Curiosity stopper

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Curiosity stopper, or semantic stopsign is an event that convinces a person to stop pursuing the truth in some matter without finding the answer. Often a confusing response that looks like an answer, but actually isn't. Can preserve incorrect beliefs for a long time. A tool of dark arts and important part of any anti-epistemology.

When specific words act as stopsigns, placing a rationalist taboo on them may help. Epistemic hygiene allows to exclude some of the stopsigns raised by partial arguers.

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