I certanly think you’re right, that the conscious mind and conscious decisions can to a large extent re-write a lot of programming of the brain.
I am surprised to think that you think that most rationalists don’t think that. (That sentence is a mouthful, but you know what I mean.) A lot of rationalist writing is devoted to working on ways to do exactally that; a lot of people have written about how just reading the sequences helped them basically repogram their own brain to be more rational in a wide variety of situations.
Are there a lot of people in the rationalist community who think that conscious thought and decision making can’t do major things? I know there are philosophers who think that maybe consciousness is irrelevant to behavior, but that philosophy seems very much at odds with LessWrong-style rationality and the way people on LessWrong tend ot think about and talk about what consciousness is.
I was watching part of your video, and I’m really surprised that you think that LessWrong doesn’t have what you call “paths fowrard”, that is, ways for people who disagree to find a path towards considering where they may be wrong and trying to hear the other person’s point of view. In fact, that’s actually a huge focus around here, and a lot has been written about ways to do that.