curi https://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us 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 https://curi.us/2478-super-fast-super-ais https://curi.us/2478-super-fast-super-ais 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's quote and citation were both i Tue, 14 Sep 2021 21:35:25 +0000 https://curi.us/2477-academic-journals-are-unreasonable https://curi.us/2477-academic-journals-are-unreasonable David Deutsch Harassment Update 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't discuss why or stop. What's happened Thu, 09 Sep 2021 20:19:00 +0000 https://curi.us/2476-david-deutsch-harassment-update https://curi.us/2476-david-deutsch-harassment-update Evaporating Clouds Trees These trees explain Eli Goldratt's problem solving method called Evaporating Clouds. Click to expand or view the PDF. Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:00:32 +0000 https://curi.us/2475-evaporating-clouds-trees https://curi.us/2475-evaporating-clouds-trees 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 & Byrne 2005), You Sat, 21 Aug 2021 23:41:43 +0000 https://curi.us/2474-bad-sep-scholarship https://curi.us/2474-bad-sep-scholarship 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 https://curi.us/2473-ayn-rand-lexicon-quote-checking https://curi.us/2473-ayn-rand-lexicon-quote-checking Objectivism, Certainty, Peikoff, More This is lightly edited from 2013 emails I wrote to FI list. I was talking about Peikoff's Objective Communication audio lectures. First Email Ayn Rand (AR) advocates fallibilism. In a serious, su Sat, 17 Jul 2021 20:41:10 +0000 https://curi.us/2472-objectivism-certainty-peikoff-more https://curi.us/2472-objectivism-certainty-peikoff-more Rand, Popper and Fallibility I wrote this at an Objectivist forum in 2013. http://rebirthofreason.com/Forum/Dissent/0261.shtml 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 https://curi.us/2471-rand-popper-and-fallibility https://curi.us/2471-rand-popper-and-fallibility Popperian Alternative to Induction This wrote this on an Objectivist discussion forum in 2013. http://rebirthofreason.com/Forum/Dissent/0265.shtml I wrote: Observe what? There are always many many things you could observe. Real s Sat, 17 Jul 2021 20:13:41 +0000 https://curi.us/2470-popperian-alternative-to-induction https://curi.us/2470-popperian-alternative-to-induction 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 https://curi.us/2468-deutsch-misquoted-turing https://curi.us/2468-deutsch-misquoted-turing 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 https://curi.us/2467-boi-explainer-videos https://curi.us/2467-boi-explainer-videos Video: Talking About David Deutsch and Andy B Problems I made a video: Talking About David Deutsch and Andy B Harassment. It'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 https://curi.us/2469-video-talking-about-david-deutsch-and-andy-b-problems https://curi.us/2469-video-talking-about-david-deutsch-and-andy-b-problems Fallible Justificationism This is adapted from a Feb 2013 email. I explain why I don't think all justificationism is infallibilist. Although I'm discussing directly with Alan, this issue came up because I'm disagree Sat, 10 Jul 2021 19:25:10 +0000 https://curi.us/2466-fallible-justificationism https://curi.us/2466-fallible-justificationism Beginning of Infinity Website Removed in Protest I took down the website beginningofinfinity.com 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 https://curi.us/2465-beginning-of-infinity-website-removed-in-protest https://curi.us/2465-beginning-of-infinity-website-removed-in-protest 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 https://curi.us/2464-david-deutsch-books-unendorsement https://curi.us/2464-david-deutsch-books-unendorsement 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 https://curi.us/2463-david-deutsch-retrospective-thoughts https://curi.us/2463-david-deutsch-retrospective-thoughts 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 https://curi.us/2462-misquotes-by-david-deutsch https://curi.us/2462-misquotes-by-david-deutsch 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 https://curi.us/2461-david-deutsch-and-lulie-tanett-violated-reasonable-expectations https://curi.us/2461-david-deutsch-and-lulie-tanett-violated-reasonable-expectations 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 https://curi.us/2460-david-deutsch-wants-to-control-others-and-his-reputation https://curi.us/2460-david-deutsch-wants-to-control-others-and-his-reputation 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 "CritRats" after Karl Popper's philosophy, Cr Thu, 01 Jul 2021 22:38:14 +0000 https://curi.us/2459-critrats-are-obsessed-with-me https://curi.us/2459-critrats-are-obsessed-with-me 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 https://curi.us/2458-david-deutsch-and-my-talent https://curi.us/2458-david-deutsch-and-my-talent 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 https://curi.us/2457-lulie-tanett-defended-me https://curi.us/2457-lulie-tanett-defended-me 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 https://curi.us/2456-what-happened-with-david-deutsch https://curi.us/2456-what-happened-with-david-deutsch 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 https://curi.us/2455-david-deutsch-and-sarah-fitz-claridge-publish-misquotes https://curi.us/2455-david-deutsch-and-sarah-fitz-claridge-publish-misquotes 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 