curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Dear Lurkers I wrote this privately in Feb 2009. I've made minor edits. Dear Lurkers (yes, you), Figuring things out is hard. And fooling ourselves is easy. (This is a paraphrase of Feynman, one of the best Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:23:46 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2285 http://curi.us/blog/post/2285 The Taking Children Seriously and Fallible Ideas Communities This post is about Taking Children Seriously (TCS) and what it was like before my leadership. This is primarily interesting because of the value of TCS's bold conjectures about how to apply Critica Sat, 25 Jan 2020 23:45:00 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2284 http://curi.us/blog/post/2284 Confusion About Overreaching I'm sharing this chatlog because if you feel like you're suppressing/repressing to avoid overreaching, something is going wrong. Don't accept that; there's a problem there. (This is fro Thu, 23 Jan 2020 14:21:04 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2283 http://curi.us/blog/post/2283 Secondary David Deutsch Related Discussion Community The David Deutsch fan community is being split by the creation of a secondary community. In addition to the public Fallible Ideas forums (FI) for discussing topics like David Deutsch’s books, there a Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:03:10 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2282 http://curi.us/blog/post/2282 Popper Ignores Hamilton Karl Popper wrote, in The World of Parmenides, (in Back To The Presocratics, from 1958 but edited again in 1989): Here are the five fragments (DK B16 and 15; 18; 35; and 34) from Xenophanes’ writin Wed, 22 Jan 2020 02:00:26 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2281 http://curi.us/blog/post/2281 Discussion with "Critical Rationalist" From Discord. Critical Rationalist: I’m new to this app. Someone recommended that I come here. I am pursuing an masters degree in philosophy. My undergraduate degree was in psychology (concentration Sun, 12 Jan 2020 16:19:41 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2280 http://curi.us/blog/post/2280 Red Pill Comments The red pill and pickup artist (PUA) perspective on life, particularly on social dynamics, is interesting, valuable, worthwhile and broadly accurate. People can benefit tons from learning it and reject Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:11:20 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2279 http://curi.us/blog/post/2279 Second-handedness Examples For He's A Jolly Good Fellow Lyrics For he's a jolly good fellow [...] which nobody can deny Phrasing it in terms of what other people can deny is second-handed. It views the world in terms Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:20:55 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2278 http://curi.us/blog/post/2278 Static Memes Are About Social Dynamics This post shares recent conjectures. I’m less confident than usual. I’m confident there’s something important and irrational about social dynamics (which is not a recent or original thought), but Sun, 29 Dec 2019 21:50:04 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2277 http://curi.us/blog/post/2277 Social Reality and Real Reality There are two broad mindsets for how to deal with life: dealing with reality and dealing with social reality, social dynamics, social metaphysics, social climbing. Some people second-handedly focus on Sun, 29 Dec 2019 15:54:53 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2276 http://curi.us/blog/post/2276 TheRat Chat Example of how irrational people are and how hard it is to deal with. Think you're better at reason youreslf or better able to engage with people productively? Test your skills in discussions and s Sun, 29 Dec 2019 15:29:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2275 http://curi.us/blog/post/2275 Shadow Starshine Chat Shadow Starshine (SS) was already tilted before this discussion, ever since I decided we had an Inferential Distance problem and he refused to read any articles to find out what that means. He also wo Sun, 29 Dec 2019 15:21:10 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2274 http://curi.us/blog/post/2274 Vegan Footsoldier Chat This chat followed immediately after the DavetheDastard Chat. That's what my first four messages relate to. This is from the public Fallible Ideas Discord. curi: i don't like talking with p Sun, 29 Dec 2019 15:08:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2273 http://curi.us/blog/post/2273 DavetheDastard Chat This is an example of how bad at thinking people are regarding facts, logic and details. I think that's because they think socially instead. Are you better? Join some discussions and test your bel Sun, 29 Dec 2019 14:53:31 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2272 http://curi.us/blog/post/2272 Social Climbing Is Incompatible with the English Language VSE on Discord, lying about the reasoning for relegation (he omitted the flaming he did) and misuing the term "simpler": Doesn't it seem like it would have been simpler to ask a follow- Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:42:38 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2271 http://curi.us/blog/post/2271 Overreaching Discussion Plus Analysis This discussion is a typical example of dealing with overreaching people who don't know basic stuff about how to read literally, the meanings of words, sentence grammar, simple logic, etc., and don Tue, 24 Dec 2019 01:56:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2270 http://curi.us/blog/post/2270 Dykes Discussion re Popper Nicholas Dykes is an Objectivist (Ayn Rand’s philosophy) who wrote material misrepresenting and attacking Karl Popper and his Critical Rationalism. He wrote A Tangled Web of Guesses: A Critical Asses Sun, 22 Dec 2019 15:48:26 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2269 http://curi.us/blog/post/2269 curi Quotes Thread for posting quotes of me that you like! Sat, 14 Dec 2019 14:54:04 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2268 http://curi.us/blog/post/2268 Criticism of Bagus Criticizing Reisman on Deflation Deflation: When Austrians Become Interventionists by Philipp Bagus criticizes George Reisman and five other Austrian economists regarding their views on deflation. This post will respond to the critici Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:58:44 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2267 http://curi.us/blog/post/2267 Animal Welfare and The Problem of Design This is an answer to Name That Trait which asks what trait differentiates humans from animals. The named trait should justify vegan-objectionable activities such as slaughtering animals for food. Shor Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:26:41 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2264 http://curi.us/blog/post/2264 Vegan Debate curi: The trait that differentiates humans from non-human animals, in a veganism-relevant