It blew my mind when I realized that analytic philosophy existed. I had one year of philosophy in high school, and it was all about what philosophers said several centuries ago and what hidden meanings a question could have based on the Greek and Latin roots of the words. There was little discussion of how the progress of scientific knowledge might have made many of their claims obsolete. We talked about how Spinoza claimed that humans must be governed by the same laws of nature as everything else, and then completely ignored it while discussing other ideas. I don't think Darwin was even mentioned. There was more literature and quotes from old philosophers than attempts at building a realistic worldview.
It made me very happy when I discovered philosophers like Daniel Dennet trying to deconfuse questions, analyze the implications of our scientific knowledge, and try to build logically consistent arguments for the real world.
I really wish rationality was taught in school. It's only in my twenties that I realized that the point of having a realistic map of the world was to be able to better achieve your goals (I am not saying that in an individualistic way, goals can be altruistic). I had completely neglected instrumental rationality because it wasn't fun, but also because I didn't know it was a thing.
A good introduction, for those who don't dislike the writing style, is Eliezer Yudkowsky's sequences:
rant about psychology/rationality/argumentation
This matches my experience. I think I am good at understanding and finding flaws in arguments, but horribly bad at convincing people, because I will base my arguments on concepts that they have never heard of.
It scares me because I would like to discuss ideas related to effective altruism (like population ethics and animal welfare) and I really want to avoid having a negative impact by making people less sympathetic to the ideas I want to spread. So I might try to toot about some basic concepts that I wish I had learned in middle school instead of in my twenties.
Also, is anyone on the fediverse interested in effective altruism I found about two persons in total mentioning it.
TIL: if you use “share my location with this site” in Firefox, your location is shared with that site and Google: https://www.google.com/privacy/lsf.html
Wow, it's incredible to see newspapers give predictions with probability estimates for 2019! https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/1/15/18182069/2019-predictions-forecast-democratic-nominee-brexit
Does anyone have a trick to learn how to type? I was never taught (the most basic computer education I had in school was word/excel classes made by teachers who thought free software was exactly the same thing as freeware), so I ended up using two fingers and now every time I try to learn properly it is very difficult because I become ten times slower and the finger position is very (mentally) uncomfortable.
Finally meditated today after stopping for like a month. I hope it's going to get somewhere, for now it's just relaxing.
I should also finish The Mind Illuminated, I just read 10 pages of it and stopped. I used to read novels in two days when I was a teen, but now I am only interested in non-fiction and it takes me at least two months to read a book. Same for audiobooks, but at least I can listen while commuting or walking.
I'm looking for laptop suggestions if anybody has any.
Money isn't as much of a problem as it is usually (but ofc i don't want to waste it on something silly).
I think I want to get a good laptop which will last me through the rest of college.
The main qualities I'm looking for are:
* works with *nix/free software without much difficulties (proprietary blobs are ok as long as they're not anything like nvidia)
* has a good screen (I have a 1080p screen on my current laptop and love it)
Bonus points: easily repairable hardware would be amazing, but i don't really mind.
thank you @Abprallen for the fursona!
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