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Skeptityke comments on Politics is hard mode - Less Wrong

28 Post author: RobbBB 21 July 2014 10:14PM

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Comment author: Skeptityke 22 July 2014 02:53:22AM 4 points [-]


Yes, we need to shift emphasis from "boo politics" to "politics is a much more difficult topic to discuss rationally than others".

But "hard mode" doesn't have nearly the emotional kick needed to dissuade the omnipresent Dunning-Kruger effect in politics. Running with the video game metaphor, I'm thinking something more along the lines of the feeling of great apprehension induced before playing I Wanna Be The Guy, Kaizo Mario, or the Zero Mercy Minecraft maps. But all the phrases used to refer to that particular cluster of challenges are either inapplicable to politics, or have the connotation of "foolish mortal, how dare you think you can challenge such an obviously impossible task bwahaha". (Like Nightmare Mode)

Is there a compact phrase which has the connotations of "Whoo boy, I'm probably getting in way over my head with this thing"?

Comment author: palladias 22 July 2014 05:59:29AM 8 points [-]

"It's quiet... too quiet"

"I'm confident... too confident"