Whoa. Your section “The right to use a name” blew my mind, as has helped me “clear the fog” on several occasions, even outside of math. Thanks so much for that. Strong upvote.
pretty easy to create a stylish script for it
Oh, good idea! I don’t have Stylish installed, but I have something similar, and I was able to hide it that way. Thanks!
and not at the top nor on the front page
I would appreciate an option to hide the number of votes that posts have. Maybe not hide entirely, but set them to only display at the bottom of a post, and not at the top nor on the front page. With the way votes are currently displayed, I think I’m getting biased for/against certain posts before I even read them, just based on the number of votes they have.
The other day, my roommate mentioned that the bias towards wanting good things for people in your in-group and bad things for those in your out-group can be addressed by including ever more people in your in-group.
Here’s a way to do that: take a person you want to move into your in-group, and try to imagine them as the protagonist of a story. What are their desires? What obstacles are they facing right now? How are they trying to overcome them?
I sometimes feel annoyed at a person just by looking at them. I invented this technique just now, but I used it one time on a person pictured in an advertisement, and it worked. I had previously been having a “what’s your problem?” feeling, and it was instantly replaced with a loving “I’m rooting for you” feeling.
I upvoted for the last one. For the other two, would you mind sharing details? Specifically, what did you used to do, what insight did you have, and what do you do now?
short enough that we don’t expect minds to play a fundamental role.
Why would minds need to play a fundamental role in how the universe works for psi to be real? Somebody who has never seen a radio might protest that they are too big to be fundamental to reality, but it wouldn’t matter: radios do work. Of course, it turns out that the part of a radio that invisibly communicates with other pieces of technology at a distance of several miles is tiny and mathematically simple. But then, couldn’t there be a similar explanation for psi?
This argument holds a lot more water for some types of psi than for others. Humans being able to read other humans’ thoughts at a very low resolution seems semi-plausible to me; humans being able to lift objects off the ground without touching them seems much less plausible. There is a gap in my knowledge that affects the mind-reading comment, though: I have no idea how sure we are that we’ve identified all of the different signals-that-can-be-sent-through-the-air (like sound waves and radio waves).
I don’t think the “dream” explanation covers much ground. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that most believers in psi came to believe in it after having a real experience (even if that experience didn’t actually justify believing in psi).
How did you become so sure that psi isn’t real? If I were to write a parallel article about how atomic physics is the control group for science because I’m pretty sure atoms aren’t real, what asymmetry would there be between the two articles?
Vocabulary is big. What I’m about to say is anecdotal, but I think having the words to express a concept make that concept a LOT more readily available when its relevant. Thanks for the response!
I like these answers a lot because they strike just the right balance between specificity and generality that will let me render similar character developments into my story world, without feeling like I’m just copying something down directly. Thanks!
IIRC, there is some kind of template software you can use to set up a basic wiki, kind of like how WordPress is a template software for a basic blog. If you google around you’ll probably find it, if it exists.
I really like the idea of a personal wiki. I’ve been thinking for a while about how I can track concepts that I like but that don’t seem to be part of the zeitgeist. I might set up a personal wiki for it!
(I see this has been posted elsewhere. I don’t know if I invented it independently or if I read it somewhere and then forgot about it until now.)
Why is it my responsibility to heal the wounds that somebody else dealt to me??
Because if you don’t heal your wounds, you will bleed on people who didn’t cut you.
Most people still update their worldview based upon whatever their tribe as agreed upon as their central authority. I’m having a hard time critisising people for doing this, however. This is something we all do!
Oh yes, that’s certainly true! My point is that anybody who has the floor can say that science has proven XYZ when it hasn’t, and if their audience isn’t scientifically literate then they won’t be able to notice. That’s why I lead with the Dark Ages example where priests got to interpret the bible however was convenient for them.
I’m told that there was a period of history where only the priests were literate and therefore only they could read the Bible. Or maybe it was written in Latin and only they knew how to read it, or something. Anyway, as a result, they were free to interpret it any way they liked, and they used that power to control the masses.
Goodness me, it’s a good thing we Have Science Now and can use it to free ourselves from the overbearing grip of Religion!
Oh, totally unrelatedly, the average modern person is scientifically illiterate and absorbs their knowledge of what is “scientific” through a handful of big news sources and through cultural osmosis.
Moral: Be wary of packages labeled “science” and be especially wary of social pressure to believe implausible-sounding claims just because they’re “scientific”. There are many ways for that beautiful name to get glued onto random memes.
This probably didn’t exist when you wrote this comment, but it does now: https://sebpearce.com/bullshit/
I just saw a funny example of Extremal Goodhart in the wild: a child was having their picture taken, and kept being told they weren’t smiling enough. As a result, they kept screaming “CHEEEESE!!!” louder and louder.