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R3dpill comments on Scientific Self-Help: The State of Our Knowledge - Less Wrong

138 Post author: lukeprog 20 January 2011 08:44PM

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Comment author: R3dpill 25 January 2011 02:21:06PM -1 points [-]

"even venues like LW are appalled at the idea that these aspects of human life -- which are in our society treated with an extreme level of both idealization and ideologization -- can be analyzed in such an undignified and desecrating but nevertheless correct way."

which begs the question: what is LW for if not for being rational and confronting the truth?

Comment author: Abisashi 25 January 2011 04:36:51PM 0 points [-]

Do you mean "raises the question?"

Comment author: TheOtherDave 25 January 2011 04:43:46PM 1 point [-]

Actually, the quote does beg the question... the connotations of "even" presuppose certain answers to the question of what venues like LW are for.

Comment author: wedrifid 25 January 2011 04:52:35PM 1 point [-]

What struck me was that it presupposed a level of "idealization and ideologization" in related areas far below that of the general population.

Comment author: Abisashi 25 January 2011 04:50:17PM 0 points [-]

You are right. It's strange to see "begs the question" used properly for a change, I couldn't puzzle it out when I read it before.

Comment author: TheOtherDave 25 January 2011 04:58:04PM 0 points [-]

(nods) I know what you mean: I would have quietly assumed it was a misuse as well if you hadn't raised the question and made me consider it explicitly; I was surprised to realize that it needn't be.