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Ideas for rationality slogans?

6 Post author: Gleb_Tsipursky 19 September 2015 11:32PM

As part of my broader project of promoting rationality widely, I'm going to work on making rationality-themed merchandise with slogans. I'd appreciate any ideas on what slogans would be short (5 words or less), engaging, and accessible, and appealing for both aspiring rationalists and smart youth and young adults who are just starting to learn about rationality. As an example, slogans like "Growing Mentally Stronger" or "Updating My Beliefs" are good, but "Tsuyoku Naritai!" is not, however much I personally like that slogan.

Comments (56)

Comment author: moridinamael 24 September 2015 04:05:27PM 5 points [-]

"Epistemic Status: Dubious"

"Can provide citations"

"Let's look it up first"

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 24 September 2015 04:18:43PM 1 point [-]

Nice, thanks, and the citations one gave me an additional idea: "Please give three examples"

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:21:30AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Kevin92 20 September 2015 05:23:04PM 5 points [-]

Reversed Stupidity Is Not Intelligence.

Slightly more than 5 words:

The facts don't know whose side their on.

Every cause wants to be a cult.

Comment author: Bobertron 20 September 2015 07:09:03PM 3 points [-]

I really like "The facts don't know whose side they're on", though the other two might require less wrong knowledge.

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 20 September 2015 09:22:57PM 0 points [-]

I like that too, but it's a bit long - is there a way to shorten the idea to get it across effectively?

Comment author: [deleted] 21 September 2015 05:31:48AM 1 point [-]

Fact's don't take sides? Not as clear, but almost.

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 21 September 2015 02:57:08PM 3 points [-]

Maybe "Truth Doesn't Take Sides" - that's more clear, I think.

Comment author: Tem42 25 September 2015 12:39:19AM 0 points [-]

I think I like "The truth doesn't know whose side it's on", despite the length. However, if we want brevity, "Truth is not partisan" might work. If that's too political-sounding, there's always "Truth Don't care. Truth don't Give a Shit." (Front and back?)

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 29 September 2015 09:12:41PM 0 points [-]

Thanks!

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:05AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:21:55AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:21:48AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 20 September 2015 09:23:19PM 0 points [-]

I like "The facts don't know whose side their on," but it's a bit long - is there a way to shorten the idea to get it across effectively?

Comment author: Elo 20 September 2015 09:50:43PM 1 point [-]

I feel like in a different language there might be words for those things, being (truth|facts|reality ++ Sides|Bias|preference)

The territory|map|truth|reality doesn't take sides...

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 20 September 2015 11:04:27PM 3 points [-]

Maybe "Reality doesn't take sides"?

Comment author: Elo 20 September 2015 11:11:21PM 0 points [-]

yea could do

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:12AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:21:39AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Bobertron 20 September 2015 07:43:01PM *  3 points [-]

change your mind, get a cookie

admitting you're wrong = winning/learning

conservation of expected evidence (add formula)

The path to truth is a random walk

discussions are random walks

what is true is already so

rationality: outcomes > rituals of thought

what can be destroyed by truth, should be

update beliefs incrementally

beliefs should pay rent

the cat 's alive, curiosity got framed

optimize everything

delta knowledge = surprise

minimize future surprise

A diagram like this with some actual data e.g. about P(autism|vaccine) or P(violence|video games).

A matrix representation of the prisoners dilemma with an arrow pointing to (cooperate, cooperate) saying "let's meet here".

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 20 September 2015 09:26:09PM 0 points [-]

Thank you, these are some great ideas. For the broad audience, I think "What Is True Is Already So" and something about yay for changing your mind would work especially well.

