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149 Post author: Yvain 13 September 2010 09:36PM

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Comment author: loqi 14 September 2010 05:19:41PM 16 points [-]

Whenever holding a position makes you feel superior and is fun to talk about, that's a good sign that the position is not just practical, but signaling related.

Readers be warned: Internalizing this insight may result in catastrophic loss of interest in politics.

Comment author: Vladimir_M 14 September 2010 06:44:38PM *  10 points [-]

Perhaps for some people -- but on the other hand, it creates an even higher intellectual challenge to achieve accurate understanding. Understanding hard and complicated things in math and science is extremely challenging, but ultimately, you still have fully reliable trusted authorities to turn to when you're lost, and you know they won't lie and bullshit you. In politics and heavily politicized fields in general, there is no such safety net; you are completely on your own.

Comment author: AlexanderRM 25 March 2015 05:09:44AM 0 points [-]

I've known politics is largely about status signaling (which hasn't caused any reduction of interest in issues which our society politicizes, however, just in elections and the like) since I started reading LW, but I just realized that reading LessWrong makes me feel superior (although I've noticed this before, but it seems hard to avoid) and it's fun to talk about. That's horrifying.