I read enough of these blogs that I need a linking hub. But I have nothing to say as yet; Maybe I will list my favourite cold takes here?
I will refrain from excessive comment on the unfortunate label.
Rationalist path to reason has definite parallels with the induction process into a cult, although notionally a cult wherein the inner truths you unlock are distinguished in certain ways
- Sometimes they seem to be more empircially informed than, e.g scientology
- Not obviously disposed to turning you into an cog in a charismatic cult leader army
Nonetheless there is a sacred text and much commentary by the learned. This is not a criticism, BTW, or at least not one that I think any card-carrying rationalist would refute. This gang is all about knowingly leveraging the weird crevices and biases of the human mind to hack themselves.
- There is a complicated vocabulary for compassion, sympathy and empathy. Is there evidence that this vocabulary leads to better thinking?
- update my priors
- effective altruism
- Marginally data-informed charity