Comment author: DanArmak 20 September 2015 12:29:16PM 2 points [-]

Restricting to 5 words, and with some in-jokes:

Slightly Less Wrong Every Day

Tooth Paste Is Not Rational

Thank You For Being Right

Your Map Is My Territory

This Shirt Was Rationally Chosen

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 21 September 2015 01:12:16PM 2 points [-]

I think the five word limit is a little severe, so

Thank You for Being Less Wrong than I Was

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:27AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 21 September 2015 12:42:36AM 1 point [-]

What sounds better: "Slightly Less Wrong Every Day" or "Striving To Be Less Wrong"?

Comment author: Tem42 25 September 2015 12:40:29AM 1 point [-]

I like "Less Wrong Every Day".

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 29 September 2015 09:32:05PM 0 points [-]

I like that variation

Comment author: Gust 21 September 2015 07:22:31PM 1 point [-]

Second one!

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:34AM -2 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 20 September 2015 04:19:59PM 1 point [-]

Thanks, I especially like the last one, very cute.

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 07 November 2015 05:14:12PM 0 points [-]

My map corresponds to the territory.

Comment author: Lumifer 07 November 2015 05:29:16PM 3 points [-]

My map corresponds to the territory.

The more certain you are of this, the deeper into the MoreWrong territory you are :-/

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 07 November 2015 09:21:02PM 0 points [-]

Hm yes, I agree that the subtle humor might be lost too easily.

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:21AM -2 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: ChristianKl 20 September 2015 12:11:42PM 2 points [-]

One of the key cultural values seems to be to be happy to be shown wrong and willing to change one's mind when presented with good information. Having clothing that signals that value would be nice.


From my perspective good merchandise would likely display institutational loyality. In your case the Intentional Insight logo looks well suited for that purpose.

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 20 September 2015 04:19:09PM 1 point [-]

Yup, we'll have a logo and website.

Good points about the cultural values: "Happy to Change My Mind" maybe a good slogan for this one?

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 07 November 2015 05:24:20PM 1 point [-]

How about "Evidence can change my mind"

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 08 November 2015 04:49:10PM -1 points [-]

Thanks, will add!

Comment author: ChristianKl 20 September 2015 06:30:40PM 1 point [-]

"Happy to Change My Mind"

Sounds good.

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:41AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 20 September 2015 02:14:49AM 2 points [-]

The map is not the territory.

How much do you actually know?

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 20 September 2015 04:20:08PM 1 point [-]

Thanks!

Comment author: James_Miller 20 September 2015 12:36:05AM 1 point [-]

Rationality: accurate beliefs + winning decisions!

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:48AM 0 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 20 September 2015 04:20:46PM *  0 points [-]

I like the "winning decisions" phrase especially, I was looking for some way of combining the concept of wise decisions and reaching your goals, and winning decisions seems to hit the spot!

Comment author: James_Miller 21 September 2015 02:29:27AM 2 points [-]

It's from RATIONALITY: From AI to Zombies which defines rationality as "forming true beliefs and making winning decisions."

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 21 September 2015 04:07:49AM 1 point [-]

Thanks for sourcing this for me :-)

Comment author: Tem42 03 October 2015 03:26:36AM 1 point [-]

404, territory not found.

Actively seeking feedback.

Better hypothesis under development.

Evidence Based Living.

Logic is the best aphrodisiac.

Cognito, ergo cresco.

Mental hygienist.

This T-Shirt is signaling Rationality.

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 03 October 2015 06:37:07PM 0 points [-]

Nice, thanks! I especially like "Actively seeking feedback" and the last one about signaling

Comment author: [deleted] 26 September 2015 09:37:02PM 1 point [-]

Always make new mistakes.

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 29 September 2015 02:38:47AM 0 points [-]

Thanks!

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:54AM -2 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)

Comment author: [deleted] 23 September 2015 07:19:49PM 1 point [-]

Unbiased, you can be kind.

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 23 September 2015 08:56:14PM 0 points [-]

Thanks!

Comment author: Gleb_Tsipursky 05 November 2015 06:22:59AM -1 points [-]

The first set of rationality-themed merchandise is ready! Thanks for your suggestions :-)