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    1. Valka D'Ur
      Valka D'Ur

      I'm sorry to be so late in replying; I was away from the forum for 2 months, and I don't check visitors' messages that often anyway (PM is best since I get email notifications of those).

      Anyway, what is the context for your question?
      1. ExtraCrispy
        Sorry, I totally missed your comment. I rarely visit this forum. :3
        Feb 22, 2018
    2. Cutlass
      There are a lot of philosophers who make really interesting points in powerful ways. But I often have trouble really grasping the points they are trying to convey.
    3. Cutlass
    4. Cutlass
      It may be useful to know some things about many subjects. But I don't know that you can make a career out of it. Mastering a subject is harder than that.

      As to the charity thing, I think if you're going to give to charity, then you need to find out what charity is important to you, and then try to find an organization pursuing that goal which is decently run.
    5. Cutlass
      I think in eras past you had more people who they would call 'polymaths'. People who had expertise in a lot of subjects. But back then every subject had less actual knowledge in them. So it was much easier to do. Now every field is so specialized that even the smartest people can spend a lifetime learning a subject, and never get to the bottom of everything they needed to know.
    6. Cutlass
      I don't really know. It depends on your interests. If you don't need to know fields in depth, and it interests you to know a little about many things, it could be an interesting hobby to pursue.
    7. Cutlass
      It's a hard field to learn without doing a very large amount of reading. Something I no longer have the time for.
    8. Cutlass
      I haven't got the free time recently for serious reading. The last time I read a serious book, it took me 6 weeks.
    9. Cutlass
      Smith is 18th century. People like Ricardo, Hume, Marx, Malthus, John Stewart Mill, Henry George. There is a book called The Worldly Philosophers
    10. Cutlass
      There is some philosophy in the history of economic thought. If you look in particular at the 19th century economic thinkers, there's a lot of overlap with philosophy. Not so much now.
    11. Cutlass
      Not very much. It's not something which ever interested me. What about you?
    12. Cutlass
      I'm not familiar with them at all. So I can't really comment. For an introduction to economics, you should read "The undercover economist strikes back". That was very good.
    13. Cutlass
      That blog is written by someone who used to post in OT a lot. So I know the guy. It's said to be pretty good.

      Here's a list of things to read if you want by another former CFC OT poster. https://integdomain.wordpress.com/reading-list/

      That should give you some background.
    14. Cutlass
      I don't know enough of his work to comment in depth. The concept of a black swan seems right on target. People build new homes on the sides of volcanoes, and don't understand the risk that they are taking.

      The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain:

      The disproportionate role of high-profile, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance, and technology
      The non-computability of the probability of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to the very nature of small probabilities)
      The psychological biases that make people individually and collectively blind to uncertainty and unaware of the massive role of the rare event in historical affairs

      Seems right on to me.
    15. Cutlass
      Taleb who? There's no one by that name that I know well enough to have an opinion about their work. If you mean the Black Swan guy, that theory is I think sound. But I don't really know the theories in depth, or what his other work is about.
    16. Plotinus
      I'm afraid I don't know anything about him!
    17. Plotinus
      I'm afraid I've never read or seen anything by him, so I don't have any opinion!
    18. Atticus
      I had to use Google to find out who he is, so no. :D
    19. Tee Kay
      Tee Kay
      It means I take elements of different religions/ideologies and mix and match and merge them.
    20. Atticus
      Hmm... It could be defined by pointing the object which it means (i.e. me).
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