John NerstI'm glad that changeaview.com (@ChangeAView) exists and thrives - and getting @stephenfry to narrate their intro video is a big win!
I read the subreddit once in a while before the site spun off and it showed a glimpse of a different kind of arguing. 1/3
“I prefer honest argumentation to dishonest rhetoric.” Do I mean that rhetoric is essentially dishonest, or am I talking about the kind of rhetoric that’s dishonest? That’s …
John NerstNew post up (%!#*?$& finally!):
Let's say I said: "I prefer honest argumentation to dishonest rhetoric." Do I mean that rhetoric is essentially dishonest, or am I talking only about the *kind* of rhetoric that's dishonest? Hmm... That's a cat coupling.
Last year I wrote a post which used an obscure term from cognitive psychology and an obscure passage from The Bell Jar to make a confused point about something I didn’t understand very well. …
John NerstThoughtful piece by @drossbucket on cognitive decoupling and what it actually means. She correctly points out (among other things) that my user of it is quite different from Stanovich's original concept.
Heaven is not enough, and has to be supplemented by the permission to take a look at another’s suffering – only in this way, as Aquinas says, the blessed souls ‘may enjoy their beatitude more thoroughly’
John NerstI suspect I largely lack "jouissance". I absolutely do not want to watch misery as entertainment (and I tend to feel judgy of people who do, like there's something wrong with them) and also avoid learning about horrors in the real world in much detail. ->
Many disagreements are complicated by terms having several meanings. What if a claim is made up of more than one such term? How would we deal with that complexity? I look at an example about the be…
John NerstMany disagreements are complicated by terms having several meanings. What if a claim is made up of *more than one* such term? How would we deal with that complexity? I look at an example about the benefits of free trade.
Epistemic Status: Personal I haven’t written a lot of personal stuff here recently, because I’ve been doing a lot more private contemplation, and been busy with life things. (Nonprofit …
John NerstIt's hidden in a rather ordinary personal reflection, but the phrase "[in adulthood] life becomes a series of tasks, rather than a story" has stuck with me ever since. Powerful but simple and embodying the same melancholic matter-of-factness it speaks of.
If we want to sound friendly and appealing when presenting thoughts about human behavior we should avoid analytical, distancing language. But what if the value of an analytical and distancing persp…
John NerstA few weeks ago @slatestarcodex argued that when presenting thoughts about human behavior we should avoid analytical, distancing language. It bothered me a bit: what if the value of such a perspective is part of what you want to communicate?