Author Archives: Darcey Riley

You can change people’s minds without changing their beliefs.

(This is not part of the Postrationality series. It’s just an isolated thought that I wanted to share.) In order to change someone’s mind, you don’t have to change their beliefs. You just have to change their associations. Let me … Continue reading

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Postrationality, Table of Contents

A couple of weeks ago, Scott Alexander posted a map of the rationalist community, and much to my delight, I’m on it! Specifically, I’ve been placed in the country of Postrationality, alongside Meaningness, Melting Asphalt, Ribbonfarm, and A Wizard’s Word. … Continue reading

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Even the Ugliness of the Universe Is Beautiful

The universe is a chasm of inconceivable space, surrounding us dizzily from all directions. We are afraid of the distance between adjacent stars and we are afraid of the distance between adjacent atoms; any open space is a breeding ground … Continue reading

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Identity and Bureaucracy

I. Lately, the internet has been awash with new gender and sexual identities. On the gender side, the strict dichotomy of male and female has given way to a proliferation of possibilities, including agender, transgender and gender fluid; these categories … Continue reading

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Sneaking Past the Gatekeeper

Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind, Withering my intuition, leaving all these opportunities behind. — Tool, “Lateralus” Overanalysis I think most readers of this blog will agree that analytical thinking is a very good thing. Without … Continue reading

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Open Source Mythology Project?

Before writing was invented, stories were transmitted orally. This means that myths and fairy tales evolved organically as they were passed from one storyteller to the next. Since there was no canonical version, storytellers were free to modify their tales … Continue reading

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Increased Choices and Existential Crises

It seems to me that the more choices we have in life, the more we will suffer from existential crises. During existential crises, we find ourselves asking philosophical questions like “What is the meaning/purpose of life?”. But these questions often … Continue reading

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The Fall of Nature: A Lament

(Just to forewarn you, this post will be rather different, both in style and content, from anything I’ve written here before. This is not a permanent shift in focus; I’m deliberately keeping this blog free of any theme or organization, … Continue reading

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Personal Space Bubbles and the Physical Location of the Self

Personal Space, Status, and Territory Kevin Simler has a great post about social status and its relation to space; a central aspect of this is personal space. As Kevin observes, we can understand a lot about people and the social … Continue reading

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Blogging and Academia

It’s been nearly four months since I blogged here last. Sorry about that. Partly it’s because I’ve been busy; such is the nature of grad school. But I’ve also been questioning whether I should blog at all. Is blogging incompatible … Continue reading

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