curi http://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Criticism of Philipp Bagus Criticizing George 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 that intelligence isn't a matter of computing hardware speed. Sounds like the IQ vs Universality thing is just two camps talking past each other. Suppose we do believe in the basic p 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 that teach 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 Discussion about Animal Rights and Popper This discussion is from the Fallible Ideas Discord. Join link. Context: Discussion Tree: State of Animal Rights Debate and in the comments you'll see that I went to some animal rights forums and a Mon, 18 Nov 2019 22:28:49 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2245 http://curi.us/blog/post/2245 Fraud and Big Companies Supporting Fraud As a followup to my post on Deplatforming and Fraud, I’m going to share two examples of other frauds which were supported by large tech companies (Airbnb, Apple) but aren’t related to deplatforming Mon, 18 Nov 2019 12:49:45 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2244 http://curi.us/blog/post/2244 Potential Debate Topics These are brief statements of some controversial ideas I believe. They are mostly unexplained conclusions. I’m not trying to argue my case here (just a little bit here and there). You can search my w Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:51:59 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2238 http://curi.us/blog/post/2238 Deplatforming and Fraud Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Patreon, PayPal and other companies have repeatedly advertised that they are politically-neutral open platforms. All are welcome. They’re for everybody. Then they Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:45:57 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2243 http://curi.us/blog/post/2243 Taleb Is Wrong: Killing Millions Actually Is Risky Alan Forrester writes Criticising Taleb’s Precautionary Principle Paper, quoting Nassim Nicholas Taleb (and his co-authors): The PP states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causi Sat, 16 Nov 2019 22:07:01 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2242 http://curi.us/blog/post/2242 Global Warming Debate This video has a debate about global warming with 6 people including Richard Lindzen (an anti-global warming debater and scientist): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZsnAdGaxkY A good way to begin a Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:33:32 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2241 http://curi.us/blog/post/2241 Discussion Tree: State of Animal Rights Debate I began organizing the current state of the animal rights debate into a discussion tree diagram. I started with Peter Singer because he's a well known intellectual with pro animal rights writing. I Wed, 13 Nov 2019 11:02:35 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2240 http://curi.us/blog/post/2240 Mind Map Software Review I wanted to find Mind Mapping software for the primary purpose of making tree diagrams for discussions. They're also good for diagramming sentence grammar. I often prefer to write a bullet point ou Wed, 13 Nov 2019 10:41:44 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2239 http://curi.us/blog/post/2239 Twitter Discussion with patio11 Source patio11: A thing that keeps me up at night is that there is almost certainly, today, something which might not be shaped like penicillin but has a similar level of impact, and which is really s Sat, 09 Nov 2019 15:51:29 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2237 http://curi.us/blog/post/2237 Social Metaphysics This is an open discussion topic for social metaphysics issues. Below is a conversation log which you can use as an optional conversation starter. It'll give you some leads on issues you might want Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:42:23 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2236 http://curi.us/blog/post/2236 Discussions Should Use Sources People think you should debate or explain stuff yourself, not cite books or articles. But the truth doesn’t depend on what ideas are in my head or what I remember. So they aren’t using a truth-seek Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:49:47 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2235 http://curi.us/blog/post/2235 Open Discussion 2 (2019) Discuss whatever. If you post a link or quote, express an opinion about it, ask a question, say something. Also, if you think something is bad and are posting it for criticism, say so – the default Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:09:25 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2234 http://curi.us/blog/post/2234 Written and Unwritten Rules In Discussions If you don’t have a debate policy, you have an unwritten, biased, inconsistent debate policy. Just like if you don’t have a philosophy, you still do, it just hasn’t been given much study or consc Sun, 03 Nov 2019 15:22:42 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2233 http://curi.us/blog/post/2233 Claiming You Objectively Won A Debate When people end debates, they usually don’t even try to make an objective claim that they won (or, impersonally, that particular arguments were adequate to reach particular conclusions). Here’s a s Sun, 03 Nov 2019 15:02:34 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2232 http://curi.us/blog/post/2232 Productive Global Warming Discussion November 1, 2019 Climate Change Discussion in the Fallible Ideas Discord Chat Kurapika(Mentally untouchable): What do you guys think about the tree planting event going around on youtube? JustinCEO: Sat, 02 Nov 2019 14:54:15 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2231 http://curi.us/blog/post/2231 Tracking Discussions Tips for tracking discussions well: Write down a tree diagram (or, equivalently, a bullet point outline with nesting). Whenever you write stuff and get a reply, note down anything you’d written whi Fri, 01 Nov 2019 13:35:12 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2230 http://curi.us/blog/post/2230 Discussion Trees With Example When you have a discussion, it’s important to understand what is a reply to what, and what didn’t receive a reply (especially direct questions that aren’t answered). To track this, draw a tree d Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:55:22 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2229 http://curi.us/blog/post/2229 Getting Elliot’s Attention How do I allocate attention? Here are some things I look for. I prefer public, asynchronous, unmoderated, text discussion with permanent archives and no editing messages. This is available on my curi Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:43:06 +0000 http://curi.us/blog/post/2226 http://curi.us/blog/post/2226