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mtraven comments on Why You're Stuck in a Narrative - Less Wrong

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Comment author: mtraven 04 August 2009 06:33:35PM 2 points [-]

Telling yourself that you are struggling to free yourself from narrative is of course itself a narrative. There's no escape.

Although one of the distinguishing things about this community is its willingness to use heroic metaphors for this struggle, imagine themselves as martial artists, etc.

An alternative is to embrace the narrative nature of intelligence. See here for some efforts to do that.

Comment author: Alicorn 04 August 2009 06:36:20PM 4 points [-]

Telling yourself that you are struggling to free yourself from narrative is of course itself a narrative. There's no escape.

And of course there are plenty of narratives about that. Sophie's World, Princess Tutu, 1/0... Of course, sometimes the characters "escape", but...