Comment by KIWIJARED on Pretending to be Wise · 2009-07-22T13:12:15.305Z · LW · GW

"Trying to signal wisdom by refusing to make guesses - refusing to sum up evidence - refusing to pass judgment."

I use this non-committal stalling defense when I have not concluded which response will gain the most / cost the least, or when the question is one I don't want to answer for fear it will diminish my status, or for which I have not yet devised a rationalisation.

Comment by KIWIJARED on Thou Art Physics · 2009-07-22T10:04:58.177Z · LW · GW

Well, it all seems to be cause and effect, and until effects overlap/intersect, we remain unaware and unaffected. Afterwards, in retrospect we can deem things this or that.