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I think it's also for interpersonal synchronization of the meaning of concepts, to avoid misunderstandings or conflicts. A social, instead of a personal purpose.

I believe it was due to reaching critical "mass" in communication bandwidth. More globally practical, "bettable" information being accrued than lost. 

Mind, the rate of that is increasing ever since.

Not my idea,  but cannot recall where I read it.


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Agreed. The printing press, newspapers, and The Republic of Letters certainly expanded the communication bandwidth.

Isn't this simply because litigations happened and they just have to?
It's a bit dark, but I believe most warning labels aren't for our safety per se, but for the companies'.

That could explain the warning label on the American formula, but I don't see how it accounts for various national health agencies saying it?

Indeed, deadly extreme sports are not irrational. They are an uncheatable filter of fitness. Most modern costly signals are often skirted through luck, background or socially toxic behaviour. 

Having hard evidence of one's superiority can be just the thing necessary to live a fulfilling life, instead of being locked in a stagnant cycle of constant doubt. For some, the latter is even worse than death.
I'd wager people suffering from impostor syndrome rarely have anything else under their belt than safe skills. 

Looks like I was wrong, impostor syndro... (read more)

Doing some research, it sounds like imposters syndrome is totally present among mountain climbers. Unless you’ve conquered Everest, there’s always some taller or more dangerous mountain that someone else has done. See, for instance, this article about a climber feeling imposters syndrome after climbing a difficult cliff, because “I felt like it must not be as hard as people said it was because I was able to do it.” It also quotes a psychologist who works with athletes as saying “Imposter syndrome is very common, very pervasive, ... It’s most common among high achievers. It’s also prevalent in individual sports like cycling, running, swimming, and—you guessed it—climbing.” There are many other articles on the internet about people who are achieving huge climbing goals but still feeling imposters syndrome. Based on many of those, it seems to me like imposters syndrome is connected to the culture around an activity more than the actual content of the activity.

Oh no. 
Now I'm reminded of all the seven grand unsolved problems in my life, and the myriad shameful issues that move nowhere. It all morphed into the greatest horror of all, total petrification through absolute hopelessness.
Now I have to slog through all the work of forgetting all but one of them to work on, ignoring how the other six progresses further than any advance I make on the one.
And I don't even have alcohol to help me because my sorry ass values learning above all.

Thanks dude!

(just kidding, I was already stuck way before I encountered this, time to go to sleep I guess. Just remember the law of equal but opposite advice :P)

I feel this falls in the error that most official medical information also falls in: Takes account of all the statistical risks and damage, but none of the benefits. 

Sadly I'm just an n=1 sample, but psychedelic "over"use inoculated me to delusions to the point my beliefs (though not my emotions) are surreally stable. I don't believe I know all, but I developed a framework (much thanks to lesswrong and rationality) that is persistent even through most altered states of consciousness. No more great relevations. No feelings of going permanently and irre... (read more)

I'd like to present myself as a plus-plus result to this same phenomenon. I've became sensitized to coffee and had to drop it completely, because the results started becoming calamitous.
I have celiac disease, have some sort of intolerance to milk, even lactose free, and have strong hay fever in the late summer. An overreactive immune system, in short.

By sensitization I do not mean an exceptionally strong stimulant effect, but the sort of sensitization that develops upon repeated chronic exposure to a specific pollutant, often familiar to industrial workers... (read more)