Fallible Ideas Discussion

The Fallible Ideas discussion group is currently active (link) and discusses philosophy and its implications, especially the ideas of Elliot Temple, David Deutsch, Karl Popper and Ayn Rand. The discussion group started in 2013 and this archive goes through 2018.

There's a ton of content here. Don't try to read it straight through. Skip parts that don't interest you, skim for parts you like, or search for keywords to find specific topics you want to learn about. This short video tutorial explains the best way to search. Also, text is frequently repeated because people quote what they're replying to. If you remember what a quote says, you don't have to reread it.

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Note: The PDF is very large (74,582 pages). It works fine with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Don't try to open it in Preview (very slow), and it may not work well in other apps.

Beginning of Infinity Discussion

The Beginning of Infinity is a book by David Deutsch. The discussion group studied and analyzed its philosophy and implications from 2011 to 2017.

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Note: The PDF is very large (18,493 pages). See the note in the Fallible Ideas section above, and the advice there about not reading straight through. Use right-click to download a PDF file instead of opening it in your browser.


  • Elliot Temple discusses life extension and philosophy with Aubrey de Grey (210 pages: ePub, Kindle, PDF)
  • Elliot Temple discusses philosophy with Robert Spillane (92 pages: ePub, Kindle, PDF)
  • Elliot Temple discusses philosophy with the Less Wrong forum (370 page PDF)
  • Fallible Ideas emails about Kant. Mostly it's analysis and research by Elliot (41 page PDF)

Adobe Search Instructions

Searching a PDF should be instant, but Adobe broke it so that it can take a few minutes. There are two solutions. First, if you leave a PDF open long enough (can take a couple days for a huge file), it will generate a file to allow fast searches. Second, to avoid waiting, you can download a file below, put it at a location, and then relaunch Acrobat Reader or Acrobat Pro.


For the Fallible Ideas Archive, download 64f93745e788417db351.idx and put at: /Users/[Your home folder]/Library/Caches/Acrobat/DC/Search/64f93745e788417db351.idx


For the Fallible Ideas Archive, download 64f93745e788417db351bd05719f6d8d.idx and put at: C:\Users\[Your home folder]\AppData\LocalLow\Adobe\Acrobat\DC\Search\64f93745e788417db351bd05719f6d8d.idx