Comment by rinon on The Fun Theory Sequence · 2012-08-06T15:24:00.457Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Most religions believe that the escape option is reversible - otherwise there wouldn't be much point.

Comment by rinon on Belief as Attire · 2012-07-09T14:05:32.319Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I suspect that the Muslim hijackers, in a strange way, thought they were maximizing human happiness by removing Americans from the world.

Comment by rinon on Argument Screens Off Authority · 2012-06-04T15:28:39.461Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW · GW

I haven't done any studies, but I have a feeling that people attend to authority when it supports their natural biases, and ignore authority when it opposes their natural biases.

Comment by rinon on The Robbers Cave Experiment · 2012-06-04T15:10:07.809Z · score: 9 (9 votes) · LW · GW

Well then, let's take some adults to summer camp!

Comment by rinon on Are Your Enemies Innately Evil? · 2012-06-04T15:06:02.778Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

This post needs to be air-dropped over the world's ten largest metropolitan areas. Actually, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality needs to be air-dropped, with translations where necessary, because it contains the same truths but is more entertaining. I think the same arguements apply to labeling your enemies as insane mutants, which is a somewhat gentler, more politically correct way of demonizing them. We tend to assume that the enemy is insane because we could not imagine doing such a thing, and are therefore Surprised by Reality. It might make sense to update our idea of "sanity."