It is difficult to explain why clothes (or vehicles) with slogans printed on them are bad for you.

On many occasions "difficult to explain" turns out to be a hint for "not actually true".

the vast majority of people you see outside are not wearing clothes with witticisms

Indeed. The vast majority are wearing clothes bearing advertisement for various brands. I would think twice before concluding that they have decided that is beneficial.

On many occasions "difficult to explain" turns out to be a hint for "not actually true".

Is this actually an useful heuristic? It seems to me that most things in the world are very difficult to explain truthfully, but especially this case.

We can probably agree that wearing a puffy shirt would be a bad idea, but can anyone really easily explain why?

Perhaps someone could explain why some specific item of clothing is not fashionable, and I am at fault to some extent here, because I have not studied the psychology of fashion in enough dep... (read more)

4maia7yI dunno. Brands can be a pretty effective status symbol. (That reasoning might not be explicit, though.)

Rationality witticisms suitable for t-shirts or bumper stickers

by evand 1 min read15th Jun 201385 comments


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.