curi https://curi.us/ Explanations for the curious en-us Predatory Pricing and Amazon I read the article The Slow Erosion of Amazon&#39;s Power by Matt Stoller. Comments: I agree there’s a problem here with Amazon and their “predatory” pricing where they are willing to lose money Sun, 07 Aug 2022 16:27:40 +0000 https://curi.us/2506-predatory-pricing-and-amazon https://curi.us/2506-predatory-pricing-and-amazon No Non-Genuine Debates I don&#39;t want to debate people about a conclusion that we agree on. Don&#39;t play devil&#39;s advocate to advocate something you think is wrong. Don&#39;t bait me to make arguments that you already Sun, 07 Aug 2022 16:03:57 +0000 https://curi.us/2505-no-non-genuine-debates https://curi.us/2505-no-non-genuine-debates Links for My Health Ideas I’ve recently talked about health and food. This post gathers links in one place. Links within lists are ordered from oldest to newest. Articles Understanding Food Caffeine Is Bad Plants vs. Mamma Sun, 07 Aug 2022 15:56:35 +0000 https://curi.us/2504-links-for-my-health-ideas https://curi.us/2504-links-for-my-health-ideas Problem Solving That Removes Warning Signs When we make some change, there are sometimes visible bad results. These are a clue that there are likely also hidden bad results. If we come up with a solution targeted only at the visible bad results Sun, 07 Aug 2022 05:38:50 +0000 https://curi.us/2503-problem-solving-that-removes-warning-signs https://curi.us/2503-problem-solving-that-removes-warning-signs Health “Experts” Betrayed America They’ve known, mostly for over 30 years, that: we need to eat some omega 3 (n3) and omega 6 (n6) fats ratio of n3 to n6 fats is a big deal n3 and n6 compete with each other in some ways n3 helps wi Fri, 29 Jul 2022 18:41:28 +0000 https://curi.us/2502-health-experts-betrayed-america https://curi.us/2502-health-experts-betrayed-america Tribalist Medical Journal Editors The Art of Problem Solving: Accompanied by Ackoff&#39;s Fables (1978): Fable 5.1. SMOKING PREVENTS CHOLERA. Early in the war against cancer the medical profession&#39;s battle against smoking began. Wed, 27 Jul 2022 17:15:04 +0000 https://curi.us/2501-tribalist-medical-journal-editors https://curi.us/2501-tribalist-medical-journal-editors Do You Really, Actually, Genuinely Want Unbounded Discussion? When people post in the Unbounded section of my forum, and claim that they wanted unbounded discussion and criticism, I broadly don’t believe them. I tend to treat it like somewhat less bounded discu Wed, 27 Jul 2022 01:15:15 +0000 https://curi.us/2500-do-you-really-actually-genuinely-want-unbounded-discussion https://curi.us/2500-do-you-really-actually-genuinely-want-unbounded-discussion I Less Often Reply to Anons I reply less to short term, temporary identities. Why? They don’t have a positive reputation. They haven’t shown any past willingness to put in effort, past knowledge, etc. They’re just throwawa Wed, 27 Jul 2022 00:56:37 +0000 https://curi.us/2499-i-less-often-reply-to-anons https://curi.us/2499-i-less-often-reply-to-anons Beware Processed Food There seems to be broad agreement that something significant is currently going wrong with health in the modern world. It seems related to food, obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and more. It affects so Mon, 25 Jul 2022 18:28:05 +0000 https://curi.us/2498-beware-processed-food https://curi.us/2498-beware-processed-food Plants vs. Mammals (Energy, Digestion, Broad Conceptual Explanations, and the Lion Diet) Disclaimer This is not diet advice. I’m not a diet, nutrition or medical expert. And I’m not saying to stop eating plants. My guess is that a meat-only diet is a bad idea for most people. My artic Sun, 24 Jul 2022 17:52:16 +0000 https://curi.us/2497-plants-vs-mammals-energy-digestion-broad-conceptual-explanations-and-the-lion-diet https://curi.us/2497-plants-vs-mammals-energy-digestion-broad-conceptual-explanations-and-the-lion-diet Discussion and Boundary Based Relationships Here’s a simplified model of relationships: they can be based on boundaries or discussion. There can be a mix of both, but often a whole relationship, or all interactions about a specific topic, pred Mon, 18 Jul 2022 19:07:33 +0000 https://curi.us/2496-discussion-and-boundary-based-relationships https://curi.us/2496-discussion-and-boundary-based-relationships Beware Jordan Peterson Quotes