There are infinitely many quantitative differences between analog factors. But there are only a small number of relevant qualitative differences for a particular context with a few goals. Qualitative, notable, important, meaningful differences – differences that connect to some kinda relevant intellectual concept – are sparse and rare. There are also digital
We make decisions based on many factors. This article is about how to make good decisions. It uses arithmetic to help analyze decision making. For example, consider buying a car. You’ll consider price, brand, color, gas/hybrid/electric, crash test ratings, rear backup camera, sunroof, truck/sedan/SUV, new/
This is some of my older writing about rationality that I wanted to share. Objectivist and Critical Rationalist Epistemology discusses similarities and differences between Karl Popper and Ayn Rand. They agree more than most people realize. Conflict, Criticism, Learning, Reason discusses rationality and fallibility. Reasoning from Problems not Assumptions discusses
Karl Popper’s philosophy, Critical Rationalism (CR), rejects positive arguments (arguments in favor of ideas). It rejects trying to figure out how much support, evidence or justification an idea has. And it rejects induction, which is a type of positive argument. CR says we learn by conjectures and refutations (which
My morality dialog discusses that many different moral goals (such as maximizing squirrels or minimizing carrots, in the whole universe, over all of time), when taken seriously, converge on the same intermediate goals, actions and values (like control over reality, error correction, science, rationality, intellectual honesty, free speech, free markets
Tree diagrams are an intellectual tool for organizing ideas. My main article explaining them is Discussion Trees. I also made a tree about making idea trees and wrote Tracking Discussions. Organizing ideas is important to Paths Forward. Potential critics need to be able to understand what your claims are and
In Think and Philosophy: What For?, I introduce philosophy in small parts (slides or short webpages with a continue button) instead of as a big article. Both emphasize fallibility: we will inevitably make mistakes, so we need philosophical thinking (including criticism) to help us find and fix mistakes.