has a comments forum for his Black Book of the American Left: I welcome comments on the Black Book and will reply to as many as I am able. I especially welcome comments from the left w Sun, 23 Dec 2018 11:08:38 +0000 Slippers and Criticizing Non-Cash Charity The UK government spends money to buy new slippers for the elderly to try to protect them from slipping and falling. Giving people free slippers should be voluntary charity rather than taken from tax Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:44:56 +0000 Anti-Bias Procedures With Reach Powerful people make biased decisions all the time. People make rules like “Don’t be influenced by sex, make the decision that is best for the company, e.g. promoting the most qualified person.” Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:26:07 +0000 Paths Forward or Prediction Markets? In Can Foundational Physics Be Saved?, Robert Hanson proposes prediction markets to evaluate the future impact and value of scientists and research. This is intended to help address cognitive biases an Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:53:06 +0000 Discussion: Eating Candy From the Fallible Ideas Discord chatroom: [1:58 PM] anonymous: i wanna eat but i’m not hungry what should i do? [1:59 PM] anonymous: what should i do to not want to eat** [2:01 PM] filthy_inductivis Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:32:14 +0000 Discussion About Casual Gamers and Game Design, Difficulty, Development and Playtesting Context: I recently have been playing Vindictus with internetrules. curi: do you know any of the games suggested in comments Sun, 25 Nov 2018 13:52:52 +0000 The Greeks Knew We All Make Mistakes Quoting from Greek Ways: How The Greeks Created Western Civilization, by Bruce Thornton, ch. 5, p. 117-118, which is quoting Creon's son Haemon from Sophocles' Antigone: For whoever think tha Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:05:11 +0000 Bad Scholarship on VDare From VDare: 93% Of Democrats Think It's Important That Fewer Whites Be Elected. The article leads with a chart, which says that 75.1% of Democrats believe that "Whites are favored". The Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:06:55 +0000 Globalism Am I a globalist? I thought I was because I want global free trade, though I never really used the word or cared about it. I want businesses to operate internationally instead of having a bunch of bord Thu, 01 Nov 2018 21:04:48 +0000 Jordan Peterson is a Traitor Jordan Peterson has signed up with the Creative Arts Agency. CAA is a big lefty media company which represents famous names like Joe Biden, Lady Gaga, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence and David Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:13:09 +0000 Turgot on Criticism and Parenting Turgot (1727-81) was a French liberal (free trade, limited government) thinker. William Godwin read and liked him. He commented on criticism and children: Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, On Some Social Qu Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:32:11 +0000 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 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 Eli Goldratt Screencasts I'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