[Link] Truth-telling is aggression in zero-sum frames (Jessica Taylor)

https://​​un­sta­bleon­tol­ogy.com/​​2019/​​09/​​10/​​truth-tel­ling-is-ag­gres­sion-in-zero-sum-frames/​​ (archive)


If we adopt a frame that says that un­usual so­cial plots are ac­tions that are against some­one (which is a zero-sum frame), this leads to the con­clu­sion that truth-tel­ling is ag­gres­sion, as it is nec­es­sar­ily part of an un­usual so­cial plot.
Non-zero-sum frames, of course, usu­ally in­ter­pret truth-tel­ling pos­i­tively: it con­tributes to a shared in­for­ma­tion com­mons, which helps just about ev­ery­one, with few ex­cep­tions. Peo­ple are of­ten ca­pa­ble of switch­ing to non-zero-sum frames in nat­u­ral emer­gency situ­a­tions, but such situ­a­tions are rare.
To tran­si­tion from a zero-sum frame to a non-zero-sum frame, from nor­mal­ized ly­ing to nor­mal­ized truth-tel­ling, re­quires a spe­cial so­cial plot in­volv­ing un­usual truth-tel­ling. Be­cause it al­most never hap­pens by de­fault.