It’s lots of saving throws, you know? And you multiply the saving throws together and things look better. And they interact better than that because– well, in one way worse because it’s correlated: If you’re incompetent, you’re more likely to fail to solve the problem and more likely to fail to coordinate not to destroy the world. In some other sense, it’s better than interacting multiplicatively because weakness in one area compensates for strength in the other. I think there are a bunch of saving throws that could independently make things good, but then in reality you have to have a little bit here and a little bit here and a little bit here, if that makes sense.

I don’t understand this part. Translating to math, I think it’s saying something like, if is the probability that saving throw works, then the probability that at least one of them works is (assuming the saving throws are independent), which is higher the more saving throws there are; but due to correlation, the saving throws are not independent, so we effectively have fewer saving throws. I don’t understand what “weakness in one area compensates for strength in the other” or “a little bit here and a little bit here and a little bit here” mean.

I would appreciate hearing more concretely what it means to be internally coherent/incoherent (e.g. are there examples of contradictory statements a single person is making?).