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Comment author: Larks 16 February 2013 04:12:49PM 11 points [-]

I don't think you've understood what hypothetical apostasy is meant to be.

  • They're meant to be against your current views. If you currently want to cure aging, as your most cherished belief, your hypothetical apostasy should be against SENS. So you definitely wouldn't want to put it into practice! (Unless you were convinced by it and changed your mind, in which case you'd now need a new hypothetical apostasy - your old one is now no longer hypothetical.

  • They're meant to be private. If your utmost goal is to help the Greens win, writing a public, very convincing list of reasons why the Blues are right could be disasterous!

Comment author: [deleted] 16 February 2013 05:42:19PM 5 points [-]

Thanks for clearing up my confusion.

Comment author: Larks 16 February 2013 08:35:37PM 0 points [-]

Glad to help!

Comment author: ewang 16 February 2013 04:25:15PM 2 points [-]

Actually, I think the issue is a misunderstanding of what apostasy is in the first place.

Comment author: Larks 16 February 2013 04:51:03PM 4 points [-]
  • An apostasy is when you leave the group you were once a member of (normally a religion). Considered very sinful by some - better never to have been a believer than to have seen and turned from the light.