Comment by glorius_lasagne on LessWrong 2.0 · 2015-12-07T07:01:54.670Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I believe that this is the main reason newcomers are reluctant to post anything here. Right now, I notice that I am reluctant to reply to you because I am uncertain if my acknowledgement and agreement with your comment is 'LW-worthy'. While the high standard of posts maintain Lesswrong as a well-kept garden, it discourages people from starting stimulating, although not strictly Hollywood-esque 'rational', discussions.

Comment by glorius_lasagne on The Proper Use of Humility · 2015-12-07T06:38:27.363Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

A majority of people openly disagreeing with others are doing so out of pride, not a desire to learn. The exact flavour of pride varies. Some feel that they are righteously doing their duty to defend their opinion and remain true to themselves and/or their tribe, some want to feel like they are doing a favour to humanity by enlightening others, some disagree to humiliate a person with a contradictory opinion because they dislike the person, some disagree to challenge a person's social status rather than challenging his opinion, some because they take pride in being edgy or non-conformist, some just want to flaunt their opinion and superior knowledge. The fact that people interpret open disagreement as arrogance is quite a reasonable assumption since the probability of a person openly disagreeing with them not out of pride is negligibly low, at least outside the rationalist community. (Even within the rationalist community, it is still relatively unlikely that a person disagree for an opportunity to refine their model of the universe. Even rationalists regularly fall prey to emotions such as pride.)

Comment by glorius_lasagne on Rational Humanist Music · 2015-12-02T14:24:31.318Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Blue Spotted Tail by Fleet Foxes

It's a very philosophical song, not strictly rational or humanist. It's the first song I thought of:

Why in the night sky are the lights hung?
Why is the earth moving 'round the sun?
Floating in the vacuum with no purpose, not one.
Why in the night sky are the lights hung?

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