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Qiaochu_Yuan comments on Rationality Considered Harmful (In Politics) - Less Wrong Discussion

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Comment author: Qiaochu_Yuan 12 January 2017 07:27:01AM *  1 point [-]

Really not a fan of the title; my objection is basically the same as moridinamael's. The thing you're pointing out as a mistake is not rationality but a particular bad move in a social game, namely stating certain kinds of unpopular opinions.

One possible steelman of the point I think you're making can be found in Paul Christiano's If we can't lie to others, we will lie to ourselves. In any case, the way I get around this is not engaging even slightly publicly in conversations where I might even have an opportunity to state my least popular opinions.