I enjoyed this three part series so much. Solidified ideas that I've been thinking about. Especially, beliefs being tribal membership that have little to do with objective truth. Tribal vibes all over.

I found your explanation of extreme beliefs to be fascinating, I.e. why believing in something patently absurd is the ultimate marker of tribal membership.

I tend to agree that most people don't want to think. They want to drink some beer, watch the game, text their vote to American Idol and go to Disneyland for their vacation. I read an interesting take a day or two back. I can't remember who said it, but they argued that many people won't start to think because if they did it would force them to question an entire lifetime of decisions. It's like, you can't start pulling on the thinking thread because the entire sweater will unravel. If you remove the foundation of following the current thing, your life may quickly collapse.

Anyways. Loved this series, thanks for publishing it.

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Weird hypothesis: "rationalism" is more likely to be midwit, and that playing around "current thing" is the smartest move. Saying one thing and doing another.

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Jun 19, 2022·edited Jun 19, 2022

Your comments about the engine being a camera remind me of George Soros' idea of reflexivity pulled from Karl Popper. Observation of reality impacts reality impacting observation and so on and so forth.

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