Johnny Depp can wear a puffy shirt because he is the king. The rest of us...

Special Pleading Objection?

If you are awesome enough, you can wear a rationalist slogan t-shirt...

Or if you are attending a Hacker News meetup, or a software development conference, or an event taking place at a university, or... I'll stop there: I am predicting (and happily committing to update if I turn out to be wrong) that in these venues, wearing a witty t-shirt will a) score points and b) optimise for striking up conversations with strangers.

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[anonymous]7y1

Or if you are attending a Hacker News meetup, or a software development conference, or an event taking place at a university, or...

i.e., places where people already have some kind of idea who you are. (If you are Johnny Depp, everywhere is a place where people already have some kind of idea who you are, but if you aren't...)

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7gwern7yBut Johnny Depp is special: he's Johnny Depp. He's an elite. And breaking (fashion) rules may be part of why he continues to be perceived as an elite (I'm thinking particularly of Kleef et al 2011 in http://lesswrong.com/lw/dtg/notes_on_the_psychology_of_power/ [http://lesswrong.com/lw/dtg/notes_on_the_psychology_of_power/] ).
0evand7yThat is borne out by my experience, and seems like it more closely matches my social life. It also seems like a better predictor for what sorts of text I find myself noticing on shirts ("noticing" intentionally worded so as to include observational biases).

Rationality witticisms suitable for t-shirts or bumper stickers

by evand 1 min read15th Jun 201385 comments

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What are your best short witticisms, suitable for use on a t-shirt, bumper sticker, or similar location? Ideally something that might make someone reading it think, or get curious enough to ask about it. Simple in-group identification is fine too, though.

For context, therufs is spending today at the NC Maker Faire making t-shirts, and asked me for suggestions this morning. As I was still mostly asleep, I wasn't very helpful.