way, is (general, universal) intelligence, which is the ability to learn (aka create knowledge), which is the a Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:50:34 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2266 http://curi.us/blog/post/2266 Third Type of Meme: Static Companion Memes This post assumes familiarity with David Deutsch's (DD) original idea of static and rational memes in The Beginning of Infinity (BoI). (Summary.) DD's theory says there are two types of memes Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:16:20 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2265 http://curi.us/blog/post/2265 Freeze Discussion This is a discussion topic for Freeze. Other people are welcome to make comments. Freeze has agreed not to post under other names in this topic. Tue, 10 Dec 2019 19:27:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2263 http://curi.us/blog/post/2263 Refutation of Tabarrok’s Criticism of Reisman This is a critical response to Alexander Tabarrok regarding his debate with George Reisman regarding the merits of Reisman’s book Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics. As context: it’s an internal d Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:33:41 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2262 http://curi.us/blog/post/2262 Psychology Studies Mostly Suck for most psychology issues, research is the wrong approach ppl need to think, debate, explain, criticize. not measure empirical data observe carefully, document some human behavior. get some examples Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:44:49 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2261 http://curi.us/blog/post/2261 Voluntarist Left Anarchism Criticisms Some people imagine a peaceful society, with no government, as an alternative to capitalism. The idea of non-violent, voluntary anarchism presupposes capitalist premises. Voluntary communal sharing im Fri, 06 Dec 2019 16:16:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2260 http://curi.us/blog/post/2260 Binswanger Misquotes Popper Objectivist philosopher Harry Binswanger hates Popper. He replied to a question about Popper on his HBL forum, 2011-03-22: HB: Popper has fooled you. He's one of the most notorious skeptics and p Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:16:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2259 http://curi.us/blog/post/2259 Edwin Locke vs. Popper This is a repost from The Beginning of Infinity google group, 2013-01-06, by me. Harry Binswanger wrote: Date: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM Objectivism holds that perception is infallible and tha Wed, 04 Dec 2019 22:53:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2258 http://curi.us/blog/post/2258 Dumb, Dishonest Memers Many people really like internet "memes", reaction gifs, emojis, funny photos, short videos, etc. Themes here include: few words, usually not even one complete sentence, more seeing somethin Wed, 04 Dec 2019 12:56:48 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2257 http://curi.us/blog/post/2257 Discussing Animal Intelligence This post replies to pdxthehunted from Reddit (everything he said there is included in quotes below). There is also previous discussion before this exchange, see here. This post will somewhat stand on Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:21:55 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2256 http://curi.us/blog/post/2256 Intelligence Isn't Speed I explained on Reddit [one typo is fixed in this post] that intelligence isn't a matter of computing hardware speed. Sounds like the IQ vs Universality thing is just two camps talking past each Tue, 03 Dec 2019 13:10:00 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2255 http://curi.us/blog/post/2255 Error Identifying Superpower Suppose, hypothetically, that you had a superpower. It's the ability to find errors in academic papers (it works on books, blog posts, tweets, etc., too). You can do it for most fields. So I pick Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:06:37 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2254 http://curi.us/blog/post/2254 Academia's Inadequacy TheCriticalRat posted my article Animal Rights Issues Regarding Software and AGI on the Debate A Vegan SubReddit. This post shares a discussion highlight where I wrote something I consider interesting Mon, 02 Dec 2019 17:20:05 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2253 http://curi.us/blog/post/2253 Division of Labor and Experts: Generally Great but Sometimes Overrated Our society has had great success due to the division of labor. People economically specialize. We have farmers, lawyers, barbers, bakers, security guards, inventors, novelists, architects, engineers, Thu, 28 Nov 2019 14:49:51 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2252 http://curi.us/blog/post/2252 Childing a Child Many people think "gendering" a child might be bad. That means: Teaching the boy role to a boy might be bad. Teaching the girl role to a girl might be bad. No one considers that teaching t Wed, 27 Nov 2019 20:01:42 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2251 http://curi.us/blog/post/2251 Research and Discussions About Animal Rights and Welfare I made Discussion Tree: State of Animal Rights Debate. My tree diagram summarizes pro-animal-rights arguments from Peter Singer and asks some questions about major issues he didn’t cover. It reveals Sun, 24 Nov 2019 13:58:28 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2250 http://curi.us/blog/post/2250 Discussion Tree: Animal Welfare This is a discussion tree based on many discussions with animal welfare advocates related to my Peter Singer discussion tree. Is it missing an important argument? Comment below about what should be ad Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:07:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2249 http://curi.us/blog/post/2249 Human and Animal Differences In the comments below, reply saying which is the first sentence you disagree with, and why you disagree. Minds are software. Suffering is a state of mind. Physical information signals, whether from th Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:42:27 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2248 http://curi.us/blog/post/2248 The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness (2012): The field of Consciousness research is rapidly evolving. Abundant new techniques and strategies for human and non-human animal research have been de Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:44:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2247 http://curi.us/blog/post/2247 Animal Rights Issues Regarding Software and AGI Claim: Animal rights may be refuted by advanced Critical Rationalist (CR) epistemology, including the jump to universality, but most people (pro or anti animal rights) haven’t read and understood The Wed, 20 Nov 2019 15:34:45 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2246 http://curi.us/blog/post/2246