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50 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 05 October 2007 01:59AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 05 October 2007 05:21:14PM 4 points [-]

Silas: Ah, so the US soldiers in Iraq are cowards because they shoot people instead of arguing intellectually with them?

Rationality is not the default state of a human being. It requires an effort just to get a human mind to the point where it perceives a scary duty of argument. I have no evidence that the 9/11 attackers got to this point, so I have no evidence that they were scared enough to be intellectual cowards.