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What are the Best Hammers in the Rationalist Community?

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What Is Love?

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What Is "About" About?

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Weaponized Fluffy Sparkles

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Examples of Competent Political Conversation in Contrast to Nerdy Responses

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Argument As Mental Arm-Wrestling: Who Has the Best BS?

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From Rationality to Power in 3 Steps

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The True Essence of Honesty: How to Lie and Get Away With It

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Mapping the Social Mind (Buttons)

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Maps vs Buttons; Nerds vs Normies

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That's a fine point! I think I understand pretty well why there's usually not sexual attraction between people of the same sex...If you take "love" and subtract the sex part out of it, is that what a close friendship looks like, or is there more to it than that?

An important lesson. At the same time, it can go both ways, at least, when applied broadly. Maybe the nuance to include is that slowness is for training and for learning. In the moment when you want maximum output right NOW, pushing to the limit will usually out-compete going slowly. So, methodical ...(read more)

I get a lot of mileage out of using Rationalist Taboo, or out of thinking about concepts rather than about words. All of the following hot-button questions are very easily solved using this technique. As Scott Alexander points out, you can get a reputation as a daring and original thinker just by us...(read more)

I am indeed repeating myself. New descriptions and examples pointing at the same concept over and over. Is that a problem?

Warp sounds right. I'm picturing an uneven lens type of thing that exaggerates some things and diminishes others as you look through it

Thank you, he speaks about some very interesting things. It's possible that, as you say, he has great in-person speaking power.

I've definitely seen exactly this in large group dynamics. In 1-on-1 conversations, or maybe even with 3 or 4 people, I've seen chill conversations where people regularly pause for maybe up to 10 seconds before being interrupted.

It's probably fair to say Julia's good. I wasn't aware of this valentinue figure; can you recommend a video of them speaking?

I'm describing two extremes, really, so no one person embodies either extreme. The question to ask when talking to someone is not "Is this person a nerd or a normal?" but rather something more like "How nerdy vs political is this person about this topic?" and then adjust your speaking accordingly so...(read more)

In order to cause only true beliefs, you must understand both languages and then speak in the language of your interlocutor. As long as you talk nerdy to nerds and political to politicals, I'm not sure I see how trust might break down. That seems like a perfectly sustainable dynamic to me, but one o...(read more)