https://curi.us/2454-criticizing-ideas-by-source https://curi.us/2454-criticizing-ideas-by-source Treat Yourself Rationally You can'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's making you suspect it Sat, 19 Jun 2021 20:58:24 +0000 https://curi.us/2453-treat-yourself-rationally https://curi.us/2453-treat-yourself-rationally One Criticism Is Decisive I'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 https://curi.us/2452-one-criticism-is-decisive https://curi.us/2452-one-criticism-is-decisive Human Problems and Abstract Problems I originally wrote this in 2012. Single quotes are DD. One nesting level (single black line indenting the quote) is DD's friend Demosthenes who was involved with TCS a lot. David Deutsch wrote i Thu, 17 Jun 2021 20:23:11 +0000 https://curi.us/2451-human-problems-and-abstract-problems https://curi.us/2451-human-problems-and-abstract-problems Reasoning from Problems not Assumptions Ron Garret (RG) wrote (CR means Critical Rationalism): All reasoning has to start from assumptions. Assumptions by definition can't be proven or disproven. So how can we evaluate our core assumpt Wed, 16 Jun 2021 20:16:41 +0000 https://curi.us/2450-reasoning-from-problems-not-assumptions https://curi.us/2450-reasoning-from-problems-not-assumptions Learning and Unlearning Habits When people learn a new computer game, what happens? Especially a pretty good gamer and a pretty fast paced game. He forms some habits. He learns to press certain combos of buttons. He learns to react Wed, 16 Jun 2021 17:26:14 +0000 https://curi.us/2449-learning-and-unlearning-habits https://curi.us/2449-learning-and-unlearning-habits Henry Hazlitt on Practice In Thinking as a Science (1916), Henry Hazlitt wrote (my emphasis): The secret of practice is to learn thoroughly one thing at a time. As already stated, we act according to habit. The only way to b Tue, 15 Jun 2021 00:10:59 +0000 https://curi.us/2448-henry-hazlitt-on-practice https://curi.us/2448-henry-hazlitt-on-practice Learning to Mastery and Repetition I originally wrote this to the Fallible Ideas email list in 2019. every adult learned some stuff to the point of MASTERY – very low attention needed, can do it great while tired/low-focus/low-effo Mon, 14 Jun 2021 23:43:17 +0000 https://curi.us/2447-learning-to-mastery-and-repetition https://curi.us/2447-learning-to-mastery-and-repetition Learning with Easy Steps in Vindictus This is reposted from a blog comment I wrote in 2019. On FI, Kate asked about my Hardness, Emotions, Mental Automation post: I think the meaning of hard/easy used in the statement is the second one, Mon, 14 Jun 2021 23:22:14 +0000 https://curi.us/2446-learning-with-easy-steps-in-vindictus https://curi.us/2446-learning-with-easy-steps-in-vindictus David Deutsch's Books and Fans I've become very suspicious of any fan of The Beginning of Infinity (BoI), who says it's great, but who has not read The Fabric of Reality (FoR). I've seen a repeated pattern where people w Mon, 14 Jun 2021 18:48:06 +0000 https://curi.us/2445-david-deutschs-books-and-fans https://curi.us/2445-david-deutschs-books-and-fans Sarah Fitz-Claridge Lied About Me This is part of a series of posts explaining the harassment against me from David Deutsch and his fans and associates. It talks about his TCS co-founder lying about me in a similar way to his lie. S Mon, 14 Jun 2021 00:31:24 +0000 https://curi.us/2444-sarah-fitz-claridge-lied-about-me https://curi.us/2444-sarah-fitz-claridge-lied-about-me Second-Handers and Criminals I've found, over and over, that issues I'm thinking about were already covered in Ayn Rand's books, particularly Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Rand knew so much about people, social Sat, 12 Jun 2021 22:03:36 +0000 https://curi.us/2443-second-handers-and-criminals https://curi.us/2443-second-handers-and-criminals Tree: State of the Objectivism Debate This tree documents the state of the debate for Objectivism. Click the image to expand. The PDF has clickable links to sources (everything underlined) and selectable text. The goal of the tree is no Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:12:19 +0000 https://curi.us/2442-tree-state-of-the-objectivism-debate https://curi.us/2442-tree-state-of-the-objectivism-debate Tree: State of the Critical Rationalism Debate This tree documents the state of the debate for Critical Rationalism. Click the image to expand. The PDF has clickable links to sources (everything underlined) and selectable text. The goal of the t Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:03:36 +0000 https://curi.us/2441-tree-state-of-the-critical-rationalism-debate https://curi.us/2441-tree-state-of-the-critical-rationalism-debate Tree: State of the Austrian Economics Debate This tree documents the state of the debate for Austrian Economics. Click the image to expand. The PDF has clickable links to sources (everything underlined) and selectable text. The goal of the tre Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:55:57 +0000 https://curi.us/2440-tree-state-of-the-austrian-economics-debate https://curi.us/2440-tree-state-of-the-austrian-economics-debate David Deutsch’s Irrationality This is part of a series of posts explaining the ongoing harassment against me from David Deutsch and his associates and fans. To provide background information, I’m sharing some of the most negative Tue, 08 Jun 2021 03:05:56 +0000 https://curi.us/2439-david-deutschs-irrationality https://curi.us/2439-david-deutschs-irrationality