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Tim Urban Nov 9
Replying to @Darth_Armot
I'm talking about any country that falls under the broad category of systems that people colloquially refer to as "democracies." My point is about belief or non-belief in whatever particular democracy-esque system is in place.
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Tim Urban Nov 9
Replying to @HouseMunny
That's the rare exception I referred to—but because group B cries Broken Democracy Wolf after every loss, the alarms by both groups when there's a real wolf aren't taken seriously by most people. Part of the danger group B poses.
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Tim Urban Nov 9
Replying to @waitbutwhy
Same group B, when they're happy with an election result, say stuff like: “Faith in democracy restored!” (i.e. “When I get my way, democracy is working. When I don’t, it’s broken.”) (i.e. “I don’t understand what a democracy is and actually prefer dictatorship.")
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Tim Urban Nov 9
Replying to @juanmlemao
Writing the last section. Then just need to figure out what to do with a 120,000 word blog post...
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Tim Urban Nov 9
An idea excerpted from the post I'm working on.
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Tim Urban Nov 7
Intellectual humility is the prerequisite for intellectual growth. Great breakdown by the always insightful
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Tim Urban Nov 4
In case you were wondering, my friend’s daughter likes rainbow cookies but doesn't like puppets, witches, nuns, lawnmowers, or scary things at all.
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Tim Urban Oct 30
Pretty humbling situation for one of the most feared rulers of all time to wind up sandwiched between Tough Chicks and The Caterpillar and the Pollywog.
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Tim Urban Oct 27
I get that MLB wants a close series, but this is a bit much.
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Tim Urban Oct 16
It's launch day for 's opus, Atomic Habits: I'd attribute about 60% of my good habits to his blog and this book is rapidly filling in the other 40%. At least my bad habits are my own original creation.
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Tim Urban Oct 1
. strikes again with another great TED talk. If we can apply simple principles of rationality to our everyday thinking, a whole lot of our problems will be solved.
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Delilah S. Dawson Sep 28
Fascinating article on how your caveman brain breeds insecurity and suffocates your authentic voice: via 's Five Bullet Friday email.
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Tim Urban Sep 12
. is about as big a thinker as they get. Here's how we can use rationality to do the most effective possible philanthropy.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @jeff60618
This term is part of the currently-80,000-word monster I'm working on. Currently grooming its hair and painting its nails and taking it to the gym to work off some of its obesity.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @mdavidallen
Yeah - it's about whether your views are your views as a product of the evolution of your own deep thinking or whether they're your views because someone else installed them in you.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @JarrodTrigleth
An independent thinker.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @mdavidallen
That's like someone who grows up somewhere, does some traveling and living in other places, and then decides that home is where the heart is. Doesn't qualify. An Intellectual Townie never even considers departing from their childhood indoctrination.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
Replying to @waitbutwhy
Apparently "townie," the way I'm using it, is a Boston term, not universal. Wikipedia explains: Townie, a term used in the Greater Boston area to denote anyone who is a lifelong resident of a specific town, city, or neighborhood.
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Tim Urban Sep 10
New term: People who are raised by their family/community to hold certain political or religious beliefs and just automatically hold those beliefs for life (instead of independently assessing things as they grow up and forming their own conclusions) = Intellectual Townies
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