are from I was Jordan Peterson’s strongest supporter. Now I think he’s dangerous from 2018 by Bernard Schiff. Google the title to dodge the paywall. Schiff was a big Jordan Peterson (JBP) Mon, 11 Jul 2022 19:53:33 +0000 https://curi.us/2495-beware-jordan-peterson https://curi.us/2495-beware-jordan-peterson Caffeine Is Bad I recently made a forum thread warning people against drugs, especially brain-affecting, addictive drugs, including caffeine. https://discuss.criticalfallibilism.com/t/caffeine-drugs-food-additives-an Sun, 10 Jul 2022 15:16:59 +0000 https://curi.us/2494-caffeine-is-bad https://curi.us/2494-caffeine-is-bad Restating Opposing Views; Charity in Debates Fights, Games, and Debates by Anatol Rapoport (1960), p. 289 (btw I read 285-309 based on a lead from a different, better book): The reciprocal task has been proposed as the foundation of ethical deb Thu, 07 Jul 2022 17:49:49 +0000 https://curi.us/2493-restating-opposing-views-charity-in-debates https://curi.us/2493-restating-opposing-views-charity-in-debates Roe vs. Wade Overturned Roe vs Wade was overturned today. I haven&#39;t read any articles; I just saw headlines. I don&#39;t want to get drawn into politics a bunch, but I do want to share some comments today, including criti Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:15:50 +0000 https://curi.us/2492-roe-vs-wade-overturned https://curi.us/2492-roe-vs-wade-overturned 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 https://curi.us/2491-analyzing-dishonest-ads https://curi.us/2491-analyzing-dishonest-ads 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 https://curi.us/2490-specialist-creators-with-small-audiences https://curi.us/2490-specialist-creators-with-small-audiences 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 https://curi.us/2489-harassment-campaign-update-for-may-2022 https://curi.us/2489-harassment-campaign-update-for-may-2022 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 https://curi.us/2488-educational-product-price-reductions https://curi.us/2488-educational-product-price-reductions 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 https://curi.us/2487-understanding-food https://curi.us/2487-understanding-food 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 https://curi.us/2486-ayn-rands-honesty https://curi.us/2486-ayn-rands-honesty Critical Fallibilism Website I now post most of my articles at criticalfallibilism.com (RSS). Subscribe there to receive emails for my articles. I post serious and important philosophy articles at the Critical Fallibilism site. I Sat, 27 Nov 2021 02:34:43 +0000 https://curi.us/2485-critical-fallibilism-website https://curi.us/2485-critical-fallibilism-website 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 https://curi.us/2484-mediocre-followers https://curi.us/2484-mediocre-followers 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 https://curi.us/2483-analysis-of-david-deutschs-the-final-prejudice https://curi.us/2483-analysis-of-david-deutschs-the-final-prejudice 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 https://curi.us/2482-david-deutsch-harassment-update-for-november-2021 https://curi.us/2482-david-deutsch-harassment-update-for-november-2021 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 https://curi.us/2481-crony-capitalists https://curi.us/2481-crony-capitalists 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 https://curi.us/2480-pandering-cycle https://curi.us/2480-pandering-cycle 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 https://curi.us/2479-writing-critique-for-community-banking-and-fintech https://curi.us/2479-writing-critique-for-community-banking-and-fintech 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&#39;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 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 https://curi.us/2476-david-deutsch-harassment-update-for-september-2021 https://curi.us/2476-david-deutsch-harassment-update-for-september-2021 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 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 &amp; 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&#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 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&#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 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