Tak­ing Ideas Seriously

TagLast edit: 6 Aug 2020 0:04 UTC by Raemon

Taking Ideas Seriously is the skill/​habit of noticing when a new idea should have major ramifications.

It has to do with decompartmentalization. By default some people think about one set of ideas in one compartmentalized domain (say, professional scientists thinking about the scientific method), and don’t think to apply those ideas to other domains (such as their religion or politics). People with decompartmentalized beliefs update faster.

Taking a new idea seriously has the advantage of letting you act on it sooner. It can potentially have the disadvantage of making you vulnerable to convincing-but-wrong arguments, if you don’t have the skills to evaluate them properly.

Ra­tion­al­ists Are Less Cre­d­u­lous But Bet­ter At Tak­ing Ideas Seriously

Scott Alexander21 Jan 2014 2:18 UTC
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Tak­ing Ideas Seriously

Will_Newsome13 Aug 2010 16:50 UTC
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“If You’re Not a Holy Mad­man, You’re Not Try­ing”

abramdemski28 Feb 2021 18:56 UTC
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How much should we value life?

Adam Zerner6 Sep 2021 22:30 UTC
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Com­part­men­tal­iz­ing: Effec­tive Altru­ism and Abortion

Dias4 Jan 2015 23:48 UTC
36 points
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Con­nect­ing Your Beliefs (a call for help)

lukeprog20 Nov 2011 5:18 UTC
34 points
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Ham­mers and Nails

alkjash23 Jan 2018 1:19 UTC
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In praise of gullibil­ity?

ahbwramc18 Jun 2015 4:52 UTC
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Creat­ing a truly formidable Art

Valentine14 Oct 2021 4:39 UTC
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Us­ing blin­ders to help you see things for what they are

Adam Zerner11 Nov 2021 7:07 UTC
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See­ing the Smoke

Jacob Falkovich28 Feb 2020 18:26 UTC
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What I mean by the phrase “tak­ing ideas se­ri­ously”

Luise21 Jun 2022 19:42 UTC
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Tomb­stone Men­tal­ity

SuperDaveWhite13 Aug 2020 13:46 UTC
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[LINK] Why tak­ing ideas se­ri­ously is prob­a­bly a bad thing to do

David_Gerard5 Jan 2013 23:37 UTC
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Tak­ing Ideas Se­ri­ously is Hard

neilkakkar31 Oct 2020 13:47 UTC
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State, Art, Identity

musq25 Jan 2021 20:22 UTC
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And the word was “God”

pchvykov30 Aug 2022 21:13 UTC
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On sincerity

Joe Carlsmith23 Dec 2022 17:13 UTC
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