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46 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 17 March 2008 01:59AM

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Comment author: Rixie 30 March 2013 09:18:54AM -2 points [-]

Can someone tell me, or is there a list somewhere, "all the other things that rationalists are supposed to say on such occasions"?

I find that having bits that come to mind automatically in certain situations really helps me to go about thinking in the right way (or at least a way that's less wrong.)

Comment author: Rixie 02 April 2013 05:59:24PM 2 points [-]

Could someone please explain to me why this is downvoted?

I'm not trying to be sarcastic or anything, and the comment above was sincere.

I just want to know what I said wrong.

Thank you.

Comment author: Qiaochu_Yuan 02 April 2013 06:32:00PM *  6 points [-]

Well, you're basically asking people to supply you with cached thoughts, and this is not ideal. Even less charitably, you're asking people to supply you with soldiers, and that's not great either.

Also, I think newcomers, and possibly just everyone, should refrain from using the word "rationalist." At this stage, and possibly just all the time, it excessively encourages belief as attire.