[SEQ RERUN] No One Can Exempt You From Rationality’s Laws

To­day’s post, No One Can Ex­empt You From Ra­tion­al­ity’s Laws was origi­nally pub­lished on 07 Oc­to­ber 2007. A sum­mary (taken from the LW wiki):

Tra­di­tional Ra­tion­al­ity is phrased in terms of so­cial rules, with vi­o­la­tions in­ter­pretable as cheat­ing—as defec­tions from co­op­er­a­tive norms. But view­ing ra­tio­nal­ity as a so­cial obli­ga­tion gives rise to some strange ideas. The laws of ra­tio­nal­ity are math­e­mat­ics, and no so­cial ma­noeu­vring can ex­empt you.


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