I’ve recently started a free Substack blog on the psychology of belief, called Beliefology, and I’d be grateful for any feedback on my latest post. I’m particularly interested in whether people think that the reasoning presented in the post is a) clear, and b) sound. I’d also be interested in what people think about the writing in general.

The post is here: https://beliefology.substack.com/p/why-do-we-believe-what-we-believe

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So far, what you have is 3 articles about why people should send you money to support your blog. The only part that is missing is the actual content. The linked article contains 10 screens saying that there is a difference between saying "X" and "X is true", promising that the actual difference will be revealed in the next article.

I think the proper moment for asking for feedback would be after publishing the actual content.

Every point in your reply is incorrect:

Re 'So far, what you have is 3 articles about why people should send you money to support your blog':

  • there's only one page that's 'about' asking for donations
  • and the only other page that includes a request for donations is the second post, which has this request at the end of the post
  • also, asking for donations, and explaining why I'm doing so, isn't the same as arguing that people 'should' make a donation.

Re 'The only part that is missing is the actual content':

  • I've published two posts – an introductory post and the first 'proper' post.

Re 'The linked article contains 10 screens saying that there is a difference between saying "X" and "X is true", promising that the actual difference will be revealed in the next article'

  • I don't know what you mean by '10 screens'
  • I nowhere state that the difference between the claims X and X is true will be explained in the next post. The first section of the post clearly presents an argument for this difference. You may disagree with the argument, but that's a different matter. And the post ends by stating that the next post will present the answer to the question of why we believe what we believe.

Re 'I think the proper moment for asking for feedback would be after publishing the actual content':

  • the content that I'm requesting feedback for is the post that I link to in the request, and which is the blog's second post.