curi https://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Robin Hanson Apologized For His Ideas They broke Robin Hanson. http://mason.gmu.edu/~rhanson/JuneteenthApology.html Hanson chose to be an icon and leader. Giving in is a betrayal of his followers, fans and values. It signals that you can& Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:29:34 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2349 https://curi.us/blog/post/2349 Gamer MeToo Witch Hunt Gamings Metoo is a Profitable Catastrophe Hundreds of people in gaming industry, e.g. Twitch streamers and pro gamers, have recently faced MeToo type allegations about e.g. sexual assault. There's Fri, 26 Jun 2020 20:56:33 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2348 https://curi.us/blog/post/2348 Cultural Elites, aka The Ruling Class iamok asked on Discord: why is objectivism so small? Oism disagrees with the left on tons of stuff and disagrees with the right on religion, and disagrees with everyone on secondhandedness, panderi Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:00:05 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2347 https://curi.us/blog/post/2347 Learn from Tutoring Videos I’ve been tutoring people to help them learn philosophy concepts. The videos are free and public. InternetRules is learning about idea trees. We started with basics so anyone can start learning here Thu, 25 Jun 2020 10:56:50 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2346 https://curi.us/blog/post/2346 Developing Rational, Objective Judgment Look for opportunities to use measurements to help your judgment. And also work on developing good judgment (about anything) and developing ways to prevent, detect and correct bias, dishonesty and irra Sun, 21 Jun 2020 11:46:26 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2345 https://curi.us/blog/post/2345 Measurement The main thing that's great about measurement is it's easy to be objective. It deals with facts that we can quantify with numbers. Often we have measuring tools to aid us, e.g. timers, rulers, Sun, 21 Jun 2020 11:39:05 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2344 https://curi.us/blog/post/2344 Non-Measurable Goal Criteria "Get good at rational thinking" is a goal that's hard to measure progress, success or failure at. With a business, you can measure stuff like sales, revenue, profit, widgets produced, nu Sun, 21 Jun 2020 11:19:31 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2343 https://curi.us/blog/post/2343 Measuring Goal Success A good, generic strategy is to come up with some goals, then come up with some measurable criteria to judge success or failure for each goal. This helps you recognize problems, mistakes and inadequate Sun, 21 Jun 2020 11:07:22 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2342 https://curi.us/blog/post/2342 Mises on Harmony of Interests Ludwig von Mises in Liberalism: In the Classical Tradition: Thus, all these modern parties of special interests, no matter how far apart their goals may diverge or how violently they may contend agai Sat, 20 Jun 2020 14:15:02 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2341 https://curi.us/blog/post/2341 Assumptions What constitutes "skipping steps" or "making assumptions" depends on context and perspective. We can't allocate conscious attention to all of reality – reality is too big, com Sat, 20 Jun 2020 11:08:11 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2340 https://curi.us/blog/post/2340 What Is an Impasse? An impasse is a reason (from the speaker’s pov (point of view)) that the discussion isn’t working. Impasses take logical priority over continuing the discussion. It doesn’t make sense to keep ta Wed, 17 Jun 2020 10:14:22 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2339 https://curi.us/blog/post/2339 Learning From Discussion Is Hard It's very hard for people to learn by interacting with other people directly. Two major reasons: Interaction triggers people to behave and interpret socially. They put most of their effort into s Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:05:46 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2338 https://curi.us/blog/post/2338 Don't Judge People by How They Did in School School success does not imply being smart, wise or knowledgeable. Failing your school classes or hating school does not imply lacking brainpower or lacking learning capacity. Hating school doesn' Mon, 15 Jun 2020 11:43:39 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2337 https://curi.us/blog/post/2337 Projects Aren't Just For Business Project management is important for projects you do alone. Some people maybe think it's just for team projects. But by yourself it's still useful to have some idea of what tasks go into a proje Sat, 13 Jun 2020 10:59:53 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2336 https://curi.us/blog/post/2336 School Doesn't Educate Needing prerequisites for projects doesn't usually mean more school. Schools broadly fail to teach much. They don't work anyway. And they teach a lot of the wrong things. Let's take an ex Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:23:56 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2335 https://curi.us/blog/post/2335 Thinking Before Discussion Learning to think rationally precedes learning to have rational discussions. Discussion basically uses two skills: thinking and dealing with other people. Language is part of thinking well. It'd Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:31:42 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2334 https://curi.us/blog/post/2334 Figuring Out Prerequisites How can you figure out prerequisites you need? Look at your project plan. What steps are you planning to do? For each step, consider what skills and resources you need to accomplish it. Don't rely Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:06:37 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2333 https://curi.us/blog/post/2333 Riots Aren't Popular The protestors/rioters are less popular and mainstream than they think they are. It's partly because, just like most people, they tend to interact with people similar to themselves. But it's Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:55:18 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2332 https://curi.us/blog/post/2332 Discussions Have Prerequisites As Karl Popper taught us, there's more than one way to approach the truth. This doesn't prevent topics from having prerequisites (you need to learn X before Z – Z builds on X). It sometimes Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:13:06 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2331 https://curi.us/blog/post/2331 Reform Requires Reason The protestors/rioters broadly seem to assume if they demand stuff vigorously enough then it'll happen. What's the premise? That people are just being bad on purpose. That they could do better Tue, 09 Jun 2020 13:51:55 