Talk:Costs of rationality

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The tone of this page seems overly dramatic: "Be sure that you really want to know the truth before you commit to finding it; otherwise, you may flinch from it."

What is worse:

  • flinching from the truth initially but eventually embracing it.
  • Flinching form the truth and never embracing it.
  • Never finding the truth so there was never something to flinch from.

What purpose does this quote serve other then:

  • Scare people way.
  • be a self aggrandizing statement.

-- Davorak

The purpose is in honest communication of consequences of finding out the truth. If people should be scared, it's right and proper to scare them. It's not clear what is worse among the options you've listed, at least a priori. You only know what is worse (under given assumptions) by actually asking the question and attempting to answer it. After you answer the question, you can skip asking it again, but not before. This page is about that question. --Vladimir Nesov 22:57, 6 December 2010 (UTC)