curi Explanations for the curious en-us [Pinned] Critical Fallibilism Website I now post most of my articles at (RSS). Subscribe there to receive emails for my articles. I also made a Critical Fallibilism discussion forum (RSS). Bookmark my activity page Thu, 27 Nov 2031 02:34:43 +0000 Analyzing Dishonest Ads I&#39;ve been paying more attention to marketing messages because Critical Fallibilism (CF) could use better marketing. Keeping things short is really important. Unfortunately, one of the common tactic Thu, 26 May 2022 20:02:13 +0000 Specialist Creators with Small Audiences There are two basic ways that creators with small audiences get a larger audience that supports their work and provides significant value in return. They make stuff that appeals to a lot of people. T Fri, 13 May 2022 17:44:02 +0000 Harassment Campaign Update for May 2022 I’m going to share four incidents that occurred after my last update on David Deutsch’s harassment campaign. This is with my blog comments disabled and my forum paywalled; otherwise it’d be much Fri, 13 May 2022 16:11:23 +0000 Educational Product Price Reductions I lowered the prices of most of my digital educational products. Check out my updated store. List of changes: Critical Fallibilism Course: 880 -&gt; 400 Videos: Grammar and Analyzing Text: 250 -&gt; Fri, 22 Apr 2022 00:19:23 +0000 Understanding Food We can divide our food into plant, animal, other living and non-living. Plants get energy from the sun; animal energy comes from plants (directly by eating them, or indirectly by eating other animals). Fri, 25 Mar 2022 19:49:28 +0000 Ayn Rand's Honesty Leonard Peikoff in My Thirty Years With Ayn Rand: An Intellectual Memoir (epilogue of The Voice of Reason), talking (after her death) about conversations he had with Ayn Rand: “You are suffering th Mon, 06 Dec 2021 04:58:26 +0000 Mediocre Followers Most Objectivists aren’t very good at Objectivism. Most Popperians aren’t very good at Popper. Same with Goldratt and everything else, or at least everything where the leader is really smart, deep, Tue, 16 Nov 2021 18:38:46 +0000 Analysis of David Deutsch’s <i>The Final Prejudice</i> The Final Prejudice by David Deutsch (DD) was first published in the Taking Children Seriously Journal issue #18, in 1995. It criticizes society’s ageism (bias against children) using a 1992 Star Tre Sun, 07 Nov 2021 21:38:27 +0000 David Deutsch Harassment Update for November 2021 Since my last update about the ongoing harassment campaign, David Deutsch (DD) and the CritRats (a name for his fans and associates) remain entirely unwilling to discuss the problems or negotiate (they Sun, 07 Nov 2021 21:35:39 +0000 Crony Capitalists I wrote this to economist George Reisman. I’ve noticed you use Jeff Bezos as an example of a good capitalist/businessman/entrepreneur. I haven’t researched him in detail (I doubt you have either Thu, 04 Nov 2021 22:06:08 +0000 Pandering Cycle There’s a cycle where people get popular with stuff that stands out some, isn’t bland. They appeal to early adopters, get popular, then become bland, generic, dumbed down, etc., to make the most mo Thu, 28 Oct 2021 22:59:52 +0000 Writing Critique for "Community Banking and Fintech" This is analysis and critique of the writing (not content) from the first two sections of patio11’s new article Community Banking and Fintech. One of the best things about the Internet is that it b Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:34:55 +0000 Super Fast Super AIs I saw a comment about fast AIs being super even though they aren’t fundamentally better at thinking than people – just the speed would be enough to make them super powerful. I don’t think the pe Sun, 19 Sep 2021 22:02:21 +0000 Academic Journals Are Unreasonable I wrote the below email to the Proceedings of the Royal Society (academic journal) as a followup to the issue of Deutsch misquoting Turing. They agreed that Deutsch&#39;s quote and citation were both i Tue, 14 Sep 2021 21:35:25 +0000 David Deutsch Harassment Update for September 2021 I took down the Beginning of Infinity website in protest two months ago, after David Deutsch (DD) and his fans harassed me repeatedly for years. They won&#39;t discuss why or stop. What&#39;s happened Thu, 09 Sep 2021 20:19:00 +0000 Evaporating Clouds Trees These trees explain Eli Goldratt&#39;s problem solving method called Evaporating Clouds. Click to expand or view the PDF. Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:00:32 +0000 Bad SEP Scholarship The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Epistemology says: others regard credences as metaphysically reducible to beliefs about probabilities (see Byrne in Brewer &amp; Byrne 2005), You Sat, 21 Aug 2021 23:41:43 +0000 Ayn Rand Lexicon Quote Checking In The Ayn Rand Lexicon (book not website), Harry Binswanger wrote in the Honesty section: Self-esteem is reliance on one’s power to think. It cannot be replaced by one’s power to deceive. The se Fri, 30 Jul 2021 18:29:07 +0000 Objectivism, Certainty, Peikoff, More This is lightly edited from 2013 emails I wrote to FI list. I was talking about Peikoff&#39;s Objective Communication audio lectures. First Email Ayn Rand (AR) advocates fallibilism. In a serious, su Sat, 