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Well, firstly, I must assume that I am not completely incomprehensible - if I did, I would not be able to operate at all, so we must assume that I am at least somewhat comprehensible, especially about the claims that have been elevated to "main."

I assume that symbols are not empty, and that they do contain things. The exterior of the symbol is what gets written down. If it contains something, we say so.

I posit that when we say that two symbols are "equal", X = Y, for example, that we could be saying one of several things. I narrow this down to saying that ... (read more)

Actually, I don't mean it like "=" == "or", because writing it that way has a different meaning. The quotation marks serve as a type of "not" (which = signs and 'or' themselves are a type of, too), and are related to the double-equals sign. Abstraction is an implicit negation.

The purpose of the ===or theorem is to simultaneously explain why '=', '==', and 'or' have subtly different meanings in practice, what we choose to use them for, and how they are directly a consequence of choice in general.

== is the weakest insistence on preference, it means that eith... (read more)

This is still incomprehensible to me. It might help if you carefully, explicitly write down the metaontology here. There are symbols? They have meanings? There are arguments (hence, there are functions)? Can you discuss symbols without using them? Is there a notation for that? Explain your choice of notation? Etc.

Harmful people often lack explicit malicious intent.

I was having a discussion with ChatGPT where it also claimed to believe the same thing as this. I asked it to explain why it thinks this. It's reasoning was that well-intentioned people often make mistakes, and that malign actors do not always succeed in their aims. I'll say!

I disagree completely with the idea that well-intentioned people can actually cause any harm, but even if you presume that they could, it isn't clear to me how malign actors being unable to succeed in their aims is enough to balance o... (read more)

A version of this tends to happen with rather unintelligent or incompent people placed in positions of power over other people, who can unintentionally harm people without having any intention to harm them. Probably the best example here is the Great Chinese Famine, and the Holodomor to a lesser extent. One of the major problems was that the leadership had set severely unrealistic goals because they didn't know enough and combined with incompetence, caused catastrophes on the scale of millions to tens of millions of lives.

People are happy to disbelieve in bad gods, happier to believe in good ones, and usually (in my experience, at least), happiest to believe in the primacy of the self above all.

Not to "wax-theologian" too much here, but people often seem to believe in a one-God-only when that one-God is the most affirming or validating to believe in as possible. (That He made you perfectly already, for example).

There is something I call the "Self-Reinforcement Principle" which states that what feels better to believe is true, and that itself also feels better to believe, therefore it is indeed true as well. I personally do believe in the SRP, and therefore, if it seems like I am attempting to cause someone to believe in it, I also presumably wouldn't need to feel worried about persuasion, because the SRP says that true things already feel better to believe (and are automatically more persuasive).

Therefore, I think you can rest assured that whenever you see someon... (read more)

"Resist the Happy Death Spiral"
If things that are true feel better to believe, explain why people who believe that an Abrahamic God exists explain their belief by saying it benefits their happiness, even though God does not exist. If your theory was true, people would be happier believing in the absence of an Abrahamic God, and they are not happier.

Let me know how the new one looks. Thanks.

Yup. Looks like not all the LaTeX worked smoothly but having the font at a reasonable size is helpful for reading most of it.