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Psy-Kosh comments on Evaporative Cooling of Group Beliefs - Less Wrong

41 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 07 December 2007 11:08PM

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Comment author: Psy-Kosh 08 December 2007 11:41:29PM 6 points [-]

Hrm... I'm not sure having just "that one guy that's the Known Contrary Guy" would have the desired effect.

Maybe I'm completely wrong, but by personal expectation would be that having just one would instead be a convinient "bad example"... actually resulting in a reduction of dissent among the rest by having people partly wanting to, in a sense, avoid being like that guy. Having more than one may be better since then it wouldn't be "that one crazy guy that you don't want to be like" but "just some people that disagree."

Or am I completely and utterly wrong on the psychology of this?