17 Jul 2021 20:41:10 +0000 Rand, Popper and Fallibility I wrote this at an Objectivist forum in 2013. Popper is by no means perfect. The important thing is the best interpretations (that we can think o Sat, 17 Jul 2021 20:23:19 +0000 Popperian Alternative to Induction This wrote this on an Objectivist discussion forum in 2013. I wrote: Observe what? There are always many many things you could observe. Real s Sat, 17 Jul 2021 20:13:41 +0000 Deutsch Misquoted Turing David Deutsch (DD) wrote in Quantum theory, the Church-Turing principle and the universal quantum computer (1985), p. 3: Church (1936) and Turing (1936) conjectured ... This is called the ‘Church-T Mon, 12 Jul 2021 19:47:44 +0000 BoI Explainer Videos I completed my 12 part video series about The Beginning of Infinity by David Deutsch. I helped him with the book for 7 years. Parts 1-9 and 11 explain ideas from chapter 1. Part 10 is about a misquote Mon, 12 Jul 2021 18:36:19 +0000 Video: Talking About David Deutsch and Andy B Problems I made a video: Talking About David Deutsch and Andy B Harassment. It&#39;s part of my series of posts about the multi-year severe harassment problem that David Deutsch is involved with. The harassmen Mon, 12 Jul 2021 11:21:47 +0000 Fallible Justificationism This is adapted from a Feb 2013 email. I explain why I don&#39;t think all justificationism is infallibilist. Although I&#39;m discussing directly with Alan, this issue came up because I&#39;m disagree Sat, 10 Jul 2021 19:25:10 +0000 Beginning of Infinity Website Removed in Protest I took down the website and replaced it with the below protest message. This website promoted David Deutsch’s book The Beginning of Infinity (BoI). David was my friend, men Thu, 08 Jul 2021 18:01:37 +0000 David Deutsch Books Unendorsement I thought that even though David Deutsch (DD) and his fans were harassing me, his books were still good. But I hadn’t reread them for years. On review, The Beginning of Infinity contains lots of misq Sun, 04 Jul 2021 20:03:25 +0000 David Deutsch Retrospective Thoughts This is part of a series of posts explaining the ongoing harassment against me from David Deutsch and his associates and fans. David Deutsch (DD) was never as good as I thought. But he had some grea Sun, 04 Jul 2021 06:50:19 +0000 Misquotes by David Deutsch I’ve discovered that David Deutsch (DD) is an unreliable quoter. His book The Beginning of Infinity (BoI) contains many serious quotation errors, and he has misquoted elsewhere too. For context, DD Sun, 04 Jul 2021 06:43:50 +0000 David Deutsch and Lulie Tanett Violated Reasonable Expectations When the harassment started, I didn’t expect that David Deutsch (DD) or Lulie Tanett (LT) were involved. When I caught Andy B (linked together his many fake identities), I emailed DD and LT about it, Sat, 03 Jul 2021 18:38:39 +0000 David Deutsch Wants to Control Others and His Reputation This is part of a series of posts explaining the harassment against me which has been going on for years. The aggressors are David Deutsch and his fan community. This post provides context about what t Sat, 03 Jul 2021 18:24:14 +0000 CritRats Are Obsessed with Me This is part of a series of posts explaining the ongoing harassment against me from David Deutsch and his associates and fans, who are called &quot;CritRats&quot; after Karl Popper&#39;s philosophy, Cr Thu, 01 Jul 2021 22:38:14 +0000 David Deutsch and My “Talent” This is part of a series of posts explaining the harassment against me which has been going on for years. The harassment is coming from David Deutsch and his fans and associates. This post provides his Thu, 01 Jul 2021 21:01:18 +0000 Lulie Tanett Defended Me This is part of a series of posts explaining the harassment against me which has been going on for years. This post provides historical context about how these people already hated me in 2010 and 2015. Mon, 28 Jun 2021 19:42:27 +0000 What Happened with David Deutsch This is part of a series of posts explaining the harassment against me which has been going on for years now. The harassment is coming from David Deutsch and his community. I’ve tried to address the Mon, 28 Jun 2021 18:50:59 +0000 David Deutsch and Sarah Fitz-Claridge Publish Misquotes This post originally focused primarily on Fitz-Claridge, but I found a bunch of scholarship errors, like misquotes, from Deutsch too. For details, see the two updates at the bottom of this post and the Wed, 23 Jun 2021 00:04:23 +0000 Criticizing Ideas by Source This posted is adapted from an email I wrote in 2019. I was accused of judging ideas by their author instead of their content and merit. In this post, I explain something a little bit similar to judgin Sat, 19 Jun 2021 22:10:16 +0000 Treat Yourself Rationally You can&#39;t tell whether an idea you have is an irrationality or a good idea until you resolve the conflict between it and your other ideas (the conflict is the thing that&#39;s making you suspect it Sat, 19 Jun 2021 20:58:24 +0000 One Criticism Is Decisive I&#39;m sharing two answers I gave in 2019 explaining why we should reject an idea if we know one criticism of it. In short, a criticism is an explanation of why an idea fails at its purpose. It never Sat, 19 Jun 2021 19:16:56 +0000