A Scientific racist, a Liberal eugenicist and a Mystical meritocrat enter a bar...
@nonlinear The utter inconsistency of having a philosophical project, on the one hand, while denying a causal link of the fact that entertaining certain ideas can lead to holding other ideas, on the other, is the most mind-numbingly inane thing about that blogger.
@vortex_egg gotta understand this is a religious cult. They already have their belief, and use arguments to pave BACK to those beliefs.
They don’t use logic, they ABUSE it.
@nonlinear Yeah, well said. I’ve watched a friend get caught up in the LW/EA cult headspace over the past several years, and that crowd has a sizable presence in the noosphere of the local intellectual community in my city. It took me a long time to realize I wasn’t going to convince them by arguing or debating about anything. The blind eye to racism and perpetuating systems of inequality in their grandiose plans for the future horrifies me.
@vortex_egg I bet he’s white and young. They’re being groomed and radicalized.
I’m invisible to those fuckers coz Brazilian and queer.
@vortex_egg religious people also have weird beliefs and a will to power. Shit always crash when they reach power coz they have monomania, and don’t understand governing is more than legislating abortion and saem sex marriage.
They always hype themselves coz they’re deep in loss aversion, so they overcompensate.
@nonlinear My friend is older, and is a physicist who did research on nuclear risks. He started to get serious about pursuing further work countering existential risks to humanity, and the LW and EA community is really the only group taking x-risks seriously as a first-class area of work (outside of the traditional nuclear physics community).
The longer he’s been working on it, the more he gets sucked into their world view (e.g. he started talking about “bayesianism” and “adjusting his priors” all.the.time, parroting stuff off of SSC, etc). I don’t think he’s going to become a race realist, but I think he’s kind of blind to the fact that people who are (race realists) are right there beside him in that community.
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