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posted by [personal profile] towith at 06:16am on 15/12/2011
I believe that all speech is equal, that everyone should be free to express themselves. I am willing to carry that belief to extremely uncomfortable places, where I'm sure the majority of free-speech advocates would probably be too disgusted to tread. That said, not all opinions are valid and while I support your right to express moronic opinions, I will also support my right to tell you that your opinion is moronic. Here then is a short guide to not sounding like a moron:

What are your first principles? How you develop opinions has a large impact on what those opinions become. If you work from the rigours of logic, observation and experiment, your opinions will become informed by reality, solid and open to change as new data is discovered. If you pull your opinions out of your ass on the other hand, they will be shit.

Always query and question. Do not trust your gut instinct that something is bad or good, your guts are where the shit lives after all. Look at the data, look at the situation dispassionately, ask yourself whether the case in question is flawed. At this point you may feel a small tug inside your chest, asking you whether you really want to question one of your sacred cows. Tell it yes, tell it that you hopes it dies a grizzly death.

Lastly, remember that you are wrong, that you are a moron. History is replete with intelligent and wise people who believed in utter shit. You are not special and likelihood is that everything you think is true is in fact shit. So next time you have a great idea with universal applications, remember that you're a full of shit, know-nothing moron and treat your opinions with the good humour that they probably deserve. Then tell me about them.
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posted by [identity profile] at 11:14am on 15/12/2011
Most of this I agree with.

However (there's always an however) when you start addressing human stuff based on 'first principles' I think you can come unstuck too. If your first principle is that humans, both individually and en masse, are morons, then I think we can agree.


posted by [identity profile] at 03:03pm on 15/12/2011
If you rely too heavily on first principles perhaps, but you do need an anchor or else you're just practicing sophism.


posted by [identity profile] at 01:10am on 16/12/2011
this does not apply to me does it?

I'm your wife now, not only am I right, I've always been right except that one time I was wrong but volia! it worked for you.


posted by [identity profile] at 01:19am on 16/12/2011

I would wager that it applies to anyone human and prone to human failings. That said, you are a Ty-Ty and the wonderful thing about Ty-Tys is that you're the only one.


posted by [identity profile] at 04:08pm on 18/12/2011
You are both just too cute for such a serious philosophical post.

I do feel you are really getting to a fundamental concept about how thinking with 'your gut', which can be 'full of shit' is both witty and actually quite profound. I am quite amazed at the capacity for human being to follow a leader who is full of shit, even to the point of it being totally illogical for them to do so.


posted by [identity profile] at 10:33pm on 23/12/2011
Thank you. Following an illogical leader is sometimes the path of least resistance, I don't blame people for wanting an easy life.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:19pm on 23/12/2011
I haven't had much to say for years since I realized how full of shit I was. If that is inevitable, why let that stop me?
posted by [identity profile] at 10:30pm on 23/12/2011
Many things are inevitable. You're inevitably going go die, does that mean you shouldn't try to live well?
posted by [identity profile] at 04:47am on 24/12/2011
If everything we know is wrong, so is everything we say. Does that mean we shouldn't say anything?

To answer your question, "no!"
posted by [identity profile] at 01:55pm on 24/12/2011
Exactly, no. We try our best despite the futile nature of life. To stop thinking because you will be wrong is like committing suicide because you'll die.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:49pm on 24/12/2011
Excellent insight. I have thought about it quite a bit and I think fear of death is an ironic motivation for many suicides.



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