Consider having sparse insides

It’s eas­ier to seek true be­liefs if you keep your (epistemic) iden­tity small. (E.g., if you avoid be­liefs like “I am a demo­crat”, and say only “I am a seeker of ac­cu­rate world-mod­els, what­ever those turn out to be”.)

It seems analo­gously eas­ier to seek effec­tive in­ter­nal ar­chi­tec­tures if you also keep non-epistemic parts of your iden­tity small—not “I am a per­son who en­joys na­ture”, nor “I am some­one who val­ues math­e­mat­ics” nor “I am a per­son who aims to be­come good at email” but only “I am a per­son who aims to be effec­tive, what­ever that turns out to en­tail (and who is will­ing to let much of my iden­tity burn in the pro­cess)”.

There are ob­vi­ously haz­ards as well as up­sides that come with this; still, the up­sides seem worth putting out there.

The two biggest ex­cep­tions I would per­son­ally make, which seem to miti­gate the down­sides: “I am a per­son who keeps promises” and “I am a per­son who is loyal to [small set of peo­ple] and who can be re­lied upon to co­op­er­ate more broadly—what­ever that turns out to en­tail”.

Thoughts wel­come.