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2330 https://curi.us/blog/post/2330 We Can't Outlaw the Mainstream Suppose hypothetically that approximately all parents are child abusers. And you're a political leader. You can't just arrest the all the child abusers or take all their kids away because who i Tue, 09 Jun 2020 13:04:24 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2329 https://curi.us/blog/post/2329 Discussions Need Goals To have a productive discussion, you need a goal. What outcomes would qualify as success? If you don't know what you're aiming for, achieving success is unrealistic. And you ought to have some Tue, 09 Jun 2020 11:38:59 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2328 https://curi.us/blog/post/2328 Godless Protestors/Rioters One of the many issues with the protest/riot leaders, and many of the followers, is that they don't believe in God. They don't believe in a higher power, truth or law above themselves (some sor Tue, 09 Jun 2020 11:34:39 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2327 https://curi.us/blog/post/2327 Ignorant Protestors Most of the protestors/rioters are ignorant dupes being lied to by people and groups like CNN, Soros, AOC, NYT, and their teachers and professors. The people who run BLM are racist, Marxist liars who a Tue, 09 Jun 2020 11:27:29 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2326 https://curi.us/blog/post/2326 Black Lives Matter Is Evil Black Lives Matter is a racist, Marxist group. I oppose and condemn them. Read about them. Mon, 08 Jun 2020 22:24:02 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2325 https://curi.us/blog/post/2325 Difficulty Self-Evaluating Means Overreaching If you can't self-evaluate what you're doing, it's too hard and you're overreaching. You're lost, confused, and making tons of errors with no effective way to recognize them. Stop a Mon, 08 Jun 2020 15:11:20 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2324 https://curi.us/blog/post/2324 Sharing Discussion Methods Suppose you try to have a discussion with someone and you use one method (one approch to how to discuss – what to say, when, how to organize it, etc.) and he uses a different method. What happens? C Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:17:46 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2323 https://curi.us/blog/post/2323 Discussion Methodologies To have a productive discussion, you need a method of discussing. What is step 1 in a discussion? What is step 2? What is step 3? If you don't know, or don't have it in writing, why would you Sun, 07 Jun 2020 10:58:02 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2322 https://curi.us/blog/post/2322 Project Planning Discussion This is a discussion about rational project planning. The major theme is that people should consider what their project premises are. What claims are they betting their project success on the correctne Mon, 25 May 2020 17:46:00 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2321 https://curi.us/blog/post/2321 Where Can I Start Confidently? John: So I must act. Don’t let life pass me by. And you only want me to act on things where I have conclusive knowledge and major, rational confidence. Where I (fallibly but substantively) know what Sun, 10 May 2020 10:22:52 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2320 https://curi.us/blog/post/2320 Discussion: Analyzing a Claimed Contradiction 2020-04-20 on the FI Discord: Freeze: when people share examples of trump contradicting himself over short spans of time, is it often propaganda or is it a valid criticism? curi: it could be both. Mon, 20 Apr 2020 22:43:32 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2319 https://curi.us/blog/post/2319 Overreaching Discussion How can we understand, manage and deal with our error rate and our error correction rate/capacity? How can we avoid being overwhelmed with errors? How can we succeed more? How can we know what we'r Mon, 20 Apr 2020 10:21:56 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2318 https://curi.us/blog/post/2318 Praise from David Deutsch These quotes give some information about what David Deutsch thought of me and why. They help explain why he chose to spend thousands of hours having discussions with me, primarily one-on-one. I’m pro Sat, 18 Apr 2020 17:17:04 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2317 https://curi.us/blog/post/2317 Evaporating Clouds Topic for discussing Evaporating Clouds (aka Conflict Clouds). Share Clouds and discuss solutions! Evaporating Clouds are a problem solving tool created by Eli Goldratt. Learn about them from his book Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:20:21 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2316 https://curi.us/blog/post/2316 Polyamory, Polygamy, BDSM and Rational Thinking Skills Discussion From the Fallible Ideas Discord. Freeze: Some stuff I read today and liked (some of it was re-reading): Freeze: https://fallibleideas.com/common-preferences Freeze: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki Wed, 08 Apr 2020 20:59:59 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2315 https://curi.us/blog/post/2315 Stop Using Google Search Google search is heavily politically biased, on purpose. They are much worse than the alternatives. Stop using them. Change your default search engine. They are controlling what information you find on Sun, 05 Apr 2020 10:40:49 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2314 https://curi.us/blog/post/2314 Dennis Hackethal, Plagiarist Dennis Hackethal (DH) published the book A Window on Intelligence: The Philosophy of People, Software, and Evolution – and Its Implications on 2020-03-13. The book heavily plagiarizes Elliot Temple ( Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:57:23 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2313 https://curi.us/blog/post/2313 Support My Work Become a Fallible Ideas Subscriber to support my free philosophy work and get rewards. Check out the subscription tiers on SubscribeStar. SubscribeStar is like Patreon but hasn't deplatformed so m Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:52:15 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2312 https://curi.us/blog/post/2312 Making Idea Trees Idea Trees are a tool to help think about and organize ideas and discussions. Use them for brainstorming, outlining, project planning, debates and more. This Idea Tree teaches how to make Idea Trees: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:51:56 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2311 https://curi.us/blog/post/2311 Weinstein vs. Veritas Comments on podcast: The Portal 26: James O’Keefe: What is (and isn't) Journalism in the 21st century i listened to Eric Weinstein spend 2 hours talking to James O’Keefe (of Project Veritas) a Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:03:08 +0000 https://curi.us/blog/post/2310 https://curi.us/blog/post/2310