No, the answer Will is trying to make us speculate about regarding "Why am I trying to appear as non-credible as possible?" is not "because I want to make others understand me" (p > 0.9). At times Will has even speculated that not being easy to understand is actually something he may be morally obliged to do (assuming I recall correctly).

Yeah, yeah, I understand that, I just didn't name it. (Is there even a term for something like that? Self-abasement intended to channel a certain role, all for truth's sake?)
And I only skimmed thr... (read more)

And I only skimmed through your comments, sorry; I feel awfully embarrassed to look at people being chided, and I assumed you were doing just that to Will, although I saw that you weren't talking about a ban.

Thank you for your level headed reply! I understand the aversion to reading embarrassing interactions - I even struggle not to look away or cringe when I encounter such stimulus on TV.

For some reason chiding Will is something that almost seems like a category error, just not making sense as something to do, given the way he orients himself and respo... (read more)

This post is for sacrificing my credibility!

by Will_Newsome 1 min read2nd Jun 2012347 comments


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Don't worry, there won't be future posts like this, so you don't have to delete my LessWrong account, and anyway I could make another, and another.

But since you've dared to read this far:

Credibility. Should you maximize it, or minimize it? Have I made an error?


Don't be shallow, don't just consider the obvious points. Consider that I've thought about this for many, many hours, and that you don't have any privileged information. Whence our disagreement, if one exists?